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Rajan Datar | 11:34 UK time, Friday, 9 September 2011

This week we look into how BBC World Service has approached the tragic and very sensitive issue of the10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. I find out how to get not only the content right but the tone as well.

I speak to two key people behind the BBC's coverage of the anniversary, Steve Titherington, BBC World Service Commissioning Editor, and Philippa Goodrich, Editor of Business Daily on the World Service.

Steve outlines the special approach that the World Service has taken to the anniversary, discussing how he intended to commission a range of programmes that really took the time to connect with Americans.

Philippa, in turn discusses how the 9/11 attacks can be seen as the starting point of a decade of decline for America, and talks about the difficulties in balancing the economic issues with the greater tragedy within it.

In the mailbag this week we hear from Dennis Anthony who writes in with concerns about the use of diction within the World Service, with the word 'epicentre' a particular bone of contention.

Another listener writes in to express his dissatisfaction with the overuse of ident music on the World Service.

Finally, Joy Clarke emails from South Africa to express her delight with the latest series of Reith Lectures, a series that is close to our own hearts on Over To You.

So, as you can see it's a jam packed show this week, but please if you have anything to say for next week's show, let us know. We always want to know your thoughts on the World Service.

Rajan Datar is the presenter of Over To You.

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  • Comment number 1.

    The amount of 9/11 coverage has been extremely excessive, exhausting. In the last few days I wonder how long the BBCWS has gone without some reference to it.

  • Comment number 2.

    The unedifying spectacle of certain televsion stations (BBC World for example) swarming around the 11 September like bottom feeders in sewage reservoir made me switch off! Perhaps the bored TV execs will fill up next week with the killing and suffering of millions of people in the Middle East when the Empire hit back...

  • Comment number 3.

    How much did the airlines earn from Dead Peasant insurance-policies; traditionally female-workers [stewardess...] are more-valuable.

    Should-be available on corporate-reports, freedom-of-information

  • Comment number 4.

    "9/11" is the 9th of November everywhere except the USA, Belize and in the minds of sycophantic journalists who want a job in the States. The BBC, particularly, should not be reporting foreign news as if it was our own. If the attacks of 11th September were all about America they hardly deserve the attention the BBC has given them. If, rather, they were an international event then international co-operation, messages, language and reportage are called for. That the USA hasn't learnt that lesson in the past 10 years is a tragedy. The BBC shouldn't even have to be told.


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