By Dr. Matthew Wilkinson
25th June 2013. We are delighted to announce that Aaqil Ahmed, BBC Commissioning Editor Religion and BBC Head of Religion & Ethics, accepts invitation to become Curriculum for Cohesion Patron.
Currently Aaqil combines being the TV Genre Lead for Religion and Ethics with Commissioning the TV output as well as managing the In-House Multimedia Religion and Ethics Department in Salford and Belfast and being the BBC’s overall Head of Religion.
Over the past four years, Aaqil has commissioned projects as diverse as The Life of Muhammad, The Preston Passion and Hitler’s Children. He also led the BBC in-house teams coverage of the Papal visit in 2010 and the award winning 50th anniversary of Songs of Praise in 2011.
Prior to his role at Channel 4, Aaqil commissioned award-winning and genre-defining projects such as Inside the Mind of the Suicide Bomber, Saving Africa’s Witch Children and The Qur’an.
Aaqil combines this work with a Professorship in Professional Practise: Television at the School of Media & Performing Arts, Middlesex University.