New role for journalist

Ahmed to help shape BBC editorial strategy

Kamal AhmedBBC economics editor Kamal Ahmed, a former Scotland on Sunday journalist, has joined the BBC News management team as editorial director.

Daily news programmes controller Gavin Allen will join him as head of news output.

The new roles have been created by BBC director of news Fran Unsworth as part of restoring trust through impartiality as a priority for the corporation.

Mr Ahmed, 50, joined the BBC in 2014 as business editor, replacing Robert Peston, becoming economics editor two years later. He left SoS to join The Guardian and later was appointed political editor of The Observer.

He became business editor of The Sunday Telegraph and took time out from journalism as director of communications at the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

In his new role he will be responsible for shaping future editorial strategy, focusing on “storytelling and explanatory journalism” and match output to audience research.

Ms Unsworth said: “Kamal will bring verve, ambition and fresh editorial insight to the role and I’m thrilled he’s joining my top team.”

Mr Allen has led the BBC’s daily news programmes since 2014 and has previously held senior editorial roles including on the Today programme, The Politics Show and Question Time.

He will lead the BBC newsroom’s output across TV, digital, online and radio and  head up the newly merged multimedia daily news output and programmes team.

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