BBC World Service’s interactive discussion show, World Have Your Say, hosts World Cup Team Talk

By Amanda Hearn
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Special interactive broadcast will connect fans around the world, both on air and via online translation message boards, ahead of the final in South Africa

Thursday 8 July 2010, Johannesburg. Commentators and pundits around the world have had their say on the highs, lows and pitch action, but what have fans around the world really thought about the World Cup, the performance of the teams and the host nation?

On Friday 9 July, World Have Your Say, BBC World Service's flagship discussion show will host a World Cup Team Talk, in which fans around the world can have their say on the key talking points that have dominated the World Cup – from the best goals, to the best fans and their personal high and low points of the tournament.

The programme will be hosting an interactive event that will connect football fans and audiences around the world ahead of the World Cup final in Johannesburg, on radio and online.

Starting online at 16:00 GMT at and on air on BBC World Service from 17:00 to 19:00 GMT, a global audience will be able to join in the discussion and interact with one another, across a number of different languages.

Ros Atkins, the presenter of World Have Your Say, will be talking to fans on air and via the online message boards in one global conversation looking back at the past month of football action in South Africa. Audiences online will also be joined by a number of BBC World Service football pundits.

A live message board will automatically translate online comments into ten languages including: Arabic, Albanian, Chinese, English, Spanish, Persian, Portuguese, Swahili, Vietnamese and Welsh, as well as automatically translating comments and questions back into English to enable different audiences to take part in the team talk.

Audience members from across the world can join the conversation via Facebook (BBC World Have Your Say), Twitter (@WHYS), via telephone +44 20 70 83 72 72, text +44 77 86 20 60 80 and email [email protected]

World Have your Say on BBC World Service will broadcast from 17:00 GMT on BBC World Service and will be joined online by other international services including BBC Albanian (, BBC Arabic (, BBC Brasil (, BBC Chinese ( and, BBC Swahili ( , BBC Persian (, BBC Mundo (, and BBC Vietnamese ( BBC Wales ( will also be participating in the online World Cup Team Talk.