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Samira Ahmed: “Don’t ever assume you’ll be treated fairly”

The journalist and broadcaster, who won a landmark equal pay hearing against the BBC, talks to Prospect about her fight for equality, personal regrets, and why she's against fantasy dinner parties

By Prospect Team   December 2020

What is the first news event you can recall?

Coming downstairs to see my parents watching Gerald Ford conceding defeat on the tiny TV in the kitchen and a smiling Jimmy Carter winning the US presidential election in 1976. It seemed a moment of such optimism.

One bit of advice you’d give to your younger self?

Ask for equal pay from the start. Challenge more on this issue. Don’t ever assume you’ll be treated fairly.

What was your most uncomfortable on-air moment?

At Channel 4 News in 2003 having to cut…

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