BBC News appoints two new editors
BBC News has appointed Carrie Gracie as its first China editor and Sunday Telegraph reporter Kamal Ahmed as business editor.
Gracie, who is a fluent Mandarin speaker and currently works as a presenter on the BBC News Channel, starts her role next spring and will be based in Beijing as soon as Chinese formalities are complete.
Ahmed will join as business editor in March, replacing Robert Peston, who was recently appointed as economics editor after Stephanie Flanders left the BBC earlier this year.
James Harding, director of BBC News and Current Affairs, said the appointment of the BBC's first China editor "signals our determination to bring home to people the sweeping changes in the world's most populous nation as well as the transformative impact that China is having upon the world and all of our lives".
He added that Gracie, who will be the only female on-air editor at BBC News, had "insightful judgement as a journalist and exceptional talent as a broadcaster".
Gracie said: "I'm a lifelong China obsessive. So it's hard to put into words what this job means to me at this moment in history, to tell the China story for the BBC. It's just an awesome responsibility and a truly huge privilege."'Unrivalled team'
Commenting on Ahmed's appointment, Harding described the reporter as "one of the most formidable journalists working in Britain today".
"With Robert Peston appointed as economics editor, and Kamal succeeding Robert as business editor, the BBC is extremely lucky to boast an unrivalled team of journalists committed to understanding the outlook for the economy, the financial choices that govern our lives and the businesses that decide how we earn our way in the world."
Ahmed said it was "a great privilege to follow in the footsteps of Robert Peston and build on the great work the BBC does covering the business world".
He joined the Sunday Telegraph as business editor in September 2009. Previously he worked as group director of communications at the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Gracie has a BA in Chinese and taught English and economics at Chongqing and Yantai Universities.
She worked as a BBC reporter in China in the early 1990s and was Beijing bureau chief from 1997 until 1999, covering the death of former leader Deng Xiaoping and the handover of Hong Kong.
A BBC spokesperson said her current role on the News Channel would be covered from within the existing presentation team when she starts her editor post.