in The Independent newspaper in 2006 included -
was also instrumental in C4 News's decision to base last year's coverage on the
G8 summit not at Gleneagles, where it was taking place, but in Africa, subject
of much of the discussions. Snow, whose political views were shaped as an 18-year-old
teacher with VSO in Uganda, after which he was rusticated from the University
of Liverpool for his involvement in anti-apartheid protests, says he was intrigued
to know whether anyone in Africa knew that Gleneagles was going on. "Had they
heard of Bob Geldof?"
Snow's behest, the programme was broadcast from Namasagali, the Ugandan village
on the banks of the Nile where he had taught almost 40 years earlier, and where
depopulation and malaria had become rampant. "You never found anybody who had
heard anything about the G8 and certainly nobody knew anything about Live Aid
or Bob Geldof."
In his letter
of acceptance Jon wrote -
I don't come from Cornwall, and stand little chance of getting down to meet the
volunteers, I was tempted to say no to your flattering request for me to become
a patron of ACE. But then when I think about the primary schools in Uganda, the
need is so great that I'd really like to do anything to assist your work, so I
am delighted to say yes but fully recognising that I am not able to do much practically
is delighted to have such a distinguished supporter.