Category Archives: BBC

BBC Leadership Announcements:

The BBC’s blueprint for transformational changes announced earlier this spring and a larger restructuring of BBC news leaders are currently underway and we’d like to share a few recent appointments and transitions. 

  • Liliane Landor has been appointed as Senior Controller of BBC News International Services, responsible for the BBC’s global news strategy. In addition to other language services and BBC Monitoring, Landor will oversee the BBC World Service English. Landor has a wealth of experience in the BBC World Service and also founded the BBC’s staff network, Global Women in News. 
  • Mary Hockaday, acting News International Services Director and previous Controller for World Service English, has decided to leave the BBC later this year. She has had a distinguished career at the BBC, leading editorial teams and services for UK and global audiences.  
  • John Zilkha has been appointed the role of News Controller for World Service English.  Zilkha is currently the Senior Project Director for leading changes across the BBC newsroom. Before taking on this role, Zilkha oversaw the development and output of live and continuous news on TV and radio, led 24/7 ad Digital News, the Economics and Business Unit and was the acting editor of Newshour. 

Both Landor and Zilkha will begin their new roles this fall. We will continue to communicate with you as we continue to learn more about how changes may affect radio distribution in the U.S.  

A word from Jonathan Dyer, EP of On Point

Hello there,

Jonathan Dyer here, On Point’s new Executive Producer, with a few words about why I am delighted to be with this show — and some insights about what we’re working on at the new On Point.

I have spent what seems like a lifetime making newsmagazine shows. And given that I started my broadcast journalism career producing the BBC World Service’s Newshour, at a time when editing meant razor blade and reel-to-reel tape, it might actually be a lifetime. My most satisfying days at the helm of a show have always been when a story warranted taking up most, if not all, of that day’s output. We could explore every angle and bring in every voice, from the academic with deep knowledge and insight to the person on the ground with lived experience, and spend time to dive deeper to explore a story through the prism of history or culture and peel away the layers to reveal the essential truth at the heart of it.

So, I am truly excited to be leading the talented team behind the new On Point. I get to do that deep dive thing every day. We get to explore a story with so much more nuance than you would in a traditional magazine show. And we’re investing more time, enterprise reporting and storytelling craft into each minute.

Case in point: our April 16 edition looking at the trial of former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, from the perspective of 30 years ago when four Los Angeles police officers went on trial for beating Rodney King. Hearing the recollection of Rodney King’s daughter, and John Burris, the civil rights attorney who represented Rodney King in his civil lawsuit against the LAPD in 1994, speak about what has and hasn’t changed in America between then and now was nothing short of compelling.

We were thrilled to learn last week that the RTNDA has recognized On Point with a regional Murrow Award for best News Documentary for What The President Knew, through our home station WBUR. And while we are not a documentary program, we are able to bring the kind of depth and original perspective that can win us an award for news documentary. I think that’s something a daily show can brag about.

I’m also really proud of our new series, Amazon: The Prime Effect, exploring the myriad ways Amazon is shaping how we live and work today. This series came directly from Host Meghna Chakrabarti — she is smart, conversational, eager to connect with real people to get their take and experts who can answer her probing questions. I think it’s a great showcase for the kind of revealing, impactful, smartly produced journalism that is On Point’s signature. Look out for that as it rolls out through the summer.

If you have feedback or questions about the show, please reach out to your station relations representative – they’re always interested to hear from you! Keep an eye out for future communications from the On Point team – you’ll be hearing from us every few months. And thanks.

Jonathan Dyer
Executive Producer, On Point

We need your input – response requested

Survey Request from Jacobs Media and APM

As a key decision-maker in public radio, and a BBC affiliate station, we are looking for your honest opinions on the interview style and overall tone of BBC news presenters. To gather your feedback, we’ve partnered with Jacobs Media on this survey. The information you provide may directly impact the presentation you hear on BBC programming moving forward.

Please be assured that your individual responses are strictly confidential. All survey respondents are using the same link, and we are unable to uniquely identify any individual respondent. We will only look at the data from all survey participants in aggregate.

