Correspondents Look Ahead

In the annual ""Correspondents Look Ahead"" on Radio 4, once again they lay their hard-earned reputations on the line to discuss the key events and themes they expect to see in the year ahead in the UK and abroad.

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19971231The BBC's senior correspondents join presenter Alex Brodie for a look ahead to 1998.

What stories will dominate the airwaves and news bulletins next year?

1998122519981226Senior BBC correspondents from around the world join Alex Brodie for a look ahead to 1999 and the stories that will dominate the airwaves next year.
20000102Alex Brodie asks BBC correspondents around the world for their predictions about the new millennium.
2002010120020106The BBC's specialists from around the globe identify the issues that will dominate the front pages in 2002.

Allan Little directs the discussion.

2002122720021228The BBC's specialists from around the globe identify the issues that will dominate the front pages in 2003.

Brian Hanrahan is in the chair.

2004010220040103Carrie Gracie leads a discussion with BBC correspondents who attempt to predict the big developments across the world this coming year.
2004123120050101In the annual ""Correspondents Look Ahead"" on Radio 4, once again they lay their hard-earned reputations on the line to discuss the key events and themes they expect to see in the year ahead in the UK and abroad. So if you want a political, economic, or weather forecast for the New Year, join Stephen Sackur and his guests for 45 minutes of fascinating discussion.

In the annual Correspondents Look Ahead, hard-earned reputations are laid on the line as experts discuss the key events and themes they expect to see in the year ahead in the UK and abroad.

2005123020051231The highly popular annual prediction programme returns, this year with a new interactive element.

Where will next year's trouble spots be? Will coalition troops leave Iraq? Will George Bush recover from his current troubles to reinvigorate his party in time for the mid-term elections? And who will win the World Cup hosted by Germany?

Just some of the questions analysed by BBC correspondents and their host, HardTalk presenter Stephen Sackur, in this years Correspondents' Look Ahead.

Radio 4 listeners will have the chance to offer their own comments and insight on the big stories of 2006.

The BBC's specialists from around the globe identify the issues that will dominate the front pages in 2006. Stephen Sackur is in the chair. [Rpt of Fri 8.00pm]

Where will next year's trouble spots be? Will coalition troops leave Iraq? Will George Bush recover from his current troubles to reinvigorate his party in time for the mid-term elections? And who will win the World Cup hosted by Germany?

Radio 4 listeners will have the chance to offer their own comments and insight on the big stories of 2006.

2006122920061230Who will be the next French president? Is a coalition withdrawal from Iraq inevitable? And will the world finally act on climate change? Join Stephen Sackur has top BBC correspondents forecast the year ahead.

The BBC's specialists from around the globe identify the issues that will dominate the front pages in 2007. Introduced by Stephen Sackur

Who will be the next French president? Is a coalition withdrawal from Iraq inevitable? And will the world finally act on climate change? Join Stephen Sackur has top BBC correspondents forecast the year ahead.

2007122820071229Stephen Sackur asks BBC correspondents to forecast the leading news stories for the year ahead.
20090102Stephen Sackur asks BBC correspondents to forecast the news stories for the year ahead.

Stephen Sackur asks BBC correspondents to forecast the leading news stories for the year ahead.

20090103Stephen Sackur asks BBC correspondents to forecast the news stories for the year ahead.
2010010120100102Stephen Sackur is joined by some of the BBC's top correspondents to give their predictions about what will shape our world in the year ahead.

Will the global economy turn the corner and rejoin the path to growth? Will the US and its allies defeat the Taleban in Afghanistan or will they pull out? And will China start to assert its new-found power across Asia?

Stephen Sackur asks BBC correspondents to forecast the news stories for the year ahead.

Stephen Sackur is joined by some of the BBC's top correspondents to give their predictions about what will shape our world in the year ahead. Will the global economy turn the corner and rejoin the path to growth? Will the US and its allies defeat the Taleban in Afghanistan or will they pull out? And will China start to assert its new-found power across Asia?

2010123120110101For many 2011 will be a year of austerity but will the tough economic medicine work or are we set for further financial turmoil and public disorder? The Euro will probably survive but don't put your mortgage on it.

After ten years of war in Afghanistan, British and American troops will begin to withdraw: is it the beginning of the end?

