Kamal Ahmed (journalist)

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Kamal Ahmed
Born 1967
Ealing, London
Nationality British
Education Drayton Manor High School
Alma mater University of Leeds
City University Department of Journalism
Occupation Journalist, editor, administrator
Employer BBC News
Known for BBC Economics Editor
Former Business Editor, BBC News
Former Business Editor, The Sunday Telegraph
Fmr. Director of Communications at the Equality and Human Rights Commission
Fmr. Political Editor, The Observer
Journalist & features writer
Awards CFA Society UK's ethical and professional standards award 2013[1]

Kamal Ahmed (born 1967) is a British journalist, currently Economics Editor of BBC News.[2] He was the Business Editor of BBC News from March 2014, until Simon Jack was appointed as his successor, in February, 2016.[3]

He was formerly the Political Editor of The Observer newspaper, Business Editor of The Sunday Telegraph newspaper and Director of Communications at the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Early life and education[edit]

Ahmed is son of an ethnic English mother from Rotherham and a Sudanese father who was a research scientist in ophthalmology.[4] He grew up in Ealing. From 1980 to 1986, Ahmed was educated at Drayton Manor High School,[5] a state comprehensive school in Hanwell in the London Borough of Ealing in West London, followed by the University of Leeds, from which he graduated in 1990 with a degree in Political Studies.[6] He then trained in journalism at the City University Department of Journalism.


Ahmed worked on local newspapers in Scotland before joining Scotland on Sunday in 1993.[7] He later moved to The Guardian and became executive news editor and Political Editor at the The Observer newspaper.[3] Ahmed was later criticised by fellow journalist Nick Davies for maintaining an inappropriately close relationship with Downing Street while serving as Political Editor, and for publishing numerous articles that "contained significant falsehood or distortion".[8] Ahmed described Davies' claims as untrue and "hearsay".[9] After leaving the newspaper, he then became group Director of Communications at the Equality and Human Rights Commission,[3] recruited by its then chairman Trevor Phillips.[10]

In 2009, Ahmed was appointed Business Editor for The Sunday Telegraph,[10][11] undertaking a course at the London Business School before replacing Mark Kleinman, who left for Sky News.[12] In 2013 he became executive business editor, with a role across the Sunday and Daily Telegraph print editions.[3][13]

On 20 December 2013, it was announced that Ahmed would replace Robert Peston as the Business Editor of BBC News,[3][14] and on 24 March 2014 he assumed the post.

On 3 December 2015, it was announced that Ahmed would replace Robert Peston as the BBC Economics Editor after Peston's departure to ITV, and that Ahmed's successor as Business Editor of BBC News would be announced early in 2016. Ahmed will be doing both jobs until a successor is appointed.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Ahmed married the journalist and novelist Elizabeth Day in December 2011.[15] The couple separated in February 2015 and are now divorced.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Annual report" (pdf). CFA UK. 2013-06-30. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2015/kamal-ahmed-economics-editor
  3. ^ a b c d e "BBC appoints Telegraph's Kamal Ahmed as business editor". BBC News. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Ahmed, Kamal (9 November 2008). "After Obama, I can be proud of what I really am: black and white". The Observer. 
  5. ^ "Alumni News - KAMAL AHMED". Drayton Manor High School, Hanwell. 11 June 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Who's been here? | Politics and International Studies (POLIS)". University of Leeds. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "BBC Radio 5 live - On the Money". BBC. 23 October 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Davies, Nick, Flat Earth News, 340-5
  9. ^ Savage, Michael (11 February 2008). "Kamal Ahmed: 'Nick is a coward'. Ahmed bites back". The Independent. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  10. ^ a b Pidd, Helen (26 July 2009). "Trevor Phillips 'shocked' as ally quits watchdog". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  11. ^ Luft, Oliver (27 July 2009). "Former Observer exec Kamal Ahmed joins Sunday Telegraph". Press Gazette. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  12. ^ Bates, Victoria (21 August 2009). "NEW SUNDAY TELEGRAPH BUSINESS EDITOR ON STEEP LEARNING CURVE". City AM. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Column - Kamal Ahmed". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  14. ^ Plunkett, John (20 December 2013). "BBC appoints Sunday Telegraph's Kamal Ahmed as business editor". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "MGC News", Malvern St James, OGA News, Spring 2013, p.17

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Preceded by
Robert Peston
Business editor of BBC News
March 2014-2016
Succeeded by
Simon Jack
Preceded by
Robert Peston
Economics Editor of BBC News
Succeeded by