Category Archives: BBC

BBC Monthly: July Docs, Specials and Video Selections | June 15, 2022

Coming in July 2022

Featuring voices from across the U.S. and around the globe, connect your audience to the world with these unique stories and perspectives. This month, we learn about the lives of Henry Kissinger and Klaus Fuchs, evaluate conservation efforts for butterflies in California and lions in Africa, and discover a new electricity socket that tells you if it’s using more renewable energy. See below for details and more unique stories.

Visit our website to learn more, and find links to ContentDepot for programs, promos and billboards.

As a BBC affiliate, you have access to rights-cleared videos produced by the BBC. Visit the BBC Media Partner Centre to take advantage of this opportunity and increase your social media presence with consistent, shareable videos centering topics aligned with your audience’s interests.

See below for a curated selection of high performing videos.


Docs and Specials

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Kissinger

One hour
July 2 – 7, 2022

Henry Kissinger reflects on his life and experiences. Few alive can claim as much influence over the shape of the modern world as Henry Kissinger. The former US Secretary of State and Nobel Peace laureate is loved, loathed and listened to – for the decisions he took, the attitude he espoused and for his knowledge and analysis of world affairs. James Naughtie travels to Kissinger’s home to discuss six great leaders and the lessons they taught, as Kissinger reflects on his own role in creating the modern world.

The Bomb

Four one-hour documentaries
July 9 – 15, 2022
July 16 – 22, 2022
July 23 – 29, 2022
July 30 – Aug 5, 2022

In this four part series Rosa Ellis looks at the double life of German scientist turned spy, Klaus Fuchs. How did a prodigious young talent at the beginning of a promising academic career, evolve into a fully committed Soviet spy, with access to one of the most secretive areas of science and Britain’s national defense?


Monthly BBC Video Selections:

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People Fixing the World: The return of California’s butterflies

  • Description: Some of California’s iconic butterflies, including the monarch, have been on the verge of extinction. But the efforts of conservationists to protect them may now be having positive results. Find out more on the People Fixing the World.
  • Suggested social copy: Efforts to protect these beautiful insects include driving electric tractors and hand-rearing them in a lab.
  • Duration: 1 minute 34 seconds

monarch butterfly

People Fixing the World: This plug socket tells you if your energy is green

  • Description: A small tech company in the UK has reinvented the humble electricity socket. This new smart socket tells you if it’s using more renewable energy. It can also save you money by spotting energy that’s being wasted. Presented by Myra Anubi.
  • Suggested social copy: This plug socket tells you if your energy is green.
  • Duration: 3 minutes

green energy socket

Why is that?: Saving Africa’s lions

  • Description: Three quarters of Africa’s lion populations are in decline. Could a focus on community-led conservation help reverse this trend? One of the women leading this approach is biologist Dr Moreangels Mbizah. She explains the benefit of having local people at the forefront of the conservation effort.
  • Suggested social copy: Could community-led conservation help reduce human-lion conflict and preserve populations?
  • Duration: 3 minutes 9 seconds

lion

Announcement — James Reynolds appointed the new lead presenter of BBC OS | May 27, 2022

James Reynolds

We are delighted to announce that the new lead presenter of BBC OS is James Reynolds.

James Reynolds was born in Surrey in 1974 and grew up in New York, Brussels, and Jerusalem. After studying French & Spanish at Cambridge University, he joined the BBC in 1997. A year later he began a two-decade long career as a foreign correspondent – with postings to Santiago de Chile, Jerusalem, Beijing, Washington, Istanbul, and Rome.

From 2009-10, in between foreign postings, he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. In 2019 James returned to the UK to work as an anchor for BBC World News, the corporation’s international TV news channel. His interests include following the New York Yankees and researching American presidential history. He is the author of a children’s book, Eric & Scrunchball, based on his grandfather’s captivity in the Second World War. In his spare time, he volunteers as a reading assistant and enjoys floating in the Dead Sea.

BBC Monthly: June Docs, Specials and Video Selections | May 18, 2022

Coming in June 2022

Featuring voices from across the U.S. and around the globe, connect your audience to the world with these unique stories and perspectives. This month, we celebrate Pride, analyze unconventional ways to help with hospital stress, and discover how one man is teaching goths and punks in Mexico to defend themselves in the face of hostility. See below for details and more unique stories.

