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BBC's first Hindi news reader Rajni Kaul dies at 93

She was the first woman to join BBC Hindi as a staffer and became the first woman to read a news bulletin in Hindi on the network in 1961.

Published: 01st September 2021 05:12 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st September 2021 05:12 PM   |  A+A-

Former BBC news reader Rajni Kaul

Former BBC news reader Rajni Kaul (Photo| Twitter)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Rajni Kaul, a distinguished broadcaster who became the first woman to read a news bulletin in Hindi on BBC nearly 60 years ago, passed away in Faridabad on Tuesday. She was 93. She was cremated on Wednesday, family sources said.

Born in Peshawar, now in Pakistan, Kaul worked with All India Radio (AIR) in New Delhi before joining the Voice of America (VOA) in Washington and then BBC in London. She was the first woman to join BBC Hindi as a staffer and became the first woman to read a news bulletin in Hindi on the network in 1961.

She was married to eminent broadcast journalist late Mahendra Kaul who also worked with the VOA and the BBC. They had settled down in London.



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