Zoya Charles brings up-to-date production experience to the OPEN Media Hub project which trains multimedia broadcast journalists, editors and managers in countries neighbouring the European Union.
She is a multimedia journalist and editor with more than 25 years of experience, and has held senior management roles at the BBC.
She worked as an editor leading one of the BBC’s most innovative video journalism teams, which won several awards for its output. As part of her work, she also helped to develop BBC's digital strategy.
Zoya led a team producing original video journalism for television news programmes and online outlets. She encouraged experimentation with formats to fit evolving multimedia channels. It was the first BBC team to start using camera drones in its productions.
Prior to that, she was a newsgathering and website editor at one of the BBC’s language services and a senior field producer working for BBC News outlets on television, radio and online. During that period, she covered major stories such as the Chechen wars, the Beslan School siege, the war in Afghanistan from 2001 and the Iraq war.