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Crossing continents Monday, 26 July, 1999, 14:01 GMT 15:01 UK
Why Crossing Continents?
Members of the Crossing Continents production team in London
By Series Editor Maria Balinska

Crossing Continents "reaches the parts of the world that other programmes don't". From Canada's Inuits and Eritrea's businesswomen to Barcelona's growing Jewish community, the programme goes beyond news of wars, disasters and elections.

Instead it provides insider, on-the-ground coverage of how people in other countries live. It catches international trends in music, education and lifestyle as they are developing. Seeking out the world's compelling stories and personalities, Crossing Continents keeps its "ear to the ground" around the globe.

Every week the programme comes from a different location - a city, country or region - and is presented entirely from that location giving the listener a real sense of "being there".

The first half of the programme is reserved for the lead story - an in-depth and sound-rich documentary feature where innovative production techniques are encouraged. The second half consists of 2 to 3 shorter items: interviews and discussions. Crossing Continents is a magazine programme, combining serious and lighter-hearted subjects, the common factor being that they provide insight into the country we are reporting from.

Since we launched Crossing Continents in April 1998, we have reported from fifty-seven countries and from every continent except Antarctica!

Crossing Continents broadcasts 28 programmes a year in three separate runs. Our autumn season runs from October 19 to December 22.

Links to more Crossing continents stories are at the foot of the page.


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