Iconic Academy award winning actress, Angelina Jolie will appear as guest editor for BBC Radio 4’s Today programme scheduled for December 28.
As a special envoy to the UN Refugee Agency, Angelina will be faced with the challenge of getting guests to appear on her show and on time, including refugees and survivors of conflict, to discuss the global refugee crisis and solution to violence against women in war zones. The platform will also be used to discuss themes of justice, accountability and international leadership.
A spokesperson from the camp of Jolie disclosed that preparations are already underway by the actress, and that she is grateful for this opportunity given to draw on the BBC’s global expertise and network to explore practical solutions to a number of pressing issues of our time. She has already begun working with the Today programme team, and is looking forward to engaging a broad and diverse range of voices on the programme.
The Maleficent star actress forms part of the handful of enveloped guests that the BBC has enlisted for its festive season programmes from December 22- January 1. Personalities such as Dimbleby, host of Question Time, Shamise, winner of the Women’s prize for fiction, Lastminute.com founder Martha Lane Fox, Churchill biographer Andrew Roberts and Chidera Eggerue – who runs the fashion blog the slumflower and campaign on body image issues, are all expected to make a cameo appearance on BBC during the festive celebrations.
Known for her remarkable dedication to Humanitarian duties, in June 2014, Angelina was appointed an Honorary Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG) for her services to the UK’s foreign policy campaigning to end sexual violence in war zones. The Queen presented her with the insignia of her honorary damehood in October that year. She was also doubles as the first recipient of the Citizen of the World Award by the United Nations Correspondent Association, in October 2003.