A BBC journalist whose dad is the billionaire owner of Everton Football Club has credited a charity which helps disadvantaged journalists for helping her get her new role. Azadeh Moshiri took part in the mentoring scheme of John Schofield Trust, which aims to improve the social mobility of journalists.
And she says her career at CNN and now as an on-air reporter and senior journalist for BBC World News “would never have happened” without the mentoring scheme.
This is despite her mother also being a highly respected journalist, who has provided commentary on Iran for major broadcasters including the BBC.
Ms Moshiri’s father is Farhad Moshiri, who has owned Everton since 2016, and, according to Forbes, is worth around £2.4billion.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Mr Moshiri, who trained as an accountant, made his fortune after going into business in the 1990s with Alisher Usmanov.
Mr Usmanov is a Russian oligarch who was placed under UK sanctions following the invasion of Ukraine.
This led Mr Moshiri to announce that he was severing all business links to the oligarch.
Ms Moshiri joined the John Schofield Trust mentoring scheme in 2018.
It is a charity which was set up by the family of friends of John Schofield, a journalist who was killed while working for the BBC in Croatia in 1995.
About a year after joining the mentoring scheme, Ms Moshiri joined the BBC as a junior producer through the standard recruitment process.
She then landed the on-air job earlier this year.
Before working for the BBC she had worked for CNN as a producer.
In a press release issued by the charity in April, Ms Moshiri said: “My time at both CNN and BBC has offered me incredible opportunities to learn and grow.
“This chance to report, at an organisation I’m so proud of, would never have happened without the mentors I’ve had along the way.”
Ms Moshiri, is said to have been mentored at the charity by Matthew Amroliwala, a BBC newsreader who presents a daily show called Global with Matthew Amroliwala on BBC World News.
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Ms Moshiri’s mother, Nazenin Ansari, is a distinguished broadcast journalist and has provided analysis on Iran, where she was born, for the BBC, CNN and Sky News among others.
At the time Ms Moshiri was accepted on its mentoring scheme, the charity’s remit was to support young journalists and The Daily Telegraph reports that its focus changed to become a “social mobility charity” a year later in 2019.
The current John Schofield Trust mission statement says that the aim of the charity is to tackle “social mobility in UK broadcast newsrooms” to benefit “young people who may never have considered journalism as a career”.
It adds: “Our work aims to help break down the barriers to entry and progression in the industry, and to unlock the potential of disadvantaged young people across the UK.
“We want to make a real difference by developing the potential of people who come from less privileged backgrounds and may find it harder to climb the ladder.”
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Ms Moshiri said to Daily Telegraph in a statement: “I applied to the John Schofield Trust according to the criteria and process at the time, whilst working at CNN.”
David Stenhouse, the charity’s chief executive, said: “The John Schofield Trust was founded by the family and friends of the BBC journalist John Schofield who was killed whilst reporting for Radio 4’s The World Tonight during the Yugoslav Civil War.
“Until 2019 the Trust’s remit was to support the development of talented young broadcast journalists.
“In 2019 the Trust changed its focus to become a social mobility charity which welcomes applications from candidates who come from backgrounds which are under-represented in UK journalism.
“In 2021 and 2022 the cohorts selected by the Trust lead the journalism industry in terms of socio-economic diversity, disability and a range of other criteria.”
He added: “The Trust treats all applications as confidential and does not comment on individual applications. It takes great care and effort to ensure that its selection process is rigorous and fair.
“In 2020 the early career mentoring scheme was significantly changed to align it with our revised mission as a social mobility charity.”