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Sangita Myska: More Media Figures Sign Open Letter to LBC Expressing ‘Deep Concern’ About Her Departure

Broadcasters and politicians say they fear her “abrupt” exit from the station means “excellent journalists are at risk for simply doing their job and asking robust questions”.

Sangita Myska on LBC

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More than 170 journalists, broadcasters, celebrities, politicians, academics and activists have now signed an open letter to LBC expressing their “deep concern” at the “sudden disappearance” of the presenter Sangita Myska from the station.

Dozens more signatories were added to the list, which already included senior BBC and Channel 4 News journalists, Members of Parliament and the singer Charlotte Church.

Those signing the letter say that Myska’s departure from the station “has been interpreted by many as the station’s complete disregard for industry standards relating to diversity [and] transparency”.

They also express concern that her departure shows that “excellent journalists are at risk for simply doing their job and asking robust questions.”

Myska’s departure led to widespread speculation online that she had been sacked due to her on-air questioning of an Israeli spokesman about the war in Gaza, something that has been denied by figures at LBC.

Among those signing the open letter are the Channel 4 News presenters Symeon Brown, and Lindsey Hilsum, who describes Myska as a “brave, principled and excellent broadcaster” as well as Labour MPs Zarah Sultana, Yasmin Qureshi and John McDonnell.

Other signatories include thejournalists Gary Younge and Owen Jones as well as Martin Forde KC, who led the Forde Inquiry into racism, sexism and bullying within the Labour Party.

In their letter they state that “in a world beset by disinformation and misinformation, Sangita’s voice as a truth teller throughout her career is even more sought after now and is missed.”

They also say her departure has prompted fears about the station’s commitment to diversity in journalism, saying that “Sangita has used her platform to uplift underrepresented voices, mentor diverse talent, provide allyship to a wide range of communities, tell their stories, while challenging racist narratives and institutional bias with intelligence, wit, and lived experience.”

Myska’s departure led to a large public outpouring of support for the presenter, with tens of thousands of people signing a petition protesting against it.

She has yet to publicly comment about her exit. However, other LBC presenters, have pushed back against suggestions that it was due to anything other than commercial considerations.

The station has since revamped their weekend schedule, with her slot split between the former Conservative Party parliamentary candidate Ali Miraj and Vanessa Feltz.

LBC did not respond to a request for comment.

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Open Letter to LBC About Sangita Myska

We, the undersigned colleagues, friends, supporters and allies of Sangita Myska are writing to express our deep concern at her sudden disappearance from LBC.

Sangita is a highly respected award-winning presenter with a proven track record in international journalism for more than 20 years. She has been described by Channel 4 News’s Lindsey Hilsum as a ‘brave, principled and excellent broadcaster’ and ‘a national treasure’ by photographer and film director Misan Harriman. She is also one of the few women of colour to have been so successful in an industry where barriers to entry and progression are many.

The unexplained disappearance for weeks of a high profile, popular journalist from LBC’s schedule – the only Asian presenter in a regular slot – shocked, upset and confused her peers and thousands of listeners across the UK, whose strength of feeling is palpable.

The abrupt nature of Sangita’s departure, and the absence of an explanation, has been interpreted by many as the station’s complete disregard for industry standards relating to diversity, transparency and attributing value to its audiences, and concern that excellent journalists are at risk for simply doing their job and asking robust questions.

Sangita is the daughter of immigrants who settled in London against the backdrop of violent racism in the 1970s and 80s. After a non-selective state school education and a degree made possible only by a full maintenance grant, she secured a highly competitive spot on the prestigious BBC News Trainee Reporter scheme. She is a representative of ordinary everyday people in a media landscape that is dominated by those with immense privilege – be that a private education or Oxbridge degree, familial or social connections, or through their sex, class, race or physical or neurotypical ability.

Sangita’s journalistic record and professional integrity remains unimpeachable. Her approach is fair and balanced. She established a ‘rare rapport’ with her audience, author Tim Walker notes, at a time when public trust in the mainstream media is low. Our concern is recent events could undermine that trust further.

Diversity also matters. Sangita has used her platform to uplift underrepresented voices, mentor diverse talent, provide allyship to a wide range of communities, tell their stories, while challenging racist narratives and institutional bias with intelligence, wit, and lived experience.

Little wonder then that Sangita soon became a favourite presenter at LBC attracting a large, growing and loyal listenership from all backgrounds, inspired by her journalism, honesty, and bravery in holding public figures to account. Clips of her shows have regularly received millions of views online and much praise.

