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Joseph Hayat
Born (1988-04-19) 19 April 1988 (age 32)
United Kingdom
🏡 ResidenceLondon
🏳️ NationalityBritish
Other names
💼 Occupation
Journalist Television Presenter
💵 Salary :
Notable credit(s)TRT World
Russia Today
Channel 4
TitleCorrespondent on TRT World
👩 Spouse(s)Salma Hayat
🌐 Websitewww.josephhayat.co.uk

Joseph Hayat is a British television journalist and presenter who is a correspondent for TRT World.[1][2][3]

Hayat is a former politician and entreprenur dubbed 'the world's youngest airline boss'.

Rushanara Ali the Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow is described as Hayat's mentor who was reported in 2017 to have encouraged him to delay attempting to seek nomination for election to parliament for 5–10 years.

Wikipedia pages with references to Joseph Hayat have previously been edited by the banned user Phillip Cross. Who targeted RT staff. [4]

Broadcasting career[edit]

Joseph previously worked for Russia Today in London, presenting Sputnik'. [5].

In July 2011 Joseph was part of the third series of the Channel 4 TV series Battlefront starring alongside Ms Dynamite and Charlie Simpson.[6][7] The series was praised by Leicester South MP Jon Ashworth[8]In Parliament, as well as by the then Prime Minister David Cameron.[9]

In 2012 Hayat appeared as a guests on the The Real Deal a program broadcast on the controversial Iranian state owned channel Press TV.[10]

In 2016 Joseph reported from Iraq where he interviewed the Yazidi, multiple rape victim Nihad Barakat at Khanke Camp, under the invitation of Baroness Emma Nicholson[11]. During the interview Nihad named Australian Jihadi Abdul Salam Mahmoud as one the perpetrators. As well as making references to senior ISIL commander Abu Diab and the infamous British Jihadi Siddhartha Dhar.[12]

January 2017 Hayat reported from the Inauguration Ceremony of President Trump for BMTV and interviewed contributors including the likes of Abby Martin, Doris Meissner as well as the leader of the National Socialist Movement, Jeoff Schoep.[13]


Hayat formerly served as the elected MYP for the parliamentary constituency of Sleaford and North Hykeham. His first political speech was given in Lincoln, when the Speakers' Corner Trust invited him to speak alongside former Labour MP and Cabinet Minister, the late Tony Benn.[14]

On November 6th 2011, during the airing of the BBC's former weekly Politics Show Hayat was described by Sir Hugh Bailey as "a young man who'd make anybody feel proud" with Stuart Andrew MP proceeding to state that in his opinion "people like Joseph are a credit to our region".[15]

Following UK Youth Parliaments annual sitting in the House of Commons in October 2010, Hayat launched his regional transport campaign pledging for affordable travel for young people after he claimed rising youth unemployment in Lincolnshire was stricken by the expense of local public transport.[16] This resulted in a transport solutions conference where Stagecoach East Mildands agreed to sandardise their adult fare threshold to sixteen years of age across the county.[17]

Having campaigned for greater sex and relationship education, Hayat met Tim Loughton, the then Minister for Children and Families in February 2011.[18] Following the meeting Hayat 'declared war on Britain's pimps', pledging to create awareness of child sexual exploitation amongst young people through social media after the Minister appointed Hayat to his 'Child Sexual Exploitation steering group' as a voluntary adviser.[19]

In November 2011, Hayat spoke for the last time in the House as MYP at the UK Youth Parliaments annual sitting in the House of Commons where he was introduced to Ed Miliband. Hayat spoke during the Child Poverty debate where he delivered a back bench speech in support of fellow MYP for Leicester South Mu-hamid Pathan who proposed the motion as debate lead.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Joseph is a private pilot.[21][22]

Hayat is married to Salma Ashraf[23]and is a father of one.[24]The couple married in 2014 at a private ceremony in Covent Garden.[25]The British Film Institute lists Ashraf as the Production Manager of The Killing$ of Tony Blair a documentary film.[26]In 2016 the couple had their own daily, one hour magazine lifestyle television program titled The Daily Show with Joseph & Salma broadcast weekday evenings in the UK on Sky Channel 845.

Hayat features in Blessing Maregere's book Who said you can't be young and successful? as a case study example in the book written to inspire, educate and motivate young people to become successful entrepreneurs published in 2011. In the book it is revealed Hayat's first car was a BMW 6 Series.

