With events in Myanmar hitting global headlines, we speak to the BBC’s correspondent in the country about the challenges - just how do you deliver accurate reporting from a closed country under military control? Plus we’re always eager to learn about your everyday lives and listening habits, there’s an-other in our regular series How I Hear. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon
Listeners question BBC correspondent Steve Rosenberg in Moscow about the challenges of reporting the protests over the jailing of Kremlin-critic Alexei Navalny. And we ask why the BBC has been banned in China - and what are the implications for those listening both inside and outside the country? Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon
The series Project 17 sees seventeen 17-year-olds tell the BBC World Service if their lives have been improved by the UN sustainable development goals. We hear what listeners think of this youth-focussed programme. Plus, how the BBC has teamed up with news media across the world to run the Trusted News Initiative. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon
It’s a show that reflects on money, work, family and business - we get listeners’ thoughts on Work Life India. Is it picking the right topics and only focussing on big cities? The shows’ host and producer respond.. Plus what’s happened to sports commentator Alan Green? And feedback for Voices from the Ghetto. Presenter Rajan Datar Producer Howard Shannon.
What are the issues around good, impartial reporting when facing an internet blackout and charges of vote rigging and intimidation? BBC correspondents in Uganda faced many challenges to ensure balanced reporting during the recent presidential elections in Uganda. Plus we say goodbye to one of the best known voices on the BBC WS, Emilio San Pedro. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon
The deadly riots at the US Congress in Washington last week saw the BBC World Service replace regular programmes with extended news coverage. Listeners give us their reactions to it and the Newsroom’s editor and presenter give us their perspectives Presenter: Rajan Datar Produced: Howard Shannon
Listeners react to the emotionally-charged podcast series Goodbye to All This - the story of how a husband’s death from cancer devastated his family. We speak to the series’ commissioning editor. Plus it is a laughing matter! Following a recent series of negative reviews, a fan comes to the defence of Comedians vs The News. Presenter Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon
We are joined for round two of our specials with the controller of BBC World Service English Mary Hockaday as she answers listeners' complaints and embraces their enthusiasm. Topics this time include: budget cuts, how new shows are commissioned and why comedy is not always a laughing matter. Presenter: Rajan Datar Produced: Howard Shannon
We are joined by the controller of BBC World Service English Mary Hockaday as she responds to listeners' comments, views and questions - both complimentary and critical. Topics include: combatting fake news, how programme topics are chosen, selecting panels, why are there so many trails and guarding the BBC’s independence. Presenter: Rajan Datar Produced: Howard Shannon
What exactly is The Climate Question, the new BBC World Service podcast and weekly programme, asking? We quiz its presenters how they handle the politics of this topic - and how rigorous the show is in presenting contrasting schools of thought? Plus, what has happened to The Why Factor? We find out. Presenter Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon
Witness History has been looking at milestones in the history of disability rights around the world. Its editor Kirsty Reid explains how each case study was chosen to mark 25 years of the passing of the Disablity Discrimination Act in the UK. Plus: the launch of the BBC’s 100 Women list 2020. We learn about its inspiring history. Presenter Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon
How the BBC World Service manages listeners' expectations following the recently announced Covid vaccine. Have news programmes got the tone right for those listening in both the developing and developed world? Plus we get your thoughts on the documentary Barack Obama talks to David Olusoga. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon
With the recent US election in mind, we ask what does disinformation mean to you? Are listeners worried they might fall victim to a falsehood without realising it? We speak to the BBC team set up to try and stop this happening. Plus - it’s just not cricket! A listener feels there is just not enough coverage of the sport on the BBC World Service. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon
Your feedback on the elections. No not those in the US but ones in Ivory Coast, Guinea and Tanzania. Plus why an edition of The Forum that looked back more than 2,500 years was much needed escapism for some. Presenter Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon
Listeners react to the documentary The TikTok Election - how enlightening was the investigation? And ahead of next week’s US presidential vote, we reveal details of an OTY special on your views on what you’ve heard about the whole campaign across the BBC WS. Plus the digital doctor is back to solve your online digital dilemmas - including news of the BBC’s Sounds app ... and there’s another chance to get to know about two listeners' everyday habits in "How I Hear". Presenter: Rajan Datar...
The Response USA - the return. Four years after its original broadcast, listeners offer their views on whether this catch-up edition about the US presidential election of 2016 did the job it was supposed to. Plus we need your help in tracking down interference problems on shortwave. Presenter: Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon.
World Questions this past week came from Beirut - the scene of a recent massive explosion. A listener from Lebanon asks the show’s presenter and producer about the production issues involved in recording in the city.Why the focus on a young audience and where did they come from? Presenter Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon
Life may seem rather fraught right now but the BBC World Service is trying to put a smile on your face with Comedians versus the news. But while some listeners say it made them laugh, others have been left stony faced. We hear from the show’s two presenters. Plus we give two listeners three minutes to ask four questions to Weekend host Julian Wor-ricker. Presenter Rajan Datar Producer: Howard Shannon
We investigate what is it about a story that means it earns a place in the news headlines? And with an outbreak of violence in Nagorno-Karabakh, what are the realities of reporting from the region? We ask the BBC's Caucuses correspondent for her personal thoughts. Presenter: Rajan Datar Produced: Howard Shannon