The BBC is planning a day of action tomorrow to highlight the plight of Alan Johnston, BBC Gaza correspondent, who was abducted on 12 March 2007. For the first time, the four major international news broadcasters will come together to produce a special programme.
The BBC’s two TV news channels – BBC World and BBC News 24 – together with Al Jazeera English and Sky News will simulcast the programme, and there will also be contributions from CNN. The simulcast will go on air from 1330-1400 UTC anchored by Jeremy Bowen, the BBC’s Middle East Editor, from Ramallah. It will incorporate packages from the BBC, Al-Jazeera, CNN, and Sky. It will also have live reports from BBC, Al-Jazeera and Sky anchors and correspondents in Ramallah, Gaza and London. [more]