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Nirvana El Saied

Broadcast Journalist, BBC Arabic

Nirvana is an Egyptian journalist working for BBC Arabic, a division of BBC World Service. She started her career in 2008 working as a documentary producer in Cairo, for the Al Jazeera documentary channel and other media outlets.

When the revolution erupted in Egypt in 2011, Nirvana was working as a field producer and reporter for various local and regional pan-Arab television channels. In the following years, Nirvana covered the political scene in Egypt as a Cairo-based video journalist and producer for Al Arabiya news channel. Her work encompassed presidential and parliamentary elections, and demonstrations and clashes that occurred in the aftermath. She also produced live coverage for prominent incidents such as the trial of the former Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak. 

Nirvana joined BBC Arabic radio in Cairo in 2015, working as a broadcast journalist covering regional and global current affairs. In June 2017, she joined the Arts Unit at the BBC World Service in London, as part of a development attachment. She worked on covering the Middle East cultural scene for ‘The Cultural Frontline’ programme and produced episodes of the show.

In August 2017, Nirvana was given the opportunity to work as a presenter and producer for the BBC Arabic radio flagship magazine show ‘BBC XTRA’, at the headquarters in London. In addition, she led the process that shifted the broadcasting location to Cairo, where she is currently working.

Nirvana completed a BA in Broadcast Journalism at The American University in Cairo, and holds dual masters degrees from the same university, including one in Television and Digital Journalism.