This survey should take approximately 18-20 minutes to complete and will require listening to several audio clips, so we recommend setting time aside to do it in one sitting. Please complete this survey by Wednesday, May 26.

TAKE THE SURVEY

Thank you for your time – your input is invaluable. Should you have any questions about this survey, feel free to reach out to your station relations representative.

Access world class videos through the BBC Media Partner Centre

For the past few years, we have worked with stations to pilot BBC video content. These videos were designed to offer a unique way to connect local and global events, and deepen engagement with your audiences by providing consistent, shareable content in your Facebook feeds.

Dozens of stations like yours showcased these engaging videos from the BBC on their Facebook pages. The videos shared across station Facebook pages routinely garnered hundreds of views, with many reaching upwards of 10,000 views. For example, this video garnered over 15,000 views through posts from stations like yours. To build on this success, we are introducing a new opportunity to help you engage audiences and build your digital networks.

The BBC Media Partner Centre now hosts an expanded library of videos, with supported on-boarding training, for you to download and use natively on websites and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. As a BBC affiliate, you have access to these rights-cleared videos. Topics range from climate change and history to cultural facts and global experiences — since they are not tied to breaking news or broadcast schedules you can use them any time.

Curious about how to access and share these videos?

  • For instructions on how to download and distribute these videos, refer to this helpful instructional guide.

Unsure whether you have the time to dedicate to this new marketing strategy?

Beginning next week, we will be including curated video selections in the BBC Monthly newsletter to provide even more direct access to high-quality videos hand-picked by the BBC. Additionally, these video selections will be included on this consistently updated blog post for your reference.

For more information about using the Media Partner Centre, or creating an individual log-in, visit our website.

As always, if you have any questions about the process feel free to reach out to your Station Relations Representative.

BBC Media Partner Centre: Curated Video Selections

Beginning Tuesday, April 14th, we will update this blog post to include monthly curated video selections.


The BBC Media Partner Centre now hosts an expanded library of archived videos, with supported on-boarding training, for you to download and use natively on websites and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. As a BBC affiliate, you have access to these rights-cleared videos. Topics range from climate change and history to cultural facts and global experiences — since they are not tied to breaking news or broadcast schedules you can use them any time.

Links to bookmark:

Questions? Please contact your Stations Relations Representative


June BBC Video Selections:

How do we deal with stress?

  • Description: We have all encountered stress in our daily lives. It may come from work, relationship, financial concerns and family. We are apparently more stressed than ever now. Why is that the case? How can we prevent stress from making us sick?
  • Suggested post: How can we prevent stress from making us sick?
  • Duration: 2 minutes 18 seconds

We’re at risk of losing a generation of girls and young women

  • Description: UNICEF and UN Women have told the BBC that a generation of adolescent girls have been subject to domestic abuse due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The UN estimates that for every 3 months of lockdown, an additional 15 million women are expected to be affected by violence, with a 40 per cent rise of abuse in the home reported in some countries.
  • Suggested post: The rise in domestic abuse in lockdown.
  • Duration: 2 minutes 47 seconds

Surfing for a better life

  • Description: Children from townships in Cape Town are getting “surfing therapy”. Not only is it giving them a buzz, it’s helping to improve their life chances.
  • Suggested post: Surfing therapy is helping improve the lives of kids from South Africa’s townships.
  • Duration: 3 minutes 54 seconds

Space junk map tracks 200 ‘ticking time bombs’

  • Description: It’s estimated around 26,000 human-made objects orbit earth and the majority of this no longer works. There’s a risk this space debris could collide with functioning satellites that provide vital services – such as GPS and weather warnings.
  • Suggested post: Large defunct rocket bodies have the potential to break into thousands of pieces, threatening functioning satellites that provide vital services like GPS.
  • Duration: 1 minutes 53 seconds

May BBC Video Selections:

Philippines reef littered with PPE face masks

  • Full description: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is washing up on coral reefs close to the Philippine capital, Manila. According to an estimate by the Asian Development Bank, during the peak of the Covid-19 outbreak, the city could have been generating up to 280 tonnes of extra medical waste per day. Environmental groups are urging the Philippine government to improve its handling of infectious waste, to prevent further pollution of the seas. The BBC’s Howard Johnson joined divers from Anilao Scuba Dive Centre, a group affiliated to the United Nations Environment Programme’s Green Fins, which promotes sustainable marine tourism in South East Asia.
  • Suggested post: Divers in the Philippines have described finding a coral reef littered with single-use face masks, also known as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Duration: 2 minutes 46 seconds

Microplastics, drugs and food – how jellyfish can help us

  • Full description: Scientists are using jellyfish to help solve three problems – removing microplastics from the water, developing new medicines and providing a sustainable source of food.
  • Suggested post: Jellyfish are being used to develop new medicines, filters for microplastics and for food.
  • Duration: 4 minutes 50 seconds


Solar energy empowers young women in Yemen

  • Full description: A group of ten women in Yemen’s Abs district have built and now run a solar microgrid – the first of its kind in the country. The project was set up in 2019 with the help of the UN Development Programme. The women now run the station as their own business – providing affordable, renewable energy to a community living near a war zone.
  • Suggested post: A group of ten women in Yemen’s Abs district have built and now run a solar microgrid.
  • Duration: 2 minutes 17 seconds

BBC Interim/Summer Schedules

Please note the upcoming changeover coming to the BBC World Service later this month: the transition to Interim/Summer schedules to account for daylight saving time. The BBC has also launched a two new programs: Ros Atkins on… and Deeply Human, a partnership between the BBC, American Public Media, and iHeartMedia. Please share this email with any of your colleagues who access schedule or rundown details.

BBC World Service Schedule Changes

Given differences between the U.S. and U.K. in daylight saving time schedules, the BBC World Service will be on a temporary interim schedule prior to the summer schedule.

The 2021 interim summer schedule is effective Sunday, March 14, 2021 through Saturday, March 27, 2021.

Interim summer schedule highlights:

  • Most programs shift forward one hour.
  • Newshour
    • Weekday editions remain the same, with an extra edition at 5 p.m. ET.
    • Weekend 4 p.m. ET editions remain consistent during the interim schedule week.
    • Weekend 8 a.m. ET editions shift one hour to 9 a.m. ET
  • Editions of BBC OS move forward one hour to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. ET.

The 2021 summer schedule is effective Sunday, March 28 through Saturday, October 30, 2021.

Summer schedule highlights:

  • Core news programs (Newshour, Newsday, BBC OS) remain consistent with previous schedules.
  • Existing editions of The Newsroom will remain consistent, except for the 5 p.m. ET edition which shifts one hour to 6 p.m. ET as in previous summer schedules.
    • Additional editions of The Newsroom will be added back into the schedule at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET

Find these schedules on our website. Please review them carefully and contact your Station Representative with any questions.

New Program: Ros Atkins on…

Ros Atkins on… sees Ros bring his straight-talking, distinctive style of analysis and explanation to BBC World Service radio, as he distils one of the big issues in the news into nine minutes. The show is both personal and global, showing both the big picture and the small details, and it talks directly to the listener in a way that explains, engages and entertains.

Presenter, Ros Atkins: Ros Atkins is a senior BBC News anchor who hosted on BBC World Service radio for many years and is now the anchor and creator of the innovative primetime programme Outside Source on BBC World News television. He lives in south-east London with his wife and two daughters.

APM, BBC and iHeartMedia collaboration – Deeply Human

The BBC World Service, iHeartMedia, and American Public Media have jointly announced a new collaboration, Deeply Human. Hosted by writer and musician Dessa, the show strives to answer questions about the inner self: why we do the things we do and how the brain guides us and plays tricks on us. Deeply Human will be available on the BBC World Service starting in March. Listen to a preview of Deeply Human and see it on the BBC World Service schedule.

Please contact your Station Representative with any questions.

