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On 14 March 1938, shortwave listeners first caught a signal, having travelled thousands of miles across international boundaries, to start listening to news from the BBC in Portuguese. 

"Mr Hitler entered Vienna tonight," announced Mr Manuel Braune – the Aimberê, who at that time was the 'BBC Brasil' host in London. Since then, 'BBC Brasil' correspondents have been providing news and current affairs to Portuguese-speaking audiences in Brazil and around the world.

It began on shortwave, then FM and digital radio, and more recently on the internet. This panel presents the history of the BBC's Brazilian service through the work of two of its war correspondents: Chico da BBC (who covered the Brazilian troops during WWII) and Antonio Callado (who covered stories from the WWII war zone).

This session also discusses 'BBC Brasil's' current challenges in reaching new audiences in a multimedia era. Presentations will take 20 minutes each and there will be a 30-minute Q&A session.


  • Silvia Salek (editor in chief on the BBC Brazilian Desk)
  • Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho (King's College London)
  • Daniel Mandur Thomaz (King's College London)

At this event

Vinicius  de Carvalho

Reader in Brazilian and Latin American Studies

Daniel Mandur Thomaz

Lecturer in Lusophone Studies and Global Cultures

Event details

Lecture Theatre 1
Bush House
Strand campus, 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG