Former North West Tonight presenter and now Daybreak presenter Ranvir Singh has  received an Honorary Fellowship from her home city university. The Fellowship was presented at the University’s School of Journalism and Digital Communication recent graduation ceremony.

Singh was born in Preston and gained her postgraduate degree in journalism at UCLan before she began her broadcasting career with BBC Radio Lancashire.

After Radio Lancashire, she moved to BBC Radio Manchester where she worked in news and as a presenter before joining BBC North West Tonight in 2004 as a reporter with a special interest in education.

Burns and Singh

Burns and Singh

She subsequently joined Gordon Burns as co-presenter of the programme in 2007.

She relocated to London last year to be a presenter and news-reader for ITV’s Daybreak programme and she can also be seen as a regular guest on the channel’s follow-up This Morning programme.

On accepting her Honorary Fellowship she advised the students that they should not be “Dazzled by the glory of being on television. It’s hard work; there are thankless tasks and long shifts. You can’t be wishy-washy because it will eat you up and spit you out.”

She closed with a few words about her home town and noted that “For once it’s sunny.

“But this is a special thing for me. It’s forming a long lasting bond with my home city. It was gut-wrenching to leave Preston but it’s also great to be back again.”