Cater's Choice

Nick Cater cast his eye over this week's sector-related offerings.

Nick Cater
Nick Cater


A new series of C4's Unreported World starts with Egypt's Rubbish People, presented by Evan Williams. At first glance, it seems a fairly predictable if grim report about the underclass living in multi-storey blocks that takes in and recycles by hand the rubbish of a third world city. However, in addition to being at risk from rats and disease, the 40,000 people of Cairo's garbage ghetto are from the persecuted Christian minority, who claim to be the victims of Islamic extremism and official discrimination, and of tactics such as blocking the building of churches and harassing those who convert. 


Despite its supposedly waning power, the British press is too important to be left to journalists. Charities should be among the leading players to demand newspapers of integrity and hold to account those that deal in deceit. For a truly behind-the-scenes investigation of the press in action, Flat Earth News by Nick Davies - subtitled An Award-winning Reporter Exposes Falsehood, Distortion and Propaganda in the Global Media - certainly delivers the goods. Early extracts show him delving deep into coverage of asylum seekers, taking apart The Observer's Iraq war coverage and offering an insightful assessment of the much-maligned Daily Mail. It's out tomorrow.


Timing is everything. Three months ago, the BBC World Service spent a week exploring the risks to Bangladesh from climate change. Days after its team moved on, a cyclone hit the country. On the World Service on 11 February is Bangladesh Floods Three Months On, in which reporter Siobhann Tighe goes back to see how survivors are rebuilding their lives. Later the same day in Health Check - Outbreak on the World Service, Euan McIlwraith is also involved in a race against time as he joins a World Health Organisation epidemic response team as it rushes to contain an outbreak of an infectious disease.

Starting the same evening on BBC Radio 3 is The Essay - A Sense Of Ourselves, in which four writers and immigrants to Britain, from Jamaica, Pakistan, Poland and Bulgaria, offer their outsiders' perspectives on the UK's national identity.

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