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Guest Editors - Bono


The Guest Editors28th December:  Bono from U2
After last year's success of inviting well known people to come and be a guest editor on the Today programme, we thought we'd do it all over again.

Gordon Brown responds to Bono's demands for a bolder approach to tackling global poverty.

Former US President Bill Clinton talks to us about aid for developing countries.

Does Riverdance owe more to Islamic Turkish music than it does to Britain or Europe?

Our political editor Andrew Marr looks at what Blair's presidency of G8 and the European Union might achieve in Africa.

Our guest editor Bono counts Sister Benedicta as one of the most inspirational people in the world. So who is Sister Benedicta?

Bono's "Thought for the Day" with Njongonkulu Ndungane, Archbishop of Cape Town.

Steve Tibbett, head of policy at Action Aid, one of the charities launching the Make Poverty History campaign today.

Our guest editor Bono gives his assessment of how his programme has gone.


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U2 frontman Bono said of his editorship "I have to confess, I'm not a natural editor... I want to start the countdown to next year, when Britain can change the world for the poorest people on the planet."

Bono asked us to interview Sister Benedicta, someone he counts as one of the most inspirational people in the world. She's a German nun who runs the Missionaries of Charity Hospital and Orphanage in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. He also requested interviews with Gordon Brown and Bill Clinton on the future of development.

Bono believes 2005 is an opportunity to - literally - "make poverty history". He commissioned our political editor, Andrew Marr, to examine whether the British government is behind such a radical step forward. He also asked to speak to one of the leaders of the 'Make Poverty History' campaign.

We explored the theory that North African and Irish folk music are linked; a theory which Bono is tempted to believe. He commissioned Thought for the Day from Archbishop Ndungane of Cape Town - the first time 'TFTD' has been commissioned by someone outside the Corporation. And he asked to use music 'stings' to introduce our regular sports, business and Thought for the Day slots - an innovation which, to his amusement, enraged some listeners.


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