BBC Global News appoints Yogita Limaye and Sameer Hashmi to roles in Mumbai

BBC Global News appoints Yogita Limaye and Sameer Hashmi to roles in Mumbai

Mumbai, 2 May—Today the BBC announced the appointment of two new business journalists to be based in the BBC’s Mumbai bureau.

Yogita Limaye will join the BBC in May 2012 as Mumbai Business Correspondent. She will report across BBC World News and will serve as the presenter of India Business Report, the channel’s weekly television programme on business throughout the region. In addition, Yogita will report for bbc.com/news and on the BBC World Service in both English and Hindi.

Yogita has worked for CNN IBN since 2006, most recently serving as an anchor and principal correspondent. She has reported on several important news events including the 2008 Mumbai attacks, cotton farmer suicides and the Anna Hazare movement. She is an engineering graduate from the University of Pune and received her post graduate diploma in broadcast journalism from the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai.

Yogita said, “I look forward to this new challenge. Working at the BBC will give me a great opportunity to leverage my local knowledge and network on a global platform. A growing economy, India is buzzing with stories and I hope to bring many of these to the viewers of the BBC across the world “.

Sameer Hashmi will join the BBC in June as Mumbai Business Reporter. He joins BBC World News’ India Business Report team, which is based in Mumbai and Delhi and will also report on all aspects of business across BBC World News television, bbc.com/news and the BBC World Service radio. Sameer has worked with The Times Group since 2008, most recently serving as a business correspondent for the group’s business channel ET Now, and previously for The Economic Times. He has reported on business across the aviation, infrastructure, power and hospitality sectors.

Sameer said, “It gives me immense pleasure in joining the BBC World News team and it will be a great experience for me to work with such a world-renowned news organization. The Indian economy is the second fastest growing economy in the world. Reporting and analysing Indian financial news for the global audience in the current financial environment will be an interesting and challenging task and I am really looking forward to it.”

The India Business Report team not only produces a weekly programme for BBC World News but are also contributes to other BBC News business coverage through specialist programmes such as Asia Business Report and World Business Report and the daily News output across radio, television and online.

Richard Porter, Controller, English Language for BBC Global News said: “As one of the world’s most important economies, it’s vitally important that the BBC delivers the most up to date news on India’s business developments. We’re so pleased to have Yogita and Sameer on board to bring BBC audiences across radio, television and online the latest business news from Mumbai.”

About BBC

The BBC attracts a weekly global audience of 225 million people to its international news services including BBC World Service, BBC World News television channel and bbc.com/news.

BBC World Service is an international multimedia broadcaster, delivering a wide range of language and regional services on radio, TV, online and via wireless handheld devices. It uses multiple platforms to reach its weekly audience of 166 million globally, including shortwave, AM, FM, digital satellite and cable channels. Its news sites include audio and video content and offer opportunities to join the global debate. BBC World Service offers its multilingual radio content to partner FM stations around the world and has numerous partnerships supplying content to news websites, mobile phones and other wireless handheld devices as well as TV channels. For more information, visit bbcworldservice.com.

BBC World News, the BBC’s commercially funded international 24-hour news and information channel, is owned and operated by BBC World News Ltd, a member of the BBC’s commercial group of companies. BBC World News is available in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, and over 300 million households and 1.8 million hotel rooms. The channel’s content is also available on 145 cruise ships, 40 airlines, 23 mobile phone networks and a number of major online platforms including bbc.com/news. For further information on how to receive BBC World News, download schedules or find out more about the channel, visit bbc.com/tvschedule.

bbc.com/news: The BBC is one of the most respected brands on the internet and offers up-to-the minute international news, business, sports, weather, lifestyle and technology content and in depth analysis. bbc.com is the online expression of the BBC outside of the UK and is run by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC.

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