Visit our website to learn more, and find links to ContentDepot for programs, promos and billboards.

As a BBC affiliate, you have access to rights-cleared videos produced by the BBC. Visit the BBC Media Partner Centre to take advantage of this opportunity and increase your social media presence with consistent, shareable videos centering topics aligned with your audience’s interests.

See below for a curated selection of high performing videos.


Docs and Specials

*If you would like to request an air window extension, please contact your station representative. Extensions are considered on a case-by-case basis and may be granted subject to rights.

Witness History: Pride Month

One hour
June 1 – June 30, 2022

A special hour of personal stories from the BBC’s Witness History program. We hear about the fight for trans rights in Indonesia, the lesbian separatists in Washington DC, and a man who was at the first gay pride march in Moscow.

The Documentary: Inside the Kim Regime / The Night Ukraine Gave Up Its Nuclear Weapons

One hour, consisting of two half hour documentaries
June 14 – 20, 2022

Have you ever wondered what life is like in the upper echelons of North Korea’s regime? We hear from Thae Yong-ho, once the Deputy Ambassador of North Korea to the United Kingdom until he defected with his family in 2016. Then, Clive Myrie examines why Ukraine gave up its nuclear weapons in 1994.

Ziggy Stardust – Hang On To Yourself

One hour
June 11 – 17, 2022

To mark the 50th anniversary of Bowie’s iconic creation, a host of LGBTQ+ voices and campaigners in explaining how Ziggy Stardust, inspired a generation of people to celebrate their own self-actualisation, redefining sexuality and setting the groundwork for activism that continues today.


Monthly BBC Video Selections:

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People Fixing the World: Baby goats and gardens to help with hospital stress

  • Description: A hospital in the US is trying to deal with stress amongst staff and patients. They’ve created twelve plant rich therapeutic gardens and had visits from baby goats to help patient recovery and help staff to perform at their best. A film for People Fixing the World by Richard Kenny.
  • Suggested social copy:A hospital in the US is trying to deal with stress amongst staff and patients.
  • Duration: 2 minutes 58 seconds
baby goat


People Fixing the World: The Inventor Inspired by a Near-Death Experience

  • Description: Adebayo Alonge is a Nigerian entrepreneur who nearly died after being given fake medicines. Now he’s created something that can spot them – a scanner for instant drug testing.
  • Suggested social copy: A new invention that can spot fake medicine.
  • Duration: 3 minutes 16 seconds
Adebayo Alonge


A Mexican goth fights for freedom to be different

  • Description: In Mexico, goths and punks were subjected to intimidation and violence on a daily basis. One man responded by creating a mixed martial art school to teach men and women with alternative lifestyles the skills to defend themselves in a society that is often hostile towards them.
  • Suggested social copy: Teaching people to defend themselves in Mexico.
  • Duration: 2 minutes 18 seconds
goths and punks

BBC Monthly: May Docs, Specials and Video Selections | April 13, 2022

Coming in May 2022

Featuring voices from across the U.S. and around the globe, connect your audience to the world with these unique stories and perspectives. This month, we evaluate the information war being fought over Ukraine and the Yaquis fight for continued independence in Mexico, discover how scientists and researchers hope to utilize micro-robots as a medical tool and cactus juice for plastic, and celebrate Kristal Ambrose’s role in the Bahamas ban on single use plastic. See below for details and more unique stories.

Visit our website to learn more, and find links to ContentDepot for programs, promos and billboards.

As a BBC affiliate, you have access to rights-cleared videos produced by the BBC. Visit the BBC Media Partner Centre to take advantage of this opportunity and increase your social media presence with consistent, shareable videos centering topics aligned with your audience’s interests.

See below for a curated selection of high performing videos.


Docs and Specials

*If you would like to request an air window extension, please contact your station representative. Extensions are considered on a case-by-case basis and may be granted subject to rights.

The Documentary: War on Truth

One hour
April 30, 2022 – May 6, 2022

The BBC’s specialist disinformation reporter Marianna Springs investigates the extraordinary information war being fought over Ukraine through the stories of those who have become caught up in it. This conflict is happening parallel to the battle on the ground – and it’s a fight that also has real consequences for the people whose lives it touches. Marianna tracks their tales, and the twists and turns of information warfare.

