Martin Bashir has quit the BBC on health grounds amid an ongoing investigation into his conduct in securing a 1995 Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales. He has been on sick leave for months.
The BBC’s head of newsgathering, Jonathan Munro, told staff: “Martin Bashir has stepped down from his position as the BBC’s religion editor and is leaving the corporation. 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.”
Last year following pressure from Diana’s family, the BBC director general, Tim Davie, commissioned an independent inquiry to look into how Bashir convinced the royal to speak on camera about her marriage, and whether Bashir used fake documents to gain the trust of the family.
Panorama is preparing to air a special programme investigating its original programme.