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BBC's Princess Diana's charitable donations to reach $1.6bn: deadline

BBC’s Princess Diana’s charitable donations to reach $1.6bn: deadline

The BBC has donated £1.4 million ($1.6 million) to charities linked to Princess Diana following the Martin Bashir scandal.

The sum has been split between Centrepoint, English National Ballet, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, The Leprosy Mission, National Aids Trust, The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and The Diana Award.

The BBC stressed that the donations will come from commercial revenue rather than the license fee, which may have drawn criticism.

The move comes after a report last year by Lord Dyson identified “clear flaws” in the way the notorious Panorama interview between Bashir and Diana in 1995 was secured.

The BBC has since apologized to those involved.

“The BBC had indicated its intention to donate proceeds from sales arising from the 1995 Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales to charity,” a statement said.

“The BBC has already done it. Given Lord Dyson’s findings, we believe this is the correct and appropriate course of action.”

In a bid to end the saga, the BBC recently said it would “never show” the interview again and urged other broadcasters to follow suit, although a recent Sky document did include the footage.

Diana is currently the subject of numerous documentaries on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of her death.

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