Covering the Middle East: A Conversation with the BBC

7 p.m. Monday, June 7
Lower Level Auditorium
Free and open to the public
No RSVP necessary


Michigan Radio and the Arab American National Museum present a panel discussion entitled Covering the Middle East: A Conversation with the BBC. This event will explore how this massive, influential broadcast organization covers the Arab World and other issues related to news coverage of the Middle East.

Panelists are Lukman Ahmed (BBC Arabic Washington Correspondent), Liliane Landor (Head of the Middle East Region, BBC World Service), and Anne Koch (Deputy Director, BBC World Service English Networks). The moderator is Vincent Duffy, Michigan Radio news director.

This event is free and open to the public, and will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, June 7 in the Lower Level Auditorium at the Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

BBC World Service

Based in London, England, United Kingdom, The BBC is the largest broadcasting organisation in the world. Its mission is to enrich people's lives with programmes that inform, educate and entertain. It is a public service broadcaster, established by a Royal Charter and funded by the licence fee that is paid by UK households. The BBC uses the income from the licence fee to provide services including 8 national TV channels plus regional programming, 10 national radio stations, 40 local radio stations and an extensive website. BBC World Service broadcasts to the world on radio, on TV and online, providing news and information in 32 languages. It is funded by a government grant, not from the licence fee. The BBC also has a commercial arm, BBC Worldwide. Its profits are returned to the BBC for investment in new programming and services.

Lukman AhmedLukman Ahmed joined BBC Arabic as Chief Washington Correspondent in July 2007.  He covers all U.S. stories for the BBC Arabic network on TV, radio and online - from politics to economy, space, medicine and technology. Lukman has interviewed top U.S. officials including President George W. Bush and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and covered the 2008 U.S. presidential election. He has also reported the U.S. military campaigns from Iraq and Afghanistan. Lukman has also presented the BBC Arabic flagship programmes, Open Agenda and The Fact-finding Commission.

Before joining the BBC, from 1998 till 2003, Lukman worked as the Washington Correspondent of the Middle East Broadcasting Centre, MBC, covering breaking news stories such as the 9/11 attacks.  He then joined Al-Arabiya TV as Senior Washington Correspondent, covering key U.S. news stories, U.S. relations with African countries and policies in the Middle East.  In these roles he has interviewed key U.S. political and government figures. Lukman started his journalistic career in 1987 as a news anchor for Sudan TV, before moving to the U.S. in 1995. 

Liliane Landor

As Head of Middle East Region, BBC World Service, Liliane Landor is editorially and managerially responsible for TV and radio broadcasts as well as future media in Arabic. Liliane has been working at the BBC since 1989, when she joined the BBC French service. She presented a news programme in French before presenting Europe Today in the News and Current Affairs department of BBC World Service. Hers was one of the first non-British voices on air.

Two years later, Liliane moved on to Newshour, BBC World Service’s flagship news and current-affairs programme. When The World Today started, Liliane became one of the programme’s core presenters and subsequently the programme's editor. In January 2002, she joined the senior management team as Editor, Programmes in News and Current Affairs, eventually becoming Head of BBC World Service News and Current Affairs in 2006 – responsible for all the BBC World Service News and Current Affairs programmes in English.

Anne Koch

Anne Koch is the Deputy Director, BBC World Service English Networks & News. Previously she was Commissioning Editor News, Current Affairs and Business at the World Service and prior to that, the Executive Editor of Radio Daily Current Affairs at BBC's Radio 4. She joined the BBC in 1987 after working as a journalist in Canada and then with CBC's London Bureau. Her first job with the BBC was as a Producer with The World At One and the PM programmes. She went on to become the Deputy Editor of The World This Weekend and in April 1992 she joined The World Tonight as the Editor. During her career at the BBC, Anne has also worked on more than 100 documentary programmes and series on a wide range of topics.

Vincent Duffy

Vincent Duffy has been news director at Michigan Radio since May 2007. In his first year of leading the Michigan Radio news room, the news team won more than three dozen national, regional and state awards including a national Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists for a month long series investigating education in Michigan. He has worked as a reporter and news director at public radio stations in Illinois and Ohio, and hosted public television programs in Akron, Ohio. Duffy has won five national Edward R. Murrow awards for his radio journalism, as well as a Sigma Delta Chi award, a National Headliner award, many other national, regional and state awards.


Michigan Radio

Michigan Radio is a National Public Radio news station and the state’s most listened-to public radio service. Michigan Radio, a service of the University of Michigan, serves Detroit and southeast Michigan at 91.7 FM, West Michigan at 104.1 FM, and the Flint area at 91.1 FM, and is online at Michigan Radio features BBC Newshour at 9 a.m. weekdays and BBC World Service from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. weekdays and 10 p.m.-6 a.m. weekends.

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