In a world beset by disinformation and misinformation, Sangita’s voice as a truth teller throughout her career is even more sought after now and is missed. The huge outcry by her followers in recent weeks and those concerned about press freedoms highlights this. We stand in solidarity with Sangita Myska and look forward to the return of her valued journalism.”


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The Signatories

Professor Aaqil Ahmed, Former Head of Religion BBC and Channel 4

Afua Hirsch, Writer and Broadcaster, Professor of Journalism

Aina J. Khan, Freelance Journalist

Alex Murray

Alexandra Pringle

Alex Collins

Alvaro Alvarez, Documentary Filmmaker

Amanda Kirton

Anoop Pandhal, Documentary Series Producer, Defiance, Channel 4

Anu Anand, Presenter, Journalist and Podcast Host

Ariane Sherine, Journalist

Arif Asif, Operations Manager, Asian Media Awards

Arifa Akber, Chief Theatre Critic at The Guardian

Ashish Joshi, Health Correspondent, Sky News

Ashitha Nagesh

Asif Kapadia, Film Director

Asjad Nazir, Entertainment Editor of Eastern Eye Newspaper

Aysha Rafaele, Executive Producer

Barnie Choudhury, Journalist and Broadcaster

Becky Gardiner, Goldsmiths, University of London

Bola Mosuro, Journalist and Broadcaster

Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, Journalist and Editor

Charlotte Church, Musician

Clare Kennedy

Clare Sambrook, Freelance Journalist

Corey Brotherson, Author

Daniel York Loh – Writer, Performer, Filmmaker, Associate Artistic Director – Kakilang, Chair – Equity Race Equality Committee

Daisy Ayliffe, Documentary Director and Filmmaker, BBC, Channel 4

Dal Babu OBE, former Chief Superintendent Metropolitan Police

David Noble, Medical Scientist and Petition Founder

Darshan Sanghrajka, Founder at Super Being Labs

David Chipakupaku, Producer, Sky News

David Robson, Author

Dawn Emery, Freelance Journalist

Professor Des Freedman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Dhruti Shah, Freelance Journalist and Creative Lead, Have You Thought About

Diana Evans, Author

Dionne Shury Trotman, Former BBC Journalist

Dougie Comrie, Retired Detective Inspector, Police Scotland

Emma Maxwell, Senior Producer, Channel 4 News

Fadah Jassem, Freelance Journalist

Fatima Salaria, Freelance TV Executive

Fay Nurse

Frances Coppola, Author and Speaker

Frances Leach, Labour Councillor City of London

Gary Younge, Journalist, Professor and Orwell Prize Winner 2024

Georgia Coan, The Telegraph

Graham Hughes, Adventurer

Hadassah Shah, Writer, Musician, Creator

Hamza Ali Shah, British Palestinian Freelance Journalist / Writer

Hannah Weisfeld, Executive Director and Founder of Yachad UK

Hasan Salim Patel, Communications Consultant

Helena Wadia, Journalist and Co-host of Media Storm Podcast

Hewete Haileselassie, Journalist and Communications Specialist

India Willoughby

Inge Snip, Senior Editor, Women Press Freedom at the Coalition For Women In Journalism

Ishaq Khan, Software Engineer

Jackie Long, Social Affairs Editor, Channel 4 News

James Mates, Europe Editor, ITV News

James Wong, Botanist and Broadcaster

Jamie Klingler, Co-Founder Reclaim These Streets

Jamsheda Ahmad Young, Former Assistant Editor /Senior Journalist, BBC World News

Jane Cashman

Jane C Woods, ChangingPeople

Janey Starling, Co-director Level Up

Jasmine Dotiwala

Jat Dhillon, Freelance Journalist

Javed (Jah-Vhed) Thomas, Co-Founder of Race Equality Matters

Jini Reddy, Author and Journalist

Joanna Hall

John McDonnell MP

Professor Jonathan Portes, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, King’s College London

Karishma Patel, Journalist/Newsreader

Karnagie Sharp

Kate Watkins, Associate Professor of Journalism

Kehinde Andrews, Professor of Black Studies, Birmingham City University

Keme Nzerem, Freelance Journalist

Kinda Haddad, Journalist, Formerly of BBC Panorama

Kwajo Tweneboa, Social Issues Campaigner

Lehni Lamide Davies, Programme Director – BA Theatre and Social Change (Hons)

Rose Bruford College

Leila Sansour, Filmmaker and Journalist

Leroy Logan MBE, Founding Member of National Black Police Association, Former Superintendent at the Met Police and Author

