Nurul Islam (broadcaster)

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Nurul Islam
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Native name নুরুল ইসলাম
Born (1928-11-25)25 November 1928
Dhaka, Bengal Presidency, (now Bangladesh), British India
Died 7 October 2006(2006-10-07) (aged 77)
Surrey, England
Residence London, England
Nationality Bangladeshi
Citizenship British
Education Economics and Politics
Alma mater London School of Economics
Occupation Broadcast journalist, news presenter, radio producer, radio presenter
Years active 1949–1988

Nurul Islam (Bengali: নুরুল ইসলাম; 25 November 1928 – 7 October 2006) was a Bangladeshi broadcast journalist, news presenter, and radio producer and presenter. He had more than 50 years of experience in radio and television and is best known for his work with the BBC World Service.


Islam was born in Dhaka, Bengal Presidency, British India (now Bangladesh). Initially trained as a photographer and an actor. Worked for the Department of Films and Publication after partition in 1947 and became the first Bengali newsreader to announce the birth of the new Pakistan.[1]

In 1949, Islam travelled to London and studied Economics and Politics at the London School of Economics, and commenced freelance work as a Bengali contributor, actor and broadcaster for BBC Radio. He returned to Pakistan and worked in both radio and television, helping to make government newsreels at key moments in history.

After announcing on radio the independent state of Bangladesh in 1971, Islam returned to the BBC in England. He joined the Voice of America in Washington in the late 1970s for two years,[1] after which he returned to BBC World Service based in Bush House in London and presented Bengali language children's program, Kakoli.

In 1988, following his official retirement Islam continued as a freelance broadcaster and a mentor to his colleagues at the Bengali section of the World Service at the BBC.


Islam died in Surrey, England after a period of illness.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "Obituary :VOA Pays Tributes to Veteran Broadcaster Nurul Islam". Voice of America Bangla. 9 October 2006. Retrieved 28 October 2006.