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About John
John Cummins is a Vienna based correspondent, who has worked for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) since 2005. John has covered a range of stories, both local and international, for media outlets including the BBC, France 24, Deutsche Welle, RTE and CBC. A fluent German speaker with extensive local contacts, John has many years experience reporting on Vienna based international organisations, such as the International Atomic Energy Agency and OPEC, and a special interest in Austria’s diverse arts scene. He is available for live or pre-recorded two-ways for both radio and television, can produce packages and has access to Skype.
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The shot that changed world history

28 Jun 2023  |  fm4v3.orf.at
The article by John Cummins reflects on the historical significance of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, which precipitated World War One. The author discusses the profound changes that followed, including the dissolution of Austria-Hungary, the creation of new democracies, and the death of 16 million people. The piece also examines the lasting impact on Bosnia, its role in the formation of Yugoslavia, and the subsequent ethnic conflicts that emerged. The article highlights the differing perspectives on Gavrilo Princip, the assassin, and the current ethnic tensions that persist. As Sarajevo commemorates the centenary, the author notes the city's rich cultural history and the desire among many for a future free from the shadow of violence.

From Stuart MacBride to Tom Cox, Emily St John Mandel and Michael Arditti, the best new fiction

07 May 2022  |  Mail Online
The Daily Mail reviews four new fiction works: 'Sea Of Tranquility' by Emily St John Mandel, a sci-fi novel spanning multiple time periods; 'The Young Pretender' by Michael Arditti, which portrays the life of 19th-century acting prodigy William Betty; 'Villager' by Tom Cox, a novel set in a West Country village that explores different timelines; and 'No Less The Devil' by Stuart MacBride, a Scottish crime novel with a mix of comedy and horror.

The Strange World of Conspiracy Theories

11 Feb 2020  |  fm4.orf.at
Conspiracy theories are increasingly influential, with over half of people in Great Britain and the US believing in at least one. Political scientists associate conspiracy theories with political opposition, but this has been challenged by Donald Trump's presidency, as he continued to support such theories while in power. Experts like Joanne Miller suggest that the internet and social media have facilitated the spread of conspiracy theories. Journalist Anna Merlan and psychologist Michael Wood discuss the appeal of conspiracy theories and the types of people drawn to them. The dangers of conspiracy theories are highlighted by their potential to inspire violence and hinder public health initiatives, as seen with the Pizzagate incident and HIV-AIDS denial in South Africa. Experts suggest addressing the root causes of conspiratorial thinking, such as distrust in government, rather than attempting to directly refute the theories. Some argue that a degree of suspicion towards leaders and institutions is healthy, as long as it doesn't lead to violence or a completely undermined worldview.

Gustav Klimt feature package: BBC world service

Live TV two-way: France24 news

Austrian presidential election down to the wire

22 May 2016  |  ABC
Austria's presidential election is closely contested between far-right politician Norbert Hofer and the former Greens party leader, Alexander Van Der Bellen. The traditional central parties have been pushed out of the race, and the outcome is now too close to call, with the decision hinging on postal votes. The election has become a tight 50/50 race, reflecting a significant political shift in Austria.

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Poet Dylan Thomas's Birth

30 Oct 2014  |  www.dw.com
The article by John Cummins discusses the centenary celebrations of the birth of Dylan Thomas, a renowned Welsh poet and playwright. The piece highlights Thomas's enduring popularity, not only for his distinctive literary work but also for his notorious lifestyle and untimely death, which have contributed to his legendary status. The report covers the events commemorating Thomas's life and work, reflecting on his impact on literature and culture.

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