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Tasmin Lucia-Khan
Born Farhana Tasmin Lucia-Khan
(1980-07-18) 18 July 1980 (age 35)
London, England
Nationality British
Ethnicity Bengali
Education Politics, Philosophy and Economics
Alma mater University of Oxford
Occupation Journalist,
television presenter,
news presenter, producer
Years active 1999–present
Notable credit(s) Zee TV
Channel 5
BBC News
ITV Breakfast
Religion Islam[1]
Website www.tasmin.tv

Tasmin Lucia-Khan (born 18 July 1980) is an English television presenter, news anchor and entrepreneur.[2] She is most known for being the face of BBC Three News,[3][4] hosting E24 on BBC News,[5] and being the morning news presenter for ITV News's Daybreak.[6][7]

Early life[edit]

Born Farhana Tasmin Lucia-Khan in London, she is of Bangladeshi descent.[8] Khan graduated from the University of Oxford with an Honours degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.[9]


In 1999, Khan started her career at Zee TV Network, as an entertainment presenter and news reporter. She then hosted her own talk show interviewing celebrities from music and film, sports and politics.[10] In 2001, she interviewed Bill Clinton, a few months after he completed his second term as President of the United States.[11]

She worked for a short period as a radio presenter for the BBC Asian Network, covering programmes like the Breakfast Show, Drive Time and The Album Chart. She was on air when news of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami broke on Boxing Day in December 2004.

She then worked for the Asian channel, PTV Prime, as the London correspondent, where she reported the UK's big news stories to a worldwide audience including the 7 July 2005 London bombings and the Ipswich serial murders in 2006.[3]

She presented and produced her own sports show on Channel 5 for three years, until she landed the opportunity to present on BBC News and BBC Three.[3][4][5][12] One of her mentors is Kevin Bakhurst, who was the Editor of the Ten O’Clock News on BBC, and is now the Controller of BBC News.[13] Bakhurst and Danny Cohen, controller of BBC Three, offered Khan the job to present the news bulletins on 60 Seconds on BBC Three, and front E24 on BBC News.

She has covered some of the biggest showbiz news stories for the BBC, including the deaths of Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger, and Alexander McQueen.[14] She also covered the Paul McCartney and Heather Mills divorce and the Oscars three years in a row.[15]

On 6 September 2010, she joined the ITV Breakfast programmes Daybreak and Lorraine as the news presenter.[6][9]

Other activities[edit]

Khan hosted the 2010 Commonwealth Games 'Queens Baton Relay' at Buckingham Palace, where she asked Queen Elizabeth II and the President of India, to launch the baton on its journey to Delhi for the 2010 Games.[16]

She has hosted the annual BCA Awards ceremony every year, for the past 8 years.[17] the Scottish Asian Business Awards in Glasgow in 2008 and 2009;[18] and presented the Basis Soft Expo 2009 and an HIV/AIDS Conference in 2009, both in Dhaka.

In 2010 and 2011, she hosted the Spice Times Restaurant Awards.[19]

In May and June 2009, She was part of a delegation to Bangladesh, organised by the British Government's Foreign Office as part of their Counter Terrorism strategy.[20][21]

Khan appeared as a keynote speaker at the inaugural Periscope Summit in New York [22] on the 23rd September 2015 speaking on issues ranging from the impact of Periscope [23] on both news organisations and also user communities. Also highlighting the many positive uses of Periscope for charities.

Awards, nominations and honours[edit]

Khan was nominated for the Young Achiever of the Year honour at the Asian Woman Awards for Excellence in 2008.[8]

In 2010, Khan was named as the 27th Sexiest Asian Woman in the world by Eastern Eye,[24][citation needed] moving up one spot from 28th place in 2009.[25][26]

Khan is an ambassador for the Prince of Wales' charity, the British Asian Trust.[27]

Khan was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Lloyds Banking Group in 2014 [28]

Personal life[edit]

Khan now lives in the United States.[29][30]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kabir, Jackie (12 June 2009). "Breaking the Myth". The Daily Star. Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "Asian Wealth Magazine Spring 2014 issue". Issuu. Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  3. ^ a b c "New faces and look for BBC Three's 60seconds". BBC Press Office. BBC. 8 February 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "BBC Three newsreader Tasmin Lucia Khan in breathless broadcast mystery". The Telegraph. 19 January 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "Tasmin Lucia Khan and Andy May for BBC Three’s 60 Seconds". Unreality Primetime. 8 February 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "Tasmin Lucia Khan set to join new ITV breakfast show Daybreak". Daily Mirror. 4 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Tasmin Lucia Khan". ITV Daybreak. ITV. 
  8. ^ a b "Finalists 2008". Asian Woman Awards. Retrieved 9 May 2009. 
  9. ^ a b "Tasmin Lucia Khan". Tasmin Lucia Khan. 21 January 2009. 
  10. ^ "Tasmin". Mela UK. Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  11. ^ "Smaart Talent 6.1". Smaart Mags. 
  12. ^ "Mela UK 2008" (PDF). Mela Magazine. p. 8. Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  13. ^ Morris, Sophie (19 May 2008). "My Mentor: Tasmin Lucia Khan on Kevin Bakhurst". The Independent. Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  14. ^ "Breaking News: Alexander McQueen is found Dead". BBC News. BBC. 12 February 2010. Retrieved 12 February 2010.  YouTube
  15. ^ "BBC showbiz presenter Tasmin Lucia Khan does an Oscars special - on the winning FILMS and FASHION". 12 February 2010. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  16. ^ "Commonwealth baton starts journey to India". 29 October 2009. Retrieved 29 October 2009. 
  17. ^ "Plight of restaurant industry highlighted at Bangladesh Caterers’ Association annual dinner". Manchester Evening News. 18 December 2007. Retrieved 7 February 2009. 
  18. ^ "Prize date for Asian business successes". Evening Times. 23 October 2009. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  19. ^ "Spice Times Restaurant Awards 2010 Hailed as a Success". Spice Times. 13 December 2010. 
  20. ^ "British Bangladeshis: Bridging nations, connecting cultures". OK In Bangladesh. 9 June 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2009.  UK in Bangladesh (Foreign Office)
  21. ^ "Success of Bangladeshis in UK encouraging". The Daily Star. 28 May 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  22. ^ Periscope Summit. "Periscope Summit". http://www.periscopesummit.com. Retrieved 23 September 2015.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  23. ^ "Periscope". 
  24. ^ "Top 50 Beautiful Asian Women in the World 2009". Tamil Cinema News | Movie Reviews | Gossips. Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  25. ^ "50 sexiest Asian women in world 2009 full list". Bollywood Raj. 2009. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  26. ^ 50 sexiest "Asian women in the world" Check |url= value (help). NDTV. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  27. ^ "THe British Asian Trust".  Tasmin Lucia Khan
  28. ^ "The English Asian Business Awards". www.theasianbusinessawards.info. Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  29. ^ "Tasmin leaves Daybreak for America". BizAsia. 6 January 2012. 
  30. ^ "Tasmin Lucia Khan" (PDF). 

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