BBC’s HARDtalk Celebrates 20 Years

Stephen Sackur, BBC World News, London, HARDtalk, BBC World Service, GMT, foreign correspondent, BBC Radio 4, author
SHARE
THIS



BBC World News’ flagship interview program HARDtalk will be marking its 20th anniversary with a special edition featuring actor Sir Ian McKellan.

HARDtalk host Stephen Sackur will interview McKellen in front of an audience in the BBC’s historic Radio Theatre in London, which will be broadcast in April.

The program launched on BBC World News on 31 March 1997 with award-winning journalist Tim Sebastian as the host. HARDtalk’s first ever guest was British actor and film director Richard Attenborough.

Since then there have been more than 4,500 guests willing to sit in the HARDtalk hot seat, including Nelson Mandela, Donald Trump, Nina Simone, Angelina Jolie, Benazir Bhutto, and Robert Mugabe.

Some notable Aussie guests to have appeared on HARDtalk include Malcolm Turnbull, Julia Gillard, Joe Hockey, Steven Ciobo, and Clive Palmer.

Commenting on the secret of HARDtalk’s longevity and popularity, editor Carey Clark said: “We always have our viewers in mind. They expect us to ask the difficult questions and we don’t shy away from that.

“In a world that is increasingly coloured by misinformation and conjecture, this is a show that holds those in power to account and gets to the heart of the matter.”

Sackur added: “HARDtalk is a unique interview show and I think people see taking part as a badge of honour. Where else do you get half an hour of one-on-one serious, in-depth Q&A to make your case?

“And it’s not about sound bites or political posturing, nor is it a platform for celebs to plug their latest book. It’s intelligent talk. Most guests know and understand that, and it’s when guests are up for it that HARDtalk works well.”

Alongside the Sir Ian McKellen edition, BBC World News and BBC.com are showcasing a raft of content next month, which will include two special programs asking current and former presenters what HARDtalk has meant to them, looking back at the highs and lows, and asking what the changing media landscape means for news media in the future.

In the coming months, the HARDtalk team will also delve into the sho’s extensive archive and showcase the best interviews from the past two decades, as well as content on BBC.com and social media.

Please login with linkedin to comment

Fifty Shades of Grey HARDtalk Sir Ian McKellan Stephen Sackur

Latest News

Optus Offers Victorians Free Access To Optus Sport
  • Media

Optus Offers Victorians Free Access To Optus Sport

Locked down Victorians who don’t currently have an Optus Sport subscription will have complimentary access to Optus Sport from this weekend to enjoy the UEFA Champions League tournament plus access to premium health and fitness content through the Optus Sport app. UEFA Champions League – the world’s premier continental football tournament – kicks off at […]

Torrens University Australia Launches ‘Career Crush’ Via VCCP Sydney & Lash
  • Campaigns

Torrens University Australia Launches ‘Career Crush’ Via VCCP Sydney & Lash

Torrens University Australia has launched ‘Career Crush’ via VCCP Sydney and Lash, to help match students with a career they’ll love. Career Crush is an online quiz that determines prospective students’ personal strengths, passions and aspirations to match them with the careers and courses they’re most compatible with. One of the toughest decisions young people […]

Pedestrian Partners With With NZ’s Mi9 To Expand Commercial Offering
  • Media

Pedestrian Partners With With NZ’s Mi9 To Expand Commercial Offering

Pedestrian Group has partnered with Nine subsidiary Mi9 New Zealand to offer NZ brands the opportunity to partner with the likes of Business Insider Australia, Pedestrian.tv and Gizmodo Australia. Next month, Mi9 New Zealand will be representing Pedestrian Group in the NZ market, offering clients the opportunity to work with leading youth publications including Lifehacker […]

VCNI To Launch SVOD Service Featuring ViacomCBS Content, Replaces 10 All Access
  • Media

VCNI To Launch SVOD Service Featuring ViacomCBS Content, Replaces 10 All Access

ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI), a division of ViacomCBS, is launching a premium streaming service internationally, appealing to audiences of all ages. The new SVOD service will start its international roll-out early in 2021, offering exclusive premieres of all new SHOWTIME series, including Halo and American Rust. CBS All Access originals will also premiere exclusively on the new service, such […]

Optus ‘Yes’ Brand Mark Taken Into New Territory By FutureDeluxe
  • Media

Optus ‘Yes’ Brand Mark Taken Into New Territory By FutureDeluxe

As part of a larger project to refine their brand with partner branding agency Re, Optus have engaged experimental creative studio FutureDeluxe to explore how the iconic ‘Yes’ brand mark behaves in a sophisticated 3D environment. FutureDeluxe have produced a series of 8x idents and a number of static key visuals which will be used […]

Emotive Partners With YouTube And The United Nations
  • Media

Emotive Partners With YouTube And The United Nations

Creative agency, Emotive, and Good Oil Films, is partnering with YouTube and the United Nations to raise awareness around the importance of quality education, which forms part of the UN’s Global Goals for sustainable development.