BBC Radio File on 4 Documentary: Shipping’s Dirty Secret

Through her groundbreaking work (for example, here and here) exposing the role of offshore companies and secrecy jurisdictions in Bangladesh’s toxic ship breaking industry, Finance Uncovered reporter Margot Gibbs had become a go-to expert for other media organisations.

In early 2020, BBC Radio 4’s flagship investigative programme, File on 4, approached Margot for help on its own documentary, Shipping’s Dirty Secret. Margot helped with their research and provided key voice commentary in the programme.

As File on 4 says: “The shipping industry is worth millions to the British economy and we depend on it for most of our goods. File on 4 lifts the lid on the dangerous and polluting world of shipbreaking and investigates why ships once owned by UK companies end their lives on beaches in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.”

The programme, first broadcast in March 2021, is available as a podcast here. The BBC write-up is here.