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British journalist Martin Bashir is charging up to $25k for public speaking gigs,

British journalist and TV broadcaster Martin Bashir is still trying to cash in on his infamous Princess Diana interview, despite a high profile BBC probe into his conduct, DailyMail.com can reveal.

Bashir is promoting himself as a $25,000-per-appearance public speaker through U.S. based Celebrity Talent International.

And included in his resume, the journalist's bio describes him as an award-winning British journalist 'best known' for conducting a series of exclusive interviews.

The bio goes on to trumpet his Diana interview, stating: 'Bashir has won a number of other awards for his work and has collected a BAFTA award for his now-historic interview with the late Princess Diana, which remains her only television interview.'

Journalist and TV broadcaster Martin Bashir is promoting himself as a $25,000/appearance public speaker through Celebrity Talent International

Bashir infamously interviewed Princess Diana in a bombshell 1995 sit-down, which remains her only television interview. He now is the focus of a BBC probe into his conduct of how he procured the interview with Princess Diana

The BBC has launched an independent inquiry into the famous 1995 Panorama interview.

It's understood Bashir's behavior to procure the interview is being probed.

Bashir, now the BBC's religion editor, has been accused of spreading lies about Diana's friends and staff to win her trust, in addition to showing her faked bank statements and even telling her the security forces were planning to kill her.

Celebrity Talent International details that anyone wishing to book Bashir either for a speaking engagement or event host must fork out between '$15,000-$24,999'.

In the bio the agency boasts of Bashir's work including 'a number of critically acclaimed documentaries' on subjects ranging from steroid abuse by Olympic athletes, to the 500th anniversary of the Sistine Chapel, to physician-assisted suicide in Oregon.

Celebrity Talent International details that anyone wishing to book Bashir either for a speaking engagement or event host must fork out between $15k-$25k

Bashir's bio on the site goes on to trumpet his Diana interview, stating: 'Bashir has won a number of other awards for his work and has collected a BAFTA award for his now-historic interview with the late Princess Diana, which remains her only television interview'

It continues: 'In 2003, his documentary Living with Michael Jackson featured extraordinary access to one of the biggest stars of the modern musical world. This was followed by Who Wants to be a Millionaire: A Major Fraud - a film about Major Charles Ingram and his wife Diana who were found guilty of cheating.'

And the global coronavirus pandemic is not preventing the one-time MSNBC anchor from pitching himself.

The booking agency specifically confirms that he will 'do a virtual event during COVID-19'

It states: 'Many performers, actors, speakers and other talent like Martin Bashir, with postponed or cancelled events due to COVID-19 are now, in certain cases, considering virtual appearances via live streaming.

'They perhaps may accept lower fees too. If you are seriously interested in booking Martin Bashir or other talent shown on our site, we will research their desire and the specific fee for your live-streaming event or project request.'

Bashir, now the BBC's religion editor, has been accused of spreading lies about Diana's friends and staff to win her trust 

The booking agent admits that it is tough to secure Bashir for a cheaper rate.

'There is low probability to book Martin Bashir for a party with anything substantially less than the published booking cost price range. We will negotiate with the Martin Bashir agent on your behalf.'

DailyMail.com reached out to Celebrity Talent International posing as a client hoping to book Bashir for a corporate event.

A rep responded to our request asking for more details about the event before they could contact Bashir.

A request for comment was also submitted to Bashir's manager with no response.

The five key areas the BBC inquiry into the Martin Bashir scandal will cover  

1. What steps did the BBC and in particular Martin Bashir take with a view to obtaining the Panorama interview on 20 November 1995 with Diana, Princess of Wales? This will involve a consideration of all the relevant evidence including (i) the mocked up bank statements purporting to show payments to a former employee of Earl Spencer (ii) the purported payments to members of the Royal Households; and (iii) the other matters recently raised by Earl Spencer not limited to the matters published in the Daily Mail on 7 November 2020.

2. Were those steps appropriate, having regard in particular to the BBC's editorial standards prevailing at the time?

3. To what extent did the actions of the BBC and in particular Martin Bashir influence Diana, Princess of Wales's decision to give an interview?

4. What knowledge did the BBC have in 1995 and 1996 of the relevant evidence referred to at paragraph 1 above?

5. Having regard to what was known at the time of its investigation in 1995 and 1996, how effectively did the BBC investigate the circumstances leading to the interview?

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