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Bashir has pituitary gland tumour

TV presenter Martin Bashir
Martin Bashir has no plans to scale back personal or professional life

Television journalist Martin Bashir, famed for his interviews with Princess Diana and Michael Jackson, has a tumour on his pituitary gland.

The 45-year-old's agent said Bashir has a potentially life-threatening tumour, which was found during treatment for a head injury last month.

He was taken to hospital after suffering an injury on the set of his Nightline show for ABC News in America.

Bashir, who is back at work, says he plans "to get on with his life".

The pituitary gland is located at the base of the brain and helps to control growth.

Mr Bashir's agent, John Miles, said: "It has been a very worrying time for Martin and his family but the good news is that the specialists do not want to operate on the tumour yet.

"The doctors say they have found it at a very early stage. Obviously it's very serious and they are not unconcerned."

Mr Miles added that while the news was "very upsetting, Martin is seeing it as a blessing in disguise"

"If he hadn't had the knock to his head, he would never have known about the tumour" Mr Miles added.

Bashir lives in New York with his wife Debbie and their two children. He is due to fly to Los Angeles this week to make a programme about gang murders.

Martin Bashir interviews Princess Diana
Princess Diana spoke freely to Bashir about her depression and bulimia

The journalist became a household name after speaking to Diana, Princess of Wales for BBC One's Panorama programme in 1995.

During the interview the princess admitted an adulterous affair with former Army officer James Hewitt.

She also described her hurt at the relationship between her then husband, Prince Charles, and Camilla Parker Bowles.

"There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded," she famously said.

Bashir then sealed global recognition after securing the first in-depth interview with Michael Jackson in 2003.

The show sparked a court case with Jackson facing charges of child abuse - he was later cleared by a jury.

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