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Aasmah Mir
Born
Aasmah Saira Mir

7 October 1971 (1971-10-07) (age 49)
Glasgow, Scotland
Nationality British
Occupation Broadcaster, journalist
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s)
Piara Powar (m. 2007–2021)

(divorced)
Children 1 (daughter)

Aasmah Saira Mir ( born 7 October 1971) is a Scottish television and radio broadcaster and journalist who currently co-presents the Monday-Thursday breakfast show on Times Radio.

Early life

Mir was born to first-generation Pakistani immigrants in Glasgow, and brought up in the affluent suburb of Bearsden, from the age of ten, where she attended Bearsden Academy. She graduated from the University of Bristol with an honours law degree in 1993.

Journalism

In 1995, Mir had a brief stint as a reporter for the Daily Record and Sunday Mail, then became a radio researcher. In 2005 and 2006, she was a columnist for the Sunday Herald.

Broadcasting career

Television

Mir began her career in broadcasting in 1992 appearing on a BBC TV programme called The Insiders with Gordon Kennedy. After graduation she joined Scottish Television aged 21 as a trainee and read the early morning news bulletins, and presented the main news show.

She presented a couple of editions of the documentary strand for BBC Two called East in 1996 and some items on Desi DNA. In 1998 she became a reporter for Central Television in Nottingham.

Mir has also presented Just Write on Channel 4 and Around Scotland on BBC Two. In 2010, she became a newspaper reviewer on GMTV with Lorraine and Lorraine.

Radio

In 1999, Mir moved to London as a producer for BBC Radio London and started doing freelance news-reading shifts for the national radio station BBC Radio 5 Live. She joined the station full-time in July 2001.

In April 2006, she covered the weekday morning phone in programme on BBC Asian Network for a fortnight when Sonia Deol left the programme, and before Anita Rani became presenter. She has presented items on the BBC Asian Network Report.

Mir presented the Midday News on 5 Live, Monday to Friday, until 9 January 2009. She joined BBC Scotland in April 2009 as a presenter of the Friday edition of Good Morning Scotland. Also in 2009 she presented a series of programmes for BBC Radio 4 on Scotland's Year of Homecoming, as well as Colour Me White for Radio 4, and Gay Life After Saddam for Radio 5 Live. In 2010, she replaced Anita Anand as a presenter of Radio 5 Live's Drive programme. For one week in March 2012, she sat in for Jeremy Vine on his BBC Radio 2 programme.

On 27 September 2012, Mir announced on Twitter that she planned to leave BBC 5 Live, after 11 years with the station. Mir presented her last 5 Live Drive on 9 November 2012. On 29 October 2012, Mir presented an edition of BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. Later she was a replacement for Julia Hartley-Brewer on the LBC 97.3 afternoon programme.

From 2012 to 2020, she was a co-presenter of BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live .

In April 2020, she was announced as a presenter for Times Radio when the station launched on 29 June 2020. She co-presents Monday to Thursday breakfast with Stig Abell.

Personal life

Mir was married to Piara Powar, the executive director of Football Against Racism in Europe. She became a mother at the age of 44, having had a daughter from this marriage.

In 2021 Mir chose to divorce Powar, stating that "this was my decision so I cannot wallow for too long".

Mir is an avid fan of Celtic.

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