The Times - BBC needs to change, look into celebrity scoops

The Times - BBC needs to change, look into celebrity scoops

The Times leads with the Culture Secretary’s calls for changes at the BBC following the Martin Bashir scandal. The paper also reports on calls for the BBC and ITV to look deeper into Martin Bashir’s big celebrity interviews after Lord Dyson ruled Martin Bashir had decided Princess Diana for the 1995 infamous interview.

The paper also covers the Ryanair hijacking news and the results from the polls suggesting parents are opposed to extending the school hours.

Other headlines include Princess Latifa ‘free’ as lawyers target Dubai Sheikh and an update on BLM Sasha Robinson shooting. 

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Culture secretary calls for changes at BBC after Princess Diana Martin Bashir scandal 

The Times says the culture secretary has accused the BBC of having a “we know best attitude” following the Martin Bashir scandal. 

Writing in the paper, Oliver Dowden says the BBC is guilty of “groupthink” and needs to “project British values” if it is to survive competition from the likes of Netflix and Amazon. 

Parents oppose longer school days 

The paper says parents are against plans to increase the length of the school day to help kids catch up with work lost over the pandemic

The paper writes a YouGov poll that says 60 per cent of parents oppose extending the school hours, whilst 30 per cent agree. 

Anger after Ryanair flight ‘hijacked’ by Lukashenko 

The paper reports Britain said the dictator of Belarus faces ‘serious consequences’ after he scrambled a jet to force a Ryanair plane to emergency land, after making false bomb threats. 

The forced diversion and landing of the plane were so authorities could arrest a Belarusian activist who was on the EU internal flight. The activist could face the death sentence, according to the Times. 

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Princess Latifa ‘free’ as lawyers target Dubai Sheikh 

The Times says the British government has been asked to impose sanctions on the ruler of Dubai for the abduction of his daughter, who the paper says appear to have been freed from her “villa jail.” 

The article shows pictures of Princess Latifa, which the article says were released more than three years after she was seized from a yacht while trying to escape the emirate. 

Martin Bashir’s ex-employers urged to look into other celebrity scoops

The Times says the BBC and ITV have been urged to look into how Martin Bashir landed his other big celebrity interviews after the damning report into how he deceived Diana, Princess of Wales

The family of pop star Michael Jackson has demanded an apology for his ITV interview with Bashir and the ex-wife of George Best claimed Bashir exploited him. 

Black rights activist Sasha Johnson in ‘critical condition’ after being shot in head

The paper says Sasha Johnson is a leading black rights campaigner, who was in critical condition in hospital after being shot in the head. 

The Times says Sasha Johnson is a mother of three and was shot just before 3 am on Sunday in Peckham, southeast London. 

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