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BBC appoints new Religion Editor

by Kelly Valencia

The BBC has announced the next Religion Editor for BBC News following a competitive recruitment process, the organisation said.

Aleem Maqbool will take the lead on the BBC’s expert analysis and insight on the major themes and issues affecting different faiths in the UK and around the world.

Maqbool said: “I am delighted to take up a role that focuses on telling stories associated with faith and ethics and reflecting on the complex way in which they continue to shape our society. After many years in foreign news, I also look forward to working with a wonderful team in London".

His appointment comes months after former Religion Editor Martin Bashir stepped down from the role on health grounds. He had been on sick pay for a long period due to Covid-19 related complications.

Bashir also made headlines after an investigation into his Panorama interview with Princess Diana revealed he used “deceitful behaviour” to secure the interview.

Maqbool is the current BBC News North America Correspondent and has been based in Washington DC since 2004.

Deputy director of BBC News and head of news content, Jonathan Muro, said: “Aleem has always been an exceptionally thoughtful reporter and analyst with journalistic drive and a strong vision for reaching new audiences and delivering on digital. I think he’ll be fantastic”.

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