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Moira Stuart, a British broadcasting legend and one of the most well-known faces on TV was given an honorary degree from Northumbria University.
When Stuart became the first black newscaster in BBC Radio, she had been on air for three years. Three years later, it was when British television saw her anchor their national news segment.
The prestigious university has awarded a Doctor of Letters to Stuart.
The 72-year-old TV presenter stated that her career enabled her to “shift barriers” and “change so many stagnant stereotypes.”
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’s career at the BBC began in the 1970s as a production assistant for radio programs, including Talks and Documentaries. She went on to be a BBC Radio 4 announcer, newsreader, and programme presenter.
Stuart presented nearly every kind of News bulletin for 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.