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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Lee Travis was Suu Kyi's lifeline

Dave Lee Travis' radio show provided an unlikely lifeline for Aung San Suu Kyi

Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has revealed the source of an unlikely lifeline when she was under house arrest - "Hairy Cornflake" Dave Lee Travis.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner, who has spent 15 years under house arrest since 1989, said the DJ's request show on the World Service helped make her "world much more complete".

Asked what kind of music she used to tune into on the World Service, she said: "I used to listen to all sorts of different programmes, not just classical music. I can't remember what the name of that programme ... Dave Travis? Was it?"

After broadcaster Eddie Mair, who conducted the Radio Times interview, asked if she meant Dave Lee Travis, Ms Suu Kyi responded: "Yes! Didn't he have a programme with all different sorts of music?

"I would listen to that quite happily because the listeners would write in and I had a chance to hear other people's words. It made my world much more complete."

Former Radio 1 DJ Lee Travis presented request programme A Jolly Good Show on the World Service for 20 years until 2001.

He told the magazine: "I'm not surprised that Aung San Suu Kyi listened to my show, but I'm touched she remembers it.

"At one point, if not in most of its 20 years, it had the single biggest postbag of the entire World Service."

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