Crossing Continents

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Crossing Continents
Genre Foreign affairs documentary
Running time 30 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Home station BBC Radio 4

Crossing Continents is a half-hour BBC Radio 4 documentary programme, focusing on foreign affairs issues through on-location journalism and interviews from various parts of the world. Crossing Continents is broadcast 28 times a year on Thursdays at 11:00, with repeats on Mondays at 20:30 and is available from the BBC as a podcast.

The episode aired on 16 April 2009 was the centre of media attention in Croatia when, based on the British Foreign Office warnings, it concluded that the country is "cursed by crime and corruption".[1] In Croatia, the programme was heavily criticised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, the Prime Minister and the President claiming that the programme's reporter was biased and presented the country focused on a couple of incidents which cannot represent the safety conditions for the whole nation as well as tourists.[2]

Crossing Continents has received several awards, including the 2005 Foreign Press Association Travel Story of the Year for an edition on Europe's tourism boom as well as a 2003 Sony Gold Award and a 2004 Amnesty International award for an investigation of the Indian dowry system. More recently, the programme won the 2010 Best Radio Documentary One World Media Award, for Tim Whewell's report on child sacrifices in Uganda.

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