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The former Channel 4 News anchor and winner of Celebrity Mastermind also presents The World Tonight, Front Row and a range of arts and culture programmes on BBC radio and TV. Combining wit, intelligence and a breadth of interests Samira is as comfortable with Hollywood as she is with Westminster or the RSC.


Samira Ahmed is a former presenter and correspondent for Channel 4 News. Before that she was an anchor on BBC World, News 24 and a reporter on Newsnight and the Today programme. Now back at the BBC her remit stretches from news to the arts.

During her first stint at the BBC Samira led the coverage of the OJ Simpson case, before moving to Europe to work as an anchor and political correspondent in Berlin. At Channel 4 she specialised in social affairs and the arts - from profiling our love affair with the now defunct hovercraft and exposing the discrimination against children conceived through IVF, to interviewing Tim Burton and making features on cinema and design.

Samira has also fronted the documentary, Islam Unveiled for Channel 4, exploring the status of Muslim women, and has lectured on terrorism, Islamic radicalism and feminism.

Having covered film, theatre and the arts throughout her career, it is now her main focus on BBC TV and radio covering everything from David Bowie to Westerns to Oliver Cromwell’s wife. A regular on Radio 4 she frequently presents the arts and culture programme Front Row and the philosophical programme Something Understood, and has fronted Proms performances and documentaries for Radio 3. Away from more serious issues she has shown her quick wit on The News Quiz and Have I Got News for You, her extensive knowledge on Celebrity Mastermind (which she won), and her cooking skills on Celebrity Masterchef.

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