A BBC boss threatened staff who told him that Martin Bashir used forged documents to get his 1995 Princess Diana interview, it is alleged.
Evidence that former Panorama editor Steve Hewlett knew of the deceit was passed to an inquiry whose findings are expected to be released within days.
When staff raised concerns over mocked-up bank statements Hewlett, who died of cancer in 2017, is said to have told them “in no uncertain terms to go away”.
A source said the evidence shows the documents “were buried at an official level”.
Bashir, 58, quit on Friday hours before the findings of the probe by Lord Dyson were handed to the BBC.
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