Avtar Lit

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Avtar Lit was the owner and chairman of Sunrise Radio Group, and is a bankrupt UK resident.[1] He was listed by AIM magazine as one of the "20 most powerful Asians in British media" in 2005, and is said to have amassed a big personal fortune.[2] His son Tony Lit is director of Sunrise Radio, but was forced to resign in 2014 after defaulting on loans. Subsequently, the radio business was taken over by the Lyca Media group.

The main presenters Sarita Sabharwal and Ravi Sharma were moved over to MW 1035 radio channel.

Political ambitions[edit]

Avtar Lit stood unsuccessfully as a candidate for the Ealing Southall parliamentary constituency in the 2001 General Election. Sunrise Radio carried extracts from an interview with him in advance of this, contrary to section 90(2)(b) of the Broadcasting Act 1990; the Radio Authority (now Ofcom) fined Sunrise Radio £10,000. Avatar Lit's son, Surinderpal Singh Lit, commonly known as Tony Lit, stood, also unsuccessfully, as a candidate in the 2007 Ealing Southall by-election as the Conservative candidate.[3]


  1. ^ "Avtar Lit given one month to propose IVA to creditors". bizasialive.com. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
  2. ^ "asiansinmedia.org". asiansinmedia.org. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
  3. ^ "Regulator archives - Ofcom – Radio Authority fines Sunrise Radio £10,000 (press release)". ofcom.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-02-24.