BBC World News to broadcast live debate from Berlin as part of special German season

As the world’s most trusted international news broadcaster, BBC World News wanted to recognise Germany’s importance as the country seeks to elect a new government. The live debate from Berlin means Germans can share their views and discuss the issues with our audiences around the world."Mary Wilkinson, Head of Commissioning
Date: 19.08.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.09
Category: BBC World News
As German voters prepare for their national elections, BBC World News will host a special live debate in Berlin on Wednesday 11 September at 1200 GMT.

The channel’s international debate programme World Have Your Say will ensure all eyes are on Germany as it broadcasts live from Berlin’s Deutsches Historisches Museum. World Have Your Say will be connecting viewers in Germany with those around the world as an invited studio audience considers Germany’s place on the world stage and what the future holds as the country goes to the polls. The show will ask ‘Is Germany a reluctant leader of Europe, how much should Germans pay for the rest of Europe and should we all be a bit more German?’

The live broadcast is part of a season of programmes exploring Germany and its people which will run from 24 August to 15 September. Highlights include a new profile of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, presented by acclaimed UK political broadcaster and journalist Andrew Marr (which will also be broadcast on UK domestic channel BBC Two).

In addition BBC World News’ current affairs strand Our World explores the German economy in Our World: Germany Under Pressure. The half-hour documentary, presented by BBC reporter Katya Adler, includes interviews with the German Federal Minister of Labour and Social affairs, Ursula von der Leyen, and Social Democrat MP Michael Gross.

There will also be significant coverage online at bbc.com/germany, including news features in the run up to the election and more details on the season’s programming.

Mary Wilkinson, Head of Commissioning, BBC World News and bbc.com, said: “Germany holds a pivotal position not just in Europe but also across the globe. As the world’s most trusted international news broadcaster, BBC World News wanted to recognise Germany’s importance as the country seeks to elect a new government.

"The live debate from Berlin means Germans can share their views and discuss the issues with our audiences around the world. This programme coupled with the other shows in our German season, will dispel some of the stereotypes and give the BBC World News audience an opportunity to learn more about the real Germany and its people.”

World Have Your Say broadcasts around the world every Friday on the BBC’s international 24 hour TV news channel BBC World News with a daily edition on BBC World Service radio.

Utilising social media the show enables audiences around the world to engage with the programme both on air and via social media spaces. Audiences can join the debate via social media outlets including Twitter (@bbc_whys) and Facebook (World Have Your Say), as well as by phone and on air.

Broadcast information for BBC World News Germany Season:

Make Me A German

Saturday August 24th 09:10, 21:10GMT

Sunday August 25th 02:10, 15:10GMT

Das Auto

Saturday August 31st 09:10, 21:10GMT

Sunday September 1st 02:10, 15:10GMT

Our World - Germany Under Pressure

Friday September 6th 23:30GMT

Saturday September 7th 11:30GMT

Sunday September 8th 17:30, 22:30GMT

World Have Your Say – Berlin

Wednesday September 11th 12:00 GMT

Marr On Merkel

Saturday September 14th 09:10, 21:10 GMT

Sunday September 15th 02:10, 15:10 GMT

Saturday September 21st (BBC Two transmission) time to be confirmed

For more information contact Helen.Deller@bbc.co.uk (mob +44(0)7809 597710) or judith.huss@hussprconsult.de