Outlook (radio programme)

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Genre Human Interest and factual
Running time Weekdays 1100 (UK time)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC World Service
Hosted by Matthew Bannister and Jo Fidgen
Edited by Gavin Poncia
Recording studio Broadcasting House
Original release July 1966 – present
Website Outlook
Podcast Outlook Podcast

Outlook is a radio programme on BBC World Service that broadcasts human interest stories from across the globe.[1] First broadcast in July 1966, it began as a straightforward magazine programme and was presented for more than thirty years by John Tidmarsh and Colin Hamilton. More recently, it has been praised for a consistent ability to uncover fascinating stories.[2] It was credited with bringing solace to Terry Waite after his abduction by Islamic extremists in Beirut in 1987.[3] Corruption of any kind is a favourite topic on the show[4] and it has achieved recognition for its high production values alongside other BBC radio programmes.[5] It is currently presented by Matthew Bannister and Jo Fidgen from BBC Broadcasting House in London.

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s its theme music was "The Hellraisers" by Syd Dale.

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  1. ^ Foreign Affairs Committee, Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: (2007). Global security: the Middle East, eighth report of session 2006-07. The Stationery Office. p. 70. ISBN 9780215035844. 
  2. ^ Maume, Chris (15 January 2012). "Don't Log Off, Radio 4, Monday Outlook, BBC World Service". The Independent. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Govan, Fiona (18 October 2005). "Waite's dismay at loss of radio show that kept him alive". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Whitehouse, Bruce (2012). Migrants and Strangers in an African City: Exile, Dignity, Belonging. Indiana University Press. ISBN 0253000823. 
  5. ^ Sterling, Christopher (2003). Encyclopedia of Radio, Volume 1. Routledge. p. 388. ISBN 1579582494. 

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