Aung San Suu Kyi makes Dave Lee Travis trend on Twitter

Pro-democracy leader's love of DLT goes global after Radio Times interview

During an interview with Radio Times, the Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi revealed she used to listen to Dave Lee Travis’s A Jolly Good Show while under house arrest.


Soon after Eddie Mair’s interview was published in today’s magazine, #DLT and Dave Lee Travis began trending on Twitter.

The BBC news website later made an audio clip of the interview available… so far 621 “Hairy Cornflake” related stories have turned up on Google News today.

Dave Lee Travis presented music request programme A Jolly Good Show on the BBC World Service for 20 years. He now hosts a weekend show on Magic FM.

Here are a selection of some of our favourite Twitter comments on the story:

domjoly (Dom Joly)
“Favourite news story of ALL time-Aung San Suu Kyi announces that thru the BBC World Service- Dave Lee Travis was her “‘window to the world'”

thebiggj (Glyn Jones):
“Some visits to Ladbrokes pay off. My £5 bet that Aung San Suu Kyi, DLT & Lord Reith would all feature in the same news story is a big win.”

kieronquin (Kieron Quin):
“Things must have been bad! RT @BBCr4today Aung San Suu Kyi’s revelation that DLT’s World Service show made her “world much more complete”.”

RobDixon1984 (Rob Dixon):
“One of the most remarkable things I’ve read…well, ever”

smartin (Stephen Martin):
“RT @Bannmatt: Aung San Suu Kyi likes #DLT. What next? Mother Theresa [sic] loved Gary Davies’ Bit in the Middle”

jondharvey (Jon Harvey):
“Quote of the Year: Speaking about how Aung San Suu Kyi got a lifeline from his radio show, #DLT said he was “touched”, but “not surprised”.”

BromleyEsq (Tom Bromley):
“This DLT a ‘lifeline’ to Aung San Suu Kyi story. What next — Mandela a secret fan of Bruno Brookes? Terry Waite kept going by Peter Powell?”

simonneedle (Simon Needle):

“Have I woken up in an Alan Partridge escapade? DLT is a trending topic for being the lifeline to a prisoner on the longest day of the year!”


Aung San Suu Kyi is to deliver a two-part talk on BBC Radio 4 entitled
Securing Freedom as part of the annual Reith Lectures (Tuesday 28 June
and Tuesday 5 July, 9:00am).