Nicola Kelly



Reporter for the BBC World Service & BBC Radio 4. Here are my stories - and some on the road stuff.


  • Soundreel 2018

    11/03/2019 Duration: 05min

    Here's a cut of some of my work from 2018, mostly taken from my foreign trips to Algeria, Serbia, the US, Italy and Norway. All of these clips were originally broadcast on the BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4. Enjoy!

  • Trailer: How to live to 100, BBC News

    11/03/2019 Duration: 59s

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  • BBC Radio 4: FooC dispatch from south-west Algeria

    21/04/2018 Duration: 05min

    Here's my little story about the wonderful Zorgan Laroussi, my host and Dad for a week in south-west Algeria. I'm really fond of him, so thought I'd give his tale of love and loss some airtime. Enjoy...

  • Trailer: Fantasies, BBC World Service

    14/04/2018 Duration: 58s

    Here's a quick trailer for my programme on fantasies. On air on Monday 16 April on the BBC World Service.

  • World Service package: Western Sahara's Champion Athlete

    05/04/2018 Duration: 04min

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  • Trailer: Western Sahara's Champion Athlete, BBC World Service & Radio 4

    23/03/2018 Duration: 58s

    Here's the trailer for my new programme, on air in late April/early May 2018.

  • Trailer: Hypnotism, BBC World Service

    31/01/2018 Duration: 59s

    Hypnotism: Why would anyone allow a complete stranger to access their mind? Running live from Monday 5 February 2018 and available on the BBC World Service podcast.

  • Soundreel 2017

    17/12/2017 Duration: 04min

    Pick of the crop 2017.

  • BBC Radio 4: Taken hostage in Ethiopia

    25/11/2017 Duration: 05min

    As part of this series of 'Feedback' on Radio 4(which I'm currently producing)we've set up a regular segment on a radio report or programme that has changed a listener's life. For this couple, radio didn't just alter their life course; it helped them to survive. In 1984, Rob and Eeva John took a long weekend break to Lalibela in the north of Ethiopia, where they were taken hostage by an armed rebel faction. At the time, the world's attention was focused on the famine further south. Nobody knew they were being held - or so they thought. They managed to smuggle a tiny crackly transistor radio through and heard their names mentioned on the BBC World Service. From there, they knew they were safe. This is their story.

  • Zanzibar package: BBC Radio 4 & WS

    21/10/2017 Duration: 05min

    Here's the short version of my programme on mental health in Zanzibar in case you haven't got 26 minutes free to listen to the full programme.

  • BBC Radio 4: Zanzibar dispatch 'From Our Own Correspondent'

    14/10/2017 Duration: 05min

    Zanzibar's mental health system is on the verge of collapse. I travelled across the island and met spiritual healers making a profit from the mental torment affecting thousands of people on this tiny island. This dispatch was the lead story on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service's 'From Our Own Correspondent', tx 14/10/17.

  • BBC documentary trailer: Zanzibar Spirits and Psychiatry

    27/09/2017 Duration: 58s

    With only one psychiatrist and thousands of mentally-ill patients, Zanzibar is on the cusp of a mental health crisis. I travelled to the archipelago to meet some of those afflicted by psychotic, neurological and psycho-social disorders. What I found was mass mistreatment and exploitation at the hands of profiteering exorcists and herbalists. It makes for disturbing but compelling listening. Here's the trailer for my programme, which will run in mid-October on the BBC World Service.

  • On the Road: Myanmar

    30/07/2017 Duration: 04min

    Back on the road, in northern Myanmar. This was, without doubt, the most challenging trip I've ever done, but along the way, I met Naw San, a 19 year old heroin and meth addict. I followed his story, meeting his family and going back to visit his school. We didn't end up using it in the final programme, so here it is! To hear the full programme, visit

  • BBC Radio 4 'World at One': Myanmar pkg

    19/07/2017 Duration: 05min

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  • BBC Radio 4 FooC: Myanmar's Drug Vigilantes

    17/07/2017 Duration: 06min

    The lives of a vigilante anti-drug squad leader, a jade mine tycoon and a heroin addict intertwine. This was the lead dispatch on BBC Radio 4's 'From Our Own Correspondent' on 13 July. To hear the full programme, go to:

  • BBC World Service: Iranians in Armenia

    04/07/2017 Duration: 04min

    In the past few years, Iranians have flocked to Armenia to celebrate big festivals like Nowruz, or Persian New Year. I went to meet some of them as they took their first trip over the border from Iran to let their hair down, have a drink and dance until dawn.

  • BBC 'Assignment' documentary trailer

    28/06/2017 Duration: 58s

    Here's the trailer (or billboard) for my documentary from Myanmar, scheduled to run from Thursday 13 July. It has been a labour of love. Hope you enjoy the full piece. I'll stick the link to up here once it has been broadcast.

  • BBC Radio 4: FooC Yezidis in Armenia

    22/05/2017 Duration: 05min

    When the so-called Islamic State encircled and slaughtered more than 5,000 Yezidis on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, those who could fled. Lesser known are the handful of Yezidis who travelled to Armenia to seek sanctuary in rural communities like the one I visited, Araks. This piece ran on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday 20 May 2017.

  • BBC Business: Trading Syrian goods in Armenia

    20/04/2017 Duration: 04min

    Since the conflict in Syria started, more than 20,000 native Syrian Armenians have settled in Yerevan and the surrounding areas, setting up businesses in the service industry. Unfortunately they haven't always been welcomed by Armenians, due to the impact the added competition has had on their profits. I've changed the names to protect identities and run a lot of traditional accordion music underneath because I'm quite a fan.

  • BBC World Service: Armenia's Yezidis

    13/04/2017 Duration: 03min

    When the so-called Islamic State encircled and slaughtered over 5,000 people, those who could fled to the refugee camps in neighbouring countries. Lesser known are those who made the arduous journey to Armenia, seeking sanctuary among their fellow Yezidis. I travelled to the south of the country to meet some of them.

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