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World: Have Your Say (WHYS) is a BBC World Service call-in radio talk show which broadcasts internationally every weekday at 1800 hours UTC (1700 hours GMT). World Have Your Say won gold in the 2008 Sony Radio Awards, in the category Listener Participation.

History

The BBC World Service launched the program in October 2005, featuring Anu Anand and Steve Richards as presenters and Mark Sandell as editor. Ros Atkins replaced Richards in early 2006 and has since become the presenter in chief. The show's other presenters are Rabiya Limbada and Peter Dobbie.

Topics for discussions are set by listeners, who can email the show prior to its going on air every day, or even call into the studio office. Some of the comments left on the WHYS blog, emails, and SMS text messages are read on the air, and callers from all over the world are the key part of the program by calling in and debating the daily topic. On occasion, the show leaves the studio and goes on the road for a week at a time. Several broadcasts have occurred in the United Statesmarker, Indiamarker, Turkeymarker, and across Africa. While on the road, the program fields a live audience either in a studio or on the street. Topics for those broadcasts usually cover local issues, but not always.

Most of the time, the topics for the days show are offered by e-mail. Some stories are suggested by a single person, others by a flood of people wanting to talk about it. Sometimes, these are stories from the listeners point of view. In fact, some of the reporting of current events for the show is done by real world people, most with no journalism experience. The show touts itself as "the global conversation" as it encourages callers to talk to each other and directs questions asked by listeners to the guests on the program, intervening as little as possible to keep the show more of a conversation than a talk show.

References

  1. Sony Radio Awards Winners 2008
  2. BBC NEWS: World Have Your Say - What is World Have Your Say?


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