Sharanjit Leyl

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Sharanjit Leyl
Born Sharanjit Leyl
(1973-02-15) February 15, 1973 (age 44)
Nationality Singaporean
Occupation Broadcast Journalist, Business News Presenter/Producer
Notable credit(s) Bloomberg Television
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
BBC World News

Sharanjit Leyl (pronunciation: /ˌʃərˈənˌɪt ˈll/) is a Singaporean producer/presenter, with BBC World News. She regularly anchors Asia Business Report and Newsday from the BBC's Singapore studio. She is also a reporter and producer on the shows along with World Business Report. She has filed reports for radio on the BBC World Service business programmes as well as its arts and culture programme The Strand, and written for BBC news online.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Leyl was born in Singapore to a Sikh family of Indian descent that migrated to Singapore during the 1930s.[2] Leyl moved to Washington D.C. in her teens with her family, where her father worked in defense procurement. There she earned a degree in both journalism and English Literature from the University of Maryland College Park. She then moved to Vancouver, Canada where she completed a master's degree in English Literature at the University of British Columbia which focused on post-colonial writers such as Salman Rushdie.


Leyl began her broadcasting career at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1997. While there she reported for the award-winning show, "The Pacific Rim Report". In 1999 she moved to Singapore where she had a similar role at the financial news service provider Bridge Information Systems.[1]

She joined Bloomberg Television in March 2000 and moved to its headquarters in Tokyo. There she presented its main three-hour newscast, "On The Money Asia", reporting on breaking financial stories as well as major news events such as the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003. Leyl played an integral role in editing and influencing the content of Bloomberg's Asian programming.[citation needed]

Leyl joined BBC World News as a producer and reporter in September 2003 and has since reported and presented from places as far afield as Pakistan, Tokyo and London.

Her other interviews have included the Chairman of Starbucks, Howard Schultz; Microsoft founder Bill Gates; the Prime Minister of Pakistan; former leaders of Singapore and Malaysia; and heads of the World Bank.[3]

Personal life[edit]

She lives with her English husband in Singapore and enjoys running, politics, art, theatre and bringing up her young son.[4]


  1. ^ a b BBC Biographies: Sharanjit Leyl. Retrieved 27 June 2015
  2. ^ Singapore at 50: From swamp to skyscrapers., by Sharanjit Leyl. Published 28 February 2015
  3. ^ Sharanjit Leyl. retrieved 27 June 2015
  4. ^ Showcase: Sharanjit Leyl's Holland Grove View house. Published 14 January 2013

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