Huawei appoints Ex-BBC boss 'executive editor in chief'

Controversial Chinese tech giant Huawei appoints Ex-BBC boss ‘executive editor in chief’

  • Former BBC executive Gavin Allen has been hired by Chinese tech giant Huawei
  • The BBC’s former head of news programmes, was appointed to Huawei last week
  • He has taken up the role of ‘executive editor in chief’ with the tech company

A former BBC executive has been hired by the controversial Chinese tech giant Huawei.

Gavin Allen, who was head of news programmes for seven years, was appointed Huawei’s ‘executive editor in chief’ last week.

Last year, the Government banned Huawei equipment from the UK’s 5G network amid concerns that China’s totalitarian government would use the technology to spy on Britain.

Gavin Allen, who was head of news programmes for seven years, was appointed Huawei’s ‘executive editor in chief’ last week

Announcing his new job on LinkedIn, Mr Allen said he was ‘delighted’ to be joining the firm. 

He also said he had studied Chinese history, adding: ‘Now hugely proud to be part of a world-class ICT organisation which truly values collaboration and innovation: a creative force for good. And no excuses now for not improving [my] Mandarin.’

Mr Allen’s appointment also comes amid a tense relationship between China and the BBC.

BBC World News was taken off the air in China in February, accused of peddling ‘fake news’ in its reporting of claims that Covid-19 escaped from a lab in Wuhan.

Announcing his new job on LinkedIn, Mr Allen (pictured) said he was ‘delighted’ to be joining the firm

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