(AP) — Tony Hall
, who was director of BBC news
and current affairs at the time of the public broadcaster's explosive 1995 interview with Princess Diana
, resigned Saturday as chairman of the National Gallery's board of directors.
Hall, who later rose to the top job at the BBC, was heavily criticized this week in a report for a botched investigation
into how journalist Martin Bashir
obtained the blockbuster interview.
Hall said in a statement that his continued presence at the gallery would be a "distraction to an institution I deeply care about."
“As I stated two days ago, I am deeply sorry for the events of 25 years ago, and I believe that leadership entails accepting responsibility,” Hall stated.
The 126-page report, published Thursday by retired Judge John Dyson, found that the internal BBC investigation covered up “deceptive behavior” by Bashir, who was unknown as a journalist at the time he interviewed Diana.
The BBC has also faced criticism for rehiring Bashir as its religious affairs correspondent in 2016.
Since the report's publication, Diana's sons, Princes William and Harry, have chastised the BBC, claiming a direct link existed between the 1995 interview and their mother's death
two years later in a traffic accident while she and a companion were being pursued by paparazzi.
The BBC commissioned the report after Diana's brother, Charles Spencer
, complained that Bashir used false documents and other deceptive tactics to convince Diana to grant the interview.
Diana stated in the interview that her marriage to Prince Charles
had failed because he was still in love with his former lover Camilla Parker Bowles, whom Charles would marry a decade later.
Diana, then 34, said she was devastated when she learned in 1986, five years after her marriage, that Charles had rekindled his relationship with Camilla; Diana said she was so depressed that she purposefully hurt herself in an attempt to get help.
Diana famously remarked, "There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded."
The report's aftermath has cast serious doubt on the BBC's integrity, and the British government has stated that it will review the rules governing the editorially independent national broadcaster's oversight.
The BBC, founded in 1922, is funded by a license fee paid by everyone, and the rules governing its operations are set out in a royal charter that requires the corporation to be impartial, act in the public interest, and be open, transparent, and accountable. A mid-term review of the BBC's governance is set to begin next year.
From 2013 to 2020, Hall was the BBC's Director-General.