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Journalist and TV presenter Jon Snow joins Kirsty Young to choose his Desert Island Discs.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the journalist Jon Snow.

For the past 21 years he's been the face of Channel Four's nightly bulletins where, along with his patent enthusiasm and vigour for dissecting the day's stories, he's noted for his natty line in neckties and socks.

He's a highly experienced foreign correspondent too - he's reported from Haiti, New Orleans, Washington and East Africa among many locations. However it was in El Salvador that he found his name on the list of people who might be targeted by death squads. It was, he says, something of a 'badge of honour'. "I cry on location", he says, "and it's a good thing, because otherwise you bottle it up and come home bonkers."

Record: Petite Messe Solennelle
Book: Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Luxury: A set of watercolours and an endless supply of paper

Producer: Leanne Buckle.

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45 minutes

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Fri 4 Feb 2011 09:00

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    The opening of St John Passion

    Artist: The Bach Collegium Stuttgart conducted by Helmuth Rilling

    • St John Passion.
    • Hanssler Classic.
  • Eric Clapton

    Layla

    Composer: Clapton/Gordon

    • The Best of Eric Clapton.
    • POLYDOR.
  • Herbert Howells

    Magnificat: Collegium Regale

    Artist: The choir of Wells Cathedral Choir with Rupert Gough playing the organ and led by Malcolm Archer

    • Choral Music/Herbert Howells.
    • Hyperion.
  • The 12 Cellists of the BPO-Juliane Banse

    Chiquilin de Bachin

    Composer: Astor Piazzolla

    • South American Getaway.
    • EMI.
  • Orchestra Baobab

    Utru Horas

    Composer: Radolphe Gomis

    • Pirates Choice.
    • World Circuit.
  • Pat Metheny

    The Truth Will Always Be

    Composer: Metheny

    • Secret Story.
    • Geffen.
  • Mara Carlyle

    Bowlface en Provence

    Composer: Carlyle

    • Ancient and Modern.
    • EMI.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Gioachino Rossini

      The Kyrie

      Artist: Michel Piquemal

      • Petite Messe Solennelle.
      • Accord.
  • Book Choice

    • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln - Doris Kearns Goodwin

  • Luxury Choice

    • A set of watercolours and an endless supply of paper

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