This comes after a hectic week for Bashir, after Dyson report found that he forged financial records to get an interview with Diana, Princess of Wales for the BBC.
He went on to work for ITV, the broadcaster commissioning a now infamous interview with Jackson in 2003, where the singer admitted he shared his bed with children.
Mark Borkowski, Jackson’s British publicist at the time, told Sky News he met Bashir as he tried to secure access with his client.
“He said ‘look what I did with Diana, it became a big event and she is very happy’ and at this point he pulled out a letter… it was definitely signed by Diana and I have it. read and it was a complete praise of him and the interview.
“And that was a thank you letter to him and it was kinda dog-eared … that didn’t convince me and I kept him at bay and we had a second meeting and he pushed me.” in what I was going to say. “
However, Mr Borkowski said his general opinion was that Jackson should not let Bashir conduct an interview.
“I just felt he was clearly someone working on an agenda to create another cultural moment. Nothing deterred me from this. “
He added that the decision to eventually offer Bashir access to Jackson was made by someone else and claimed the interview changed the course of events for the singer.
Former ITN chief (which provides news programming to ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5) Stewart Purvis on Friday told Sky News that despite his previous controversies, Bashir continued to be employed by like the BBC and ITV because of its ability to get great interviews.
He said, “Broadcasters love people who deliver great stories, great exclusives. Will they look away, as Prince William said, from what the BBC bosses did in the case of the interview?
“Sometimes they probably did that. Would they do it nowadays? I’m not so sure.