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Profile: Kirsty Lang

Kirsty Lang
Kirsty Lang joined the BBC in 1986

Kirsty Lang is an experienced foreign correspondent and broadcaster and is currently a presenter on World News Today which is broadcast simultaneously on BBC World and BBC Four in the UK.

She also regularly presents BBC Radio 4's flagship arts programme Front Row.

Kirsty began her career as a graduate trainee at the BBC before being appointed a reporter on Radio 4's Today programme. She then worked as a foreign correspondent in Eastern Europe based in Budapest, covering the revolutions of 1989 and the wars in the former Yugoslavia.

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In the early 1990s, Kirsty became a correspondent for Newsnight based in London before being headhunted by the Sunday Times newspaper to become their Paris correspondent where she worked for four years covering the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Channel 4 News brought Kirsty back to London to help relaunch the programme at the beginning of 1999. She was an anchor and Europe correspondent and continued to contribute regularly to the Times and the Sunday Times newspapers.

The BBC asked her to become the face of BBC Four News alongside George Alagiah when it launched in 2002. For the last five years, she has presented Front Row while continuing to anchor World News Today along with Zeinab Badawi.

She chaired the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2008 and is a judge for the 2010 Independent Prize for Foreign Fiction.

She lives in London and is married to the author and broadcaster, Misha Glenny, and they have one son.

World News Today is broadcast weekdays at 1900, 1930 and 2000 GMT on the BBC World News channel. Find out more information about regional broadcast times here.



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