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  • Simon Jack announced as BBC’s new Business Editor

    It was announced this week that Simon Jack has been appointed the BBC’s new business editor.

    Jack currently presents the business and economics news on the Today programme and previously worked on BBC Breakfast. He will replace Kamal Ahmed who has became economics editor earlier this year after Robert Peston jumped ship to be the ITV’s new political editor.

    Director of BBC News and Current Affairs James Harding says, “I’m delighted to announce that Simon Jack is appointed the BBC’s Business Editor. As listeners to the Today programme know well, Simon is a forensic interrogator of business, and respected by business leaders for his command of the issues. A banking analyst-turned-broadcaster, Simon’s financial judgement and pithy turn of phrase will no doubt serve him well in telling, breaking and explaining the business stories that matter so much to us all.”

    Simon Jack says, “I'm very excited about taking on this role and building on the great work done by Robert Peston and Kamal Ahmed before me in bringing the most important business stories to BBC audiences across all our TV, radio and digital platforms. Business organisations, institutions and individuals play a major part in all of our lives and that makes good business journalism extremely important. It’s a challenge I'm looking forward to enormously.”

    Simon’s appointment to the role does not come as much surprise and it was nice to see the BBC choosing an internal candidate who already has significant broadcasting experience. Peston and Ahmed both came from print backgrounds before joining the BBC. I suspect that because Simon is already part of the business and economics unit he will move into his new role quite soon indeed.

    This does unfortunately mean that we will no longer hear him in the mornings. Tanya Beckett often fills in so we may hear more of her. I would love to hear Jamie Robertson on Today - wouldn’t he be a magnificent replacement?

    Jack Axford

    Co-editor, BNF


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