A very special simultaneous live broadcast scheduled for this Friday by the BBC World Service is going to pitch London, New York, Toronto and Sydney against one another for the position of best role model for a multicultural city.
The BBC World Service is currently hosting London Week which started on Saturday 18 August and will run until Saturday 25 August. While the World Serice isn't a Londoner's usual radio hangout, it's worth tuning in tonight for Londonist's contribution to the World, Have Your Say programme at 6pm as a bit of pre-debate fodder - we'll be using every bit of great London news and views from this site to bolster the city's place as best in the world.
On Friday, the tension mounts as each city logs in at their local time. Toronto and New York will be gulping the first cups of coffee of the day while they prepare to argue their case first thing in the morning; the poor souls in Sydney will be propping up their eyelids to join in, some time in the early hours of Saturday morning, their time. London will be leaving the office for the weekend, no doubt feeling rather chipper and ready to say just how great this place is. One of the Londonist team has been booked to be on standby for Friday's broadcast and if you tune in, you may get to hear a spokeswoman from the team enunciating clearly and crisply all the things that should put London at the top of the list. BBC London will field calls from listeners and broadcast the show so you can throw in your thoughts and comments too.
Londonist fires up the debate tonight, 6pm on World, Have Your Say, BBC World Service. For more information, go to the programme website here.
The live simulcast with Toronto, New York, Sydney and London will be broadcast on BBC World Service and BBC London at 6pm, Friday 24 August. For more information and details on how to tune in, go to the programme's websites here and here.