Nikita Kanda

BBC Asian Network presenter Nikita has hosted the station’s prestigious Breakfast Show since July 2022, after the departure of predecessor Harpz Kaur, before being named as permanent successor in January 2023.

Nikita, now 27, studied film and screen media at university and graduated determined to be a full-time presenter. After stints on ZEE TV and the drivetime show on Asian Star 101.6FM, Nikita joined BBC Asian Network in March 2021 after five years’ working in TV and local radio and was soon presenting a Saturday lunchtime show 1-3pm with co-host Mistah Islah. The show doubled its listenership and won a silver APA award in November 2021.

Nikita and Islah created a number of viral videos for the station, including spoofs on BBC blockbusters The Apprentice and EastEnders, and have co-hosted the BBC Asian Network Comedy Night, which is available on BBC iPlayer.

Recently nominated for Presenter of the Year at the Asian Media Awards, Nikita is an experienced event host who has presented in front of 75,000 people at Asian Network’s summer festivals. On her radio show she has interviewed everyone from Killing Eve star Sandra Oh, Bridgerton actors Kate Sharma and Charithra Chandran, to Marvel actress Awkwafina and comedians Paul Chowdry and Lenny Henry. 

A veteran of West End theatre, Nikita has performed in productions including The Wiz, Bugsy Malone, Annie and Pocahontas.