Samir, and part of his family, left Bombay for England in 1960. He completed his formal education with a doctorate from Oxford (St Catherine’s College) and, in 1977, joined the Intelligence Unit of the Home Office. In 1979 he joined London Weekend Television working on Eastern Eye, Credo, Weekend World and The London Programme.
Samir left LWT in 1987 to become head of current affairs at BBC TV. In 1994, he was made head of BBC’s Political Programmes, TV and Radio. In 1998, Samir took over Juniper, an independent production company making television and radio programmes.
Samir is the Chair of The Geffrye Museum, and has been the Deputy Chair of the V&A Museum. He sits on the Board of Bafta and a number of other Boards. Samir was a Non-Executive Director of the BBC and Chair of the Runnymede Trust. He is a visiting professor at the University of Nottingham, Department of post-Conflict Studies and on the external advisory panel of Oxford University Humanities Division. Tony Hall has asked Samir to join the Advisory Group of RTS Cambridge Convention 2015. He has an OBE and is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society.