Bashir started working as a journalist in 1986 but made headlines around the world in 1995 for his BBC interview with Diana for Panorama. The interview sparked renewed interest in the preparation of a new Channel 4 film, which examines the circumstances of their meeting, which airs Wednesday night.
Bashir’s other high-profile interviews included the suspects in the Stephen Lawrence murder case, artist Michael Barrymore, Jeffrey Archer, and Major Charles Ingram, known as “the major who coughs.” In 2003, he conducted a series of interviews for the controversial ITV documentary Living With Michael Jackson.
He then moved to the United States where he co-anchored the Nightline news show on ABC before moving to MSNBC, where he was a political commentator until 2013. He then returned to the BBC as a broadcaster’s religion editor.
In October 2019, he appeared on the X Factor celebrity spin-off.