‘Fern Britton talks to the BBC’s world affairs editor John Simpson about how his faith has sustained him for over 40 years of reporting on world-changing events from the frontline….’ (BBC iPlayer)
Last month the District Manager’s Office was called by the BBC for some fact-checking and to assist them with some video and photographic material for an hour-long interview with John Simpson, the venerable BBC reporter who also wrote for the monthly World Monitor magazine, published by The Christian Science Monitor. We were more than happy to help.
On Sunday morning (December 8, 2013) BBC1 aired the TV interview, threaded in among compelling biographic material about the prize-winning world affairs reporter. The programme is one of a series of fascinating interviews that Fern Britton conducts with celebrities about their faith, and so he talked about his childhood and University days during which he was a Christian Scientist.
Following a dip in his faith John took to Anglicanism instead of Christian Science, but still speaks of it affectionately.
His faith choices, then and now, show John Simpson’s thoughtfulness. Beyond that, his life story is a tribute to the kind of rugged, independent-minded, old-school journalism which has done so much to help make our world more of a global village.
The interview can currently be viewed here, on the BBC iPlayer.