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Anita Bhalla
Name Anita Bhalla
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Job title Chair of the Creative City Partnership, Birmingham

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Anita’s 26-year media career with the BBC has been varied; from being one of the first regionally based bi-media correspondents to being Head of the BBC’s Public Space Broadcasting. She has also presented Channel 4’s Eastern Eye and other national programmes. Anita is currently Chair of the Creative City Partnership and MAC (Midlands Arts Centre), and Chair of Performances Birmingham (Town Hall and Symphony Hall).

  • Set up BBC Asian Network in the West Midlands; now a national digital service.
  • Documentary producer national television and radio.
  • Head of BBC Political & Community Affairs – England.
  • Head of Public Space Broadcasting for the BBC overseeing a network of Big Screens which deliver a variety of community experiences from interactive games to live relays from the Royal Opera House, Last Night of the Proms to London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • First woman President of Circom a European wide group of public service broadcasters.

A trained teacher who turned her hand to becoming a Community Relations Officer in Leicester, a Community Worker in  Birmingham, where she set up and ran one of the first hostels for Asian Women, as well as dealing with wider issues around welfare and social care.

She has also worked as a lecturer teaching language and employment skills to Industrial workers, alongside training their managers in effective communications.

Anita has a strong commitment to public service and her portfolio in this area ranges from being a member of Birmingham’s recent Social Inclusion Commission to being a past chair of Grestone Junior and Infant School, past member of the governing body of Birmingham City University to currently being a trustee of the Children’s University.

Anita is the Chair of the Creative City Partnership which is a sub group of the Birmingham and Solihull LEP. The Creative City – an initiative of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, was set up to support the creation of jobs and wealth in Greater Birmingham. This partnership of private and public sector and networks of independent creative and cultural businesses has identified interventions to develop and promote aspiring innovative and entrepreneurial talent, develop a local market for cultural and creative activity and enhance our reputation as a place to do business.

Anita has won several awards including the CRE’s Race in the Media National Television News Award. In 2009 she was awarded an OBE for her services to Broadcasting and Communities.




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