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Moira Stuart Secures Honorary Degree from Northumbria University

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British broadcaster Moira Stuart was given a Northumbria University honorary degree.

In 1978, Stuart became the first black newscaster in BBC Radio. After three years, she was the first black woman to anchor the national news on British television.

A Doctor of Letters has been awarded to her by the university in Newscastle.

According to the 72-year-old TV presenter, 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.”

Stuart kicked off her career at the BBC in the 1970s as a production assistant in BBC Radio’s Talks and Documentaries department, ahead of serving as a BBC Radio 4 announcer, newsreader, and programme presenter.

Stuart later presented nearly every kind of BBC News bulletin over the span of 40 years.

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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