MTV to air Blair chat

Viewers quiz U.K. prime minister on G8 summit topics

LONDON — On the eve of the Live8 concerts, MTV viewers from 24 countries — including nine African nations — will quiz British Prime Minister Tony Blair today about the objectives of next week’s meeting of the leaders of the world’s most powerful countries.

The encounter, which will feature musician-turned-African aid activist Bob Geldof, is being filmed in London and will screen on MTV globally Saturday. It is being offered rights-free to all broadcasters.

“All Eyes on Tony Blair” will take the form of a 60-minute live Q&A session tackling such issues as poverty, African aid and climate change — some of the key issues on the agenda for the G8 summit of world leaders. Opening in Scotland Wednesday, the G8 will be chaired by Blair.

“MTV has a long history of giving audiences a direct dialogue with some of the world’s most influential leaders,” said Bill Roedy, vice chairman of MTV Networks.

In 2003 Blair took part in an MTV forum debating the merits of the Iraq War.

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