Guy De Launey

Balkans Correspondent
BBC News and Monocle magazine,
Monocle 24

This native of Liverpool is, true to type, passionate about music and football. Sometime in the late 1970s, with Liverpool FC dominating Europe, Guy’s sister bought David Bowie’s Low from Cut Price Records in Clayton Square. The penultimate track on side one would eventually become the soundtrack to the young lad’s adult life.

“I’ve lived all over the world. I’ve left every place.”

Guy has been the Balkans Correspondent for BBC News since 2012, initially based in Belgrade and latterly in Ljubljana. He was previously their correspondent in Southeast Asia, posted in Phnom Penh – and occasionally Bangkok, Singapore and Jakarta – for 8 years.

Work has involved disasters both natural and manmade, the European refugee crisis and war crimes tribunals in Europe and Asia. But Guy has also reported from both the winter and summer editions of the Olympics, the Ljubljana Design Biennial and Tito’s nuclear bunker.

Guy has written for Monocle since the early days of the magazine and was one of the first voices on Monocle 24, where he presents The Globalist and Daily programmes. He has lived and worked in Japan, fallen off surfboards on four continents and interviewed everyone from Ban Ki Moon to Jackie Chan – though, as a guitarist, his favourite assignment was lunch with Lloyd Cole.

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