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.

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25 minutes

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Thu 1 Mar 2012 13:05 GMT

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