Kamal Ahmed is the Economics Editor of the BBC, formally the Business Editor of the BBC. 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 TV 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 business in the UK.
Between 2007 and 2009 Kamal Ahmed was Group Director of 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 of News, at The Observer; with responsibility for the main 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 paper. 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 Kamal Ahmed 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.
Kamal Ahmed is an industry mentor for the Media Trust, an organisation committed to increasing diversity in the media and he is a regular guest speaker at their events.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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