EDITORIAL MANAGEMENT 1984-91 Joined Visnews TV agency after Reuters bought it. Set up UK bureaux for Sky News. Invented Reuters Financial Television. Reuters News Editor, Asia in Hong Kong. Ran text/pix coverage of Tiananmen Square protests. Reuters Editor, Japan. Ran 100-strong editorial operation. Relaunched Japanese financial news service. Had holiday in Syria as Iraq invaded Kuwait. Left Asia slowly on Trans-Siberian Railway from Beijing to Ulan Bator to Moscow.
Syria: ruins of castle built bythe Assassins, a 12th C version of Osama Bin Laden's Al-Qaeda. Photo: Paul Eedle
MIDDLE EAST REPORTING 1992-93 Reuters bureau chief in Cairo. Reported Muslim militant violence and Arab-Israeli peace process. Interviewed militants in N. Africa, Syria, Jordan, Sudan.
EDITORIAL MANAGEMENT 1994-95 Ran Reuters editorial operations in N. and S. America (650 staff in 40 bureaux). Rebuilt management team and created multimedia editorial centre in Washington. Resigned to develop Internet journalism. Took mind-clearing trip by container ship across Pacific and wrote first plans in Australia, where my family emigrated in 1975.
President Mubarak of Egypt objecting to my coverage of Muslim militant violence. Photo: Aladin Abdel-Naby
MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM 1996-2001 Started Out There News with John West to create explorable multimedia documentaries - news as Myst. Site chosen as Yahoo Pick of the Year 1997. Developed seven further projects, including weekly audio show World from the Attic and children's site, Out There Reports. Built network of 40 correspondents in 30 countries but increasingly wanted to enable people to tell their own stories without journalists getting in the way. OTN's Diaries of Conflict on the war with Bin Laden featured in the Guardian and on CNN.
The Brick Lane kitchen where most of Out There News's ideas were born. Photo: Sue Eedle
MIDDLE EAST REPORTING & TV PRODUCTION
2002 Reported al-Qaeda's mastery of Internet to maximise impact of its violence.
2003 Produced Channel 4 News's coverage of Iraq war, winner of International Emmy, BAFTA and Royal Television Society awards. Reported war for Financial Times.
2004 Filmed news feature in Saudi Arabia during height of al-Qaeda violence; made documentary about London-based Saudi dissident Saad al-Faqih.
2005 Helped to start independent Iraqi news agency, Aswat al-Iraq (Voices of Iraq). Set up bureau in Baghdad to make news features for Channel 4 News and international syndication.
2006 Directed Jihad TV, on Al Qaeda's internet propaganda and its impact - or not - on young Arabs.
2008 Directed Hard Way Home, documentary about Iraq's refugee crisis. Baghdad bureau has now made more than 60 short films.
2010 Appointed Director of Programmes at Al Jazeera English.
Iraq multimedia diary
Why are Iraqi children dying? Medicine and essential foodstuffs are not included in the UN sanctions, so whose fault is it that Iraqi children are dying of hunger and disease? April 1998