Murad Ahmed

Murad Ahmed


For the past decade, Murad Ahmed has worked at two of Britain’s most prestigious broadsheet newspapers. In 2006, he joined The Times as a graduate trainee in London. Two years later, he became its technology reporter, a perch from which he covered the rise of the internet giants of Silicon Valley, reporting on how social media changed the lives of billions.

He moved to the Financial Times in 2014 to become the paper’s first European Technology Correspondent. During his time covering the subject, he was the one of the foremost writers on technology in British journalism, winning Digital Writer of the year at the Online Media Awards in 2012, and Technology Journalist of the Year at the UK Tech Awards in 2015.

In 2016, he became the FT’s Leisure Correspondent, covering amongst other things, the world of sport. It was a posting made for a lifelong sports fanatic, allowing him to cover the Olympic Games, Wimbledon tennis championships and Europe’s greatest football teams. In 2018, he was shortlisted for sports feature writer of the year at the SJA sports journalism awards and sports journalist of the year at the British Press Awards, for a portfolio of long reads on the science and business of sport.

His debut book is a passion project, the culmination of a lifelong journey to understand decisions made by his forebears during the creation of Bangladesh. He lives with his wife in London.

Murad Ahmed @muradahmed

One last piece from California - I took a Tesla on a road trip to see whether you can criss-cross America without running out of battery

Alibaba co-founder nears deal for Brooklyn Nets via @FT

Today’s @FT Big Read: How corporate Japan paid $3bn to sponsor the Tokyo Olympics with a call to obligatory national service and under the strongarm tactics of advertising giant Dentsu:

ICYMI: A no-deal Brexit threatens to disrupt horseracing and the sport’s multibillion-pound betting markets, according boss of Paddy Power and Betfair. But the horseracing industry hits back, saying plans are in place to avoid problems. Full story in @FT

Flutter's CEO has warned that restrictions on racehorse movements post-Brexit will hit the betting industry but those involved in horseracing don't buy it - with @muradahmed

Last night, Simone Biles successfully performed a triple double, and the entire world is (correctly) freaking out.

For those interested in the background, here is a short thread explaining *why* the triple double is so difficult.

Great piece from @Marcotti on some of the reasons why net EPL spending was considerably down in the summer window. ⚽️📉 💷

Just seen this at my tube stop on @TheAthleticUK Think what you want about their chances for success, the money spent, etc. But at its core, this is a bet that journalism has value, worth paying for and trying to build a business on that. Can get behind that.

#PremierLeague transfers: the rational thinking behind the big spending. Clubs in English football’s top tier have splashed out more than £1.4bn on new players this summer #SportBusiness #SportsBiz @DarrenArsenal1

This weekend - a @FT analysis on Premier League transfers: the numbers look wild, but club spending is more rational and affordable than you would think. With great data and charts by @jburnmurdoch

Premier League transfers: the numbers look wild, but club spending is more rational and affordable than you would think - our first big analysis of the new season now on @FT words by me, #datavis by @jburnmurdoch

Some FT readers take football fantasy league very seriously - comment under this piece by @amy_borrett

Your must-read @FT piece today, will help understand the world a little better, by @lesliehook - Climate change: how the jet stream is changing your weather

World Champions, innit. (Been saying this a lot lately. Can't imagine it will get irritating.)

Where have all the sports journalists gone? Nice piece by @patricianilsson on big spending new sports site The Athletic

Back to work after almost three weeks away. Underwent a social media blackout/mind-cleanse. Anything happen?

As The Open starts at Royal Portrush, I speak to the chief of the R&A about golf’s battle to win over women and younger audiences as it seeks to cast off its stale and male image: in @FT

Winning the World Cup was the first step in English Cricket bosses plans to revive flagging interest and participation in the sport. What comes next and will their strategy succeed? Analysis in @FT now:

There was a game of cricket yesterday which I wrote a piece in the @FT about. How freakish moments of luck, and four years of detailed planning, won England the Cricket World Cup

New Zealand best pound-for-pound sporting nation on the planet tbf. Brilliant