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Sonali Gudka

British Indian

Sonali Shah


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26 July 1980 (age 43) (
Edgware, Middlesex, England

Journalist and television presenter

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Sonali Shah (born 26 July 1980 in Edgware, Middlesex) is a British newsreader who presented the BBC's children's news programme Newsround from July 2006 until November 2011. She now occasionally presents the weekend edition of BBC World News.


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She currently presents BBC television programmes including Escape to the Country, The National Lottery Draws and Crimewatch. She is also a regular reporter on Watchdog.

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Early life

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Sonali Gudka was born in Edgware to immigrant Indian parents, her parents run a pharmacy. Shah trained as a dancer for over 10 years, studying Indian classical, Indian folk and Streetdance. Sonali attended Longfield First and Middle School, and went on to Whitmore High School in Harrow.


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Aiming for a career in medicine, Shah began presenting on the local hospital radio. After university, in early 2002 she joined BBC World Service as a producer, also presenting on World Business Report and The World Today. In 2002 she moved to BBC Radio 5 Live as launch producer for Jeff Randall’s Weekend Business, which won a Sony Radio Award. She then began reporting for Weekend Business, as well as Wake Up to Money and 5 live Money.


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Shah joined Newsround initially as an afternoon relief presenter. From 2006, as part of a new team replacing Ellie Crisell and Jake Humphrey, she presented breakfast, afternoon and weekend bulletins for the show as well as presenting the main programme from 2008. Shah also reported for Sportsround, and posted an online diary from the 2010 Commonwealth Games for the Newsround website. She made a number of Newsround Specials, including two documentaries from Afghanistan in 2010, which were also shown on the BBC News Channel. In 2011 she guest presented Match of the Day Kickabout on BBC Two, and made guest appearances on Sadie J and Blue Peter.

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On 9 November 2011, Shah announced she was leaving Newsround before it moved to its new base at MediaCityUK in Salford.

BBC Sport

In 2010 Shah went to Delhi, to present coverage of the Commonwealth Games for BBC Sport on BBC One and BBC Two. She was one of the main reporters for the events coverage.

She was one of three BBC presenters, along with Manish Bhasin and Rishi Persad, at the 2011 Cricket World Cup in the Indian sub-continent. Also in 2011, she reported from the University Boat Race. and Wimbledon. She regularly presents a special programme for BBC One called British Olympic Dreams, broadcast since February 2011, that follows the Britain's potential Olympic hopefuls for 2012. She also anchored shows on BBC Three during the games as well as being stationed at Lords for the archery.

BBC News

In 2009, Shah made a move to the BBC News Channel's Business News on top of Newsround. She can be seen occasionally broadcasting in the afternoon and evening.

In August 2011, Shah moved to BBC World News. She presented the daytime bulletin on the Weekend and remains a relief presenter. In December 2011, she stood in for Rhod Sharp on Up All Night. She focuses on BBC News and BBC Sport.

Shah was among the BBC News team for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II coverage on BBC One. Shah was a reported from the crowds at The Mall.

In May 2014, Shah became a sports reporter for Today, the daily morning news programme for BBC Radio 4.


On 2 March 2013, Sonali Shah and her Newsround co-presenter Ore Oduba appeared on the BBC's Let's Dance for Comic Relief, dancing to "Hey Ya!" by Outkast. They were eliminated, and did not get through to the final.

In 2014, Shah became a presenter of house-buying BBC TV show Escape to the Country. Since 2015, Shah has presented The National Lottery Draws and Crimewatch. Both shows are broadcast on BBC One.

In August 2016 Shah covered for sports presenter Matt Williams on BBC Radio 2 during Simon Mayo Drivetime 3 week summer break

Personal life

Shah resides in London with her husband Adarsh and daughter Ariana (born October 2013). She is 5 ft 1in in height, and "needs heels for interviewing tall sportspeople".


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