Zara Janjua is an award-winning broadcaster and a familiar face on TV.
Zara has presented national news programmes, daytime, comedy and cookery shows and was the face of the 2020 Comic Relief & Sainsbury’s Big Night In campaign on BBC One. She performed comedy on the BBC's Socially Distant with Susan Calman and won a spot in the BBC Comedy Writer's Room 2020.
Zara is currently presenting a series of podcasts for Royal Bank of Scotland about Entrepreneurial Women called Ask For More. In February she produced and directed a documentary in Nepal about marginalised women.
In 2019 she was shortlisted as a New Voice Talent on BBC Radio London and she hosted BBC's The Comedy Underground. She also celebrated an NTA win as a producer on ITV's This Morning team and worked as a Creative Producer and Director with the Press Association where she interviewed Cara Delevingne and Richard Branson, working on global campaigns for brands.
Zara has appeared in adverts including a global campaign for Liz Earle Skincare and has fronted TV adverts for supermarkets including Sainsbury's and Lidl.
Zara is very popular as a host, moderator and speaker for conferences, webinars and other virtual events. She hosts global fashion shows, awards ceremonies, sporting events and corporate dinners.
An advocate for equality, women's rights and mental health - Zara speaks at some of the biggest International Women's Day events across the country. Last year she shared a stage with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as she announced the Gender Pay Gap Action Plan.
Zara is also a Chapter Lead for The Rising Network, a platform for promoting, mentoring and connecting women.
Zara is an ambassador for several charities, working closely alongside Bloodwise, Craig Gowan's Memorial Fund and Jak's Den.
Comedy - Stand Up Showreel
Great presence, energetic style, full of talent!
BBC Studios Presents
Zara is a uniquely versatile presenter, not only in the range of programmes she is able to present from news and sport to entertainment shows, but also in the fact she worked her way through the ranks as a producer and therefore has an invaluable understanding of the production process. She is easy to work with, industrious and applies herself to any given task. I would highly recommend Zara as an asset to any TV project and would gladly employ her again in the future.
Paul Hughes, Solid Media/Former Head of Programmes at STV
Zara was our host/presenter at Business Gateway International Women’s day event. Zara was key to the whole day running smoothly using her expertise in presenting to ensure that our guests including the First Minister of Scotland were introduced appropriately. The day ran to time and she created seamless links between the different elements of the event. Zara is great to work with. Zara is well briefed and understands her audience, which gives Zara an added confidence when presenting, making her audience respond positively and warm to Zara from the beginning to the end of an event.
Susan Harkins, Head of Business Gateway - worked with Zara on International Women’s Day Event with Nicola Sturgeon
Zara is an engaging and professional presenter, with a natural ability to energize the room. She eloquently represents our brand, our messaging and values as an organization. Her background in journalism enables Zara to delicately draw out viewpoints from speakers and panelists to ensure that they shine. She is a natural communicator and researches the subject matter ahead of the event which enables Zara to be fully present at each event. We have worked together on numerous occasions and I would highly recommend Zara – she is a star!
Lily Cheng, Rising Network
Zara brings a full range of skills to the table - from presenting and reporting, to researching and producing, and from writing and directing to editing and planning - and never fails to deliver, on time and to spec. She has an innate knowledge of the TV production industry and sets herself apart from most with her understanding of the needs and wants of an audience. Invaluable.
Angus Simpson, Senior Producer – The Fountainbridge Show STV
We had the pleasure of having Zara as a host for our fundraiser fashion show in 2018. We got Zara at the last minute but she was extremely professional and got acquainted with the guests speakers very quickly.
Zara was witty and entertaining. Our guests had nothing but praise for our host. We would love to ask Zara to host our future events.
Farah Khushi, Kushi Foundation
Zara is a real go-getter with an unbridled enthusiasm and drive to achieve and progress. She is always full of ideas on how a project could develop, eager to learn and develop editorial nuances and willing to muck in on whatever is required. Zara's strongest attribute is the versatility of her skillset both behind and in front of the camera. Andrew Chambers, Channel Editor, STV
I found Zara to be diligent with a professional attention to detail. She has a very engaging personality and her warm charm works well in interview situations.
Peter Martin, PLZ Productions
Zara was a confident, engaging and extremely likeable host for The Comedy Underground, a new stand up show for the BBC Scotland TV channel. She was extremely professional, courteous and someone all of us here at Dabster Productions would love to work with again. Not only was she very well prepared for the job, she was eager to learn and to develop and was happy to take on board notes and direction.
Richard Melvin, Director, Dabster Productions