Sima Kotecha Biography
Sima Kotecha is a media personality working as a news correspondent for BBC News. She is also a Midlands correspondent for BBC National News. Previously, she was a senior broadcast journalist.
Sima Kotecha Age
She was born on March 14, 1980 in Basingstoke, United Kingdom. She is 41 years old as at 2021.
Sima Kotecha Height
She is 5 feet and 10 inches tall.
Sima Kotecha Nationality
Kotecha is a British citizen.
Sima Kotecha Education
Between 1996 and 1998, Sima attended Queen Mary’s College for her A Levels in Business Studies, Theatre Studies and English Language. She also earned a Master’s degree in Media and Politics from Goldsmith, University of London in 2002.
Kotecha is the first in her family to attend university.
Sima Kotecha Parents
Kotecha was born on a council estate in Popley. She is the daughter of Indian Origin parents. Her father was a bus driver.
She owes her father her career. “He is actually the one that I kind of owe credit to, because he was driving one day and saw a BBC crew filming something in a field. He stopped his car, he got out of the car, and he went and said to the journalist ‘Hello, what do you do?’.”
“He said he was a reporter for South East Today, and my dad said my daughter really wants to be a journalist and he gave my dad his card. My dad always laughs because when I’m having a bad day I say it’s your fault!”
Sima added, “I am very lucky that my father is one of the most positive people I know and will always pick me up when I’m feeling a bit low.”
She has an elder brother named Sam. While reflecting on her childhood she said, she and her brother were the first ethnic minority children at Hatch Warren Primary School.
Sima Kotecha Husband
She has not revealed whether she is married, single or in a relationship.
Sima Kotecha BBC
Kotecha is a news correspondent and presenter for BBC News. She covers policy, politics, business, education, defence and social affairs across different outputs (BBC TV news bulletins, national radio and online).
In January 2017, she became the Midlands correspondent for BBC News appearing regularly on television bulletins. She also presents the BBC One news bulletin at 8pm and has presented Radio 5 Live’s Up All Night, 5 Live Breakfast and Drivetime and Newsday on the BBC World Service. Additionally, she can often be heard on BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today programme.
Kotecha has reported from Helmand Province in the conflict in Afghanistan while embedded with US Marines in Garmsiron for two weeks in December 2009. She also covered the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the Syrian refugee crisis. Additionally, she covered the 2008 US presidential election, and the Oscars on multiple occasions.
Kotecha has spent 2 years as reporter on PM and the World at One on Radio 4. She has also made films for BBC2 Newsnight and regularly appear on the BBC News Channel. Previously, she was a reporter for Radio 1’s Newsbeat from 2006-2011 including US correspondent based in New York reporting from 38 states.
Sima Kotecha Russell Rawlingson
On May 10, 2020 Sima and her crew were abused by Russell Rawlingson. The incident happened while Sima was reporting live in Leicester on the official COVID-19 guidelines. She was also supposed to interview people at Leicester’s Clock Tower following a government statement on coronavirus lockdown restrictions, but the segment was cancelled.
Rawlingson was arrested the day after by police.
During trials, Prosecutor Sarah Phelan described how Rawlingson abused the crew as they set up.
“He began to shout ‘coronavirus is fake news’ and ‘the BBC is fake and putting out fake news’,” she said.
“He also began to call the crew paedophiles and suggested that he was going to shoot people, saying he would shoot everyone in the BBC as they were linked to satanic child abuse.”
Phelan continued: “He shouted ‘you shouldn’t be here, you support paedophiles, go back to where you came from’, and this appeared to be aimed at Sima.
Rawlingson stood trial at Leicester Crown Court on 21 April 2021, but pleaded guilty to a less serious alternative count of threatening behavior without any racial element.
Sima Kotecha Net Worth
She earns an average salary of $75,000 per year. She also has an estimated net worth of $1 million.
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