Journalist Martin Bashir quits BBC ‘to focus on his health’

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BBC journalist Martin Bashir is to leave the broadcaster due to ongoing health issues.

The corporation's religion editor was most notable for his interview with Princess Diana in 1995 – and his decision to leave the corporation comes amid allegations he faked documents to secure the interview for Panorama.

Jonathan Munro, the deputy director of BBC News, said: "Martin Bashir has stepped down from his position as the BBC's religion editor, and is leaving the corporation.

Diana, Princess of Wales, during her interview with Martin Bashir for the BBC

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Diana, Princess of Wales, during her interview with Martin Bashir for the BBC

"He let us know of his decision last month, just before being readmitted to hospital for another surgical procedure on his heart.

"Although he underwent major surgery toward the end of last year, he is facing some ongoing issues and has decided to focus on his health.

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"We wish him a complete and speedy recovery."

Last year, BBC News said that Mr Bashir was "seriously unwell with COVID-19 related complications".

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