The media is full of chatter about the Egyptian coup and a great deal of the mot meaningless verbiage is on the BBC. Still, it’s good to see that the coverage has taken a step-up from the “man on the street”style that dominated the BBC during the fall of Mubarak — it was mostly incoherent taxi drivers ranting in broken English over petrol prices, at the expense of sensible analysis by experts.
Over the past few months the BBC has carried several really thoughtful radio programmes on Egypt. In March, an excellent Analysis programme looked at the history of the Muslim Brotherhood and the many currents within it (it’s 30 minutes long).
In April, the BBC had its own post-colonial awakening: why not let an Egyptian cover Egypt instead of sending in a pasty-faced Brit who had to rely on incoherent conversations with taxi drivers? The result was a superb series by BBC journalist Shaimma Khalil which reported on the subtleties and uncertainties of life in post-revolutionary Egypt. Here is the link to the first programme in the series. There are six and each is 30 minutes long. Download them on itunes for your next long train journey. They are really fascinating insights into the issues underlying the news of the past 24 hours.