Congratulations to Tarik Kafala, the new Controller, Languages at BBC World Service, replacing the excellent Liliane Landor, who departed in less than transparent circumstances last month.
Tarik left Libya at the age of ten; early education in an American oil company school probably prepared him for Millfield, then St Andrew's University. There he met his wife Sarah, now a librarian.
Tarik signed with Auntie in 1993, and early tasks included working on Arabic versions of Wuthering Heights and Look Back In Anger. (Maybe if the BBC had kept up with that sort of cultural leadership, all this recent Middle East bother might never have happened). Thence to BBC News Online, where he eventually was billed as Middle East Editor, and most recently to running BBC Arabic. He spent a year back in Libya giving media training for the first elections after the overthrow of Gaddafi.
Tarik lives near Colchester and enjoys cycling with his kids.