|Occupation News presenter|
TV shows Midlands Today
|Name Shefali Oza|
Years active 1993–present
|Born 24 September 1967 (age 55) (1967-09-24) Mumbai, India|
Spouse Jamie Knights (m. 1996–1998)
Marriage location Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Shefali Oza BBC Midlands news weather presenter
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Shefali Oza (born 24 September 1967) is an Indian TV personality and is the main weather presenter on BBC Birmingham's Midlands Today, the regional news programme broadcast in the Midlands of England, but also carries out some news presentation work. She began her career with the team as Midlands Today's first ever weather presenter in January 1993.
Oza is said to have been "discovered at an audition day" which had been organised by the BBC's Multi-Cultural Programmes Unit, who were actually in search of new faces for Network East.
Oza was one of the first frequent Asian faces on television in the region. Since joining Midlands Today in 1993 her role has included producing weather-related news and community features. One of her reports was as a result of becoming the first female civilian to spend a week on the Royal Navy submarine HMS Splendid. She was awarded an Honorary Masters from University College Worcester in recognition of her achievements in broadcasting.
Along with weather reporting and news presenting, Oza has fronted regional contributions to the BBC's live national programming and campaigns such as Children in Need.
During her time on Midlands Today, Oza met her husband Jamie Knights, who worked as her cameraman. Their wedding ceremony was featured on the news programme. The couple divorced two years later.