Assignment: Mexico: the Yaqui fight back

Half hour
May 5 – 11, 2022

In Mexico, the Yaqui of Sonora are known as, ‘the undefeated’. In spite of being hunted, enslaved and exiled, they are the only indigenous group never to have surrendered to Spanish colonial forces or the Mexican government. Somehow, eight communities survived dotted along the River Yaqui. But there are deep divisions. Most of all, over whether a gas pipeline should be allowed on their land. Anabela Carlon is a legal representative for the Yaqui, and is adamant it will not happen.

The Documentary: The Advertising Trap

One hour
May 21 – 27, 2022

Digital advertising has taken over the world. But is it all based on smoke and mirrors? Ed Butler investigates what some people claim is a massive collective deception – a trillion dollar marketing pitch that simply doesn’t deliver value to any of those paying for it.


Monthly BBC Video Selections:

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Why is That?: The robot smaller than the width of a hair

  • Description: Scientists at Cornell University have created a tiny micro-robot that “walks” using four legs. Invisible to the naked eye, 10 of the computer chip bots could fit within the full-stop at the end of this sentence. Their legs can be independently triggered to bend using laser light. As the laser is toggled back and forth between the front and back legs, the robot walks. It would take less than a week to make a swarm of a million of the robots, which Itai Cohen and Paul McEuen Labs hope could be adapted to become a medical tool. They are small enough to be injected into the body and Prof Cohen hopes eventually robots like these could be designed to hunt down and destroy cancer cells. (Image: Microbot, Credit: Marc Miskin / Itai Cohen and Paul McEuen Labs / Cornell University, USA.) Video by Jennifer Green, interview by Ania Lichtarowicz and Gareth Mitchell.
  • Suggested social copy: Scientists have created a microscopic walking robot that is shorter, thinner and narrower than the width of a human hair.
  • Duration: 1 minute 24 seconds

People Fixing the World: How to make biodegradable ‘plastic’ from cactus juice

  • Description: This Mexican researcher has discovered a way to turn cactus leaves into a material with similar properties to plastic. She says it’s not toxic and is biodegradable. A film by Tom Heyden for People Fixing the World.
  • Suggested social copy: A Mexican researcher turning cactus leaves into a plastic-like material.
  • Duration: 2 minutes 33 seconds

Global Citizen: The teacher who convinced The Bahamas to ban plastic

  • Description: Kristal Ambrose founded The Bahamas Plastic Movement in 2013 and aims to tackle the serious problem of plastic pollution in The Bahamas. The 29-year-old started tuition-free youth camps in order to educate the country’s children and also drafted a bill which she took to the environment minister. Her work meant that The Bahamas introduced a nationwide ban on single-use plastic in 2020. (Photo: Kristal Ambrose. Credit: Goldman Environmental Prize) Video produced by Daniel South.
  • Suggested social copy: Kristal Ambrose founded The Bahamas Plastic Movement in 2013 and aims to tackle the serious problem of plastic pollution in The Bahamas.
  • Duration: 2 minutes 46 seconds

Wellbeing: Gong baths: Meditating through sound

  • Description: A gong bath is a sound bath that “cleanses” the mind and the body. It’s a tradition that goes back 4,000 years but Suraya Sam’s 90 minute sessions are popular with millennials in Singapore. Produced by Olive Faure and Karishma Chanrai Filmed by Tariq Hawari Photo: A woman sitting in front of a gong Credit: BBC.
  • Suggested social copy: Relax and find out about 90 minute gong bath sessions in Singapore.
  • Duration: 3 minutes 2 seconds

BBC Monthly: April Docs, Specials and Video Selections | March 16, 2022

Coming in April 2022

Featuring voices from across the U.S. and around the globe, connect your audience to the world with these unique stories and perspectives. This month, we learn about the environmental movement’s major developments, discover the influence of social movements and streaming services in Hollywood, and highlight DIY recycling and the impact of noise pollution on sealife. See below for details.

Visit our website to learn more, and find links to ContentDepot for programs, promos and billboards.

As a BBC affiliate, you have access to rights-cleared videos produced by the BBC. Visit the BBC Media Partner Centre to take advantage of this opportunity and increase your social media presence with consistent, shareable videos centering topics aligned with your audience’s interests.

See below for a curated selection of high performing videos.


Docs and Specials

*If you would like to request an air window extension, please contact your station representative. Extensions are considered on a case-by-case basis and may be granted subject to rights.

