Princess Diana: Lord Hall resigns as National Gallery chairman after report into how Martin Bashir secured BBC interview

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Former BBC director-general Lord Hall has resigned as chairman of the National Gallery saying continuing in the role "would be a distraction to an institution I care deeply about".

Lord Hall was the BBC's director of news and current affairs when Martin Bashir's explosive Panorama interview with Princess Diana was aired in 1995.

The former director-general was heavily criticised in the Dyson report for his botched inquiry into how Bashir secured the interview.

Lord Hall said in a statement on Saturday: "I have today resigned as chair of the National Gallery. I have always had a strong sense of public service and it is clear my continuing in the role would be a distraction to an institution I care deeply about. As I said two days ago, I am very sorry for the events of 25 years ago and I believe leadership means taking responsibility."

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