Rupert Murdoch has put aside his enmity for the BBC to discuss his father’s involvement in the disastrous Gallipoli campaign in 1915.
The media mogul, a long standing critic of the BBC, agreed to participate in the documentary which will air in 2015, 100 years after the landings on the beachheads.
Murdoch will speak about his father Keith’s role in bringing the disastrous campaign to an end.
Then a war journalist his disclosures about the truth of the campaigns led to a commander of the operation being relieved of duty and troops being evacuated.
Murdoch will also discuss the horrors of the campaign, revealing in a clip shown today how solders were made “sitting ducks” in the landings, arriving on beaches with sheer cliff faces and into the path of machine gun fire.
Asked how he was brought on board, Adrian Van Klaveren, who is in charge of the anniversary programming, said he was not sure who approached who but that Murdoch "wanted the Gallipoli story... to be understood from his father's point of view".
The Gallipoli battle is particularly remembered by in the Antipodes, with an estimated 8,700 Australians losing their lives in the campaign.
In total an estimated 43,000 British, 15,000 French, 2,700 New Zealanders and 1,370 Indian soldiers were killed.
The programme forms part of what the BBC is claiming is its biggest season ever – four years of programming devoting to the story of the First World War which it says will create a “digital cenotaph” honouring the dead.
It will comprise a total of 2,500 hours of programming across all its platforms, with 130 programmes in total commissioned so far.