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  • Kamal Ahmed announced as new Economics Editor

    Kamal Ahmed is to take over from Robert Peston as the BBC’s economics editor. Ahmed joined the corporation back in March 2014 as business editor but will replace Peston who is leaving to take up the role of political editor at ITV News. Before working at the BBC, Ahmed was the business editor of the Sunday Telegraph and the political editor of The Observer.

    Director of News and Current Affairs, James Harding, said, “The BBC’s Economics Editor is one of the most important jobs in journalism. It requires close examination of the Treasury, the Bank of England and policy across government as well as the capacity to report the forces that shape the business environment, the global economy and all of our household budgets. I know that Kamal will bring intelligence and insight to that important task.”

    Kamal Ahmed said: “I have had a wonderful time as Business Editor of the BBC and am delighted and privileged to be moving to this new, connected, role - bringing home the importance of economics to our UK and global audiences and covering the policy areas that affect our financial outlook on the world.

    “Following the financial crisis, we are experiencing a fascinating and dislocating time in economics and politics, two areas so intimately related. I look forward to working with all my brilliant colleagues, doing our best to explain the economic world to the millions of people who turn to the BBC every day.”

    The news follows a large wave of senior correspondents leaving the BBC to join other news organisations. Peston, alongside Newsnight’s economics correspondent Duncan Weldon and political editor Allegra Stratton have all announced that they are moving on.

    The decision to appoint Kamal is not a huge surprise given that Pesto himself also moved from business to economics. Although many talented individuals have left the BBC in recent years, there was still a huge array of reporters who could have replaced Peston including Hugh Pym, James Landale and Simon Jack. Nevertheless, Kamal has proved himself to be a great broadcaster in a very short time and deserves this role more than anyone. A new business editor will be announced early in the New Year.

    Jack Axford

    Co-editor, BNF

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