On Thursday, 2 April the eyes of the world will be on London for the G20 Summit, where leaders from the world’s most economically powerful countries are set to discuss plans to tackle the current financial crisis. The BBC’s international facing news services – BBC World News, BBC World Service and BBC.Com – will provide comprehensive coverage in the lead up to, and during this landmark event. They will guide audiences through the issues at stake and challenges involved, helping to make sense of it all.
With access to the world’s largest newsgathering operation, as well as dedicated business teams in Europe, America, the Middle East and South and East Asia, the BBC is well placed to provide audiences with the full story of the global economy – across TV, radio and online.
Ahead of the G20 Summit, the BBC’s news teams will take a look at the key issues likely to be raised. Throughout March, special reports from around the world will examine the interconnectivity of countries and how the actions in one can impact others elsewhere. There will also be interviews with key finance ministers and decision makers from member and non-member states, about what has happened to the world economy and what can be done to improve it.
During the summit itself, the BBC will have correspondents based at the venue – the Excel Centre in London. There will be daily reports from Claire Bolderson for BBC World Service radio, across Newshour and The World Today, and Robert Peston, Stephanie Flanders and Hugh Pym for BBC World News television on World News Today and World News America.
In addition, text, audio and video content of the key stories will be available on BBC.Com and an interactive map will provide more information about each of the G20 countries, including the scale of the crisis and specially written analysis from correspondents based there. Users will also be able to post their concerns and personal experiences of the economic crisis. And, once the summit is underway, an events page will show video clips, instant comments from correspondents and reaction from the site’s global audience.
Lyse Doucet will chair Global Questions, a specially commissioned international debate, from the London Stock Exchange. A panel comprising finance ministers, industrialists and financial regulators from around the world, will answer questions from an international audience relating to the G20 Summit and the current economic crisis. Global Questions will be broadcast on BBC World Service radio on Saturday, 28 March and Sunday, 29 March and on BBC World News television on Sunday, 29 March.
World Have Your Say, the BBC’s interactive forum, where audiences around the world set the programme’s agenda, will ask contributors about their hopes for the G20 and whether they believe their lives will change as a result of it. Hosted by Ros Atkins, the programme will be broadcast on Wednesday, 1 April on BBC World News television and BBC World Service radio.
Regular programmes, including HARDtalk on BBC World News and Business Daily on BBC World Service will also dedicate analysis to the G20 Summit.
During the week of Monday, 16 March BBC World News television will focus on the Asian Pacific economy. Interviews with Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan; Japan’s Minister of Finance Kaoru Yosano and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will air on the World News Today and Asia Today programmes.
On Monday, 23 March BBC World News America will broadcast an exclusive interview given by Google CEO Eric Schmidt to Matt Frei about the effect of the global recession on the consumer tech industry.
The following week, attention will turn to Eastern Europe. On Wednesday, 25 March, BBC World News television will look at the decline of the car industry and the effect it is having on workers made to take “forced leave”. And, on Saturday 28 March, Newsnight will feature a series of reports from Latvia, Ukraine and Slovakia.