BBC World Service has announced the appointment of Amit Baruah, a leading Indian print journalist, as the Head of BBC Hindi.

Amit will be based in New Delhi and will be responsible for BBC Hindi service’s multimedia output.

He will also be BBC World Service’s lead Editor for India.

Amit Baruah, who has been working as the Foreign Editor of India’s national daily, Hindustan Times, brings to the BBC 23 years’ experience in international reporting.

A foreign correspondent for nearly a decade, Amit has reported from Sri Lanka, Pakistan and South-East Asia.

He has travelled and reported extensively from the troubled areas of Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab, filing from there for India’s national daily, The Hindu, and its weekly magazine, Frontline.

Amit is the author of Dateline Islamabad, a unique take on living and reporting from Pakistan, with a close look at the country’s contemporary history.

Behrouz Afagh, Head of Asia Pacific Region, BBC World Service, says, “Amit joins BBC Hindi at a time of big changes with fresh ideas and energy, and will play a key role in shaping the future of the BBC in India.”

BBC Hindi programmes are produced from London and Delhi, set in a rolling format, with news, current affairs and features.

The interactive morning and evening programmes, ‘Aaj Ke Din’ and ‘Aaj Kal’, bring news, analysis and interviews on a range of issues, from current affairs and careers to showbiz and sports.