Witness History: the Environmental Movement

One hour
April 1 – 30, 2022

A special hour-long edition of Witness History, bringing together some incredible interviews looking at the major developments in the push to protect Earth’s natural resources, and revisit a book which helped launch the environmental movement. We’ll hear about the discovery of whale song – a book that kickstarted the movement against pesticides – and the story of a child climate activist who spoke with passion and anger, back in 1992.

The Arts Hour on Tour: Los Angeles

One hour
April 2 – 8, 2022

Nikki Bedi is on stage with some of Hollywood’s hottest talents, including Oscar winning director Barry Jenkins, Oscar nominated director Sian Heder, and showrunner, screenwriter and producer Soo Hugh, to talk about the ever changing Hollywood and how social movements and streaming services are shaking up the entertainment industry.

This special will be posted to the usual Arts Hour page on ContentDepot.

Ingenious II

One hour
April 23 – 29, 2022

People have never been so well informed about their DNA, with tens of millions of home genetic testing kits sold. But behind each of your 20,000 genes is a fascinating story – one that’s being added to every day, as genetics remains on the cutting edge of innovation.


Monthly BBC Video Selections:

View the instructional guide and social media best practices resource available on our website. Please share all BBC videos within two weeks of downloading them on the BBC Media Partner Centre. Click the links and images below to watch and download these videos.

People Fixing the World: From earrings to tiles – what you can do with plastic waste

  • Description: People around the world are learning how to recycle plastic waste themselves, and turn it into fun and useful things. A group called Precious Plastic shares its designs for recycling online so anyone can use them free of charge. We meet DIY recyclers in Stockport, Mexico and Malaysia. A film for People Fixing the World by Craig Langran.
  • Suggested social copy: How people around the world are recycling plastic waste themselves and turning it into useful things.
  • Duration: 3 minutes 28 seconds
DIY recycling



Why is that? : Is noise pollution killing whales and dolphins?

  • Description: Humans create a lot of noise in the ocean – from sonar and seismic exploration, to pile driving when building wind farms. But how might this affect sealife?

    Dr Maria Morell, from University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, studies the ears of beached dolphins and whales to try and work out if hearing damage led to their death. She’s developed a new way of finding out if a cetacean’s hearing was affected just hours before they beached, to support the theory that the two might be connected – and help pinpoint human activities that may be having an impact. Video by Jennifer Green. Interview by Melanie Brown.
  • Suggested social copy: Dr Maria Morell studies the ears of beached cetaceans to try and work out if hearing damage led to their death – and help pinpoint human activities that may be having an impact.
  • Duration: 2 minutes 24 seconds
dolphin and noise pollution



Global Citizen: ‘It can be nerve-racking being a black hiker’

  • Description: Mardi is part of Outdoor Afro, an organisation which encourages black nature lovers into the outdoors. The keen hiker has experienced discrimination from some white people while out exploring nature. But she is keen to change the narrative and get more African Americans outside and engaging with nature. (Footage courtesy of Mardi Fuller. Video produced by Daniel South and Jasmin Souesi)
  • Suggested social copy: Mardi is part of Outdoor Afro, an organisation which encourages black nature lovers into the outdoors.
  • Duration: 3 minutes 37 seconds
Mardi

Announcement — Tim de Faramond appointed as the new Editor of BBC Newshour | March 11, 2022

Tim de Faramond

We are pleased to announce that Tim de Faramond will be the new Editor of Newshour starting April 8, 2022.

Tim is currently a Front Page Editor for the international editions of the BBC News website, and has worked with BBC Minute, Today and Outside Source on TV and Radio. After a competitive set of interviews, Tim set out a clear vision for how to build on the programme’s great editorial strengths and deliver greater impact with audiences across all platforms.

“I’m delighted to welcome Tim de Faramond to this role,” shared Jon Zilkha, Controller, BBC WSE. “Newshour is carried on more than 350 US public radio stations and we know how important the program is for US audiences. We look forward to continuing to develop that service under Tim’s leadership and using his digital expertise on behalf of Newshour. As we continue to work with our partners at APM, Tim’s background and vision are well-aligned with our shared goals of reaching younger listeners and engaging all listeners on more platforms.”

