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Wednesday 29 February 2012

In a special one-hour edition of Outlook to celebrate the BBC World Service's 80th birthday - Matthew Bannister hears the extraordinary personal stories of some of the people on our doorstep - staff at Bush House.

In front of a live studio audience in a tent in the courtyard of our London headquarters - he hears from Shaimaa Khalil, an Egyptian journalist who was arrested in Tahrir Square; Seva Novgorodsev, a Russian presenter whose fans brought the airport to a standstill when he returned from exile; Priyath Liyanage, a Sri Lankan Editor who travelled across his country trying to track down a boy with a violin; Najiba Kasraee, an Afghan producer who was a child witness to the assassination of her country's president; and Josephine Hazeley, a Sierra Leonean senior journalist who describes the pressures and pain of covering a bloody civil war from afar.

  • Bush House Inside Out

    Bush House Inside Out

    BBC World Service celebrates 80 years of international broadcasting with a special day of programmes live from the heart of Bush House

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  • Arrested on duty

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    Watch Outlook's Matthew Bannister talk to BBC journalist Shaimaa Khalil - who was arrested during the second Tahrir Square protests in Egypt last year - just after she had done a live report for the BBC.

    She was held in a military camp for 20 hours, an experience which she describes as the most memorable of her career.

    Shaimaa was born in Alexandria in Egypt and is married to another journalist, who is also Egyptian and works for the BBC Arabic Service.

    She has always wanted to work in broadcasting, she loves the excitement of being in the field and of working really hard with her team.

  • Growing up with the BBC

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    BBC journalist Shaimaa Khalil says "I've grown up with the World Service… I feel very lucky."

  • A positive Outlook

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    BBC Outlook presenter Matthew Bannister talks about their live programme and what the World Service means to him.


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