I was employed for most of the quarter-century until six months ago as the economics correspondent of the BBC World Service. When "World" came along, I found that there were many important people in the world of global economics who had no interest in appearing on, say, Newsnight. But they would put up with the laborious process of set-piece TV interviews as long as the result appeared on BBC World.
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