Dharshini David, a BBC World business reporter, has moved to the U.S. to become the New York-based presenter of the World Business Report, replacing Tanya Beckett, who returns to the London business team at the beginning of September.
World Business Report is a regular 15- or 30-minute live business news programme that airs throughout the day on the BBC World channel. The programme offers the latest news and analysis of events and trends in business and technology, with reporting and commentary from the world's financial capitals.
As the New York World Business Report presenter, Dharshini will cover the U.S. companies and markets and interview U.S. and international business leaders, government officials and analysts.
Dharshini first joined BBC News in 2000. Since then, she has reported on an extensive variety of business, economics and consumer stories for the British channels BBC ONE, BBC News 24, and national radio. She has also presented Panorama, the flagship BBC documentary series. Among the stories Ms. David has covered are the post-September 11 th slump in global economic markets, the introduction of the Euro, the Worldcom scandal, UK Budget statements, the collapse of Argentina's economy, U.S.-EU trade talks, and the economic impact of SARS.
Prior to joining BBC News, Dharshini worked at Oxford Economic Forecasting, an independent think tank, the Government Economic Service, and on the trading floor of the HSBC Bank in London, where she was the UK Economist. In 2000, her team was named the year's "Golden Guru" by The Independent newspaper for the accuracy of its forecasts.
“We are delighted that Dharshini has agreed to join the BBC business team in New York,” says Peter Eustace, assistant editor BBC business and economy. “She's already an experienced and established BBC World News figure as the presenter of World Business Report. She will be able to bring her global knowledge of economics and finance, as well as solid experience as a presenter and interviewer, to this exciting and dynamic assignment. We look forward to her delivering reports and commentary from New York – one of the world's financial capitals.”
Dharshini, whose family is originally from Sri Lanka, was born and brought up in London. She studied Economics at Downing College, University of Cambridge.