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Journalist Martin Bashir has left the British Broadcasting Corporation as he prepares to publish the results of an investigation into allegations that he used dishonest tactics to secure a major 1995 television interview with Diana, the Princess of Wales.
In an email sent to his colleagues on Friday, Jonathan Munro, the BBC’s deputy news director, said that Bashir had resigned from his position as the BBC’s religion editor and was leaving the corporation.
“He informed us of his decision last month, just before he was readmitted to the hospital for another surgical procedure on his heart,” Munro wrote. “Although he underwent major surgery late last year, he faces some ongoing problems and has decided to focus on his health.”
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January 19, 1963 (age 58 years), Wandsworth, London, United Kingdom
Bashir, 58, could not immediately be reached for comment. The BBC reported in November that he was recovering from quadruple heart bypass surgery and complications from Covid-19, which he had contracted earlier in the year.
Mr. Bashir’s departure came six months after the BBC announced that it had appointed a former judge to lead an investigation into allegations that Bashir used deceptive tactics to convince Diana to participate in the 1995 interview.
During the interview, which was hailed by British journalists at the time as “the first of the century”, Diana spoke frankly of her “crowded” marriage to Prince Charles, admitted an affair and recounted how, in desperation, she suffered from “Rampant Bulimia”.
An estimated 23 million people viewed the interview, which shook England and catapulted Bashir to international fame. He continued to interview Michael Jackson for a 2003 television special and worked in the United States, on ABC and MSNBC, before resigning from MSNBC over comments he made about Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice presidential candidate.
Since 2016, Bashir had been working for the BBC, where he began his career in the late 1980s, according to the broadcaster.
In November, long-standing questions about the methods that Mr. Bashir had used to gain Diana’s trust came under fresh scrutiny in a two-part documentary that aired on UK network ITV.
The documentary claimed that the tampered bank statements, which allegedly proved that royal employees close to the princess were paid to spy on her, were used to gain Diana’s trust.
Former BBC President Michael Grade called the allegations “a very, very serious matter” in a radio interview with the corporation in November, adding that they left “a dark cloud over BBC journalism.”
When asked on Friday about the status of the investigation, the BBC’s press office said in an email: “We will publish it very soon and confirm a date shortly.”
Even before the interview was broadcast in 1995, it was the subject of widespread speculation and consternation.
Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, is among those who have accused Mr. Bashir of using deception to get the scoop.
“I knew that Martin Bashir used fake bank statements and other dishonesties to get my sister to do the interview,” he said on Twitter in November, adding that he had recently discovered that the BBC not only knew about it, but “covered it up.” ”
In March, the Metropolitan Police Service said it would not open a criminal investigation into the matter.
The BBC ordered an investigation into the allegations of wrongdoing in 1996, and the corporation’s news chief at the time, Tony Hall, cleared Mr Bashir of wrongdoing. Hall then went on to head the BBC and retired as its CEO in August 2020.
Mr. Bashir’s departure came after a high-profile and at times incendiary career. While on ABC, he was suspended after making comments deemed rude and sexist at a dinner for Asian-American journalists.
In 2013, he resigned from MSNBC after comments he made about Ms. Palin sparked a firestorm.
Mr. Bashir had criticized Ms. Palin for statements he had made about her comparing American debt to slavery, saying that she deserved the same kind of humiliating and degrading treatment that some enslaved people face. He later said that he had made “misjudged comments”.