Asad Ahmad

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Asad Ahmad is a BBC journalist and news presenter.

Education[edit]

Ahmad was educated at the state comprehensive John Roan School on Maze Hill in Blackheath, south-east London, followed by the University of Bristol, where he studied law.

Early life[edit]

Before his media career, Ahmad worked as an Exchange Dealer in the City of London and as a researcher in the House of Lords.[1]

BBC News[edit]

Ahmad began his media career at the BBC on the News Trainee Scheme in 1996 before working at BBC Birmingham as a Political Reporter and TV Presenter on BBC Midlands Today.[citation needed] Before joining BBC London, Ahmad presented editions of BBC Scotland's flagship news programme Reporting Scotland as well as news bulletins on BBC Breakfast.[2] He was one of the launch presenters and correspondents for Newsnight Scotland.[2] He became the BBC's Scotland Correspondent, during which time he covered the Foot and Mouth outbreak, and riots in the North of England.[2]

Ahmad moved to London to work as a reporter for BBC Breakfast before joining the presenting team with Moira Stuart, Jeremy Bowen, Sophie Raworth, Sarah Montague and Darren Jordon. He also presented the News round-up on Breakfast with Frost and rolling news on BBC News with Sian Williams.[3]

Other activities[edit]

Since moving back to London, Ahmad has become involved in a working party looking at homelessness in the capital.[citation needed] Ahmad has appeared on radio presenting on the BBC Asian Network.[4] He has also previously presented the Newsdrive programme on BBC Radio Scotland and he has been shortlisted several times for awards for his special reports on BBC Radio.[2]

Other programmes Ahmad has presented include a late night discussion programme for BBC Choice, Newsline Scotland, East for BBC2, Music and current affairs programmes including a Pakistan Earthquake Special programme for BBC1.[2]

Ahmad was invited by the US State Department to take part in their International Visitor Leadership Programme in 2006, where he delivered lectures.[5] He is also a Patron of the charity Working With Words.[6]

Honours[edit]

Ahmad was the 2006 Royal Television Society Reporter of the Year for London.[2] He was shortlisted for an Ethnic Multicultural Media Awards (EMMA) for Best Radio News Journalist.[7][8]

Personal life[edit]

In 2007 Ahmad faced an allegation of harassment which he strongly denied stating that the allegation was “false”. He refused offers of a caution by the Metropolitan Police opting to take the case to court. In a pre-trial hearing, the Crown Prosecution Service offered no evidence and the charge was dropped[9]

Ahmad was due to run the 2008 London Marathon in aid of WaterAid, but had to pull out due to sustaining a knee injury.[10] In May 2008, he was injured again after being involved in a road traffic accident with a London bus while riding his Piaggio scooter in Eltham.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Asad Ahmad BBC London, 5 September 2008
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Asad Ahmad". BBC Press Office. July 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2007. [dead link]
  3. ^ "British and Irish TV Talent". The TV Room +. Retrieved 24 July 2007. 
  4. ^ "Best Bits". BBC Asian Network. Archived from the original on 28 August 2007. Retrieved 4 August 2007. 
  5. ^ "Visitor from the UK Offers New Insight". Georgia Council for International Visitors. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2007. 
  6. ^ "Patrons". Working With Words. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2007. [dead link]
  7. ^ "The Ethnic Multicultural Media Awards Nominations". guardian.co.uk (Guardian News and Media). 19 May 2000. Retrieved 24 July 2007. 
  8. ^ A host of great names attend The EMMAs 2002 on BBC TWO BBC Press Office, 8 May 2002
  9. ^ "Asad Ahmad Vindicated After Islamaphobic Witch-Hunt!". Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK. Retrieved 8 February 2008. 
  10. ^ Marathon Man BBC London, 9 April 2008
  11. ^ Scud Stud on crutches after collision with London bus: Second reporter knocked off scooter Mail Online, 24 May 2008

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