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Babita Sharma (born April 1977)[1][2] is a British television newsreader on BBC News (TV channel) and BBC World News, presenting the Newsday strand each Monday to Wednesday from London with Rico Hizon in Singapore.[3][4]

Babita Sharma
Babita Sharma

April 1977 (age 42)
NationalityBritish Indian
EducationUniversity of Wales
OccupationJournalist, television presenter
Notable credit(s)
ChildrenExpecting baby May 2019
WebsiteBabita Sharma on Twitter


Sharma is of Indian descent[5] born in 1977 and grew up in Reading, Berkshire. Babita lived above a number of corner shops around Reading and Caversham owned by her mother and father.[6]

[7] 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.[8] She moved to Dubai,[7] 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 on to 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.[9] In early 2009, she assumed the main business role and then moved to the BBC News Channel and BBC World News in her current full-time presenting role.[8] For the BBC World News programme Newsday, which began airing from its new studios on 31 July 2015, Sharma has served as live anchor from the main Broadcasting Centre in London, while Rico Hizon was assigned the main broadcasting role from Singapore.[10] 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 participated. 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".[11]

Appeared on series 3 episode 7 of Celebrity Eggheads.[12] Presented series 1 & 2 of Supermarket Secrets with Gregg Wallace.[13]

Sharma also hosts various ceremonies, such as the Angel Film Awards at the Monaco International Film Festival from 2011 to 2013[14] and the 2012 Wings of Hope Achievement Award ceremony.[15] She also moderates panel discussions[16] and speaks at conferences, such as the World Travel Market.[17] In 2017 made the three part series for BBC2 called Dangerous Borders: A Journey across Indian & Pakistan.[18] In December 2016 a programme made by Babita called Booze, Beans & Bhajis: The Story of the Corner Shop was shown on the BBC4.[19]

Babita co-hosted the Asian Curry Awards 2018 at the Grosvenor House in London on Sunday 18th November 2018.

Personal lifeEdit

Sharma is married[20]to husband Adam.[21]They live in St Margarets in the London Borough of Richmond.[22]She expecting her first baby in May/June 2019.[citation needed]


The Corner Shop: Shopkeepers, the Sharmas and the making of modern Britain (18 April 2019).[23]

  • Hardback: ISBN 978-1473673229
  • Paperback: ISBN 978-1473673236
  • Kindle Edition: ASIN: B07FM5WRQG
  • Audible Audiobook: ASIN: B07PGQH1RX[24]


  1. ^ "Babita SHARMA". Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "BBC News – Newsday". Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  4. ^ Durai, Jennani (4 February 2014). "Travel Black Book: Cross the Channel to Jersey". The Straits Times. Retrieved 8 October 2015 – via Travel Asia.
  5. ^ "Newsday's Babita Sharma". DSTV. 6 August 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  6. ^ "The Corner Shop". Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  7. ^ a b "BBC World News Presenter to Facilitate Panel Discussions at Wave and Tidal 2014". Renewable UK. 4 February 2014. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Babita Sharma – Biography and Images". TV Newsroom. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Babita Sharma". Cable Congress. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  10. ^ "BBC preparing new Singapore studio". NewscastStudio. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  11. ^ "6 trends shaping global travel". Hotel News Now. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Celebrity Eggheads". BBC. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Supermarket Secrets". BBC. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Angel Film Awards 2014". Angel Film Awards. 7 December 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Wings of Hope Achievement Award Ceremony 2012". WOHAA. 19 April 2012. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  16. ^ Mayock, Patrick (5 November 2013). "6 Trends Shaping Global Travel". Hotel News Now. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  17. ^ Nand, Lisa Francesca (9 November 2012). "Report Highlights Key Hotel Trends by Region". Hotel News Now. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  18. ^ "The legacy of partition: an interview with Babita Sharma". Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Booze, Beans & Bhajis: The Story of the Corner Shop". Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  20. ^ "The Corner Shop". Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  21. ^ "The Fold Woman: Babita Sharma". Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  22. ^ "Babita Sharma on why corner shops are the best of British". Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  23. ^ "The Corner Shop: Shopkeepers, the Sharmas and the making of modern Britain". Two Roads. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  24. ^ "Shopkeepers, the Sharmas and the Making of Modern Britain". Retrieved 23 March 2019.