Jonathan Munro was on the interview panel when Bashir was taken back on, then as Religious Affairs correspondent, in September 2016.
Bashir was offered the job after 'coffee meetings' with senior executives and despite controversy surrounding his 1995 interview with Princess Diana. In 2017, he was promoted to Religious Affairs Editor.
Bashir's recruitment is set to cast a shadow over Mr Munro's bid to become the BBC's Director of News, replacing Fran Unsworth who has quit her £340,000 job.
A BBC boss in pole position to land a powerful job running the Corporations news was involved in re-hiring rogue reporter Martin Bashir. Jonathan Munro (above) was on the interview panel when Bashir was taken back on, then as Religious