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Simon Jack appointed BBC’s new business editor

MUMBAI: Simon Jack has been appointed as BBC’s business editor, BBC News and Current Affairs director James Harding announced.

Jack joined the BBC’s Business and Economic team in 2003 and, as BBC Economics Correspondent, he worked across BBC News programmes including Newsnight, News at Ten and the 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 BBC’s television and radio programmes. In the same year, Jack joined BBC Breakfast as the business presenter.

Jack is currently the Business and Economic Correspondent on Radio 4’s Today programme.

He has presented a number of programmes, including the ‘Panorama A Suicide In The Family’, BBC World Service’s ‘The Food Chain’, as well as ‘Return To The Gold Standard?’ and ‘100 Years Of The Federal Reserve’ for BBC Radio 4’s Analysis.

Harding said, “I’m delighted to announce that Simon Jack is appointed the BBC’s Business Editor. 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 said, “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.”

Previously, Jack worked in the financial industry for around 10 years, including as an economist.