Twitter is five years old but where is our social media taking us and in sport, who will triumph in the Cricket and Rugby World cups?

Stephen Sackur is joined by some of the BBC's top correspondents as they predict the events and people who'll shape our world in 2011.

Radio 4 listeners can have their say on next year's big stories by joining the 'Listeners Look Ahead' with Stephen in the chair at two o'clock after the programme is repeated on Saturday, 1 January.

Producer: Jim Frank.

The BBC's top correspondents give their predictions about what will shape the news in 2011

2011123020111231The turmoil on the world's economic markets was anticipated but no-one predicted the revolution which swept the Middle East in the so-called Arab Spring. So what is likely to happen in 2012?

Owen Bennett Jones chairs a discussion with the BBC's special correspondent Lyse Doucet, North America Editor Mark Mardell, Newsnight's Economics Editor Paul Mason and diplomatic correspondent James Robbins.

Paul Mason was right about one thing last year, anticipating the problems faced by the Eurozone. Lyse Doucet can lay claim to have predicted the death of Osama bin Laden but she was one year out - she thought it would happen in 2010 and failed to mention it in last year's programme. Mark Mardell also had his eye on the Euro and will, no doubt, have something to say about America's concerns about the global effect of the European crisis in 1012. James Robbins correctly predicted anger against austerity cuts in those countries worst hit but he was wrong about Italy where he thought prime minister 'Silvio Berlusconi would sail serenely on'.

Join our panel as they polish up their crystal ball and try to identify the key trends in a fast-moving world.

Producer Mark Savage.

The BBC's leading foreign correspondents predict what is likely to be in the news in 2012.

2012122820121229The BBC's top correspondents give their predictions about what will shape the news in 2013

Owen Bennett-Jones is joined by some of the BBC's top correspondents as they give their predictions about what will shape our world next year.

Will the global economy recover? How will the Arab Spring play out across the Middle East - and how will the conflict in Syria be resolved? Will Burma and North Korea continue to come out of the cold? And will a re-elected Barack Obama play a more assertive role in global affairs?

Join Owen and his guests as they gaze into their crystal balls - and he rates their predictions from last year's look ahead.

Producer: Linda Pressly.

2016123020161231 (R4)The BBC's senior journalists forecast what is likely to happen over the coming year.

Owen Bennett-Jones is joined by a group of senior BBC journalists to forecast what is likely to happen over the coming year. Last time they got together they were firmly predicting that Marco Rubio would become the Republican presidential candidate - and that Britain was likely to vote to stay in the EU. So as the saying goes, making predictions is a tricky business...especially about the future. Yet our experts can at least lay out the parameters for what is likely to happen in the spheres of geopolitics, economics and society more widely - and give us essential tips on what and who to look out for in 2017.

20171229Senior BBC journalists forecast what is likely to happen over the coming year.
2018122820181229 (R4)How do you look ahead in a world which constantly takes us by surprise, sometimes shocks us and often makes us ask 'what happens next?'

Who would have predicted that President Trump would, to use his words, fall in love with the North Korean leader Kim Jung Un, whose country he had threatened to totally destroy? Who could have imagined that a prominent Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, would be murdered and dismembered in a Saudi Consulate? And, on a happier note, we’re relieved that, as the year ends a climate change conference in Poland did manage to save the Paris pact, and maybe our world.

The BBC's chief international correspondent, Lyse Doucet talks to correspondents from around the globe about what might happen in the world in 2019.

Guests:

Katya Adler, Europe editor
Yolande Knell, Middle East correspondent
James Robbins, Diplomatic correspondent
Steve Rosenberg, Moscow correspondent
Jon Sopel, North America editor

Producer: Ben Carter
Editor: Penny Murphy

BBC correspondents forecast the leading news stories for the year ahead

01/01/201020100102
20012000122620001231The BBC's specialists from around the globe identify the issues that will dominate the front pages in 2001.

Bridget Kendall directs the lively discussion, which covers the Middle East conflict, the forthcoming British General Election, and the ramifications of having a new incumbent in the Oval Office.

20142014010320140104The BBC's top correspondents predict what they think will happen around the world in 2014.

