Arshia Riaz is a presenter for the BBC, currently presenting on BBC WM. The show aims to showcase real stories about issues that really matter and play the best in Asian music with exclusive, live acoustic sessions in the BBC studios performed by both established and unsigned music artists.
With parental roots in Pakistan, Arshia Riaz was born in Shrewsbury and now lives in Birmingham. She studied at Birmingham City University gaining a BA (Hons) in Media and Communication and a PG Diploma in Broadcast Journalism. She was taken on for an internship at CNN studios in London, and trained with the BBC as a Broadcast Journalist.
She worked at various commercial radio stations across the English Midlands before joining BBC WM as producer and presenter of the Midlands Masala show. Throughout the week Arshia works as a creative practitioner in schools and colleges across the UK, inspiring and teaching youngsters all about radio.
Arshia Riaz has hosted events throughout the UK and in 2002, was crowned Miss Asia UK. She was featured in the top 100 most influential Muslims in the UK, in the Muslim Powerlist 2010. She is also a volunteer mentor with the Mosaic network and is part of the Speakers Bureau, engaging with schools, running workshops, giving presentations, and inspiring youngsters from deprived backgrounds to get involved with the media.