Distinguished friends

Babita Sharma

Babita Sharma is a documentarian, author & BBC News presenter.

She is the author of The Corner Shop, published by Two Roads (2019), a book that charts the social history of this unsung hero of British life. As someone who grew up above a corner shop in 1980s Britain, Babita gives a fascinating perspective of the political and economic climate during her childhood through the lens of corner shop life.

Babita presents across BBC News including BBC Breakfast and BBC World News, where she is the lead news anchor for Newsday. She covers global news events including, most recently, the Hong Kong protests, the Trump–Kim summit in Singapore, EU referendum, the Royal Weddings in  2016 & 2018, London 2012, Rio Olympics 2016 and the award-winning BBC 100 Women series.

As a documentarian, Babita has presented several television documentaries, one of which, Booze, Beans & Bhajis: The Story of the Corner Shop, was broadcast on BBC Four, BBC News Channel and BBC World News to critical acclaim.

Her landmark series Dangerous Borders: The Story of India & Pakistan on BBC Two took her to the India/Pakistan border 70 years after partition. Here she followed in the footsteps of her family who were directly affected at the time of Partition.

She is passionate about diversity and mental health issues, mentoring BAME journalists and also working with charity Mind to raise mental health awareness in schools. Alongside the FCO and BBC Media Action, Babita has developed presenter-training programmes for young aspiring journalists in London, Cambodia and Myanmar.