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From our own Correspondent
Other names FOOC
Genre Current affairs
Running time 30 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC World Service
BBC Radio 4
Host(s) Kate Adie (BBC Radio 4)
Pascale Harter (BBC World Service)
Editor(s) Tony Grant
Producer(s) Andrea Protheroe
Recording studio Broadcasting House
Air dates since 1955
Website World Service edition
Radio 4 edition
Podcast BBC podcast

From Our Own Correspondent (also known as "FOOC"[1]) is a BBC radio programme in which BBC correspondents broadcast monologues on topical current events from countries outside the UK. The programme offers the BBC's correspondents around the world a chance to give a personal account of events from the epoch-making to the inconsequential.

FOOC is broadcast on the BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4, and was one of the first programmes to be made available by the BBC as a podcast.

The programme was first commissioned in 1955. A book entitled From Our Own Correspondent: A celebration of 50 years of the BBC Radio Programme[2] was published in 2005 with a selection of the show's reports for each continent.


The programme was, for many years, presented by the Radio 4 and World Service announcers as part of their duties, but is now fronted by former BBC correspondents:


Years Presenter Current role
1998–present Kate Adie BBC Radio 4 presenter
2012–present Pascale Harter BBC World Service presenter


  • Alan Johnston - January 2008 - November 2011 (BBC World Service)


  1. ^ Watching history unfold: editor Tony Grant reflects on five decades of news
  2. ^ Grant, Tony (ed.) (2005). From Our Own Correspondent: A Celebration of Fifty Years of the BBC Radio Programme. Profile Books. ISBN 1-86197-719-0. 

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