The BBC's World Affairs Editor, John Simpson, visited DFEi Journalism and Radio Students on Tuesday 8th April 2014 to talk about his life and work. In an interview with first year radio student Conor McNulty - who arranged the visit - Simpson spoke about his 40-year career with the BBC, including his first foreign assignment as Ireland correspondent in the early 1970s. Since that time he has reported from some of the more significant global conflicts of the 20th century, including Iraq and Afghanistan. He has also witnessed at first-hand the Iranian revolution of 1979, democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989, and he has recently returned from assignment in Ukraine and the Crimea.
This was a unique opportunity for DFEi media students to meet with one of the most experienced and respected figures in global media news. Following his interview with Conor, John sat down with students for a relaxed informal chat in which he spoke of his relationship with the BBC, and of the challenges of brining foreign news to domestic audiences.