About this event

  • Date and time Wed 15 Apr 2020 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location Online

Fergal Keane OBE, one of the BBC's most celebrated and multi award-winning Foreign Correspondents, known for venturing into 'hot wars', and Author, will be joining Professor Sir Simon Wessely for a fascinating discussion of his career, reporting from dangerous places, plans for the future and what life will be like after COVID-19. 

Keane has had a hugely successful and interesting career as a BBC Foreign Correspondent. In 1990 he was appointed Southern Africa Correspondent, his reports covered the township unrest in South Africa, Mandela’s increasing popularity and the first multi-racial elections following the end of apartheid. As the Southern Africa correspondent he also covered the civil war in Rwanda and later wrote a book, Season of Blood: A Rwandan Journey, that provides a powerful analysis and truth behind the headlines on the mass genocide.

In 1995, Fergal Keane became the BBC’s Asia correspondent, covering all the main stories in the region; from the Tokyo gas attacks in January of that year until the handover of Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule on July 1st 1997. 

From BAFTA awards for his documentary on Rwanda, Valentina's Story, to being the only journalist to have won both the Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year award and the Sony Radio Reporter of the Year in the same year. He was appointed an OBE for services to journalism in the 1997 New Year's Honours list. And in April 2018 he was awarded the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize for his book; Wounds.

Keane's career has been a masterclass in journalism from some of the most war-torn and political places in recent history.  

*Please note there may be slight changes to the advertised start and end times of this webinar, subject to his work requirements.

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Key speakers

Fergal Keane

Fergal Keane OBE

Award-Winning BBC Broadcast Journalist

Speaker's biography

Keane was born in London, but raised and educated in Dublin and Cork.

He began his career in journalism in 1979 as a reporter on the Limerick Leader, before moving to the national daily newspaper, The Irish Press.

His first taste of broadcasting was with Radio and Television Eire, where he was a reporter and presenter from 1984 to 1987, later reporting from Belfast for the station. Keane joined the BBC in 1989 as Northern Ireland Correspondent.

 

In August 1990, he was appointed Southern Africa Correspondent, after having covered the regions during the early 1980’s. It is probably with this region that he is most strongly associated.

Fergal’s reports covered the township unrest in South Africa, Mandela’s increasing popularity and the first multi-racial elections following the end of apartheid.

 

During this time he travelled the length and breadth of the country from the white farms of the Northern Transvaal to the vast townships of the Witwatersand. From this experience he wrote a book The Bondage of Fear primarily about the experience of ordinary South Africans as history propelled them towards a new uncharted country. As Southern Africa correspondent he also covered the civil war in Rwanda.

 

In 1995, Keane became the BBC’s Asia correspondent, covering all the main stories in the region; from the Tokyo gas attacks in January of that year until the handover of Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule on July 1st 1997.

 

Keane is a regular columnist with The Independent newspaper and a columnist with Traveller magazine. He also writes occasionally for The Spectator.

 

Keane’s reporting has attracted widespread critical acclaim which has led to a number of awards including: Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year, BAFTA Sony Radio Reporter of the Year Voice of the Viewer and Listener Award, George Orwell Prize Bayeux Prize for War Correspondents, Edward R Murrow Award for War Reporting, Human Rights Journalist of the Year, Amnesty International One World Media Award, Index on Censorship Award for Outstanding Commitment to Journalistic Integrity.

Keane has been awarded Honorary Doctor of Letters, Strathclyde University; Honorary Doctor of Letters, Staffordshire University.

 

In 1996 Keane was awarded an OBE for services to journalism.

Books by Keane include: Road of Bones, All of These People: A Memoir Story of Ireland, There Will Be Sunlight Later – A Memoir of War, A Strangers Eye, Letters Home, Letter to Daniel, and Season of Blood.

 

Location

Online

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