BBC’s Husain to leave Impact

My mornings will never be the same. It was announced today Mishal Husain will join Today, the BBC’s flagship show on Radio 4. According to the press release, she will continue presenting Impact on BBC World News till the Autumn. It is no secret that I have admired Husain for sometime. She and Adrian Finighan have served as great role models from the time they co-anchored BBC World News from Washington and London. When you let a news anchor come into your home everyday, you develop an affinity for them. As cheesy as it may sound, you wonder if you could be friends. Being the curious chap that I am, I discovered that I have much in common with Husain.
We both have parents who come from the same part of the world and have lived in many countries. We share the same star sign. Both of us lived in the United Arab Emirates and left at the age of 12. Uncanny! A few of my parents friends are close to Husain’s family. At a Christmas luncheon last year, I spoke of my work experience at the BBC when one of the guests remarked that they had a cousin who presented for the corporationl. It’s a small world, isn’t it? Unfortunately, I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Husain despite two recent chance encounters. Alas, it was not meant to be. But I can take joy in having met her old colleague Adrian Finighan. He was the most down-to-earth and amiable person I have met from the broadcast industry…just like I had imagined. 
Congrats, Mishal!
Best, A

New Kid on the Block

Has Al-Jazeera English presenter Imran Garda moved to Washington? Apparently. According to his official biography, he is now listed as a U.S. anchor and presents from Washington “where he is now based.” A bit of irony here; Garda is 28 years old and is considered one of the youngest news anchors in the world. Mishal Husain of the BBC moved to Washington when she was 29 and was an instant hit with viewers. Will Garda follow in Husain’s footsteps? Time will tell, but we think he will.


12/16/2011 Update: Mr. Garda is currently with the programmes department at AJE. He can be seen presenting The Stream.

Photography: Courtesy of Mohamed Nanabhay via Creative Commons

Courtesy of BBC World News