Pitched & Produced a BBC CWR radio news package: ‘Remembering September 11th’

Photo credit: Journo Jess

Photo credit: Journo Jess
Photo credit: Journo Jess
Photo credit: Journo Jess at the 9/11 Memorial in New York
Photo credit: Journo Jess

September 11th – The day to honour those lives that were lost

Seeing how I can offer an American perspective on US news stories, because I am an American who lives in the UK, I wanted to pitch an American story idea to my BBC news editor. The idea I had was to put together a radio package of Americans telling me how they were affected by the attack on the US World Trade Center and the US Pentagon, because the anniversary of the 9-11 US terrorist attack was approaching.

September 11, 2019 marked the 18 year anniversary of the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon where 19 men had hijacked four fuel-loaded US commercial planes and crashed them into the US World Trade Center (located in New York) and the US Pentagon (located in Pennsylvania). It was the most deadliest terrorist attack in America, which killed nearly 3,000 people.

To pay tribute to such a tragic event, I wanted to record someone based in America to get their thoughts on how the terrorist attack impacted their life.

To find an interviewee for this radio package, I posted a status on Facebook on September 10, 2019 asking if anyone would be interested in doing an interview with me for BBC Coventry & Warwickshire. This post got many responses. 👇🏻👀👇🏻

Liz Suarez comments on September 11th

After getting many responses, I arranged an interview with my friend Liz Suarez who is from Denver, Colorado (US). She had messaged me on Facebook, because she really wanted to share with me how September 11th impacted her life.

So upon getting into the BBC studio on September 11, 2019 at 6 a.m. (11 p.m. MDT), I called and recorded Suarez’s interview at the BBC studio and you can hear a clip of her interview that presenter(s)  Trish Adudu and Phil Upton played during the Morning Breakfast show and Drive Time show.

Featured below is my SCRIPT that I wrote for the presenter(s):

Today marks 18 years since the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in America. 

The attack is recorded as the deadliest attack in world history and about 3,000 people died.

Liz Suarez from Denver, Colorado spoke with reporter Jessica Quinlan about how the devastating event impacted her life.


You may hear Liz’s full interview below 👇🏻, just press ▶️.

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