May 12 2008

BBC World and BBC 24, often rather poor channels, have the world’s best interview programme, HARDtalk, broadcast four times a week. There are South Asian versions: HARDtalk India and HARDtalk Pakistan. Sackur takes the usual British combative-for-combativeness’s-sake approach, but does it better than his predecessor. Recent subjects (that link is to BBC iPlayer; those below are to the programme’s website and offer lower quality):

Dimeji Bankole, Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives

Peter Mandelson

Vasily Petrenko, Petersburgian conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

Gene Robinson

There is a vast archive, which seems wholly or partly exempted from the BBC’s seven-day rule. I wanted to give it (or rather Sackur) this footprint here.

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