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Joseph Hayat
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BornJoseph Nael Hayat
April 1993 (age 31)[1]
🏳️ NationalityBritish
🎓 Alma materUniversity of Westminster (BA)
💼 Occupation
📆 Years active  2011–present
TitleEditor-in-chief, British Muslim TV
👩 Spouse(s)
Salma Ashraf (m. 2014)
🥚 TwitterTwitter=
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Joseph Nael Hayat (born April 1993) is an English journalist and television presenter who currently serves as the editor-in-chief at British Muslim TV (BMTV).[2]


Hayat was raised in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, a town in the East Midlands of England.[3] He attended St George's Academy before going on to study at the University of Westminster, graduating with a Diploma of Higher Education in digital media and communications as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in airline and airport management. He is also a licensed private pilot.[4][5]

Hayat's father currently serves as a councillor at the Sleaford Town Council.[6][7]


Hayat on the news set of TRT World in 2018

Hayat began his career in July 2011 with Channel 4 as part of the third series of Battlefront, supported by musicians Ms. Dynamite and Charlie Simpson.[8] He later worked as a political columnist for Asian World News, writing pieces on BAME communities as well as racial bias in British politics.[9] He went on to work for RT as a stand-in presenter on Sputnik.[10][11]

In 2016, on deployment to Iraq, Hayat interviewd Yazidi multiple rape victim Nihad Barakat at Khanke Camp, under the invitation of Baroness Emma Nicholson.[4] During the interview, Barakat named Australian Jihadi Abdul Salam Mahmoud as one the perpetrators, as well as making references to senior ISIL commander Abu Diab and infamous British Jihadi Siddhartha Dhar.[12] In 2017, Hayat covered the inauguration ceremony of President Donald Trump for BMTV,[13] before joining TRT World as a correspondent based in Istanbul.[14]

In November 2018, Hayat joined newly-formed English-language Pakistani channel Indus News as an anchor based in Lahore.[15] In 2019, he moved to ITV News as a reporter, presenting regional headlines on Good Morning Britain as well as late evening bulletins for ITV Tyne Tees & Border and on Calendar from ITV's Gateshead and Leeds studios.[5][7]

In February 2020, Hayat was announced as the new editor-in-chief of BMTV.[2]

Other ventures[edit]

Hayat served as the elected MYP for the parliamentary constituency of Sleaford and North Hykeham in a non-partisan capacity from 2009 to 2011.[4] In September 2011, he won the Young Achievers Award at the North Kesteven Community Awards for his service to the UK Youth Parliament.[16]

In 2010, at the age of 17, Hayat founded HiAir, a charter airline, making him the world's youngest person to start an airline according to the BBC.[17] In May 2011, it was announced that HiAir sought to provide a scheduled daily service between Robin Hood Airport and Amsterdam Airport.[18][19] In November 2011, Hayat resigned as a director of HiAir.[20]

Personal life[edit]

In 2012, Hayat was a torchbearer of the Olympic flame as part of the UK's nationwide torch relay for the 2012 Summer Olympics.[21]

In 2014, Hayat married Salma Ashraf at a private ceremony in Covent Garden, London.[22] The couple have one child.[23] In 2016, they ran their own daily magazine lifestyle television program, The Daily Show with Joseph & Salma, on BMTV.[24]


  1. "Joseph Nael HAYAT - Personal Appointments". Companies House. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Joseph Hayat announced as new Editor-in-chief at British Muslim TV". Asian Image. 21 February 2020. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  3. Hoe, Danielle (27 April 2019). "ITV journalist has narrow escape after Mercedes burst into flames while driving". Lincolnshire Live. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Uncovering the horrors of ISIS". Sleaford Standard. 4 May 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Joseph Hayat". TV Newsroom. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  6. "Cllr Tarek Hayat". Sleaford Town Council. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Sleaford journalist's Mercedes that used to belong to Dubai royalty bursts into flames while he is driving". Sleaford Standard. 2 May 2019. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  8. Morse, Felicity (10 October 2011). "Teens March To Westminster in Youth Unemployment Protest". Huffington Post. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  9. Hayat, Joseph (11 March 2015). "Straight Talking Politics". Asian World News. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  10. "Episode 49". RT. 25 October 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  11. "Episode 117". RT. 26 March 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  12. Withnall, Adam (1 May 2016). "Isis sex slave kidnapped by British 'new Jihadi John' suspect Siddhartha Dhar". The Independent. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  13. "Documentary - Hayat In Trump's America". British Muslim TV / YouTube. 22 February 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  14. "Malaysia resumes search for missing MH370 plane". TRT World. 7 January 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  15. Hayat, Joseph [@josephhayat] (16 November 2019). "Yesterday marked 1 year since @IndusdotNews's first ever broadcast. Indus News is #Pakistan's sole, international, English news channel, featuring a network of analysts and hosting prestigious guests incl FM @SMQureshiPTI etc. Congratulations to colleagues. #PakistanZindabad" (Tweet). Retrieved 10 August 2020 – via Twitter.
  16. "NK Community Champion Awards". NewsNK. North Kesteven District Council. 4 September 2011. Archived from the original on 10 August 2020. Retrieved 10 August 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  17. Zuckerman, Jake (1 September 2010). "The world's youngest airline boss at 17". BBC News. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  18. "Amsterdam trial flight from Robin Hood Airport". BBC News. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  19. Reals, Kerry (9 May 2011). "Virtual airline start-up HiAir plans Doncaster-Amsterdam flights". FlightGlobal. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  20. "HiAir Limited". CompanyCheck. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  21. Magill, Daniell (28 June 2012). The passing of the flame from Joseph Hayat (right), from Leicester, to Joy Herrett (left), from Sheffield, during the Olympic Torch Relay on it's course through Saxilby, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, UK on June 28 2012, in the coutdown to the Olympics. Alamy. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  22. Galloway, George [@georgegalloway] (15 August 2014). "Wonderful wedding of @josephhayat @Salma_Ashraf at @MotiMahal59 ( whose food is unbelievable btw). May God bless the happy couple always" (Tweet). Retrieved 16 July 2017 – via Twitter.
  23. "Barkingside vigilante runs sting operation in South Woodford to snare laptop thieves". Ilford Recorder. 27 April 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  24. "The Daily Show with Joseph & Salma - Coming Soon!". British Muslim TV / YouTube. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016.

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