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Shahnaz Pakravan (Persian: شهناز پاکروان born c. 1957) is a former British radio and television presenter.


Pakravan was educated at Moreton Hall School, a girls' independent boarding school in Oswestry, Shropshire, in England.


Pakravan has worked for several leading news and current affairs channels:


She was a news presenter on BBC World and BBC News 24. She also produced and presented Arab World Direct for BBC World.

Channel Four

On Channel Four, she was the news anchor for the daily breakfast news and business programme Channel Four Daily. She was also the co-presenter of Channel 4 News, the channel's main evening prime-time bulletin.

Dubai TV

Pakravan has been a familiar face in the Persian Gulf region from her work for BBC World, but has also worked for Dubai Television.

BBC Radio

Her radio work included hosting BBC Radio Four's popular programme, Woman's Hour.


Science and technology: Pakravan was anchor and reporter on the well-known BBC programme Tomorrow's World. Health: she was anchor and presenter for the Channel Four programme Health Alert. Comedy: in 1990, she made a cameo appearance as a comedic actress, appearing as an 'Indian woman' in the hit sit-com Drop the Dead Donkey.


Arab World Direct, the programme Pakravan hosted, aired all over the Arab world - including Saudi Arabia - and had a special 9-11 edition, which featured an extended interview with Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki Al Saud, the former Governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority. Other high-profile interviews include Jordan's King Abdullah and the new UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.


Around 2007 she began to run the 200-year-old Bridge Hotel, in Helmsdale, Sutherland, on the east coast of Scotland.[citation needed]

She was the General Manager at the Capital Club Bahrain between 2012 and 2014.[1][2]


Pakravan has two adult daughters from her first marriage.


  1. ^ "Capital Club Bahrain announces appointment of new General Manager", albawaba Business, 22 October 2012
  2. ^ "New GM for Capital Club Bahrain", Trade Arabia, 18 March 2014