London 24 November 2006, Al Jazeera English today announces the line-up for the second instalment of “Frost over The World”. The line-up includes Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan; Walid Jumblatt, leader of Progressive Socialist Party in Lebanon; Philippe Sands QC; David Frum, President Bush’s former speech writer; and Ben Schott, author. The channel’s flagship current affairs programme airs every Friday at 6pm GMT from London.
The inaugural broadcast of the programme saw the Prime Minister of Great Britain, Tony Blair, admit that the war on Iraq had been “somewhat of a disaster”.
This week Sir David’s guests will be sharing their views on the world’s most recent history. Walid Jumblatt comes straight from the funeral of Pierre Gemayel, the murdered Lebanese industry minister. At the funeral, Mr Jumblatt – the Druze political leader and senior anti-Syrian figure who has accused Damascus of the assassination – addressed the crowd from behind a bullet-proof glass screen, vowing: “They will not take away our determination to live … and to be free.”
Hamid Karzai talks at a time when the Taliban have reemerged to take over large portions of the country. He has previously claimed: “Afghanistan did all it had to do to embark on a new journey towards a democratic, prosperous future”. Does he still believe that Afghanistan can continue on this path with the Taliban still having a presence in the country?
Sir David Frost commented “Last week was an amazing first interview for our new programme on this innovative channel. This week we will bring more exclusive interviews from those involved in the world’s breaking stories. These really are important times and we will be asking questions to people right at the heart of the news”.
Notes to Editors:
About Frost over the World
Frost over the World is split into four sections and every week it features an interview with a leading world statesperson, discussions with specialists on news events, interviews with leading members of the arts and entertainment community and 4-way news round up with journalists and commentators around the world.
Landmark interviews have always been a feature of Sir David’s career. He has been privileged to have interviewed many world figures and has in fact interviewed the six most recent British Prime Ministers.
A broadcasting legend, Sir David has been awarded all the major television awards – The Emmy Award (for “The David Frost Show” – twice); The Royal Television Society Silver Medal and The Richard Dimbleby Award in the UK and, internationally, the Golden Rose of Montreux. He has been awarded the BAFTA’s highest honour the BAFTA Fellowship and was knighted by HM the Queen in the New Year’s Honours List of January 1993. The Museum of Moving Image in New York has also honoured him in 1998 and by the Museum of Broadcasting in New York in 1999.
Philippe Sands is Professor of Law and Director of the Centre of International Courts and Tribunals at University College London. He has been a member of the Irish Bar since January 2003. His practice includes advice and litigation in public international law, arbitration, EU, and natural resources and environmental law, advising or acting for governments, international organisations, the private sector and NGOs.
David Frum is the author five books, including two New York Times bestsellers: The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W Bush (2003), and co-author with Richard Perle of An End to Evil: What’s next in the War on Terror (2004). Frum is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and writes a daily column for National Review Online.
Ben Schott is author of the international bestselling Miscellanies trilogy:
Schott’s Original Miscellany
Schott’s Food & Drink Miscellany
Schott’s Sporting, Gaming, & Idling Miscellany
Packed full of the flotsam, jetsam, and ligan which permeate the mind, Schott’s Miscellanies have been described (by Die Welt) as ‘A Swiss Army knife in book form’.
About Al Jazeera English
Al Jazeera English is the world’s first English language news channel to be headquartered in the Middle East. Broadcasting from within the Middle East, looking outwards, Al Jazeera English sets the news agenda and acts as a bridge between cultures. With unique access as the channel of reference for Middle East events, and broadcast centres strategically placed around the world in Doha, Kuala Lumpur, London and Washington DC, Al Jazeera English balances the information flow from South to North, providing accurate, impartial and objective news for a global audience from a grass roots level, giving voice to different perspectives from under-reported regions around the world.
Al Jazeera English is building on the ground-breaking heritage of its sister Arab-language channel – Al Jazeera, which was responsible for changing the face of news within the Middle East, now extending that fresh perspective from regional to global.
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