Al Jazeera Media Network has assigned the role of acting MD at Al Jazeera English to Giles Trendle. The role was vacated by Al Anstey’s departure to head Al Jazeera America.

Trendle, who has been with Al Jazeera since 2004, will also continue in his current role as AJE’s director of programmes.

Commenting on his appointment, he said: “I am honoured to be asked to step up to the role of acting MD. I am committed to ensuring Al Jazeera English continues to be a news and current affairs channel that offers great journalism, original story telling, and uncovers human stories that need to be told. We have established ourselves as one of the most reputable and most watched news and current affairs outlets in the world. I’m determined that we do everything necessary to continue to be recognised as the very best at what we do, catering for our audiences no matter if they are using television, mobile, or social platforms.”

Dr Mostefa Souag, acting DG of Al Jazeera Media Network, added: “Giles is an experienced journalist and has a strong track record of managing, directing and producing documentaries. He has multicultural understanding, versatility, and in his many years at Al Jazeera, he has placed emphasis on a relationship-building approach. Al Jazeera English will continue the upward trajectory it has been on in recent years and Giles’s leadership and experience will be essential for the continuing future success of the channel.”