Rozita Lotfi appointed new Head of BBC Persian

It’s a huge honour to become head of the service, just a couple of weeks after BBC Persian celebrated its 75th anniversary.Rozita Lotfi, head of the BBC Persian Service
Date: 11.01.2016     Last updated: 11.01.2016 at 16.17
Category: World Service
Rozita Lotfi has been appointed as the new head of the BBC Persian Service.

Rozita said: “It’s a huge honour to become head of the service, just a couple of weeks after BBC Persian celebrated its 75th anniversary. I want to build on our weekly audience of 15 million on TV, radio and online - and maintain our position as a trusted provider of impartial news and information in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan and for diaspora audiences around the world. We already have a strong following on social media and we will continue to innovate to make our interaction with our audiences as rich and rewarding as possible.”

Rozita studied English Literature at Tehran University and Middle Eastern Studies at SOAS, University of London. She joined BBC Persian as a producer in 1996 and has worked in various editorial roles. She was a member of the launch team for the BBC Persian TV channel in 2009 and has worked in World Service English, BBC World News television, and with the Director of World Service Group. Her most recent role was News Editor for Persian Radio and TV.

Rozita takes over from Sadeq Saba, who has decided to step down after 26 years with the BBC, and will begin her new role on 25 January 2016.

BBC Persian is an award-winning multimedia news and current affairs service, providing high-quality, accurate and impartial news, information and analysis from a global perspective for Persian speakers. Produced in London, BBC Persian delivers a TV, online and social media service 24 hours a day, as well as having a daily radio programme.

BBC Persian TV broadcasts a wide range of original factual programmes as well as strands on music, arts and culture, science, technology and sport available via satellite transmission and streamed live online on and

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