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Hairy Cornflake saved my life says jailed democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi

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Dave-Lee-TravisNOBEL Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi has revealed that BBC radio DJ Dave Lee Travis' radio show helped her survive her years of house arrest.


The Burmese pro-democracy leader, who was released last November after 15 years, admitted she listened avidly to the BBC World Service during her detention and especially to Dave Lee Travis, who's radio nickname is The Hairy Cornflake.

Travis hosted a request slot on the BBC's World Service called A Jolly Good Show.

Miss Suu Kyi said: “I would listen to that quite happily because the listeners would write in and I had a chance to hear other people’s words.”

In an interview with the Radio Times, the 66-year-old said that during her first period of confinement, between 1989 and 1995, she enjoyed the mix of programmes on the World Service because she ‘could be in touch with everything. With culture, with art, with books, with music’.

Mr Lee Travis, whose career began 46 years ago on Radio Caroline, currently hosts a show on Magic FM.

He said: “I'm not surprised that Aung San Suu Kyi listened to my show, but I'm touched that she remembers it.”

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