Lindsey Hilsum, International Editor, Channel 4 News

Lisa Hack, Audio Producer and Educator, Goldsmiths, University of London

Dr Lisette Johnston, Former BBC World News Planning Editor

Lorraine King, Radio Presenter and Former Journalist

Lovejit Dhaliwal, Freelance Journalist and Documentary Maker

Lyse Doucet

Mai Noman, Journalist

Mark Newbold

The Marsh Family, Musicians

Marsha Ramroop, Author, Inclusion Strategist and Former BBC Journalist

Dr Marcela Pizarro, Goldsmiths, University of London

Martin Forde KC

Mathilda Mallinson, Journalist and Co-host of Media Storm Podcast

Matt Walsh, Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff University

Maxine Watson, Executive Producer

Megha Mohan

Melissa Sigodo, Journalist and Founder of The Thread Newsletter

Michael Morgan, Social Media Commentator

Mike Lanchin

Misan Harriman, Photographer and Film Director

Mobeen Azhar, Journalist / Filmmaker

Mohamed Madi

Monisha Rajesh, Author

Myriam Francois, Broadcaster

Nalini Sivathasan

Naresh Kaushik, ,Journalist and Broadcaster

Nathan Holder, Author of If I Were A Racist

Nawal Al-Maghafi

Professor Natalie Fenton, Goldsmiths, University of London

Natasha Junejo, Trustee South Asian Heritage Trust, Literary lead South Asian Heritage Month

Nazanine Moshiri, Senior Analyst, International Crisis Group

Nazir Afzal, Former Chief Prosecutor

Neila Butt, Creative Equity Lead, Channel 4

Nina Robinson, CEO Soundtruism Productions

Nimra Shahid, Freelance Journalist

Nitin Sawhney CBE, Composer, Producer and Musician

Olivia Crellin

Dr Omega Douglas, Goldsmiths, University of London

Owen Jones, Columnist, The Guardian

Patsy Stevenson, Public Figure, Equal Rights Campaigner

Revd Peterson Feital, Founder CEO, The Haven + London

Poonam Joshi, Foreign Correspondent and Women’s Rights Activist

Ramaa Sharma, Journalist and Executive Coach

Rasha Qandeel, Egyptian British Journalist, NUJ Member

Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi, Freelance Journalist

Reha Kansara

Reni Eddo-Lodge, Author of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Reshmin Chowdhury, Broadcaster

Saadeya Shamsuddin, Senior Journalist and NUJ’s Black Members’ Council

Sam Bright, Journalist and Author

Samantha Smith,

Sajda Mughal OBE, CEO and Consultant

Sean Adams, Editor, Drowned in Sound

Seyi Falodun-Liburd, Co-director Level Up

Shafi Musaddique, Freelance Journalist

Shaista Aziz, Freelance Journalist

Baroness Shaista Gohir OBE

Shamim Chowdhury, Freelance Journalist and Asian Media Awards Judge

Sheela Banerjee, Author and Journalist

Sheeraz Gulsher, Co-Founder of People Like Us

Sheetal Parmar, Freelance Journalist and Executive Producer

Shilpa Kannan, Tech Executive and Journalist

Shivani Dave, Journalist and Broadcaster

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, Lawyer, Author, Activist

Shuiab Khan, Journalist and Columnist, Lancashire Telegraph and Asian Image

Sonia Winifred, Psychodynamic Psychotherapist

Sophia Smith Galer, Journalist and Content Creator

Steve Nash

Subhadra Das, Writer and Historian

Professor Sunny Singh, Author, Academic and Director of Jhalak Prize

Suresh Grover, Co-director of The Monitoring Group

Syam Thommandru

Symeon Brown, News Correspondent, Channel 4 News and Author of Get Rich or Lie Trying

Taj Ali, Co-editor Tribune Magazine

Tan Smith, Political Commentator, Supertanskiii

Tashmia Owen, Artist, Writer and Women’s Rights Campaigner

Tassia Kobylinska, Goldsmiths, University of London

Tayo Kazzim, Freelance Sync Licensing Manager

Tony Adams, Investigative Journalist and Broadcaster and Chair of NUJ Black Members’ Council

Tony Dolce, Senior Journalist

Dr Toyin Agbetu, Scholar-Activist and Anthropologist, University College London

Triumph Arach, Student at Warwick University

Will Landricombe

Yasmin Alibhai Brown, Writer

Yasmin Qureshi MP

Yousef Eldin, Filmmaker

Zack Polanski, Deputy Leader of the Green Party and London Assembly Member

Zarah Sultana MP

Zita Holbourne, Author, Writer, Poet, National Chair of BARAC UK

This article was updated on May 14 2024, after new signatories were added to the list

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