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Aaqil Ahmed - BBC Head of Religion & Ethics

In short

Coming from a working class immigrant background in Manchester, Aaqil studied Photography at the University of Westminster. Upon graduation he started work in TV where he rose up the executive ladder to his most recent appointment of Head of Religion and Ethics at the BBC. He is the first muslim to hold that position.

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Aaqil joined the BBC from Channel 4 where for more than six years he was Commissioning Editor for Religion and Head of Multicultural Programming.

Commissions include many award-winning and high-profile projects such as Saving Africa's Witch Children, The Qur'an, Inside The Mind Of A Suicide Bomber, Christianity: A History and the religion strand Revelations.

From 2000 to 2003 Aaqil was employed by the BBC's Religion and Ethics department as Deputy Editor of Documentaries, where he worked on a number of projects from Trouble Up North, Headhunting The Homeless, Richard Gere On Buddhism to the acclaimed current affairs and religion strand Everyman.

Previously Aaqil worked for the BBC as a Director on Here And Now. He also produced and directed The Crime Squad (fronted by Sue Lawley) as well as numerous one-off documentaries for BBC One such as Britain On The Fiddle and Behind The Bike Sheds.

In addition he produced news event specials such as the funeral of Diana Princess of Wales and the Turkish earthquake.

Aaqil began his career at the BBC in 1992 working primarily for BBC Birmingham on programmes such as Panorama, Network East and Bollywood Or Bust.

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