BBC journalists Lyse Doucet and Tin Htar Swe made OBEs

Lyse Doucet (April 2014)
Image caption Lyse Doucet spent 15 years as a BBC foreign correspondent

Two BBC journalists have been awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet and the head of the BBC's Burmese Service, Tin Htar Swe, were recognised for services to British broadcast journalism.

Doucet, who is Canadian, began working with the BBC in 1988 and has played a central role in many major news events.

Tin Htar Swe has worked at the BBC since 1998.

The list of those honoured includes awards for stars of sport, stage and screen, as well as ordinary members of the public.

BBC World News head James Stephenson said of Doucet's award that it was "fantastic to see her distinguished contribution to journalism recognised in this way".

Before joining the BBC's team of presenters in 1999, she spent 15 years as a foreign correspondent with postings in Jerusalem, Amman, Tehran, Islamabad, Kabul and Abidjan.

She is often deployed to anchor significant news events from the field, and to interview key players in addition to regularly reporting and presenting in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

She has also focused on the aftermath of major natural disasters, including the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 which took her to India and Indonesia.

The BBC's Burmese Service celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2010. It broadcasts news and current affairs radio programmes in Burmese and has an estimated audience of more than eight million.

Two years ago, Tin Htar Swe wrote of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's visit to the BBC World Service in London and her "private audience" with the Burmese Service.

"She spoke about how she listened to the World Service during her many years of detention," she said. "It was her link to the outside world, it kept her informed and she relied on the knowledge it provided."

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