Shefali Oza is said to have been “discovered at an audition day” which had been organised by the BBC’s Multi-Cultural Programmes Unit, who were actually in search of new faces for Network East.
Shefali Oza was one of the first frequent Asian faces on television in the region. Since joining Midlands Today in 1993 her role has included producing weather-related news and community features. One of her reports was as a result of becoming the first female civilian to spend a week on the Royal Navy submarine HMS Splendid. She was awarded an Honorary Masters from University College Worcester in recognition of her achievements in broadcasting. Along with weather reporting and news presenting, Shefali Oza has fronted regional contributions to the BBC’s live national programming and campaigns such as Children in Need.