- Shefali Oza
name = Shefali Oza
birthdate = Birth date and age|1967|09|24
yearsactive = 1993—present
website = http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/bbcweather/forecasters/shefalioza.shtml
OBE(born 24 September 1967) is a news presenter of BBC Birmingham's "Midlands Today", the regional news programme broadcast in the Midlandsof England. She is now one of the programme's main anchors but began her career with the team as "Midlands Today" 's first ever weather presenterin 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
Oza was one of the first frequent Asian faces on television in the region and has become the most recognisable of weather reporters on local news programmes. Her role has evolved over the years from simply reporting the weather to producing weather related news and community features. One of her major recent achievements came as part of one of her features when she became the first female civilian to spend a week on the
Royal Navysubmarine HMS Splendid.
Along with weather reporting and news presenting, Shefali has fronted
regionalcontributions to the BBC's live national programming and campaigns such as Children in Need.
During her time on "Midlands Today", Shefali met her husband who worked as her
cameraman. Their wedding ceremony was featured on the news programme, although she is now divorced. Before her media career, Oza trained as a solicitor. Her father is a GP based in Nottingham. She currently resides in Birmingham.
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/england/midlandstoday/profiles/shefali_oza.shtml Shefali Oza's "Midlands Today" profile]
* [http://www.crystalbirdproductions.com Shefali Oza's "website"]
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