BBC to air special on global perspective of America

MUMBAI: The BBC's two part special What The World Thinks Of America.? airs over the weekend.

BBC's political editor Andrew Marr presents these specials from the cabinet war rooms in central London. He is joined by a panel including former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, American journalist Joe Klein, and Clare Short who was until recently the UK's international development secretary.

They will discuss the findings of an extensive international survey conducted during May and June 2003 that questioned 1,000 people in each of 11 countries including France, Russia, Australia, Indonesia and the US itself. They were asked about their attitudes towards the US and its President, its policies on world issues, the US economy, and its culture. The study captures popular prejudices and convictions about the superpower. Since the US was also polled the panel is able to compare the views of Americans with those questioned in other countries. A separate poll conducted solely in the US tests Americans' grasp of their public image abroad.

The first part airs on 2 August at 2:40 pm with repeats at 5:40 pm, 8:40 pm. The second part airs on 3 August at 5:40 pm and 8:40 pm.

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