BBC Newshour: Letter from Jo Floto

Dear Public Radio Colleagues –

In the 1500 Eastern edition of Newshour on Friday, February 26th, a man claiming to be Senator Cory Booker was interviewed in what we believe was a deliberate hoax. The deception was detected within minutes and the broadcast was quickly removed from our website. It did not run in the 1600 edition. We apologised to Senator Cory’s office immediately, published a written correction on our site and on last Monday’s 1500 Eastern edition we broadcast an on-air correction.

As the Editor of the programme I can only pass on my sincerest and most heartfelt apologies. The entire team is, as you would expect, completely mortified.

Since the broadcast we have conducted a detailed investigation into what went wrong, and while the coincidence of events that led to this unfortunate mistake is unlikely to repeat itself, we have reviewed our procedures to ensure we eliminate that risk altogether.

I thank you for your continued faith in the programme and we look forward to repaying your trust in us, by delivering the highest quality of programming that you have come to expect from Newshour.

Yours sincerely,

Jo Floto
Editor
BBC Newshour

APM’s COVID-19 Plans

APM is developing contingency plans to ensure that we can provide the utmost continuity for you and your audiences. Additionally, we want to provide you with important programming offers to support you during this challenging time.


Emergency Back Up from APM and the BBC for All Affiliates

As you are working on your own station’s contingency plans, we encourage you to include the BBC World Service as an emergency back-up. During this limited time, we invite all APM affiliate stations to turn to the BBC World Service as a back-up feed. See details below. APM and the BBC recognize that you are navigating through uncertainty and we want to make sure that our affiliates have access to content and resources to continue to serve the audience during uncertain times.

COVID-19 Live National Call-in Show

In response to station interest, we are partnering with MPR News to present a two-part live national call-in show — “COVID-19: Hard Questions, Real Answers.” The special will occur over two days at 2 p.m. ET, March 18 and March 19. The special will feature medical and public health professionals and our host will take live listener calls from across the country. More details found here and on ContentDepot.


How to gain access if you do not already carry BBC World Service

1. Email your Station Relations Representative with “BBC” in the subject line
2. Within 24 hours you will be granted access to the 24/7 page on ContentDepot
3. You will need to subscribe to each hour of programming, as ContentDepot program pages are set up as individual hourly live feeds (0000, 0100, 0200, etc.) for weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays. You must subscribe to all hours you wish to receive.

BBC clocks and program schedules can be found here.

All stations

The coronavirus and potential lockdowns may affect the BBC’s output, but the BBC’s 24-hour stream will continue with as much live news as possible and recorded programs close to the current schedule. The BBC’s priority is to maintain the news bulletins and Newshour during this period.

We would also encourage you to consider creating a promo should you need to tap into the 24/7 feed. Here is an example:

This is a special STATION programming note. Due to conditions impacting regular program operations at this time, STATION is providing the BBC World Service until we are able to resume regular programming. We hope to return to our regularly scheduled program as soon as possible. Thank you. This is CALL LETTERS, STATION ID.

As always, please contact your Station Relations Representative or ICC (651-290-1563) with questions about programming or broadcast operations.

New BBC World Service interim and winter schedules

Given differences in daylight saving time schedules, the BBC World Service will be on a one-week interim schedule prior to the winter schedule.

The 2019 interim winter schedule is effective Sunday, October 27 through Saturday, November 2, 2019.

Interim schedule highlights:

  • Newshour:
    • Weekday editions remain the same, with an extra edition at 5 p.m. ET.
    • Weekend 8 a.m. ET editions will shift one hour to 9 a.m. This change impacts scheduling on Sunday, October 27 and Saturday, November 2.
    • NEW: Weekend 4 p.m. ET editions will remain consistent during the interim schedule week.
  • BBC OS will air weekdays at 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. ET.

The 2020 winter schedule is effective Sunday, November 3, 2019 through Saturday, March 7, 2020.

Winter schedule highlights:

  • Core news programs (Newshour, Newsday, BBC OS)remain consistent with previous schedules.
  • The Newsroom will remain consistent, except for the 6 p.m. ET edition, which shifts to 5 p.m. ET as in previous winter schedules.

Find these schedules on our website. Please review them carefully and contact your Station Representative with any questions.