South Asian broadcasting trailblazer Shushma Datt will be recognized at the upcoming Jack Webster Foundation Awards with the 2021 Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award, which honours an exemplary B.C. journalism career.
Datt, who faced significant racism from mainstream media, persevered and started her own 24-hour South Asian radio station on a sub-carrier frequency, later becoming the first Indo-Canadian woman to be granted a CRTC licence with the launch of Sp!ce Radio AM 1200 in Burnaby in 2005. Over the years, she’s also produced and hosted television programming for Shaw and OMNI, including the long-running “Women In Focus.”
On this episode of Broadcast Dialogue – The Podcast, we’re pleased to welcome Datt to talk about her media journey, how far the industry has come and how far it still needs to go.
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