Busfield leaves NoW to edit Afghan news title

By Sarah Lagan

News of the World TV critic Andrea Busfield is leaving the world of
tabloid journalism to edit Afghanistan newspaper Sada-e Azadi, or Voice
of Freedom.

The Kabul-based fortnightly paper is funded by the UN International Security Assistance Force, which also runs a radio station.

Busfield
worked at The Sun for four years before moving to its Sunday sister in
2000. She moved to the subs department after spending more than three
months covering the Afghanistan conflict and has returned several times
to report from the country.

Following her work there, Busfield
returns to the country twice a year to visit friends and, after five
years working at the UK’s best selling tabloid as a sub, feature editor
and columnist, she is fulfilling her dream of moving to the country.

She
said: “This is going to be a wonderful experience and I can’t wait to
get there. I’ve had an interest in Afghanistan ever since I went there
in 2001 and this is a tremendous challenge.

Although the TV column has given me a profile, I’d say I’ve been on the road for a long time.”

Meanwhile,
the News of the World has poached Ian Hyland from the Sunday Mirror to
replace Busfield. He will take up his role in January.

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