The Centre for Research into Post-Communist Economies


About the Speaker

Dr Elisabeth Robson studied in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) as a post-graduate student, edited the London University journal of Slavonic studies, taught at Brighton Polytechnic and worked for the BBC World Service as a journalist and programme-maker and as manager, founding and developing new departments and ending her career as head of the Russian Service. She now does freelance writing and consulting work.

Her experience of broadcasting covers the Cold War, Gorbachev's period of glasnost and the collapse of the USSR. Her various posts include the creation of the Ukrainian Service, a completely new department, the headship of the Central Asian and Caucasus Service, born similarly to meet the needs of newly independent nations. A period as Regional Editor brought new areas of interest � Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran � and then came the headship of the Russian Service with a London operation and a large Moscow office to manage.

Looking back over a lifetime in the field Dr Robson asks: what was the role of Western broadcasters, and specifically the BBC, in these seismic events and was the effort worth it?

Wine & Central European snacks will be served


Ian Redding

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