The BBC’s award-winning Africa editor Fergal Keane is stepping down from his role after several years of experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, the broadcaster has said.
The corporation said it was “brave and welcome” that Fergal was “ready to be open about PTSD”.
Fergal, who was appointed an OBE for his services to journalism in 2016, has reported from conflict zones across the world.
The BBC said he was moving away from the role to help his recovery.
In an announcement to BBC staff, the corporation’s head of newsgathering, Jonathan Munro, said: “For several years, Fergal has been dealing privately with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), stemming from several decades of work in conflict zones around the world.
“He has been supported throughout this time by friends and colleagues in News, as well as receiving professional medical advice.
“However, he now feels he needs to change his role in order to further assist his recovery. It is both brave and welcome that he is ready to be open about PTSD.”
The statement also praised Mr Keane for agreeing to publicise his PTSD, adding: “It is both brave and welcome that he is ready to be open about PTSD.”
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