Shereen Nanjiani

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Shereen Nanjiani (born 4 October 1961) is a Scottish radio presenter with BBC Radio Scotland.

Before launching her radio career in 2006, Nanjiani was the chief news anchor at STV Central, having presented the news programme, Scotland Today since 1987. She is the first Scots Asian presenter in Scotland and the longest serving female news presenter at STV.

Early years[edit]

Nanjiani was born in Elderslie, her father a Pakistani eye surgeon and her mother a teacher from England. Educated at the John Neilson Institution/High School in Paisley, Nanjiani then studied at Glasgow University and graduated with an MA in Philosophy.

Nanjiani worked on Hospital Radio Paisley for a short time in the late 1970s where she used to read some local news cuttings she had gathered during the week.


Nanjiani earned a job as a trainee journalist in 1983 with STV. She was called in to present her first bulletin in 1987, when Sheena McDonald was ill.

Nanjiani has hosted many programmes for STV, including religious affairs series Eikon and Secret Scotland in the late nineties. Nanjiani also hosted several editions of the Scottish Politician of the Year Awards on STV. On 16 February 2006, it was announced that Nanjiani, along with colleagues Jane Lewis and Sarah Heaney had accepted voluntary redundancy from STV.[1]

Leaving STV[edit]

Nanjiani left Scotland Today and STV on 5 May 2006. In interviews with the Scottish press, Nanjiani said that she was looking forward to other exciting projects away from live television.

On 28 August 2007, Shereen made her first STV Central appearance since her departure on the station's video blog, The Real MacKay.


On 20 June 2006, it was announced that Nanjiani was 'switching sides' to the BBC, and she made her debut as a radio presenter on Friday 11 August as part of a set of changes to the presenting line-up of BBC Radio Scotland's news and current affairs programmes. Nanjiani started her radio career at BBC Scotland at the helm of lunchtime programme, Scotland Live, which she presented every Friday.

She now presents Shereen, a live topical news and current affairs programme broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland originally every Sunday morning at 9:00 am.[2] The show has since been moved to 10:00 am Saturday morning.

She appeared as herself in an episode of police spoof comedy Scot Squad.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

She is a second cousin of the Pakistani-American comedian Kumail Nanjiani.[4]


  1. ^ "STV girls walk out of jobs". Daily Record. 16 February 2006. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  2. ^ "Changes to presenting line-up on Radio Scotland". BBC Press Office. 20 July 2006. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
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  4. ^ Nanjiani, Shereen (September 1, 2012). "Extended Interview with Kumail Nanjiani". Shereen. BBC Radio Scotland. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 

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