MemberSeptember 19, 2021 at 8:39 am
A spokesman for the BBC said: “The BBC is extremely sorry for the distress this has caused Ms Hadaway and we deeply regret we have not been able to give her any answers about what happened.
“We are appalled that this clothing was lost after being obtained as part of an investigation for a BBC programme.
“We are continuing to look into this matter following the Dyson inquiry, and as part of that, we asked a former senior BBC executive to review what happened in this case, including the 2004 investigation, and see if anything was missed which could help us locate the clothing.”
The BBC said claims that in 2004 the BBC investigations unit did not make contact with individuals who might have known where the clothing was as “incorrect”.
It added: “Records show that (Public Eye editor) Nigel Chapman and an individual who can be identified as (assistant producer) Charlie Beckett were contacted during the 2004 investigation.
“Martin Bashir was contacted via his agent, who told us that Martin was unable to assist with the whereabouts of the clothes.
“Eileen Fairweather had left the employment of Public Eye before the clothing went missing.”
Earlier this week, London’s Metropolitan Police said it would take no further action over Mr Bashir’s 1995 BBC Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales.
The Metropolitan Police looked at an independent review of the methods used to obtain the 1995 interview, but had “not identified evidence of activity that constituted a criminal offence”.
The review, by Lord Dyson, found Bashir had used deception to secure it.
It comes as BBC director-general Tim Davie will appear before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Tuesday.