Riz Lateef

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Riz Lateef (Rizwana Lateef)
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Born (1979-09-25) 25 September 1979 (age 37)
Nationality British
Occupation journalist, newsreader
Known for Newsreading

Riz Lateef is a journalist, newsreader and deputy news manager at the BBC. She is the main presenter for the regional television news service for London, BBC London.


Lateef presents the BBC London News 6:30pm bulletin from Monday to Thursday and some editions of the 10:30pm programme. She also presents the Friday edition of the National 8pm Summary on BBC One.

She joined BBC London in 2004 as a reporter and occasional newsreader. Following the departure of Emily Maitlis in March 2006 to present on BBC News 24, Riz has been promoted to present the flagship 6.30pm BBC London News programme on BBC One. She was also the main anchor for the BBC London News Podcast, presented by BBC as a trial.

Previously, she reported for BBC Breakfast and presented regional news for the BBC in the North East & Cumbria. Lateef was also a guest presenter on BBC One's Holiday programme[1] in 2003 and 2004. She also presented relief shifts on BBC News 24 in 2006. She is one of the main relief presenters for the BBC Weekend News on BBC One and the BBC News Channel.

Recognition and key achievements[edit]

  • Winner of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2009: Riz Lateef won the award for Media Professional for her work on BBC London News being one of the key figures in the coverage of the 2008 mayoral elections.[2]
  • She's been named as one of London's '1,000 most Influential People' by the Evening Standard.[3]


  1. ^ Riz Lateef TV Newsroom
  2. ^ Winners of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2009 The Telegraph, 21 May 2009
  3. ^ Riz Lateef BBC London Presenter Profile, 8 June 2009

External links[edit]

Media offices
Preceded by
Ellie Crisell
Deputy Presenter of BBC News 8pm summary
2008 – present
Succeeded by