Babita Sharma

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Babita Sharma
Born Babita Sharma
Ethnicity British Indian
Education University of Wales
Occupation Journalist, television presenter
Notable credit(s) BBC Radio Wales
Thames Valley Television
Channel 4 FM
Ajman TV
BBC Radio Berkshire
Spotlight Channel Islands
BBC News
BBC World News
Website Babita Sharma on Twitter

Babita Sharma is a British television newsreader on BBC News (TV channel) and BBC World News, presenting the Newsday strand each Monday-Wednesday from London with Rico Hizon in Singapore.[1][2]


Sharma is of Indian descent[3] and grew up in Caversham, Berkshire.[4] She attended the University of Wales and graduated with a degree in Journalism, Film and Broadcasting. After completing her education, Sharma began working with BBC Radio Wales and Thames Valley Television.[5] She moved to Dubai,[4] working on radio for Channel 4 FM and for Ajman TV where she presented a weekly music programme. She returned to the UK in 2003 and began her BBC career at BBC Radio Berkshire as a travel presenter and producer. She then moved to the newsroom in Southampton, reporting and producing for BBC South Today. In 2007 she moved onto BBC Spotlight Channel Islands working as a video journalist and regular presenter of the evening bulletin.

Sharma transferred to the BBC News channel in 2008, initially as presenter of the Your Money programme.[6] In early 2009, she assumed the main business role and then moved to BBC News Channel and BBC World News in her current full-time presenting role.[5] In the BBC Word News Programme, for the news studio established in Singapore from 31 July 2015, while Sharma anchored live from the main Broad Casting Centre of BBC in London, Rico Hizon was assigned the broadcasting role from Singapore.[7] The "World Travel Market global trends report 2013", which was prepared for the World Travel Market and the Euromonitor International was the subject of a panel debate in which Sharma was invited to participate where she observed: "The global economy in 2013 has stabilized compared to 2012 with a 3.1% (gross-domestic-product) growth expected for the year. The International Monetary Fund predicts a further 3.8% increase during 2014".[8]

Sharma also hosts various ceremonies, such as the Angel Film Awards at the Monaco International Film Festival in 2013, 2012 & 2011 [9] and the 2012 Wings of Hope Achievement Award ceremony.[10] She also moderates panel discussions[11] and speaks at conferences, such as the World Travel market.[12]


  1. "BBC News – Newsday". Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  2. Durai, Jennani (4 February 2014). "Travel Black Book: Cross the Channel to Jersey". The Straits Times. Retrieved 8 October 2015 – via Travel Asia. 
  3. "Newsday's Babita Sharma". DSTV. 6 August 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "BBC World News Presenter to Facilitate Panel Discussions at Wave and Tidal 2014". Renewable UK. 4 February 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Babita Sharma – Biography and Images". TV Newsroom. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  6. "Babita Sharma". Cable Congress. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  7. "BBC preparing new Singapore studio". NewscastStudio. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  8. "6 trends shaping global travel". Hotel News Now. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  9. "Angel Film Awards 2014". Angel Film Awards. 7 December 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  10. "Wings of Hope Achievement Award Ceremony 2012". WOHAA. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  11. Mayock, Patrick (5 November 2013). "6 Trends Shaping Global Travel". Hotel News Now. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  12. Nand, Lisa Francesca (9 November 2012). "Report Highlights Key Hotel Trends by Region". Hotel News Now. Retrieved 8 October 2015.