Tony Hall, who was director of news and current affairs for the BBC, was in charge of an internal investigation in 1996 into the circumstances of the interview. On Friday, a subsequent independent investigation into the interview revealed that Hall had covered up the “deceptive behavior” of journalist Martin Bashir.
“I resigned today from the presidency of the National Gallery,” Hall said in a statement. “I have always had a strong sense of public service and it is clear that continuing to hold this position would be a distraction for an institution close to my heart.” Like I said two days ago, I am so sorry for the events of 25 years. and I believe leadership means taking responsibility. ”
The BBC has been forced to issue a humiliating apology after covering up the ‘deceptive’ methods its former reporter Bashir used to get one of its biggest scoops 25 years ago. Current BBC chief executive Tim Davie has said that if the UK public broadcaster “cannot turn back the clock after a quarter of a century, we can issue a full and unconditional apology”.
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, blasted the BBC on Thursday for contributing “significantly to his fear, paranoia and isolation” felt by his late mother in the years before her death, in a rare charged statement of emotion of a royal against the public broadcaster.
“He has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the gallery and it has been a great pleasure to work closely with him as we have taken on the challenges of Covid and as we prepare to mark the bicentennial of the gallery in 2024”, a- he declared.
Hall became administrator of the National Gallery in November 2019 and president in July 2020. His deputy, John Kingman, said Hall was doing a “great job”.
“The Gallery is extremely sorry to lose him, but of course we fully understand and respect his decision,” he said in a statement.