BBC News World on the Move special for May 16 - featuring inter alia Sir Richard Dearlove & Angelina Jolie Pitt https://t.co/RfouaLvnnJ— Jamie Angus (@grvlx001) April 8, 2016
Angelina Jolie Pitt to give keynote speech as part of BBC's migration special https://t.co/STSzsozUBa— Media Guardian (@mediaguardian) April 7, 2016
Angelina Jolie Pitt will give a keynote speech on the refugee crisis next month as part of a day of live BBC programming exploring issues around migration.
The speech by the Hollywood star, who is a UNCHR special envoy, will be broadcast on 16 May on Radio 4, BBC News and the BBC World service.
It will form the centrepiece of the BBC’s World on the Move day which is being coordinated by the team behind Radio 4’s Today programme. John Humphrys and Sarah Montague will start the day with a report on people returning to India and Vietnam, and it will end with the World Tonight broadcasting from California looking at migrants working in the tech industry.
There will also be live broadcasts from the BBC’s Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House and reports from the corporation’s international correspondents incorporated into shows including Start the Week, World at One and PM, as well as a live radio drama tackling migration. Most of the programming will run on Radio 4, with other parts of the BBC’s news and current affairs operation including the World Service and BBC News Channel becoming involved when possible.
The BBC has promised an impartial debate in which both sides of the argument about “one of the most dominant, global issues of our time” will be represented.
Jolie Pitt has been an active campaigner on behalf of refugees, and has been especially vocal in urging richer nations to help tackle the plight of those fleeing war in Syria.
She said she was looking forward to “exploring these issues with the BBC and its global audience, and to a day of discussion in which all sides of the debate can be heard and long-term solutions can be identified and highlighted”.
BBC director of news and current affairs James Harding said: “An age of unprecedented mobility is shaping the world we live in for better and for worse ... Only the BBC can bring together people from around the world in a single day, to look at new ideas on a theme we’ve covered for many years.”