Owen Bennett-jones is joined by four of the BBC's top foreign and economic correspondents who give their predictions about what is likely to shape our world in 2014. James Robbins draws on more than ten years experience as the BBC's diplomatic correspondent, while North America Editor Mark Mardell provides his view from Washington. Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet takes a short break from reporting across the world while Chief Business correspondent Linda Yueh gives her view of the global economic outlook. Where is our attention most likely to be focused? And what will be the consequences for the United Kingdom and the rest of the world?

Produced by Mark Savage.

20152015010220150103 (R4)The BBC's top international news correspondents look ahead to the major developments in 2015, in a lively discussion chaired by Mark Mardell.

He will be asking for their ideas about the stories and the people to watch over the coming months.

What will happen in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine - and how will it affect the rest of us in Europe? Will Britain and other Western nations succeed in stopping the advance of the group calling itself Islamic State in Iraq and Syria - and which other countries' help will they need to obtain?

How far will the efforts to control the ebola epidemic, in which Britain has taken a significant role, prompt wider international cooperation? Will the recent protests in Hong Kong and the nervousness of Beijing's neighbours about its intentions escalate tensions in east Asia? And what impact will Britain's general election have on international affairs?

Mark is joined by Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet, China Editor Carrie Gracie, Business Editor Kamal Ahmed and Diplomatic Correspondent Bridget Kendall.

Producer Simon Coates.

Mark Mardell invites BBC correspondents to discuss the major news stories to come in 2015.

20162016010120160102 (R4)Top BBC correspondents predict what will shape our world in 2016.

Who and what will be making the global headlines in 2016? Owen Bennett-Jones and leading BBC correspondents discuss and give their predictions about what will shape the world in the year ahead and assess its likely impact on the United Kingdom.

Owen is joined by Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet who has spent the year reporting from across the globe.North America Editor Jon Sopel looks ahead to next year's US Presidential election. Who does he think will win the race for the White House? Joining them are the BBC's most experienced diplomatic correspondents, James Robbins and Bridget Kendall. Last year she predicted that 2015 would be a year of shocking terrorist activities in Europe and a big year for the Pope. What will she and the other correspondents predict for 2016?

Producer: Jim Frank.

30/12/201120111231The BBC's leading foreign correspondents predict what is likely to be in the news in 2012.
31/12/201020110101The BBC's top correspondents give their predictions about what will shape the news in 2011

Genome: [r4 Bd=19961231]The BBC's senior news correspondents join presenter Edward Stourton for a look ahead to 1997.

What stories will dominate the airwaves and news bulletins next year? Correspondents from bureaux around the world join those based at Broadcasting House in London for a spirited discussion on the talking points of tomorrow. Producer Tony Grant

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971231]The BBC's senior correspondents join presenter Alex Brodie for a look ahead to 1998. What stories will dominate the airwaves next year? Producer Tony Grant
Looking Ahead To 20202019122720191228 (R4)BBC correspondents forecast the leading news stories for the year ahead

The end of the decade draws to a close and what a year it’s been. A US president impeached, people taking to the streets everywhere from Bolivia to Beirut, from Khartoum to Hong Kong. Young people everywhere found their voice - especially on our climate crisis, many inspired by teenage activist Greta Thunberg, whose lonely protest grew to a millions-strong cry.

As this year ends, some will breathe a sigh of relief that the world avoided another war in the Persian Gulf. But will North Korea’s unpredictable leader launch more long-range missiles next year? Will ferocious fires and monster floods get worse and commitments get better at next year’s climate talks? And when we meet next year will it be President Trump 2.0 or a new man or woman in the White House?

So many big questions. But we have some of our big hitters here to provide plenty of answers.

Presenter: Lyse Doucet
Guests: Jon Sopel, Katya Adler, Gabriel Gatehouse, Faisal Islam and Rebecca Morelle

Producer: Ben Carter

Lyse Doucet and guests gaze into their crystal balls to predict what 2020 has in store.

Programme Catalogue - Details: Correspondents Special19901230BBC Programme Number: 90VQ9023

Recorded on 1990-12-28

Producer: H. ROGERS

Next in series: 1992

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30 Dec 1990 20:00-21:00 (RADIO 4)

In the annual ""Correspondents Look Ahead"" on Radio 4, once again they lay their hard-earned reputations on the line to discuss the key events and themes they expect to see in the year ahead in the UK and abroad.

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