The BBC Economics Editor, Radio 4 and, er, table tennis

Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 8:24 pm

Driving home from the gym this evening I was pleased to hear former colleague and boss Kamal Ahmed, ex City editor of The Sunday Telegraph and now BBC Economics Editor, come on Radio 4's news programme.

However, the aural experience was disturbed by the fact that interviewer insisted Kamal deliver his interpretation of the today's Office of National Statistics figures whilst playing table tennis. Yes, you read it correctly - whilst playing table tennis.

Now, clearly I missed the part of the Radio 4 show that would have explained why Kamal, who I rather liked working for during my time at Telegraph Media Group, had to play table tennis while delivering today's economics news.

Although Kamal - well-known in media circles for his stylish suits and thin ties - wasn't quite as polished as normal he did manage to make a pretty decent fist of explaining today's ONS numbers, economic trends and the potential impact on politics.

What next, though, I wonder will the BBC come up with to liven up economics reporting?..

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