“I’m honoured to return to Newshour, where I got my first ever job as a journalist, to work with one of the best teams in the business,” said Tim. “The programme’s coverage of the invasion of Ukraine has been unparalleled, and a reminder of the importance of the team’s work trying to make sense of the world every day. I look forward to empowering our journalists to keep asking the tough questions, uncovering the facts where they are obscured, and bringing you the best reporting from across the BBC. I’m a passionate believer in the power of radio and its place in today’s world to connect us, pull us out of our echo chambers and help us understand people and places we will never visit. For these reasons, Newshour is and should remain, an unmissable listen.”

Tim will fill the role currently held by Jo Floto. As previously announced, Jo has accepted a new role within the BBC as Middle East Bureau Chief and will be ending his tenure with Newshour at the end of March.

Please join us in re-welcoming Tim to Newshour!

BBC Monthly: March Docs, Specials and Video Selections | February 16, 2022

Coming in March 2022

Featuring voices from across the U.S. and around the globe, connect your audience to the world with these unique stories and perspectives. This month, we look at the women involved in significant moments in history, investigate the Cold War, evaluate mass incarceration, and discover how people are fixing the world through technology. See below for details.

Visit our website to learn more, and find links to ContentDepot for programs, promos and billboards.

As a BBC affiliate, you have access to rights-cleared videos produced by the BBC. Visit the BBC Media Partner Centre to take advantage of this opportunity and increase your social media presence with consistent, shareable videos centering topics aligned with your audience’s interests.

See below for a curated selection of high performing videos.


Docs and Specials

Witness History: Women’s History Month

One hour
March 1 – 31, 2022

A special hour-long edition of Witness History, bringing together some incredible interviews looking at the women involved in significant moments in history. We hear about the first woman on the US Supreme Court, retrace the journey of the woman who got America talking about sex – Dr Ruth, and hear stories from China’s ‘Kingdom of Women’.

Cold War in Full Swing

One hour
March 12 – 18, 2022

Jazz and communist East Germany seem unlikely bedfellows. Yet in 1965 Louis Armstrong became the first American entertainer to play jazz there at the height of the Cold War. His popularity surprised the authorities considering not one record of him was available before 1965 and any passion for the music could land you in prison. Kevin Le Gendre peeks through the former Iron Curtain to discover the dangers jazz lovers faced, to pave the way for these legendary concerts to happen.

Mass Incarceration – From the Inside

One hour
March 19 – 25, 2022

The USA has nearly 5% of the world’s population – but 25% of the world’s prisoners. Over the past 40 years, the US prison population has increased 500%, making it the world’s leading jailer. Music producer Ryan Burvick runs a rejuvenation programme on Rikers Island, America’s most notorious jail. Those who have been through the prison system open up to him about their experiences.


Monthly BBC Video Selections:

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People Fixing the World: How technology that generates fake faces is helping to tackle bias in AI

  • Description: These people aren’t real but could help tackle bias in tech. Facial recognition software can be used to unlock phones, check passports and catch criminals. But it doesn’t work equally well for people of all ethnic backgrounds, and when it goes wrong there can be serious consequences. It’s hoped that a new type of AI that generates fake faces to train algorithms can help solve the problem.
  • Suggested social copy: How technology that generates fake faces is helping to tackle bias in facial recognition systems.
  • Duration: 4 minutes 42 seconds

Why is that?: Why is it so difficult to clean the oceans of plastic?

  • Description: Around 70% of marine debris is made up of plastics, but not all of this floats on the surface of the ocean. Richard Thompson, Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Plymouth in the UK, has found microplastics suspended in Arctic ice and buried in deep sea sediment. (Image: Plastic floating on water, Credit: BBC.)
  • Suggested social copy:Around 70% of marine debris is made up of plastics, but not all of this floats on the surface of the ocean.
  • Duration: 1 minute 8 seconds

People Fixing the World: On patrol with a real-life Robocop

  • Description: It’s not like the gun-toting Robocop in the film, but police say this robot is helping to bring crime rates down. Reporter and camera: Ben Wyatt Producer: Richard Kenny.
  • Suggested social copy: Police are using a robot to fight crime in Los Angeles.
  • Duration: 2 minutes 25 seconds

BBC Monthly: February Docs, Specials and Video Selections | January 19, 2022

Coming in February 2022

Featuring voices from across the U.S. and around the globe, connect your audience to the world with these unique stories and perspectives. This month, we look into African-American experiences, discover the traditions maintained by community radio, and evaluate companies’ commitment to climate change and how the natural world can bolster space exploration and accessibility. See below for details.

