Akhtar, a News Anchor/Correspondent, based in New York, has been a member since 2014.


7/14 – Current

News Anchor/Correspondent

Freelance Details
7/14 – Current

I cover local, national and international news. Most of my on-air experience here is to cover international news for small local NY network in particular. I'm also the stand-in anchor for their business show and anchor the evening bulletins. • International news pundit/commentator covering Middle East and Palestine as well as Ukraine/Russia, Ebola and American foreign policy in the region plus Asia and further afield. My role is to provide analysis and a perspective. Pretty much have a free reign to discuss the international news of the day. • Anchor bi-weekly news bulletins and stand-in anchor for other shows (news and business)

2/10 – 9/14

News Anchor, Correspondent

BBC Details
2/10 – 9/14

Freelance • Field reporting, suggesting/developing story ideas, interviewing guests, coordinating schedules with production crews and co-hosting. • Coverage of news, arts and entertainment stories from Los Angeles. Examples include Academy Awards, Oscars, Golden Globes, celebrity court cases, special feature pieces (Oscars fashion for ‘men’, ‘how to be pampered like a movie star’, Hollywood v New York as production base and the politics of entertainment).

2/08 – 5/09

News Anchor (Business Show)

Dubai Media Incorporated Details
2/08 – 5/09

• Monthly business show looking at all aspects of business and economics of Dubai, neighbouring Emirates and the region. • Examples included; personal finance, property investment, quaint new businesses opening in the Emirate, look at gadgets for businessmen/women and announcing the winner of the monthly national lottery prize draw of $3.5m.

2/08 – 2/09

On Air Host - CNBC Europe

CNBC Details
2/08 – 2/09

• Monthly show looking at businesses, business culture and environment in the Middle East. Shot in different location across the UAE. • Examples included the Dubai stock exchange, expat businesses in the region, interview with key business leaders and reports from other countries in the region.

2/03 – 9/07

Host - BBC Business.News Travel Show

BBC Worldwide Details
2/03 – 9/07

• Weekly business/lifestyle travel show (seen in 170 countries in 320m homes worldwide as well on planes, cruise ships, airport lounges and hotels/resorts). The program covered travel from both a business and consumer perspective. • Issues covered include impact of tsunami on tourism, scam behind passenger deals, ecotourism, corporate social responsibility, coverage of every major annual travel and tourism conference (World travel Market, Arabian Travel Market, ITB Berlin – largest travel market in the World). • Interviewed some of the biggest names in travel and tourism industry from the president and CEo of major hotels and airlines to government ministers and royal dignitaries (also ministers in their country). • Invited guest speaker at various events including the Latvian Hotel and Restaurant Association, International Hotel and Restaurant Association, the International School of Hoteliers in Brussels (Belgium) • MC for various travel related award ceremonies (India, Abu Dhabi, Trinidad and Tabago and London) as well as representing the BBC World TV network as a brand ambassador as the ‘face of travel’ recognized in major international markets around the globe. • Traveled to 76 countries covering some of the issues as outlined above.

2/04 – 2/05

On Air Host -BBC radio 5 Live

BBC News Details
2/04 – 2/05

• ‘Up All Night’ (4-hour, interactive, daily overnight programme covering news, current affairs, features and entertainment) show from 12 midnight till 4am four days a week. Stories covered both nationally and internationally. Lively debate show involving public phone-ins and interview with guests appearing in the news. • TV reviewer and film critic. Looked at some of the new releases as well as critiquing some of the shows on various networks from soaps to documentaries and from real life story features to sitcoms.

2/02 – 5/04

News Anchor/Correspondent

BBC News Details
2/02 – 5/04

• Skills include broadcast journalism, field and studio producing and reporting, writing stories, public speaking, news research and production, developing creative story ideas, producing/hosting news specials and features, and related electronic media functions. Stories included: • The suspicious and untimely death of Dr David Kelly (British WMD scientist). • Riots and demonstrations • Court cases (civil and criminal) • Special weekend features as designated by the news desk • Providing updates and amending reports from London of Iraq War. • Business reports • Lifestyle and entertainment reports (movie premieres, arts awards, Oscars/Golden Globes).

2/03 – 2/04

Radio Host - BBC Asian Radio Network

BBC News Details
2/03 – 2/04

• Weekend Entertainment Show - ‘Take 2’ with MAZ Khan – looks at movies, music, features and light news items. Two hour, live, interactive show with guests, phone-in competitions and requests. • ‘Drivetime’ – news/current affairs with light entertainment segment. Segments include guests, interviews, phone-ins, up to date weather and travel info as well as hot topical debate. • ‘Breakfast’ – Live, 3-hour news/current affairs and entertainment show with guests, phone-ins, topical debate, competitions and music.


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Class of '94

London Metropolitan University

Law and Economics, BA Hons/Law


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