Back in 2006 he was an honoured castaway on the BBC's "Desert Island Discs" programme, giving freely of his opinions on the Middle East, including Israel, to presenter Kirsty Young.
Mr Fisk, however, seems to have upset Al Beeb recently, if the presence of a piece by Stuart Hughes, one of Al Beeb's World Affairs producers, on the BBC College of Journalism (CoJo) website is any indication:
'Few journalists polarise opinion as sharply as Robert Fisk of The Independent.
For more than three decades, Fisk's impassioned writing on Middle Eastern affairs, and his sustained criticism of Israel and the United States, has won him many awards and many more critics.
Conservative commentators in particular have long dissected and rebutted his articles line by line - to the extent that "fisking" has become a term in its own right, defined as "the practice of savaging an argument and scattering the tattered remnants to the four corners of the internet."
Last weekend, Fisk ... was in typically combative form. Instead of attacking Western foreign policy, however, he turned his ire (not for the first time) on another of his favoured targets - his fellow foreign correspondents....
The article - published just over a week after the deaths in Homs of Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik - provoked a furious response. Many senior and well-respected journalists voiced anger at what they regarded as Fisk's disrespectful, out-dated and even dangerous views.
"Fisk correctly identifies there are plenty in our profession with an over-healthy appreciation of their own ego," the BBC correspondent Gabriel Gatehouse told me in an email from Libya.
"He should know, for Fisk is one of the most egregious practitioners of this kind of journalism," Gatehouse added archly.'Read the entire piece here and make of it what you will.
Should you have the time and inclination to linger longer at CoJo, have a look at what it teaches about "Impartiality" - something that Al Beeb practises more in the breach than in the observance, of course.