BBC Middle East chief job for Bowen

BBC Rome correspondent Jeremy Bowen has been made the corporation’s first Middle East Editor.
 
Bowen will work across all the BBC’s news outlets, including radio, television, BBC News Online and BBC World.
 
Bowen said: “I’m looking forward to the challenge
of providing analysis and comment on this complex part of the world,
and to help bring about a deeper understanding of events to BBC
audiences.”
 
Bowen spent five years in Jerusalem as the BBC’s Middle East Correspondent from 1995 to 2000.
 
Last year he was part of the BBC team that won
the Sony Gold award for News Story of the Year, on Saddam Hussein’s
capture. He has also won an RTS award for his work on the assassination
of the Israeli Prime Minister Rabin and is a seasoned war
correspondent, reporting from more than 70 countries, and covering
conflicts in the Gulf, El Salvador, Lebanon, the West Bank,
Afghanistan, Croatia, Bosnia, Chechnya, Somalia and Rwanda, Iraq,
Algeria and Kosovo.
 
Bowen starts his new job in September.
 
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