LONDON — The BBC has been accused of bowing to pressure from the British royal family following a last-minute decision to pull controversial documentary “Reinventing The Royals” from its schedules.
TV listings magazine Radio Times, which broke the story, allege that lawyers representing members of the royal family intervened at the 11th hour, which led BBC execs to shelve the show.
In a statement, the U.K. public broadcaster said it was “delaying broadcast” of the program, which was due to air on Jan. 4, until “later in the New Year while a number of issues including the use of archive footage are resolved.”
BBC news chief James Harding made the decision to spike the broadcast, Radio Times claimed.
The documentary, which is presented by BBC media correspondent Steve Hewlett, tracks attempts by the U.K. monarchy to salvage its relationship with the British public following the death of Princess Diana.