GMG Radio has been given special access to British troops serving on the frontline in Afghanistan for a series of special reports to be broadcast on the Real Radio and Smooth Radio networks this week.
Broadcast Journalist Amy Lea visited the warzone, interviewing some of the thousands of UK soldiers based at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province.
On arriving in Afghanistan, Amy’s plane came under rocket attack. Amy said: “I spent the first few minutes of my time in the country cowered in a ball on the floor of the plane. It missed us by just 50 feet.”
She added: “During my time there six British soldiers lost their lives – it was one of the bloodiest weeks ever. I witnessed the coffins of four British soldiers being placed on a military flight to be flown back home for repatriation. It was emotionally shattering and desperately sad.”
In January, Amy Lea also visited Iraq to report on the pullout of British troops from the country. GMG Radio Group Head of News James Rea said: “Amy has gathered lots of highly compelling, original content that will add real depth and texture to our output. It’s rare that you get to hear this sort of journalism on commercial radio news – it is good to be pushing the boundaries again”.
The ‘Inside Afghanistan’ special reports will feature in peak time bulletins from Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th June.