Samir Shah

Chief Executive and Creative Director

Samir Shah was appointed a CBE for services to Television and Heritage, in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s list 2019. After completing a doctorate at Oxford, following a short detour in the Home Office Intelligence Unit, Samir joined LWT in 1979.  In 1987, he went to the BBC to head its television current affairs and, later, ran the BBC’s political journalism department at Millbank. In 1998, Samir left the BBC to take over Juniper.

Samir has established a track record for high quality journalism and excellent documentaries on a wide ranging subjects. He is not afraid to tackle sensitive subjects and has built up a reputation for insightful, powerful and journalistically demanding factual programmes ranging from politics, contemporary history, drama docs to issues surrounding race. He is highly regarded as an executive producer by both the BBC and commercial channels. He has worked with many talented writers, directors and politicians over the years.

Samir interests extends beyond broadcasting - He is Chair of the Geffrye Museum of the Home and was Deputy Chair of the V&A. He is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society and Trustee of Reprieve. Samir has been Chair of the Runnymede Trust, on the Board of Bafta, and a Non-Executive Director on the BBC Board.  Samir was the 2019 Visiting Professor of Creative Media, Oxford University.  Samir was appointed an OBE in the 2000 New Year’s Honour’s list.