September 25

Princess Diana interviewer Martin Bashir lands job as BBC religious affairs correspondent

first_imgGreat to hear @martinbashir is to become the BBC’s new Religion Correspondent. Congrats on the new role!— Vicky Beeching (@vickybeeching) September 26, 2016 The opportunity to cover the broad spectrum of religious affairs is challenging and compelling and I cannot wait to get startedMartin Bashir Congratulations to @MartinBashir on his appointment as BBC correspondent on religion and belief!— Andrew Copson (@andrewcopson) September 26, 2016 Very pleased that @MartinBashir is rejoining @BBCNews as Religious Affairs Correspondent, replacing the excellent @CarolineWyatt— Jonathan Munro (@jonathancmunro) September 26, 2016 Bashir famously interviewed Princess DianaCredit:BBC Bashir said he was “delighted to be rejoining the BBC”.He added: “The opportunity to cover the broad spectrum of religious affairs is challenging and compelling and I cannot wait to get started.”The journalist worked as a BBC correspondent from 1987 to 1992, and appeared on Panorama until 1999. Princess Diana is interviewed by Martin Bashir In a Panorama interview in 1995, Princess Diana famously told Bashir that there were “three of us in this marriage”.In 2008 he apologised for a “moment of stupidity” after making a joke about “Asian babes” in a speech to American journalists.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Bashir previously worked for US broadcastersCredit:Reuters Martin Bashir is to become the BBC’s new religious affairs correspondent, three years after resigning from an American broadcaster over controversial comments about former US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.Bashir, 53, who is best known for his high-profile interviews with Princess Diana and Michael Jackson, replaces Caroline Wyatt, who stepped down from reporting duties after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The surprise appointment marks a move back into front-line journalism for Bashir, who left his job on US broadcaster MSNBC after labelling Palin America’s “resident dunce”, over comments the politician made about the nation’s national debt.The former governor of Alaska had likened the task of paying of America’s national debt to the plight of slaves, leading Bashir to accuse her of “rank ignorance”. He apologised but later resigned for what he said were “ill-judged comments”.Announcing Bashir’s appointment yesterday, Jonathan Munro, the BBC’s head of newsgathering, said: “Martin’s track record in enterprising journalism is well known and respected in the industry and amongst our audiences.“As a student of theology, Martin will bring immense knowledge of the brief to his new role, and an enthusiasm to cover the broadest range of faith-based stories.” Martin Bashirlast_img read more