Martin Bashir

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Martin Bashir
5.5.07MartinBashirByLuigiNovi.jpg
Bashir at Calvary Baptist Church in Manhattan on May 5, 2007
Born(1963-01-19) 19 January 1963 (age 50)
Wandsworth, England,
United Kingdom
OccupationPolitical commentator
Journalist
News anchor
Years active1986–present
ReligionChristian
 
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Martin Bashir
5.5.07MartinBashirByLuigiNovi.jpg
Bashir at Calvary Baptist Church in Manhattan on May 5, 2007
Born(1963-01-19) 19 January 1963 (age 50)
Wandsworth, England,
United Kingdom
OccupationPolitical commentator
Journalist
News anchor
Years active1986–present
ReligionChristian
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Martin Bashir (born 19 January 1963) is a British journalist, currently a political commentator for MSNBC, hosting Martin Bashir,[1] and a correspondent for NBC's Dateline NBC. He was previously an anchor for ABC's Nightline and is known for his interviews with Diana, Princess of Wales and controversy surrounding his interview and conflicting statements in his reports on singer Michael Jackson.

Early life[edit]

Bashir was born in Wandsworth, South London, to parents of Pakistani Christian origin, and grew up in Handsworth. He was educated at the state comprehensive Wandsworth School for Boys, King Alfred's College of Higher Education, Winchester (since 2004 the University of Winchester), studying English and History from 1982–1985 and Kings College London. He is fluent in English, and Urdu. He identifies himself as a committed Christian.[2]

Career[edit]

He started work as a journalist in 1986. He worked for the BBC until 1999 on programmes including Songs of Praise, Public Eye and Panorama and then he joined ITV, working on special documentary programmes and features for Tonight with Trevor McDonald.

Bashir came to wide prominence in 1995 when he interviewed (for the BBC's Panorama programme) Diana, Princess of Wales about her failed marriage to the Prince of Wales.[3][4] Since then he has conducted interviews with, among others, Louise Woodward, the five suspects in the Stephen Lawrence case, Michael Barrymore, Jeffrey Archer, Major Charles Ingram, and Joanne Lees.

Bashir was employed by ABC and co-anchored their current affairs show Nightline. Along with Cynthia McFadden and Terry Moran, he took over Nightline from Ted Koppel in 2005.

In August 2010 Bashir left ABC for MSNBC where he serves as a political commentator for MSNBC, as well as an occasional substitute host for Lawrence O'Donnell. [1]

Bashir had a role as himself in the satirical comedy film Mike Bassett: England Manager.

Michael Jackson interviews[edit]

In 2003, Bashir conducted a series of interviews with pop singer Michael Jackson, as part of a documentary for ITV, which Uri Geller had fixed up as a friend of Michael. Following the broadcast, which was viewed by 14 million in the UK and 38 million in the US, several media personalities[who?] accused Bashir of yellow journalism, claiming that he deliberately doctored the recordings in order to paint Jackson in an unflattering light,[citation needed] as well as emphasizing the allegations of child molestation made against Jackson. In an interview with Louis Theroux, Geller said that he felt betrayed by Bashir, and claimed that the ITV documentary had ruined Geller's own relationship with Michael.[5] The New York Times called Bashir's journalism style "callous self-interest masked as sympathy."[6]

In response, Jackson and his personal cameraman released a rebuttal interview, which showed Bashir complimenting Jackson for the "spiritual" quality of the Neverland Ranch. Bashir also described Jackson as a wonderful father and said that Jackson's relationship with his children "almost makes me weep".[7]

Dieter Wiesner, the pop star's manager from 1996 to 2003, said of Bashir's documentary:

"It broke him. It killed him. He took a long time to die, but it started that night. Previously the drugs were a crutch, but after that they became a necessity."[8]

Bashir later said of Jackson during ABC's coverage of his death,

"When I made the documentary, there was a small part that contained a controversy concerning his relationship with young people. But the truth is that he was never convicted of any crime, and I never saw any wrongdoing myself."[9]

Musical career[edit]

In 2010, Bashir released his first album entitled Bass Lion. The reggae album was produced by Cary Haase and mixed by Casey Conrad.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Nightline's Martin Bashir Headed to MSNBC, Dateline". TVGuide.com. 
  2. ^ Wells, Matt (2003-01-22). "Talk to me". The Guardian (Birmingham). 
  3. ^ "Transcript of the BBC1 Panorama interview with the Princess of Wales". Great Interviews of the 20th century. The Guardian. Retrieved 3 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Neophyte reporter makes journalistic coup". Manila Standard. November 18, 1995. Retrieved 3 October 2010. 
  5. ^ Yapp, Will (Director); Theroux, Louis (Writer) (2003-11-17). Louis, Martin & Michael (Television production). BBC. 
  6. ^ Stanley, Alessandra (2003-02-06). "TELEVISION REVIEW; A Neverland World Of Michael Jackson". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  7. ^ Low, Valentine (2009-06-27). "Michael Jackson: PR suicide with the help of Martin Bashir". The Times (London). Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  8. ^ "Former manager unveils scale of Michael Jackson's drug use". Telegraph.co.uk (London). 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  9. ^ "Bashir: Jacko was the greatest". The Sun (London). 2009-06-27. 
  10. ^ http://tunesmithpro.ning.com/profiles/blogs/marilynmusic-works-on-msnbc

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Preceded by
Ted Koppel
Nightline anchor
November 28, 2005 – August 6, 2010
With Terry Moran and Cynthia McFadden
Succeeded by
Bill Weir
With Terry Moran and Cynthia McFadden