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29/12/2012

Duration:
28 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 29 December 2012

A look back at a year of stories, insights and experiences from the World Service's 27 language sections, with presenter David Amanor.

This end of year compilation includes excerpts from the following stories:

STORIES FROM THE FRONTLINE: BESLAN
Zoya Trunova recalls the traumatic experience of covering the 2004 Beslan school siege in which over 300 people died - most of them children. She describes why it was a turning point in her journalistic career.
[first broadcast on 08/09/2012]

LOVE IN THE ARABIC SERVICE
What happens when you work with your spouse? There are many married couples working for BBC Arabic, Shaimaa Khalil (who's one of them) goes on a double-date - microphone included.
[first broadcast on 09/06/2012]

LETTER: FROM A REVOLUTION JUNKIE
He's desperate for a bandana and for a spot of usurping - but will he come through? BBC Urdu's Mohammed Hanif on watching the Arab Spring unfold from his perch in Karachi.
[first broadcast on 28/01/2012]

STORIES FROM THE FRONTLINE: LIBYA
BBC Arabic's Mohammed Ballout was shot when reporting in Libya - he survived but the two men who took the same bullet did not. He gives his personal perspective of war-reporting.
[first broadcast on 11/02/2012]

ONLINE GREATEST HITS
Thomas Pappon of BBC Brasil gives the lowdown on some of the big-hitting stories across the World Service language sites this year - including amorous mosquitoes, amorous cyclists, too many Malaysian mother-in-laws, and disappearing ninjas.

THE BALD-HAIRY THEORY
Artyom Liss breaks down the handy hint for remembering Russian rulers.
[first broadcast on 05/05/2012]

STORIES FROM THE FRONTLINE: KADUNA
Ibrahim Shehu-Adamu, a Hausa-Muslim journalist from Nigeria's fractious Kaduna state, tells of being trapped by a Christian mob and rescued at the last minute by a Christian friend.
[first broadcast on 01/12/2012]

DRAMA: COUP PLOTTERS
When is a coup really a coup and how do you plot the perfect overthrow? Cpt Mbango and Sgt Zoomzoom are our imaginary coup-plotters, cooked up by the satirical pen of BBC Africa's Robin White.
[first broadcast on 28/04/2012]

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