Media Watch Monday 21st – 25th January


BBC World Service


11.32am: The Boxers of Bukom

Why has the tiny area of Bukom in Accra, produced five World Champion boxers, including Ghana’s greatest ever fighter, ‘The Professor’ Azumah Nelson?

What does this area tell us about raw talent versus environment in the nature/nuture debate?

Why are the men of Bukom so good at boxing?

8pm: Tutu’s Children (2013) Ep 2
Young professionals on a leadership scheme have an emotional meeting with Desmond Tutu and are warned of the pitfalls of leading in Africa.


8.30pm: Immigration Undercover – Panorama
With more than half a million foreign migrants – including failed asylum seekers and bogus students – estimated to be hiding from UK authorities, many have turned to a life of criminality involving drugs, violence and prostitution to survive.

As a consequence, gangs have taken advantage of the situation and employ an illegal travel network which enables people to be smuggled in – and out – of Britain. Reporter Paul Kenyon goes undercover and shows how the authorities appear powerless to curtail this lucrative activity



9pm: Harry Belafonte: Sing Your Song – Storyville                                                Documentary exploring the life of American singer and actor Harry Belafonte, who was heavily associated with the US Civil Rights Movement. A tenacious activist who mobilised other celebrities behind various causes in the 1950s and 60s, Belafonte defiantly toured the country during a time of racial segregation and provoked outrage on his breakthrough into Hollywood.

This film also explores his work with Dr Martin Luther King Jr, participation in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, and actions to counter gang violence and the incarceration of youth


BBC World Service

9.05am: The Documentry: Pity The Poor Soccer Stars

Why do so many African football stars go from rags to riches – and back to rags again?

In this two part series, the BBC sport correspondent Farayi Mungazi travels to Zambia, South Africa and Ghana to find out.

Starting in Zambia, we hear from erstwhile defender Elijah Litana, a man so dear to the Saudi Arabian club he played for that he was flown around in a royal private jet. Today, Elijah tells of the gambling and drinking that helped squander his fortune. Other impoverished former sportsmen describe being neglected by major foreign clubs, ripped off by managers, and lacking the financial insight to handle large earnings.

As Farayi discovers, one of the most significant factors in the downfall of rich, successful players can be the demands of their own extended families.

In part two we learn about some of the solutions being mooted: From compulsory savings schemes to a controversial retirement charge, levied on tickets. We meet the former footballers who avoided disaster, and ask if their experiences could provide a lesson for today’s youngsters. Or, is a new generation of African players doomed to risk penury?

(REPEATS 1.05PM, 8.05PM)


8pm: Tutu’s Children (2013) Ep 3
Young African leaders are challenged to put their ideas into practice on the ground, and breaking African taboos tests their friendships.

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