Moira Stuart Bags Honorary Award from Northumbria University

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The Northumbria University conferred an honorary degree on British broadcaster Moira Stuart.

Stuart became the first black newscaster in BBC Radio in 1978. After three years, she was promoted to anchor national news on British television – a position that made her an icon for female empowerment and journalism. 

The university in Newscastle has awarded a Doctorate of Letters to Stuart.

The 72-year-old TV presenter said her career enabled her to “shift barriers” and “change so many stagnant stereotypes.”

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In her acceptance speech for her new doctorate at a graduation service in Newcastle, Stuart stated: “I’m so moved by this honor, I’m deeply indebted to [the university’s] grace and generosity.”

In the 1970s, Stuart kick-started her career at BBC with a role as production assistant in the Talks and Documentaries department. She went on to serve as an announcer for Radio 4 programs including newsreading before joining show hosts roster.

In a career that spanned over 40 years, Stuart presented nearly every kind of BBC News bulletin.

Previously, she has been made a CBE and OBE for services to media and been given honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh and Canterbury Christ Church University.

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