BBC News appoints economics editor Kamal Ahmed as new editorial director amid management team restructure
BBC economics editor Kamal Ahmed has joined the BBC News management team as editorial director. Daily news programmes controller Gavin Allen has also stepped up as head of news output.
The two new roles have been created by BBC director of news Fran Unsworth as she makes maintaining trust through impartiality a clear priority for safeguarding BBC Newsâ€™ future.
A former newspaper journalist, Ahmed (pictured) joined the BBC in 2014 as business editor, becoming economics editor two years later.
In his new role he will be responsible for shaping future editorial strategy, focusing on â€œstorytellingÂ and explanatory journalismâ€� and match output to audience research.
Unsworth said: â€œKamal will bring verve, ambition and fresh editorial insight to the role and Iâ€™m thrilled heâ€™s joining my top team.â€�
Allen has led the BBCâ€™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 newsroomâ€™s output across TV, digital, online and radio andÂ head up the newly merged multimedia daily news output and programmes team.
A BBC spokesperson said: â€œTheÂ roleÂ will ensure the BBCâ€™s editorial decision making is joined up and the best journalism reaches all of our audiences on both linear and digital platforms.â€�
Unsworth added: â€œIâ€™m delighted to have Gavinâ€™s extensive experience across many BBC programmes and strong editorial judgement leading this department.â€�
Mobile and online controller Fiona CampbellÂ will also move into the newly created role of digital director.
Source: Digital Journalism