Born Moira Clare Ruby Stuart on September 2, 1949, she was the first female African-Caribbean presenter to appear on British TV. Although Stuart is not strictly speaking a leader, she has certainly led the way over her remarkable career.
Over the course of a television career that spans over 30 years, she has presented countless BBC radio and television news. She is currently BBC Radio 2’s presenter on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show.
Born to Dominican-Barbadian parents, Stuart attended Our Lady’s Covent High School in London until the age of 13 before moving with her family to Bermuda. At the age of 15, she returned to London, where she studied at college.
Stuart began her career with the BBC back in the 70s, where she was an assistant producer in the radio documentaries and talks department. She served as a newsreader and continuity announcer for both BBC Radio 2 and Radio 4, with additional roles where she starred as Darong in the first series of The Adventure Game show. In 1981, she moved onto television news.
Since her debut on television news on August 27 1981, Stuart has featured on just about every BBC news bulletin. She has featured on the Breakfast with Frost show, its successor the Sunday AM show and also presented The News Quiz. She also appeared on BBC Breakfast for its first half hour, three times a week then followed by half-hour round ups during the rest of the show. Although the BBC Breakfast Show changed locations to a new studio in 2006, and had news content now presented by two presenters, Stuart still managed to retain the Sunday AM slot, and continued presenting weekend shows on BBC One. Other BBC channels Stuart worked for include BBC Four.
On October 3, 2007, Stuart’s 26-year long career with BBC News came to a close when it was announced that she will be leaving television news. In overall she had spent some 34 years with BBC TV and radio.
In 2009, and during his departure, Peter Horrocks, the former head of BBC News announced his dismay at the manner some people viewed Stuart’s departure. Many bore the notion that Stuart left the company because of issues involving ageism, something he stated was not the case.
During the course of her career, Moira Stuart was honored with 11 awards and achievements dating from 1988 to 2013. Some of these include, “Best Newscaster of the Year” in 1988, “Best Television Personality” in 1989, “Best Media Personality” in 1997, and in 1998 she rated among the best 100 Black Britons. In 2013, the Canterbury Christ Church University awarded her with an honorary doctorate.