The BBC has launched one of its most ambitious outside broadcast to date by chartering a boat which will tour the major rivers of Bangladesh for one month exploring the impact of climate change on the country and its people.
Nodipathey Bangladesh (Bangladesh By The River) launches from Dhaka on Sunday 28 October and will bring the voices of people coping with flooding and the affects of climate change to a global audience of millions. A special radio link-up will also connect Bangladeshis living in the UK with those living in the danger zones. A team of BBC journalists – on radio, TV and online – will travel up to 200 miles along the Padma, Meghna and Jamuna rivers visiting wide parts of Bangladesh. The specially branded BBC boat will meet people in areas which are likely to be affected by a rise in the sea levels as a consequence of global warming.
News, features and documentaries will be delivered in 17 languages including Arabic, Azeri, Bengali, Brazilian, Burmese, Chinese, Hindi, English, Indonesian, Pashto, Persian, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili and Urdu.
There will also be a behind-the-scenes diary and an interactive map, plotting the route of the boat, online at bbcworldservice.com. BBC Bangla will bring personal stories, views and features from the boat every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 19.30 (local time).
Masud Khan and co-host Shakeel Anwar will discuss with local communities, special guests and global experts the consequences of the potential affects of climate change on the people and the environment.
“The boat tour will take the BBC to the edge of the Bay of Bengal, into the heart of the Sundarbans and up through the central regions of the country. It will give all of us, on the boat and across the world, a unique opportunity to debate issues of climate change with people living on the frontline of the battle against the consequences of global warming. I am delighted that so many different parts of the BBC are joining us on this important journey which means audiences listening in many languages across the globe can contribute and debate on an issue that may affect us all”, Sabir Mustafa ,Head of BBC Bangla said.