Terry Venables seeks ‘clearance’ by BBC investigation into Martin Bashir methods


Two Panorama episodes presented by Mr Bashir in 1993 and 1994 made potentially ruinous allegations about how Mr Venables raised his £ 1million share of the funds that saved Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, so that he was general manager.A document reproduced on the screen claimed to show a schedule of assets used as collateral for Landhurst Leasing’s £ 1million loan and was accompanied by Mr Venables’ signature.

Mr. Venables did not deny that he received a loan, but argued that he did not participate in a “sale and leaseback” arrangement, as the program claimed, involving assets he did not did not have.

Neither the police nor the Ministry of Trade and Industry found evidence of criminal behavior, but the revelations, along with other allegations about his financial dealings in football, hampered his later managerial career. .

The BBC’s treatment of Mr Venables has come under the spotlight again, following new revelations about Mr Bashir’s use of fake bank statements, allegedly in an attempt to pressure Diana’s brother to that he persuaded her to grant him the interview that sent shock waves through both the monarchy. and the nation when she said to him, “There were three of us in this marriage. ”

The forged documents were allegedly used to tackle the princess’s insecurities and were also reportedly shown to Earl Spencer, who in turn introduced Mr. Bashir to his sister.

They implied that a former staff member had betrayed him and was acting as a paid informant. It was wrong.

The BBC admitted the documents had been created, but concluded following an internal investigation in 1996 that they had no bearing on the interview and exonerated Mr Bashir.

There have also been unsubstantiated allegations that Mr Bashir obtained an interview with Louise Woodward, the former British nanny convicted in the United States in 1997 for the manslaughter of Matthew Eappen, eight months old while in prison. her guard, promising to bring her into King’s College to study law and find her summer job at the BBC.


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