Angelina Jolie is to guest edit BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme, joining the likes of broadcaster David Dimbleby and the author Kamila Shamsie in being given the chance to take control of the flagship news and current affairs show.
Although the actor is well known for her humanitarian work with the UN and successful film career, she now faces the challenges of booking guests over the busy Christmas period, ensuring they make it to the BBC’s Broadcasting House studios in time for their slot, and managing the egos of the BBC’s journalists.
Jolie has said that she intends to use her episode on 28 December to invite a series of guests who are pioneers in their fields to discuss solutions to violence against women in conflict zones and the global refugee crisis. She will also “explore themes of justice, accountability and international leadership, hearing directly from refugees and survivors of conflict themselves”.
The programme has turned to guest editors over the festive period for the last 15 years, inviting leading figures from the arts, business and politics to take control of an episode during the traditionally quiet news days between Christmas and the new year.
“Angelina is grateful for this opportunity to draw on the BBC’s global expertise and network to explore practical solutions to a number of pressing issues of our time,” said a spokesperson for the actor.