- Anita Anand
name = Anita Anand
occupation = Radio Presenter
spouse = Simon Singh
Anita Anand is a British radio presenter and journalist born in
Londonin the United Kingdom. Her parents were Hindus from the North West Frontierof Pakistanbordering on Afghanistan.
She considers her background to have been "soupy"; while her parents had an arranged marriage, she values her sense of freedoms from having grown up in a
She has been European Head of News and Current Affairs for
Zee TV, an international satellite and cable television station and was one of the youngest TV news editors in the UK at the age of 25. [BBC Press Office [http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/biographies/biogs/radiofivelive/anita_anand.shtml] ]
Anand presented the talk show The Big Debate in front of a live audience and was political correspondent for Zee TV presenting the Raj Britannia series - 31 documentaries chronicling the political aspirations of the Asian community in the most marginal constituencies in 1997.
Anita Raniwas presenting the show as a covering presenter in September 2007 it was announced on the programme that Anita Anand was away because she was getting married.
Until October 2007 she presented in the 10pm till 1am slot on Monday to Thursdays on
BBC Radio Five Live. She now co-presents the station's weekday "Drive" (16:00 - 19:00) slot with Peter Allen, having replaced Jane Garvey in 2007. On television, Anand has been a presenter on the Heaven and Earth Show, and is currently co-presenting The Daily Politicson BBC Twowith Andrew Neil. She has also written articles for " India Today" and " The Asian Age" newspaper, and used to write a regular column in " The Guardian".
On 18 November 2005 she won the
Nazia HassanAward for 2005 in the category of upcoming Television Broadcasters. [ [http://www.nriinternet.com/NRImedia/TV/UK/Anita_Anand/index.htm NRI TV presenter gets Nazia award] ] [ [http://www.redhotcurry.com/archive/news/2005/nazia_hassan_2005.htm Anita Anand receives Nazia Hassan award] ]
* [http://www.anitaanand.net/ Anita Anand's Homepage]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/presenters/anand_biog.shtml Q&A with Anand on the Five Live website]
* [http://www.opendemocracy.net/faith-europe_islam/article_400.jsp Shame! Shame! article by Anita Anand]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/newswatch/ukfs/hi/newsid_4260000/newsid_4264000/4264042.stm BBC NewsWatch Interview]
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