Edward Victor and Sarah Smith interview Give Sun Light award-triumphing CNN, BBC, and Al Jazeera journalist Afshin Rattansi about newsgathering and his novel, “The Dream of the Decade – The London Novels” published through Booksurge and available on Amazon.Com.

Edward Victor:

Afshin Rattansi, your new ebook looks at -amongst different things- how information is made in newsrooms. Given that you have labored at 3 top networks, the BBC, CNN, and Al Jazeera, do you think there has been any change because you wrote your ebook?

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Afshin Rattansi:

A man or woman in the third novel of the quartet reappears to work at a big media business enterprise during the conflict in Yugoslavia. That struggle was covered exquisitely and became broadly criticized afterward. After all, reporting on masses of 100 human beings’ loss of life in the coronary heart of Europe is what journalism textbooks after World War II have been written for, and yet, all people use TV information to find out what occurred in Sarajevo might have been pressured at pleasant. It became the handiest after the warfare that some wonderful programs were made.

“The Dream of the Decade” offers unwitting bias or a lack of balance. Every story becomes nuanced through the lifestyles stories of the humans who get jobs in newsrooms. Though the ebook offers insurance of tales of the surroundings, healthcare, and many different troubles, the in-constructed bias of journalists reaches its apotheosis concerning conflict reporting. Whether it’s the wars on Latin American states within the 1980s or the war on Yugoslavia in the Nineteen Nineties, it’s superb how hard it is for a viewer to hear a spectrum of views on any conflict.

Edward Victor:

You also began the growing international’s first English language 24-hour satellite TV news and contemporary affairs network based within the Middle East. As the person in fee, did you enjoy providing information differently?

Afshin Rattansi:

I hope so. Though I became the channel editor, there were constraints any supervisor might have on how we broadcast news. Most these days, at the BBC, one realizes the limitations of a nicely set up community while reporting the run-as much as the war on Iraq. At the Dubai Channel, we got here from a developing international angle and concentrated on the financial history. “Follow the money” changed into the watchword while we protected the Ethiopia-Eritrea war or the privatization of herbal resource management demanded by the IMF.

I continually think it changed into interesting that Business Week outsold The Economist. Business Week magazine was regularly a pleasant source for a balanced story view. Everything from the most nearby – for example, meal assets or crime prevention – to the maximum worldwide – say, Kyoto, the drug exchange, or nuclear fingers – normally has private profit on the coronary heart of it.

Whether or not it’s Hollywood or the matter of Palestine, following the cash is quite an exact manner for newshounds to cover a tale. I am very cautious of Microsoft’s “copy and paste” features while allied to Reuters and AP twine testimonies. Reuters, in the end, is especially a financial services organization; although it has exquisite journalists, their “day by day wraps” of the principle tales of the day will now not be those who most challenge everyday people, honestly no longer the finest share of humanity or the best target market.

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Sarah Smith:

Al Jazeera is launching an English-language station. The professional on Al Jazeera, Hugh Miles, wrote approximately (in Al Jazeera: How Arab TV News Challenges America) how the Arabic language station employed you -as an award-triumphing journalist- as soon as the channel became more a success and wanted to raise its profile. Will you be operating for the English language station?

Afshin Rattansi:

I surely haven’t been approached. And even as I assume it can be something remarkable – even constructing the work that developing global stations were making for the reason that Dubai Channel – I’m unsure of the channel’s path. They’ve taken on a few splendid employees.

I assume what will be important – now not most effective for sound editorial motives – could be whether they can carve a spot that separates them from enterprise leaders, including CNN, the BBC, and Fox. There are numerous loose-to-air worldwide TV stations now. But Al Jazeera Arabic was specific because its perspective was shared via a swathe of humans from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean that wasn’t compatible with the large corporate names in the news.

Sarah Smith:

But why have you not desired to be part of such an interesting challenge – given your published paintings on coping with set-up TV stations, getting cable access, writing remits, and so forth? In the end, you were the first-ever English-language recruit to Al Jazeera.

Afshin Rattansi:

So, some distance, I’ve already been advised that there’s no place for me on the network, so, manifestly, they’ve neglected something very critical inside the begin-up of the brand new channel! But, more seriously, it needs to be said that there are a few great newshounds within the enterprise who, I could have thought, would have been ideal recruits.

International TV stations in the United States are continually complex, and control of the new station has an extended range plan that includes more business BBC-style news at the beginning to gain marketplace entry. My first boss at the BBC, Paul Gibbs, is one of the administrators of the brand-new channel, so I recognize that they have some heavyweights about understanding the industry. He could be commissioning programs and on the BBC Business Unit turned into recognized for progressive strands of programming.