Visit our website to learn more, and find links to ContentDepot for programs, promos and billboards.

As a BBC affiliate, you have access to rights-cleared videos produced by the BBC. Visit the BBC Media Partner Centre to take advantage of this opportunity and increase your social media presence with consistent, shareable videos centering topics aligned with your audience’s interests.

See below for a curated selection of high performing videos.


Docs and Specials

Witness History: Black History Month

One hour
February 1 – 28, 2022

A special hour-long edition of Witness History, bringing together some incredible interviews looking at the African-American experience. We revisit the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, meet the African American woman who broke barriers in American news, and hear a first-hand account from when Nelson Mandela visited Detroit.

World Wide Waves 22 – The sounds of community radio

One hour
February 12 – 18, 2022

For World Radio Day 2022, we tune in to some more small radio stations around the world that connect communities, spark conversations, and keep traditions alive.

The Climate Question: Can we believe companies’ promises on climate, and what can we do about the world’s melting glaciers?

One hour
February 13 – 19, 2022

Ahead of COP 26, there was a rush of businesses declaring their commitment to “net zero” emissions targets. But how much can we believe in companies’ promises on climate? Then, as the world’s glaciers melt faster than ever, what can we do?


Monthly BBC Video Selections:

View the instructional guide and social media best practices resource available on our website. Please share all BBC videos within two weeks of downloading them on the BBC Media Partner Centre. Click the links and images below to watch and download these videos.

The pink dolphins giving people their lives back

  • Description: Physiotherapist Igor Simões Andrade gives monthly sessions to children with a range of physical and mental disabilities by taking them swimming with wild freshwater pink dolphins in the Amazon. The scheme is supported by the Brazilian government’s environment agencies on the condition that the dolphins are not harmed. For the past 13 years, Mr Andrade has helped more than 600 kids for free, with a range of conditions from Down’s Syndrome to cerebral palsy in the city of Novo Airão on the Rio Negro. Born without arms, Leonardo Araujo began swimming with wild pink dolphins in the Amazon when he was seven. At the time he was unable to walk, but now, aged 21, he just passed his driving test. Filmed by Gibby Zobel Edited by Gibby Zobel and Baya Cat.
  • Suggested social copy: A physiotherapist working with freshwater dolphins in the Amazon river has helped over 600 children.
  • Duration: 2 minutes 57 seconds
Photo credit: BBC.

The link between climate change, seaweed and ice cream

  • Description: Seaweed – we’ve been using it for centuries in food and toiletries. It can help to keep toothpaste and ice cream soft. But in some parts of the world, supply has been affected by climate change. Now people in Zanzibar are learning new methods of farming through the help of outreach projects like Milele Zanzibar Foundation and the Panje Project. A video for People Fixing the World by Celestina Olulode, Esther Namuhisa, and Nicholaus Mtenga.
  • Suggested social copy: Seaweed production has been affected by warming seas – this is how farmers are adapting.
  • Duration: 2 minutes 42 seconds
Photo credit: Celestina Olulode, Esther Namuhisa, and Nicholaus Mtenga.

How lobsters are helping us see into space

  • Description: X-ray space telescopes can be used to study big events, like the formation of black holes. But until recently, their field of vision has been relatively narrow – making it difficult to capture this unexpected activity. By mimicking the way lobsters’ eyes work, scientists around the world have designed new telescopes that can survey much larger areas.
  • Suggested social copy: X-ray space telescopes can survey much larger areas by mimicking lobster vision.
  • Duration: 1 minute 32 seconds
Photo credit: BBC/Jules Bartl.

BBC Monthly: January Docs, Specials and Video Selections | December 15, 2021

Coming in January 2022

Featuring voices from across the U.S. and around the globe, connect your audience to the world with these unique stories and perspectives. This month, we unveil responses to the on-going pandemic with political leaders and questioners in Europe, delve into Chicago’s avant-jazz scene and discover the influence of animals and nature and the steps people are taking towards conservation and research. See below for details.

Visit our website to learn more, and find links to ContentDepot for programs, promos and billboards.

As a BBC affiliate, you have access to rights-cleared videos produced by the BBC. Visit the BBC Media Partner Centre to take advantage of this opportunity and increase your social media presence with consistent, shareable videos centering topics aligned with your audience’s interests.

See below for a curated selection of high performing videos.


