Kamal Ahmed is the Economics Editor of the BBC, formerly the Business Editor of the BBC, a position he took up in March 2014. He leads the BBC’s on air economics coverage and makes regular appearances on the Today programme, the Six and Ten O’clock news bulletins as well as Newsnight and documentary programmes across television and radio. His blog is widely read online.
Kamal joined the BBC from the Telegraph Media Group which he joined in September 2009 as Business Editor of the Sunday Telegraph. Kamal also led the editorial team delivering the Telegraph’s annual Festival of Business, a celebration of medium and smaller sized businesses in the UK.
Between 2007 and 2009 Kamal was Group Director, Communications, at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the regulator charged with upholding and enforcing equality and human rights legislation in Britain.
Before joining the Commission in 2007, Kamal was Executive Editor, News, at The Observer with responsibility for the news section of the paper. He was a member of the team that developed and re-launched The Observer as a mid-size full colour Sunday, a development that won Newspaper of the Year at the British Press Awards in 2005, the highest award for any newspaper.
Between 2000 and 2004 he was Political Editor of The Observer covering Tony Blair’s government and the lead up to the Iraq war. Between 1996 and 2000, Kamal worked for The Guardian, starting on the paper as Royal Correspondent, later becoming Media Correspondent and then Media Editor.