World Have Your Say

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World Have Your Say
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Created by BBC World News
Presented by Chloe Tilley
Ros Atkins (until 2013)
Nuala McGovern (relief)
Lucy Hockings (relief)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Simon Peeks
Richard Pollins
Charlie Humphreys
Production location(s) Studio B, Broadcasting House, London
Running time 60 minutes
Original network BBC World News
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release February 2011 –
June 2017
Related shows BBC World News
BBC World News America
The Hub
Focus on Africa
World News Today
Business Edition
World Business Report
External links
World Have Your Say
Genre Current events
Running time ~50 minutes
Country of origin International International
( United Kingdom origin)
Language(s) English
Home station BBC World Service
Syndicates Public Radio International
Hosted by Ros Atkins
Chloe Tilley
Nuala McGovern
Senior editor(s) Mark Sandell
Produced by Ben Sutherland
Ben Allen
Simon Peeks
Graham Evans
Recording studio Broadcasting House, London
Original release 2005 – 2017
Audio format Monophonic
Website World Have Your Say
Podcast BBC Radio Podcast

World Have Your Say (WHYS) is an international BBC global discussion show, that was broadcast on BBC World Service every weekday at 1600 hours UTC and on BBC World News every Friday at 1500 hours UTC.

World Have Your Say won Gold in the 2008 Sony Radio Awards, in the category Listener Participation.[1]

The show described itself as "the BBC News programme where you set the agenda."[2] Typically each edition addressed a question, or number of questions, raised by the users of its blog[3] and Facebook site,[4] as well as emailers to the BBC.

It encouraged callers to talk to each other and directed questions asked by listeners to the guests on the programme, intervening as little as possible to keep the show more of a conversation than a talk show.

The show also occasionally worked as a forum for the BBC World Service's global audience to put questions to a particular guest. Previous guests included Aung San Suu Kyi,[5] Philip Pullman[6] and Thilo Sarrazin.[7]


The BBC World Service launched the programme in October 2005, featuring Anu Anand and Steve Richards as presenters and Mark Sandell as editor. Ros Atkins replaced Richards in early 2006 as the main presenter.

Since February 2011 the programme had a weekly television edition on BBC World News on Fridays produced by the same production team.

Topics for discussions were set by listeners,[8] who could email the show prior to it going on air each day, or even call into the studio office. Some of the comments left on the WHYS blog and Facebook site, together with emails, Tweets and SMS text messages, were read on the air. Callers from all over the world were the key part of the programme by calling in and debating the daily topic.

On occasion, the show would leave the studio and go on the road, to discuss subjects from a particular country but often with a global impact. For example, in 2011, they went to Berlin to discuss the legacy of Nazism in Germany,[9] Jakarta to talk about revolution in a Muslim country,[10] and Bangkok to talk about sex tourism.[11]

Most of the time, the topics for the days' show were offered by e-mail. Some stories were suggested by a single person, others by the number of people wanting to talk about it. Increasingly, use was made of the programme's Facebook site as a source of comment on news stories. Sometimes, these were stories from the listeners' point of view. In fact, some of the reporting of current events for the show was done by real world people, most with no journalism experience.


BBC World News began presenting a version of the programme in 2011 with Ros Atkins as the presenter. The programme, presented on Fridays at 1500 GMT, encouraged viewer discussion on some of the top stories from the week. Occasionally, correspondents and high-profile individuals close to the issue at hand would join in the conversation. Similarly to the version on radio, the programme heavily utilised social media; especially Twitter and Facebook.

As of late 2013, Chloe Tilley played a more active role as presenter.


  1. ^ Sony Radio Awards Winners 2008
  2. ^ "BBC World Service - World Have Your Say". 1 January 1970. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  3. ^ "BBC News - World Have Your Say: The US Election Debate". World Have Your Say. 1 November 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  4. ^ "BBC World Have Your Say - London, United Kingdom - Media/News/Publishing". Facebook. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  5. ^ Ben Sutherland. "World Service - World Have Your Say: Your questions for Aung San Suu Kyi". BBC. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  6. ^ Ros Atkins. "World Service - World Have Your Say: On air: Philip Pullman live on WHYS on Thursday". BBC. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  7. ^ Sarah Holmes. "World Service - World Have Your Say: Thilo Sarrazin talking to WHYS in Berlin". BBC. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  8. ^ BBC NEWS: World Have Your Say - What is World Have Your Say?
  9. ^ Chloe Tilley. "World Service - World Have Your Say: Facing up to Germany's past, or a homage to Hitler?". BBC. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  10. ^ Nuala McGovern. "World Service - World Have Your Say: Learning from Indonesia". BBC. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  11. ^ Nuala McGovern. "World Service - World Have Your Say: On air from Bangkok: The rights and wrongs of the Thai sex industry". BBC. Retrieved 5 November 2012.

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