Docs and Specials

World Questions: COVID-19 and Europe

One hour
January 15 – February 11, 2022

The epicentre of the pandemic right now is Europe. Many European countries are now restricting the freedoms of the unvaccinated, and Austria plans to make the COVID vaccine compulsory from February the 1st. As tough new policies are implemented, World Questions debates the response to the pandemic with political leaders and questioners from across the continent.

Music Life: The Great Black Music Symposium

One hour
January 15 – February 28, 2022

Where music stars discuss how they make their music. Delving into Chicago’s avant-jazz scene, Angel Bat Dawid invites her friends to discuss major issues in their art. They consider the importance of not conforming, the struggle to find money to do what you love, and the experience of being diasporic African and its influence on your music.

Forest Fear

One hour
January 22 – 28, 2022

Environmental journalist Lucy Jordan lives in Brazil with her young family. She wants to understand our impact on diverse, wildlife-rich ecosystems and how that may trigger future “spill over” diseases that have their origins in animal hosts.


Monthly BBC Video Selections:

View the instructional guide and social media best practices resource available on our website. Please share all BBC videos within two weeks of downloading them on the BBC Media Partner Centre. Click the links and images below to watch and download these videos.

How do reindeer cope with extreme polar seasons?

  • Description: If you struggle to wake up in the winter, you might be envious of the reindeer. Scientists think they may be able to ignore their body clocks, which influence when they feel tired or awake, to help them cope with long Arctic days and nights.
  • Suggested social copy: Reindeer may be able to ignore their body clocks to cope with long days and nights.
  • Duration: 1 minute 45 seconds

Manta rays inspire new device to filter microplastics

  • Description: Wastewater treatment plants release microplastics into the environment, where they accumulate and pose a threat to wildlife. But by studying the way a manta ray feeds on plankton, scientists have designed a filtration system that captures the tiny fragments without getting clogged.
  • Suggested social copy: A look at how manta rays have inspired a new device to filter microplastics.
  • Duration: 1 minute 21 seconds

The man who grew his own Amazon rainforest

  • Description: A corner of the Amazon that had been cleared and used as farmland has been restored to rainforest. The man who owns it, Omar Tello, gave up his job as an accountant and spent 40 years recreating a patch of pristine forest in Ecuador, stretching just a few hundred metres in each direction. He’s trying to encourage other landowners to do the same, so they can turn the tide of deforestation. A film for People Fixing the World by Daniel Gordon Drone footage by Felix Frank.
  • Suggested social copy: Fighting back against destruction in the Amazon: how one man grew a rainforest of his own.
  • Duration: 4 minutes 45 seconds

Announcement — BBC OS Presenter Nuala McGovern | December 14, 2021

A note from Simon Peeks, Head of Journalism | BBC World Service 

Newsday | BBC OS | BBC Minute | Africa Daily | BBC OS Conversations | Ros Atkins On…  

Please join us in congratulating BBC OS presenter Nuala McGovern for her upcoming move to BBC World News TV as a chief presenter. It’s fabulous news for Nuala and we are all delighted for her. 

We all in World Service radio network, however, will miss Nuala. Nuala is a familiar voice to radio audiences around the world. What a time it has been. Suffice to say: she will leave with many great memories; many wonderful trips; memorable conversations and audio moments; and crucially BBC OS in really good form. 

We have been on the ground and witnessed numerous fabulous broadcasts with Nuala over the years including:  US presidential elections and inaugurations, our Trump Towns and Movie Towns series across the US, French and other Euro elections, Ireland’s abortion referendum, Brexit around the UK, Nigeria’s Bring Back Our Girls protest, Syrian migration in Europe…. the list is way longer than that of course. 

Of course there is also the launch of BBC OS Conversations in the past couple of years. And there are the awards that we have shared: with the most recent being at the AIBs for Remembering Those Lost To Covid.  

Nuala will move to BBC World News TV in the New Year. 

While the programme is in good hands with the current production team, we have started work on finding a new presenter for BBC OS and BBC OS Conversations.  As soon as we have completed this process we will communicate to you the news. 

Meanwhile, again, many congratulations to Nuala. I am hopeful, and sure, that she will make the odd guest appearance on OS in the future.

We will also record updated BBC OS generic promos for your use when we have the new presenter in place. Watch your inbox for a ContentDepot notification when this is available.