Murder in the Lucky Holiday Hotel is a 5-part podcast series about the murder of British businessman, Neil Heywood, by Gu Kailai, the wife of top Chinese politician Bo Xilai. It’s a tangled tale of business, Communist Party princelings, sex and spies which led first to murder and then to cover up, sensational exposure and show trials. It’s a story which changed the course of Chinese politics. You can listen to all 5 episodes here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04sj2pt. Join us to discuss with Maria the making of Murder in the Lucky Holiday Hotel.
We invite Maria Byrne, Senior Producer at BBC News to discuss.
Maria Byrne is a Senior Producer at BBC News. Maria first lived in China from 2004 – 2005 when she moved to Shanghai after graduating. After joining the BBC she returned to China to work as the BBC’s Senior China Producer, based in Beijing from 2014 – 2016. During that time she worked with the BBC’s China editor Carrie Gracie travelling throughout China to cover stories for BBC News. Maria is passionate about radio and the Murder in the Lucky Holiday Hotel podcast series was the final story she produced in China. Maria moved to Brussels in January 2017 to work as the BBC’s Senior Europe Producer.