One World Media delighted to announce Samir Shah as new Chair


One World Media is pleased to announce that Samir Shah will be joining as Chair of the trustee board from May 2020. Samir, who is the Chief Executive and Creative Director of Juniper, an independent television and radio production company, replaces John Willis who is stepping down as he comes to the end of his term. 


A recruitment panel of One World Media’s trustees were involved in the appointment.


Since 1998, Samir has been CEO and owner of Juniper which specialises in television and radio factual programmes from current affairs to dramatised documentaries for a range of broadcasters including the BBC, C4 and Nat Geo. Before Juniper, Samir was head of current affairs television at the BBC and, later, responsible for the BBC’s political journalism across radio and television. Samir has worked in broadcasting for over forty years and was awarded a CBE in the 2019 Birthday Honours list for services to Television and Heritage.


In June 2014 Samir was made Chair of The Geffrye,  Museum of the Home, a position he currently holds. From 2005 to 2014, he was a Trustee, then Deputy Chair, of the V&A. Samir was a Non-Executive Director on the BBC Board between 2007 and 2010. He is a former Chair of the Runnymede Trust (1999 to 2009) and is a Trustee of Reprieve.  He was former Chair of Screen West Midlands (2008-201). From 2004-2007, Samir was a Trustee of the Medical Foundation for the Victims of Torture.


Samir was awarded an OBE in 2000 New Year’s Honours list, elected a Fellow of the Royal Television Society in 2002 and, in 2019,  was appointed Visiting Professor of Creative Media, Oxford University (Faculty of English). In August 2006 Samir was appointed a Special Professor in Post Conflict Studies in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Nottingham.


Samir was born In India and came to England in 1960. He was educated at Latymer Upper School in London, read Geography and Maths at the University of Hull and has a DPhil from St Catherine’s College, Oxford.


Samir says:

“One World Media does a tremendous job encouraging and supporting independent journalism across the developing world. I am honoured and delighted to be appointed Chair of this great organisation and I hope to help it go from strength to strength as it continues to deliver on its mission.”


Gemma Bradshaw, Director of One World Media, says:

“We are delighted that Samir is joining the One World Media team. His passion for international media and breadth of experience will be integral in guiding our strategy to support filmmakers and journalists covering underreported stories around the world.

“I am hugely grateful to John for everything he has done as chair over the past six years. It is due to John’s experience and commitment to One World Media that we are in the strong position we are today to continue championing independent media coverage from developing countries.”