Sima Kotecha Wiki, Biography
Sima Kotecha is the journalist of the BBC. She was born on 14 March 1980 in Basingstoke and was educated locally before going to university at Goldsmiths College London to study Journalism.
- Sima Kotecha was preparing a live broadcast in Leicester when she was abused.
- The journalist, from Basingstoke, Hants, said a man shouted racist abuse at her.
- The reporter was unable to make it onto BBC News following the incident.
- BBC will report the incident to Leicester Police, who promised to investigate.
She is 40 years old as of 2020.
Sima Kotecha BBC
Kotecha’s first job was at BBC Radio Berkshire in 2003 and after that, she took up an internship at the BBC’s New York bureau. She worked for Talking Movies and BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat as their New York reporter from 2005 to 2010, later working for the PM programme on Radio 4.
In January 2017 she took up a role as Midlands Correspondent for BBC News appearing regularly on BBC TV news bulletins. Kotecha was formerly a multimedia reporter for BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today programme. She also presents the BBC1 TV news bulletin at 8 pm and has presented Radio 5Live’s Up All Night, 5Live Breakfast and Drivetime and Newsday on the BBC World Service.
She has reported from Helmand Province on the Afghan conflict. She also covered the US Presidential election in 2008, the Oscars on multiple occasions, as well as the earthquake in Haiti. Her Twitter account says she is interested in defence and social affairs.
suffers racist abuse
Sima Kotecha was due to interview people in Leicester city centre on Sunday night following the Prime Minister’s statement on updated lockdown guidance.
The broadcast was cancelled when she, her crew and the guests “were subjected to racist and abusive behaviour”.
The BBC said it had reported the abuse to police, who are investigating. Priya Jacob, a junior doctor who has recovered from coronavirus, was one of those due to be interviewed live on BBC One to discuss the current situation.
She told BBC Radio Leicester as preparations for the broadcast were being finished a group of people began swearing and being “really abusive” at them.
While preparing to broadcast, our reporter, her production team and guests were subjected to racist and abusive behaviour. We are appalled by what happened and will be reporting the incident to the police. We will not tolerate racism or abuse of our staff. https://t.co/f8wibeuCZz
— BBC News Press Team (@BBCNewsPR) May 10, 2020