Following four successful years at the helm, Fatima Patel steps down as Editor of Asian Sunday newspaper and Asian Style magazine due to health issues. Asian Sunday first published in summer 2011 and has gone from strength to strength as the UK’s leading FREE Sunday newspaper.
Fatima’s successor is award-winning communications expert, British TV news presenter, journalist and a former media relations adviser to the Mayor of London, Hasina Momtaz. She will take over as Editor across both titles.
From the beginning, Asian Sunday set a bench mark within the Asian media print industry by offering a publication which focused on issues affecting British Asians living and working in the UK, with a particular vision to reach out to the wider community to offer a platform to learn more about the British Asian community’s interests, aspirations, business and lifestyle in the UK.
Asian Sunday has always been at the forefront of breaking news affecting the Bradford community and the Asian community at large. The publication will now be going national and will be available in over 100 supermarkets up and down the country, as well as airports, train stations and leading businesses and retail outlets.
Hasina advised at the heart of London governance for almost nine years, providing strategic and operational media relations counsel to two of the most well-known, high profile and controversial figures in British politics, Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson. During her time at City Hall, Hasina was part of the press team which led on some of the biggest and most challenging breaking news stories such as the London bombings.
Of the many roles in media and communications, Hasina has been Deputy Head of News and Media Relations for the Local Government Association (LGA) and Communications Business Partner at Transport for London (TfL). She presented a weekly English news programme on a leading British Bangladeshi TV station, bringing the top breaking news stories to audiences across the UK and Europe, written published articles for local and community newspapers in London and has been Director of Media (Executive Board Director) for the British Bangladesh Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs (BBCWE), a membership body supporting female British-Bangladeshi entrepreneurs and creating and nurturing female business leaders of the future.
Speaking about being appointed as the new Editor in Chief of Asian Sunday and Asian Style magazine, Hasina said:
“I’m delighted to take over as Editor in Chief of Asian Sunday newspaper and Asian Style magazine. The new national offering will consolidate and build upon the paper’s existing reputation as THE leading newspaper catering to the needs and aspirations of the Asian communities across the UK and beyond. I want to position Asian Sunday as the expert on the Asian communities across the country covering the full range of issues affecting them from politics to media to finance to the arts and culture to lifestyle, fashion and more. My reporters and columnists will keep the British Asian community updated on the top news stories affecting them as well as keeping them abreast of current thinking and the topical issues, viewpoints and debates that matter to them. By scratching beneath the surface, we will tell them what’s REALLY happening in the British Asian communities.
“There are no areas of British society that the Asian influence isn’t being felt and this influence is set to grow. I want Asian Sunday to be at the forefront of that growth –nurturing and creating the next generation of business leaders, politicians, newspaper owners, artists, entrepreneurs and more”.
She is included in both the “British-Bangladeshi Who’s Who” and the “Brightest 100”, annual publications highlighting the most successful and influential members of the British-Bangladeshi community.
National issues of Asian Sunday will be available from summer 2015.
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