BBC appoints Amit Baruah to head Hindi Services

BBC World Service has finally shifted the base of its Hindi Services to India and has roped in Hindustan Times' foreign editor, Amit Baruah, to head the Hindi Services.

BBC Hindi has been operating from London for almost 60 years and the post was based in London. Baruah will join the organisation on August1, 2009.

BBC World Services had initiated the process of shifting the bases of its 23 languages to the relevant markets in 2005.
The Hindi Services saw a significant part of the move last year, wherein various officials based in the London offices of BBC World Services moved to India.

Baruah has been foreign editor since 2007, prior to which, he spent 19 years at The Hindu, variously as foreign correspondent at Sri Lanka, Pakistan and South East Asia, and also as diplomatic correspondent in New Delhi.

The idea of moving is to be closer to the market, the action and the audience.