Rana Mitter Wins ‘Asian Presenter of the Year’ Award

St Cross Fellow Rana Mitter Wins Eastern Eye ACTA ‘Asian Presenter of the Year’ Award

Director of the University China Centre, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China and St Cross Fellow, Rana Mitter, has won the prestigious Eastern Eye Award for Best Presenter. This is for his BBC Radio 4 programme, Chinese Characters, a series of audio documentaries focussed on key individuals from Chinese history.

Eastern Eye’s Arts Culture & Theatre Awards (ACTA) recognise British Asian talent in a wide range of disciplines, including literature, film, television, theatre, comedy, music, dance and visual arts.

The shortlist comprised outstanding Asian presenters who have excelled in Asian or mainstream media, including Bobby Friction (aka Paramdeep Sehdev) for Pump up the Bhangra: The Sound of Asian Britain and Nadiya Hussain for Nadiya’s Family Favourites. 


Rana ACTA award

Rana and his award, with Dr Yusuf Hamied, Chairman of Cipla


Chinese Characters includes programmes on Empress Wu Zetian, who grew up a humble lady of the court, but became the only woman in 2,000 years to rule China in her own right, Mao Zedong, who went from a library assistant in the 1920s to the man who ruled over a fifth of humanity later in his life, and perhaps the most famous character in Chinese history, Confucius. The aim is to give as multi-dimensional a picture as possible of China's vast history, with Rana choosing characters from across the centuries.

All episodes from Rana Mitter’s Chinese Characters are on BBC Radio 4 here.

Read more about the Eastern Eye ACTA Awards here.



Rachael Lindsay

25 June 2019