BBC Four has commissioned a special programme from Mentorn Media, where the BBC’s World Affairs Editor, John Simpson, will discuss his work as a foreign correspondent.
BBC Four has commissioned a special programme from Mentorn Media, part of the Tinopolis Group, where the BBC’s World Affairs Editor, John Simpson, will discuss his work as a foreign correspondent, with special guests Jon Snow, Max Hastings and Christiane Amanpour, it was announced today (WED).
John Simpson is noted for breaking news stories from across the globe, and has received various awards, including a CBE. The hour-long discussion, titled ‘John Simpson: Stories From The Frontline’, will take viewers behind the scenes of this important and increasingly dangerous job. Simpson and his guests will discuss the difficulties, moral ambiguities and challenges of reporting under fire. They will be aided by a series of clips from the archives showing journalists doing their work in conflicts, both past and present - including the wars in the Falklands, Bosnia, Rwanda, Iraq and Syria.
‘John Simpson: Stories From The Frontline’ will kick start a special evening of programming on BBC Four that will include a number of documentaries, chosen by John Simpson, that exemplify some of the best foreign reporting of the past fifty years. The documentaries include:
Charles Wheeler On America Documentary, presented by the late Charles Wheeler on the key changes in US social and political life in the late 20th Century.
Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? (1h 15min) - Moving documentary about Tim Hetherington, the award-winning British war photographer and filmmaker killed in 2011 during the Libyan civil war. Director Sebastian Junger weaves together footage of Hetherington at work and emotional interviews with his family and colleagues to capture his collaborator and friend's compassion, and intense curiosity about the human spirit.
The Falklands Legacy – Reporting thirty years after the Falkland's War, journalist and military historian Max Hastings, who won awards for his reports from the Falkland’s War, explores the conflict's impact and its legacy.
The programme, which has been commissioned by Clare Sillery, BBC Commissioning Editor, Documentaries, will be executive produced by Iain Scollay, and Brendan Miller is the producer, for Mentorn Media.
Iain Scollay, Head of Documentaries at Mentorn Media, said: “There is no one better placed to give viewers an insight into the challenging role of reporting from the front line than John Simpson and our guests Jon Snow, Max Hastings and Christiane Amanpour. This will be a rare opportunity for the BBC Four audience to hear personal stories from our contributors about doing one of the toughest jobs in journalism.”