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BBC Radio Leicester's Sandra scoops award


Category: Radio Leicester
Date: 07.04.2004
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Sandra Herbert, BBC Radio Leicester's religious producer, scooped a major award at this year's Muslim News awards.


The Excellence in Media award was one of 15 given to Muslims and non-Muslims for their contribution to the arts, science, education and community work.


Sandra has been working with Muslim students in Leicester producing radio features including a four part series called Myths About Muslims.


This series won numerous awards including the 2003 Race in Media Award and the Sandford St Martin Religious Radio Award.


Leicester students Hamza Vayani, Nisa Khan and Abdul Sattar were all involved in making the programmes which examined the prejudices that many people have about Islam.


Another Muslim student, Hajar Javaheri from Peterborough, spent time with Sandra producing a series looking at sacrifice across different faiths for which she also received a national award.


Sandra consistently works to ensure that programmes on BBC Radio Leicester are diverse and she has run training sessions for Muslim women for the daily Thought for the Day slot.


Sandra said: "I am delighted to be recognised for my work in this area and I'm convinced that young people of faith need to have their voices heard.


"In the present climate of negative media coverage given to Muslims, extra effort is needed to build positive relationships and to include all voices in the community.


"The programmes, although hard work, were great fun too and they show what can be done on BBC local radio with the co-operation of the community and the enthusiasm of youth."


The award ceremony was held in London and the 500 guests included British and foreign dignitaries, politicians, community leaders, Muslims and non-Muslims.


Sandra's award was presented to her by Liberal Democrat MP Menzies Campbell.

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Category: Radio Leicester
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