Call for Pitches – Deutsche Welle’s new WorldLink

A new radio show on Germany's Deutsche Welle is looking for pitches. Details below.


World Link
World Link is a weekly, one-hour magazine that looks at real-life stories behind the headlines. The show is broadcast on Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster that produces television, radio and online content in 30 languages. It provides a European perspective to its global audience and promotes intercultural dialogue. Pieces normally profile someone with an interesting story to tell. Recent examples include a Rwandan genocide survivor now helping widows and orphans, a Virginia Tech shooting survivor campaigns for gun control or a Korean family separated for more than 50 years after the North-South divide. The pieces should include as much nat sound as possible and take a reportage style. The topic can be anything from social issues to environment to culture to technology to human rights. And the show is global in its outlook so we would welcome pitches from anywhere.
segments: Magazine pieces, ca 5-8 mins.
compensation: Pay is the usual DW rates (Euros 240 plus for 5 min radio, higher for longer stories, plus additional fee for online piece, pics or pic gallery)
pitch: By email: or
contact: Rob Turner, Editor/Producer (

phone: ++49(0)228 429 4598
fax: ++49(0)228 429 4583

mailing address: Rob Turner, Deutsche Welle English Service, Kurt Schumacher Strasse 3, 53110 Bonn, Germany

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2 thoughts on “Call for Pitches – Deutsche Welle’s new WorldLink”


    Hi Rob,

    I did some pieces from Prague for DW a while back, but now I am out in China. I file some stories from here for various stations and I was wondering if you would like something. I am an anchor on a radio show out here in BJ, but also produce reports as well as “From our own Correspondent” style pieces too.

    Here is a sample from last week’s RTE World Report:
    (my “2 fly rule” piece starts on around 12:00)

    There is another interesting story today. The new Weibo (that’s Chinese Twitter) rules have been revealed. They are that Weibo mustn’t be used for:

    Spreading rumours
    Publishing untrue information
    Attacking others with personal insults or libellous comments
    Opposing the basic principles of China’s constitution
    Revealing national secrets
    Threatening China’s honour
    Promoting cults or superstitions
    Calling for illegal protests or mass gatherings

    It makes you wonder what you can actually talk about safely. The truth is that China is losing it’s monopoly on information and it’s creating major problems for the leadership. I could produce a report (5-6 mins or so, couple of voices and sound).

    If you would like to chat sometime – on Skype or otherwise – on possible reports from China, my number here is +86 15710063077

    Best wishes and hope to speak soon,

    Peter Smith (Richards when I freelance in China)

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