Former BBC war reporter Rageh Omaar joins ITV News

The man dubbed the “Scud stud” for his coverage during the Iraq invasion for the BBC is to leave al-Jazeera and become a special correspondent with ITV

Former BBC war reporter Rageh Omaar joins ITV News
Written By
Tim Glanfield

Rageh Omaar is joining ITV News as special correspondent later this week.

The 45-year-old journalist will leave Qatar-based news channel al-Jazeera where he has worked since 2006. 

Omaar became a household name for his BBC reports during the Iraq invasion in 2003.  Much of his coverage was syndicated across the world, and his charming on-screen persona and good looks earned him the nickname the “Scud stud” from the Washington Post.

The Somali-born reporter won a Bafta for the BBC’s coverage of the Iraqi conflict, and has in the past worked for Sky News and Channel 4’s Dispatches.  He’s also author of two books. 

Omaar said: "Joining ITV News represents a return to news reporting for me, which is where my passion for journalism began."

He Added: “I’m incredibly excited to be joining such a fantastic and thriving news organisation with a wonderful history".

ITV said Omaar will work on "a broad range of news stories and producing special in-depth reports from all around the UK and when required, on stories abroad".

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