Former BBC Asian Network controller, Vijay Sharma will be conferred a Doctor of Letters for her role in leading the development of the corporation’s Asian Network.
“I am pleased and honoured to receive this award from the University of Leicester, which has demonstrated a strong commitment to widening participation and paving the way for broader accessibility,” said Sharma.
Sharma was a part of the Asian Network for 20 years before stepping down in 2012. She joined the BBC at Radio Leicester, where five hours of Asian programming a week grew to 80 hours when she established a Midlands regional Asian Network. That service was rolled out on AM to the East Midlands, the North West, South and West Yorkshire, Peterborough and the Three Counties, before Sharma led the move to a national radio station on DAB in 2002.