"The BBC World Service is to dramatise the collapse of US investment bank Lehman Brothers in a radio drama recorded on location in and around Wall Street. This fictionalised account of events over the weekend prior to the bank's demise and the chain of events that led to the critical decision to let Lehman die stars John Shea and John Rothman, and was made with the assistance of New York's WNYC Public Radio. The Day That Lehman Died is written by Matthew Solon and directed by John Dryden... . Solon and Dryden's 60-minute play, which will air on 5 September, will launch a season of programmes on the World Service, the BBC World News television channel and BBC.com investigating and reflecting on the impact of the global recession." The Guardian, 27 August 2009
"'It's a bunch of guys sitting in a room discussing finance. It's potentially such a dry subject. It could be a turkey,' [director John] Dryden says. 'But people who have listened to it say it stands up as a drama of high stakes.' Exactly how do you make collateralized debt obligation come to life? 'It's difficult,' writer Matthew Solon says. 'If you had to explain what a CDO was, it would take 20 minutes of a 57-minute program. But the audience doesn't need to know those details to get the story.'" Wall Street Journal, 29 August 2009
"BBC World Service will also be investigating the impact of the global recession in Aftershock, a new season broadcasting across the BBC's international news services, with BBC World News and bbc.com, in September." BBC World Service press release, 24 August 2009
"Sir John Tusa is to return to BBC Radio 4 for a sequel to the station's acclaimed daily archive series, 1968: Day by Day, fast-forwarding in history to the momentous events of 1989. ... Featuring archive material and commentary by Tusa, the former managing director of the BBC World Service, Newsnight presenter and chief executive of the Barbican, the 'real-time' five-minute bulletins will air every day on Radio 4 from 5 October to 3 January, with a Sunday omnibus edition." The Guardian, 24 August 2009
. The year 1989 was huge for international broadcasting, from both sides.
"Young men armed with their mobile phones are capturing every disturbance in the disputed state of Kashmir in an effort to combat what they see as restrictive policing. ... Producer Suvojit Bagchi, a correspondent with BBC World Service based in Delhi, India meets the people behind the mobile phones and assesses the impact of their work. New Media in Kashmir is part of the World Stories series. These are five individual documentaries made by BBC language service producers about the region they come from." BBC World Service, 28 August 2009
"News from the North Caucasus is starting to look more and more like reports from the frontline. But behind the headlines, what is daily life like for the region's people? The BBC Russian Service has joined forces with online news portal The Caucasus Knot to answer that question. The project - entitled North Caucasus through the eyes of bloggers - brings together a variety of thoughts and opinions from the region." BBC News, 27 August 2009
"In the fourth of a series of articles marking the outbreak of World War II 70 years ago, the BBC Russian Service's Artyom Krechetnikov assesses Soviet leader Joseph Stalin's motivations behind the 1939 Soviet-Nazi pact." BBC News, 25 August 200
"Nigeria will be marking 50 years of television broadcasting in Nigeria, nay Africa. It was on October 31, 1959 when the signals of the then Western Nigeria Television Services (WNTVS) in Ibadan, went on air, thus pioneering what is now known as first television service in Africa. But what could be termed pre-golden year celebration took place last week in Lokoja, the capital city of Kogi State. The occasion was the 50th General Assembly of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), which had as theme Celebrating Broadcasting. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) delegation highlighted three channels of broadcasting (i.e. BBC TV, Radio and Online) and how their programmes are produced. The presentation also focused on BBC World Service and other programmes that run on Nigerian Radio/TV stations. The rooting of programmes on research was also emphasised. The presentation of BBC Hausa Service pointed towards greater content delivery in their star programmes such as 'Stories Around The world', 'Listeners' Letters', 'BBC Hausa Face-book', and 'Weekly Women's Magazine'." The Guardian (Lagos), 24 August 2009
. So BBC fare on Nigerian stations seems similar to that on stations in India, another huge target country: non-news.
"The BBC World Service Trust is launching a new television drama for Bangladesh, in an attempt to promote learning English in a country which is one of the largest sources of immigration to the UK." The Guardian, 23 August 2009
"BBC World Service Trust completed a two-week specialised training course in television news production for Ma'an Network with the participation of network stations Bethlehem TV, Al-Amal TV, and Qalqiliya TV on Thursday. The course, aimed at improving reportage, camerawork and photo editing, came as part of a two-year 'Support to the Palestinian Media Sector' project funded by the European Union and the Dutch government." Ma'an News Agency, 29 August 2009
"Arabic-speaking TV journalists interested in improving their skills in creating audio and video TV reports can now access a BBC guide published in Arabic for that purpose. Titled 'The World as You See It: BBC Accompanies You to the World of Making TV Reports,' the guide contains tips on necessary hardware and software, filming, lighting and other tips from BBC’s experience in planning, writing and producing TV reports." International Journalists' Network, 26 August 2009
, with link to the document in pdf.
"We listened to a documentary in which the great Siobhan McKenna told stories of the Abbey, and of her life in London and New York. It was a boiling August day and my grandmother and I were spellbound. Siobhan McKenna related how she had been in radio plays at the BBC World Service in London, and that some of these plays had been broadcast LIVE around the world. 'God bless us,' my grandmother said. 'Imagine that now. Millions of people listening. It would put the fear of God in you!' ... India would be listening now! Australia. New Zealand. Places where it would be nighttime or sweltering noon. Storm-beaten islands. Ships. And some would never have heard a play in the whole of their lives. Houseboys in Rhodesia, sweating farm-hands in the outback, shopkeepers in frazzled Shanghai. ... 'Be calm,' would say her smile. 'Trust your lines. That is all.' This is the BBC World Service broadcasting from London. Greenwich Mean Time is sixteen hundred hours. Welcome to the Thursday Play. And someone would start to speak. And another. And another. And the words would come out of the air. Beamed by Hilversum, Lille, Luxembourg, Allouis, Athlone, Droitwich, Warsaw, Moscow. And perhaps there is an otherworld which only radio waves can attain, where the dead are listening quietly together. Siobhan McKenna, my grandmothers, all those who blessed our summers. Perhaps memory is their oxygen, megahertz their rain, and their country has no currency or flag." Joe O'Connor, Independent (Dublin), 23 August 2009