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Friday, 21 December, 2001, 10:46 GMT
Meet the presenters
Talking Point is broadcast on the BBC World Service and on the internet
Robin Lustig presenting Talking Point
Talking Point is regularly presented by Robin Lustig, Bridget Kendall, Roger Hearing and Lyse Doucet.

It is broadcast live from our interacive studio in London's Television Centre. Click here to look behind the scenes.

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Robin Lustig

Robin Lustig came to broadcasting late in life, but has tried to make up for lost time.

Robin Lustig
His first 20 years in journalism were spent as a correspondent for Reuters news agency and then as a writer and editor on Britain's oldest Sunday newspaper, The Observer.

He has lived and worked in many different countries, including Uganda, Spain, France, Italy and the Middle East. He is now based in London but gets a bit twitchy if his passport is left unused for more than a few months at a time.

Since discovering the joys of radio, he has presented live programmes from Abuja, Amman, Hong Kong, Islamabad, Johannesburg, Jerusalem, Kosovo, Moscow, Paris, Rome, Sarajevo and Washington.

As well as presenting Talking Point, he is a regular presenter of Newshour, and also presents the BBC's main evening current affairs programme, The World Tonight, on the domestic network, Radio 4. He is married with two children.

Bridget Kendall

Bridget Kendall is currently BBC diplomatic correspondent. She is London-based and covers top foreign stories for radio and television news, reporting on foreign policy issues and their impact on Britain.

Bridget spent a decade as a foreign correspondent, first in Moscow (1989-94) and then in Washington (1994-98). She was in Moscow to witness the power struggles in the Soviet Communist party as Mikhail Gorbachev tried to introduce reforms. She sent eye-witness reports of the dramatic coup in August 1991 and later covered Boris Yeltsin's rise to power.

Her reports of events in the former Soviet Union won Bridget the coveted James Cameron Award for distinguished Journalism in 1992, the first woman to win the award. She was made an MBE in the 1994 New Year's Honours list.

Bridget joined the BBC in 1983 as a radio production trainee for BBC World Service. She worked as a producer and then editor and presenter for the current affairs programmes 24 Hours, File on Four and Newshour, before moving to Moscow in 1989.

Roger Hearing

Roger Hearing
Roger Hearing was born in London and brought up in west Dorset.

After beginning his career on the Birmingham Post, he joined the BBC World Service in 1987 and became the BBC's correspondent in Zambia, covering the civil wars in Angola and Mozambique

He then joined the World at One programme on Radio 4, reporting from Bagdad in the build-up to the Gulf War, and from Burma, Azerbaijan, India and Peru.

He also presented the World at One, PM and the World This Weekend.

After a spell at Newsnight, he became the BBC East Africa Correspondent, covering the UN intervention in Somalia and the civil war and genocide in Rwanda.

Since 1996, he has been based in the UK, reporting and presenting mainly for the World Tonight and the BBC World Service.

He is married with a daughter.

Lyse Doucet

Lyse Doucet
Before joining BBC World's team of presenters in London this year, Lyse Doucet spent five years in the Middle East, living first in Jordan where she covered the historic negotiations which led to the Israeli Jordanian peace agreement.

She then moved to Israel at a critical stage in the region's history, providing reports and presenting live coverage of events including the aftermath of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assasination, the first national Palestinian elections, a spate of suicide bombings, and the first difficult years of the Oslo peace accord.

Lyse Doucet also spent nearly five years in West and South Asia, starting in Kabul in 1988-1989 to cover the withdrawal of Russian troops from Afghanistan. She was the BBC's correspondent in Pakistan for three years, reporting on its political developments as the country emerged from a long period of military rule.

Lyse Doucet began her BBC career in Africa where she spent four years covering events in West and North Africa including a spate of military coups, and recurrent drought and famine in the Sahel.

She was born in eastern Canada, in Bathurst, New Brunswick, and has a Master's Degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto and a BA Honours Degree from Queen's University at Kingston

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