I worked in Bosnia, where 77 journalists were killed and 400 wounded, and at the BBC we have just lost a news producer in Africa.
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It wasn't glamorous in my day. In the regions, reporters were seen as such low life that they didn't merit their name in the Radio Times. Now people are interested in being famous. I never gave it a thought.
The better the information it has, the better democracy works. Silence and secrecy are never good for it.
Hair is also a problem. I remember once, when I was reporting from Beirut at the height of the civil war, someone wrote in to the BBC complaining about my appearance.
I remember she had these long, lovely nails with red varnish, in the middle of this shitty place we were in
Beslan, where the Russian authorities stopped live coverage of the school being stormed, was an illustration of the progress we still have to make.
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A screen actor is compensated in the knowledge that millions will see his performance at one time, where only hundreds will see it on the stage.
Our gratitude to the American people is immense and we should never be embarrassed to express it.
The easiest way to get a reputation is to go outside the fold, shout around for a few years as a violent atheist or a dangerous radical, and then crawl back to the shelter.
F. Scott Fitzgerald