Top BBC journalists return to Sussex

Two eminent BBC journalists, who are also Sussex alumni, will be revisiting their alma mater next month to discuss the changing face of the media in the latest of the ‘Alumni Masterclass’ events at the university.

Robin Lustig, a former BBC World Service and Radio 4 presenter, is visiting the Falmer campus on Wednesday 1 March at 2pm to discuss a life in journalism.

After graduating in Politics from Sussex, Lustig joined the Reuters news agency which took him to Madrid, Paris, Brussels and Rome. His days at Reuters would usually start with a call to the office asking “Is anything happening?” - a phrase which forms the title of his new autobiography. He’ll be discussing the book with Sussex Professor of Journalism Ivor Gaber (his former classmate at Sussex).

Following Reuters, Lustig’s career took him to the Observer before moving to the BBC, where he presented 'The World Tonight' for BBC Radio 4 and 'Newshour' for the BBC World Service. He also presented a pioneering global phone-in programme 'Talking Point' for BBC World Service, BBC World TV and online, which featured guests including Nelson Mandela, Hugo Chàvez and Tony Blair.

During his 45-year career he covered the reunification of Germany, the end of the Soviet Union and the handover of Hong Kong to China. In 2013, he received the Charles Wheeler Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcast Journalism and the following year he received an honorary degree from Sussex.

On Wednesday 29 March at 4pm Clive Myrie will return to Sussex to talk about ‘Film Reels to Facebook: 25 years of reporting the world’, a discussion that will cover Clive’s long and varied career in international journalism since graduating in Law from the University in 1982.

In 1996, after spells on BBC local radio, Clive became a BBC foreign correspondent and has subsequently reported from over 80 countries. He has been the BBC’s correspondent in Tokyo, Los Angeles, Paris and Brussels, and held the position of BBC Asia correspondent.

He has reported on major world events including the wars in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq, floods in Mozambique (for which the team were BAFTA-nominated), the 2015 Kathmandu earthquake and impeachment proceedings against US President Bill Clinton.

In 2009, Myrie began presenting on the BBC News channel and has since has fronted the BBC TV’s 'News at Ten' and 'BBC Breakfast'. He is currently the evening news presenter on the BBC News Channel from Monday to Thursday.

The Q&As are both hosted by Professor Ivor Gaber and are free for all to attend; staff, students, alumni or other. No booking is required. Both events are being held in Lecture Theatre B in the Fulton building on campus.

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By: Patrick Reed
Last updated: Monday, 27 February 2017