The Mail Online featured a photo of Hayat's car in the Fall of 2016 which was listed as a Mercedes S-Class, S500L with a private registration that was blanked out.[27]


In 2010, Hayat was one of three younger people in the UK to be nominated for the Teen Entrepreneur Award at the first ever BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards.[28]

In 2011, Hayat was awarded the young achievers award at the North Kesteven Community Awards for his service to the UK Youth Parliament.[29]

In 2012 Joseph was a torchbearer of the Olympic Flame as part of the UK's nationwide London 2012 Olympics torch relay.[30] That year he was also an 'ambassador' of iGen3 Live, a conference which promoted positive solutions to youth unemployment.[31]

'Airline Boss'[edit]

Hayat has been dubbed the 'world's youngest airline boss' after founding ad hoc air charter brokerage, 'HiAir' and providing private charter flights.[32][33]

In November 2010 Jason King acquired 51% equity in HiAir when the company was incorporated as a private limited company.[34]

In May 2011 it was announced that HiAir sought to provide a scheduled daily service between Robin Hood Airport and Amsterdam Airport[35][36]

In November 2011 Hayat resigned as a Director and thus became no longer a shareholder of HiAir Ltd due to concern over the evident "lack of capital offered" by investor Jason King as well as the financial liabilities King's companies faced at such time, as confirmed by Hayat in an interview with the Thanet Gazette.[37] On 6 March 2012, HiAir Ltd was dissolved whilst under the sole directorship of former colleague Jason Lee King.

In April 2014, with the then consultation over the possible closure of Kent International Airport and the announcement of KLM suspending the twice daily service to Amsterdam it was revealed that Hayat had met with Chief Executive Charles Buchanan in 2011 to discuss operating the Manston to Amsterdam route prior to KLM launching the service in 2013. Hayat commended the local public support for the airport and offered to host an "emergency meeting" to review the prospect of reinstating the route as a virtual airline on the basis that a response from the airport was received as well as the support of MPs Sir Roger Gale and Laura Sandys.[38]. Despite this Manston Airport permanently closed in 2014.


  1. TRT World (2019-01-16), MH370 search, retrieved 13 February 2018
  2. TRT World (2019-01-16), Turkey's Border Mission: Erdogan warns against US move to form YPG-dominated border force, retrieved 13 February 2018
  3. TRT World (2018-01-28), African Union Summit: 13th summit takes place in Addis Ababa, retrieved 13 February 2018
  4. "Mystery figure targets anti-war pundits and politicians by prolifically editing Wikipedia". RT. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  5. RT (2016-03-26), Episode 117, retrieved 13 February 2018
  6. "Sleafordian in TV bid to tackle unemployment". Lincolnshire Echo. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  7. "Teens March To Westminster in Youth Unemployment Protest". Huffington Post. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  8. "Daily Hansard, 12/10/2011". House of Commons. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  9. "PM praises work campaign". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  10. "UK govt. of neglecting youth will spark fresh riots: Analyst". Press TV. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  11. "Lincolnshire man goes to Iraq to warn Muslims of the horror of Isis". Lincolnshire Echo. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  12. "Isis sex slave kidnapped by British 'new Jihadi John' suspect Siddhartha Dhar". The Independent. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  13. "Lincolnshire man quizzes Trump's supporters in new documentary". Lincolnshire Echo. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  14. "Speaker' corner has its official opening". Lincolnshire Echo. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  15. "BBC Politics Show". YouTube. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  16. "Youth MP campaigns for standard bus fairs". Lincolnshire Echo. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  17. "Youngsters put forward changes to school bus times to make fares cheaper". Lincolnshire Echo. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  18. "Quarterly Information – meetings with external organisations January 2011 – 31 March 2011". Department for Education. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  19. "Teenage politician to film 'shock video' for campaign against abuse of young". Lincolnshire Echo. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  20. "Teen leads talks at House of Commons". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  21. TRT World (2017-12-26), Money Talks: Singapore Airlines offers ultra-luxury suites, retrieved 13 February 2018
  22. "Student pilot creates video of him flying to inspire others". Lincolnshire Echo. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  23. "Traffic warden caught on CCTV changing the dates on a parking restriction notice so Mercedes owner would be fined and his car towed away". MailOnline. 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  24. "Barkingside vigilante runs sting operation in South Woodford to snare laptop thieves". Ilford Recorder. 27 April 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  25. "Wonderful wedding of Joseph Hayat Salma Ashraf at MotiMahal. May God bless the happy couple always". Twitter. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  26. "Films, TV and people". BFI. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  27. "Traffic warden caught on CCTV changing the dates on a parking restriction notice so Mercedes owner would be fined and his car towed away". MailOnline. 2016. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  28. "Teenager who set up his own airline is shortlisted for BBC Radio 1 award". Lincolnshire Echo. 10 November 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  29. "Outstanding achievers recognised at North Kesteven Community Awards". Lincolnshire Echo. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  30. "Meet the Torchbearers". London 2012 Olympics. 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  31. "Business Weekly". Leicester Mercury. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  32. "Teenager Joseph Hayat hopes to become world's youngest airline boss". Metro. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  33. "Teen tycoon Joseph hails county flight". Lincolnshire Echo. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  34. "Certificate of Incorporation of a Private Limited Company, Company No. 07443008". Companies House. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  35. "Amsterdam trial flight from Robin Hood Airport". BBC. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  36. "Virtual airline start-up HiAir plans Doncaster-Amsterdam flights". Flightglobal. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  37. "Style-Arrival Ltd". Duedil. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  38. "Business whizz-kid plans 'virtual airline' charters". Thanet Gazette. Retrieved 4 April 2014.

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