By John Bean
Kamal Ahmed, the BBC’s new Editorial Director of News, was born in the UK with a Sudanese father and an English mother. A graduate of Leeds University in 1990 with a degree in politics, it is not surprising he later worked on The Guardian and then became political editor of The Observer. It was here that he was criticised by fellow journalist Nick Davies for publishing numerous articles that contained ‘significant falsehoods or distortion’.
In December 2013 his appropriate record meant he was snapped up by the BBC as business editor of BBC News: then on to economics editor. His latest appointment is editorial director of news. In this role Ahmed will be responsible for shaping editorial strategy, ‘focusing on storytelling (I am not making this up) and explanatory journalism, providing the link between audience research and BBC output’, the corporation said.
What is particularly important about this appointment is that Ahmed’s new position was created by Fran Unsworth, a long term supporter of multiculturalism within the BBC. In December 2005 Unsworth appeared on the BBC’s Newswatch program facing accusations of double standards in BBC News reporting of racial crimes when white people were the victims. Complaints suggested the BBC buried stories such as the racist murder of Kriss Donald in Glasgow. This 15-year-old Scottish lad was brutally murdered by a gang of Pakistani men, some of whom fled to Pakistan after the crime. Unsworth admitted the case had not been covered sufficiently and that there had been space to do so.
In 2011 BBC News was criticised for referring to looters in the 2011 London riots as ‘protesters’, even two days into the violence. In response to 62 complaints about the matter, Unsworth conceeded that the BBC had been wrong to do so. In November 2012, Unsworth was appointed Acting Director of News while Nick Pollard prepared his report into the BBC’s non-coverage of the burgeoning Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal.
ITV and Sky
We do not have to watch BBC TV or listen to BBC radio, but British nationalists and patriots in general will find only few improvements with the competitors.
ITN, responsible for ITV and Channel 4 News, were recently run by John Hardie for nine years. He was previously Managing Director of Walt Disney TV in Europe, Middle East and Africa. The latest editor of ITV Network News is Geoff Hill. An indication of multicultural feelings is the fact that at one time he was director of coverage at CNN International. For those not familiar with America’s leading TV company is that CNN is looked upon as the equivalent of the BBC.
Well, you don’t have to listen to the BBC or ITV for your news. There’s also Sky UK, who possibly don’t present so many untruths as the BBC. But the part-connection with Rupert Murdoch is still there, as also Disney, and ownership is really by 21st Century Fox.