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Simon Jack takes on business editor role at the BBC

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By Jessica Goodfellow, Media Reporter

February 5, 2016 | 2 min read

Simon Jack has been appointed as the the BBC’s business editor, a role which has been vacant since December last year after Kamal Ahmed stepped down.

Jack joined the BBC’s Business and Economic team in 2003 as a correspondent, working across BBC News programmes including Newsnight, News at Ten and other bulletins as well as BBC Radio 4’s PM and Wake Up To Money.

In 2008, he reported on the financial crisis, appearing regularly on television and radio programmes, and also joined BBC Breakfast as business presenter.

Jack is currently the business and economic correspondent on Radio 4’s Today programme.

Jack has presented a number of programmes, including Panorama's A Suicide In

James Harding, director of BBC News and Current Affairs, said of Jack's appointment: "As listeners to the Today programme know well, Simon is a forensic interrogator of business, and respected by business leaders for his command of the issues. A banking analyst-turned-broadcaster, Simon’s financial judgement and pithy turn of phrase will no doubt serve him well in telling, breaking and explaining the business stories that matter so much to us all."

Jack added: "I'm very excited about taking on this role and building on the great work done by Robert Peston and Kamal Ahmed before me in bringing the most important business stories to BBC audiences across all our TV, radio and digital platforms. Business organisations, institutions and individuals play a major part in all of our lives and that makes good business journalism extremely important. It’s a challenge I'm looking forward to enormously."

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