Suu Kyi meets BBC DJ who ‘saved her life’

Veteran British DJ Dave Lee Travis said he was astonished that his radio show aired on the BBC World Service provided comfort to Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during her many years in captivity

Written by Reuters | London | Published: June 21, 2012 12:49:14 am

Veteran British DJ Dave Lee Travis said he was astonished that his radio show aired on the BBC World Service provided comfort to Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during her many years in captivity.

Suu Kyi had previously singled out Travis’ music request programme “A Jolly Good Show” for making her world much more complete while she was held under house arrest for a total of 15 years between 1989 and 2010.

During a visit to the BBC’s London headquarters this week,she finally put a face to the voice that helped her through dark times.

“I just shook her by the hand,” Travis said of their brief meeting on Tuesday during which he kissed her hand. “She is just an excellent icon for the age and that is why it becomes more and more surprising to me that a DJ,whose job is to play music,have fun,jolly things along a bit,should have been a part,almost a cure for her loneliness there.”

Suu Kyi,who celebrated her 67th birthday on Tuesday,told Travis that she had been particularly thrilled when he featured a young Burmese boy on his programme.

Asked how he felt when he learned that Suu Kyi had been a fan for so long,he replied: “It is quite a shock really. You know,we had 40 million people listening to that programme,so factually it was a big programme round the world.

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