Waseem Mahmood is a media development consultant, specialising in post conflict media and public diplomacy. An award winning broadcaster, he began his career at the BBC in the General Programmes Department, producing for both television and radio.
He left the BBC in 1988 to set up TV Asia, a satellite subscription service for the British Asian community,where he was controller of programmes. More recently, he was Chief Consultant and Head of Consultancy Services for Baltic Media Centre, a Danish NGO, where he specialised in the development of communication and policy strategies for governments and broadcasters around the world. Postings included Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq to name a few. He was awarded an OBE in 2005 in Her Majesty’s New Year’s Honours List “for services to the reconstruction of Media in post war countries”, and received the KAPPA award in 2005 “for most outstanding contribution to media”.
Married with two children, he divides his time between Stratford–upon–Avon and the Middle East. He is currently working on his second book, a photographic book about Pakistan to be published in August to coincide with the sixtieth anniversary of the country’s independence.
Visit Waseem’s website at www.goodmorningafghanistan.com
It is a time of chaos. Afghanistan has just witnessed the fall of the oppressive Taliban. Warlords battle each other for supremacy, while the powerless, the dispossessed, the hungry and the desperate struggle to survive. In these days and months of bleakness, suffering and want, a glimmer of hope emerges – in the form of a spirited little breakfast-time radio programme, Good Morning Afghanistan. This book is a true account of how an intrepid band of media warriors help a broken nation find a voice through the radio. Over the airwaves a land ravaged by decades of war starts to fight with words instead of weapons.