No show, lots of news

Hi everyone. Welcome to Daily Email new recruits Steve in London, Robin in New Zealand, Lee in North Carolina and Ellyn in Cleveland.

Despite having no show today there’s no shortage of things to mention. So without any further ado… 


No WHYS today as we’re going to play you the third and last of our debates to mark the World Service’s 75th anniversary. It was recorded in Cairo with Newshour’s Robin Lustig at the helm, and the subject is – ‘Is new media bringing new freedoms to the Middle East?’ 

YOUR QUESTIONS TO THE HEAD OF THE BBC WORLD SERVICENigel Chapman is the Director here and shortly after we go on air on Wednesday he’ll appear on the WHYS blog to answer your questions. If you have something you want to ask him, send it to me, or post it on the blog.Link: https://worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com/2007/12/18/all-you-wanted-to-know-about-the-bbc/

NEW WORLD SERVICE WEBSITE. See what you think.

SUGGEST A SHOW FOR NEXT WEEK. Pete is busy planning our five programmes over Christmas week. If you’d like to help him, here’s where to go.

3 Responses to “No show, lots of news”

  1. December 18, 2007 at 18:46

    I agree with the speakers on the show from Cairo who have raised scepticism about blogging as it can be just about inventing news. But blogging can be fascinating and inspiring if it is about views that seek to bridge the gap between opposite tendencies. Bloggers should have responsibility about what they publish. They shouldn’t use free access to the internet and internet facilities to propagate disparaging attitudes. Blogging should be an open forum for people to share ideas with one another across the world regardless of nationality, creed or race.

    If some use blogging as an escape from news censorship imposed on professional journalists, they should learn to be enlightening and inspiring. However, blogging remains for the few lucky. Currently, there is still information divide because of basic and computer illiteracy affecting poor countries.

    Bloggers can be more challenging if they can get reliable sources for their output and come up with convincing opinions. Blogging should at least remain a mental exercise and an intellectual leisure. The more one blogs, the more one gets new horizons through personal efforts and continuous mental drills.

  2. 2 viola anderson
    December 18, 2007 at 18:54

    I’m listening to the program that was recorded in Egypt. Very good. One issue I picked up is the belief that government can give freedom, including freedom in the blogosphere. It is subtle, perhaps, but I wish people would understand that everyone in the world is already free. Bad governments can decide to take away freedom, but they cannot bestow it.

  3. 3 George
    December 19, 2007 at 18:28

    Viola you are absolutely right.

    Here in the USA our declaration of independence states that God gives men certain inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    As the USA races to abolish the foundations of our nation for the rule of a few “elite”, it is well to remember why and how we were founded.

    More importantly, freedom is God given, not man given.

    We folk only refuse to accept less who attain and maintain it.

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