Anita Anand

Television and radio presenter. 

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Anita Anand is a radio and television presenter, political journalist and author.  

As a television presenter Anita co-presented BBC2's The Daily Politics with Andrew Neil between 2008-2011. She previously presented The Heaven and Earth show,  The Sunday Politics all on BBC One and Newsnight on BBC2. Alongside this Anita has presented Have Your Say, on the BBC World Service, and has been a panelist on The Last Word for More4. During her career she has interviewed 8 Prime Ministers from the Asian sub-continent, and 3 British Prime Ministers, 

Anita has also fronted some of Britain's most loved radio shows. Anita co-presented Drive with Peter Allen up until 2010 on BBC Radio 5 Live. During her time on Drive Anita reported live from across the UK and overseas. She was sent to cover the inauguration of President Barack Obama, the first election in Pakistan after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and the first Mardi Gras after Hurricane Katrina. More recently she has stood in for Libby Purvis on the magazine programme Midweek and recently presented the critically acclaimed Woman's Hour special from India, concerning the Delhi Rape.  Anita has also presented The World Today on BBC World Service, Westminster Hour on BBC Radio 4, and Beyond Westminster, also for BBC Radio 4. 

Anita has been a columnist for the Guardian, as well as India Today and The Asian Age newspaper. In 2012, one of Anita's short stories was published in The Library Book a compilation of works including Steven Fry, Alan Bennett, Lionel Shriver and Zadie Smith. 

Before joining the BBC, Anita was the European Head of News and Current Affairs for Zee TV - an international satellite and cable television station. She was one of the youngest TV news editors in the country, taking over the reins at the age of just 25. Anita has been responsible for a stable of programmes for the Asian diaspora in Europe and was the European political correspondent for the Indian network. 

This year Anita's book Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary was published to huge acclaim with a one-off documentary airing in November 2015. You can also catch Anita on BBC Radio 4's flagship political phone-in programme Any Answers every Saturday from 2pm, Anita was also chosen as Radio Presenter of the Year at this year's Asian Media Awards. 

Anita Anand, the reporter, handled issues and interviewees with such care and sensitivity that I put aside distaste and, seriously, listened. It didn’t just make me think, it made me rethink.

Gillian Reynolds
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