Exclusive BBC Interview with President George W. Bush

By February 13, 2008 Journalism, KETC No Comments

From the BBC Press office:

Matt Frei, presenter of BBC World News America, interviews President George W. Bush on Thursday 14 February. This special edition of the weekday programme will air globally on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 February at various times.

The exclusive interview takes place at the White House on the eve of the president’s visit to Africa. The president and First Lady will visit Benin, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, and Liberia. Matt will be talking to the president about the issues surrounding his trip to Africa including AIDS policy and the malaria initiative. Plus they will discuss the Unites States’ place in the world today and his legacy.

The interview will have a global reach that only the BBC can achieve. In addition to airing on BBC World internationally and on BBC AMERICA in the US, it will also be available on bbc.com. Radio listeners will be able to tune in via BBC World Service language services broadcasting to Africa including Arabic, English for Africa, French for Africa, Hausa, Kinyarwanda, Portuguese for Africa, Somali and Swahili. While in the UK audiences will be able to view it on the BBC’s domestic services.

Rome Hartman, executive producer, BBC World News America says, “Matt Frei’s interview with President Bush is the latest in a series of ground-breaking programmes and high-profile interviews for us. Just last week, an impressive line-up of expert commentators and leading political figures contributed to a live five-hour broadcast on Super Tuesday and expert analyst Ted Koppel offered his unique insight on Wednesday’s programme. Day in and day out, BBC World News America features smart and sophisticated reporting from BBC correspondents in the United States and around the world…a reach and range that no US news broadcast can match.”

I don’t know if this interview will make the nightly bulletins on KETC here in St. Louis, but I’ll suspect that will wind up on Youtube. If it does, it will be linked here.

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