Award-winning journalist and author Fergal Keane is stepping down as the BBC's Africa editor as he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The war correspondent (59) has reported from some of the most volatile and dangerous conflict zones in the world - including the Rwandan genocide - during a career with the BBC which has spanned more than three decades.
In a statement sent to staff at the BBC yesterday, head of news gathering Jonathan Monro confirmed the journalist, who grew up in Dublin and Cork, will "step back from his role" as Africa editor while he recovers.
He will be reassigned to a new role "that will enable him to continue to provide original and compelling journalism on different platforms across News and Current Affairs and more widely across the BBC," the memo said.
Mr Munro paid tribute to Mr Keane, the son of the late Kerry actor Eamonn Keane and nephew of playwright John B Keane, as someone who "brought huge insight, experience and thoughtfulness to the role, covering a wide range of different stories across the continent".
He said the reporter "has been dealing privately with the effects of 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," Mr Munro added.
"But he feels he needs to change his role in order to further assist his recovery."