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Academic turns reporter for new radio documentary

A new radio documentary assessing the challenges facing London a decade on from the Olympics is fronted by King’s expert Dr Jack Brown.

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The documentary aired on BBC Radio 4. Picture: STOCK IMAGE

Dr Brown takes on the role of presenter for London on the Line, a BBC Radio 4 documentary which takes a closer look at why the capital is struggling and what can be done to revitalise it in the post-pandemic, post-Brexit world.

Dr Brown, from the Strand Group at King's, talks to fellow residents about life in the capital. He hears from those who defy the 'liberal metropolitan elite' stereotypes - those who stay local and rarely, if ever, venture into Zone One, those of deep faith, and the gentrifiers who now can't afford their rent.

In the half-hour programme, Dr Brown also asks why London has attracted so many negative associations, and how views of the city might change in future.

Dr Brown said: “I loved making this documentary, with huge help from producer Emily Craig, and welcome the opportunity to share some of the London I know and love with those who may not know it even exists.

“Challenging stereotypes about the capital may not be a popular thing to do right now, but I believe it is important - especially given the government’s equally important ‘Levelling Up’ agenda.”

You can listen to the programme in full here.

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Jack Brown

Jack Brown

Lecturer in London Studies and London Partnerships Director