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BBC Monthly: February Docs, Specials and Video Selections

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

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.  

Announcement — BBC Newshour Presenter Razia Iqbal | December 14, 2021

Please join us in congratulating BBC Newshour Presenter Razia Iqbal for her upcoming tenure in the Princeton University Program in Journalism’s slate of Visiting Professors. Razia will join a group of distinguished journalists as visiting professors in its acclaimed writing seminars this academic year. Because of this, Razia’s last day of Newshour presenting will be December 30, 2021, with an anticipated return in August 2022. 

James Coomarasamy, in addition to other Newshour presenters, will primarily present the 9:00 and 10:00 ET editions. His bio and photo, along with those of the other presenters, are available at APMDistribution.org. Generic promos are available for your use on ContentDepot or custom requests can be submitted through this online form.  

BBC Monthly: December Docs, Specials and Video Selections

Coming in December 2021

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 reflect with World War II survivors and pilots for the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, evaluate Malcolm X’s visit to the English town of Smethwick days before his assassination, discuss the Beatles’ international incident after they refused an invitation from the First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos, and discover leading news stories for the year ahead forecasted by BBC correspondents. 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: World War II in the Pacific

One hour
December 1 – 31

For the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, stories of the war in the Pacific as told by the people who were there. A survivor of Pearl Harbor details his numerous lucky escapes; we hear recollections from pilots in the Battle of Midway; and reflect on the testimonies of survivors from the bombing of Nagasaki.

Malcolm in the Midlands

One hour
December 11 – 17

Just days before his assassination, Malcolm X was to be seen striding up a quiet residential street in the English town of Smethwick – followed by a small huddle of reporters. But what led one of the world’s most prominent civil rights activists to this small town in the Midlands? And what does this have to do with British politics of the mid-1960s, and the civil rights movement in America?

When the Beatles Didn’t Meet Imelda

One hour
December 18, 2021 – January 14, 2022

In 1966, The Beatles played before gigantic crowds during a visit to the Philippines. We hear the story of the international incident which followed, after they refused an invitation from the now infamous First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos.

Correspondents Look Ahead

One hour
December 31, 2021 – January 6, 2022

BBC correspondents forecast the leading news stories for the year ahead.


Monthly BBC Video Selections:

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Why is that? Could this solar farm be a climate change solution?

  • Description: Experts say rapid innovative solutions are needed to end our dependency on fossil fuels. Could a new project in the Swiss Alps provide an answer? Switzerland is committed to being climate neutral by 2050 and there are already plans to recreate the floating solar farm across the country and abroad.
  • Suggested social copy: Experts say rapid innovative solutions are needed to end our dependency on fossil fuels. Could a new project in the Swiss Alps provide an answer?
  • Duration: 2 minutes 29 seconds

Why is that? Last chance to save the world’s ‘sinking cities’?

  • Description: Lagos, Jakarta and Mumbai are on the front line of climate change with increasingly intense rainfall and storm surges threatening their futures. Can decisions at COP26 save them? Swenja Surminski, a climate change resilience expert from the London School of Economics explains.
  • Suggested social copy: Lagos, Jakarta and Mumbai are on the front line of climate change with increasingly intense rainfall and storm surges threatening their futures. Can decisions at COP26 save them?
  • Duration: 4 minutes 11 seconds

How healthy is a vegan diet?

  • Description: Is a vegan diet better for our health? Many cultures have had vegan elements to their diets for centuries. But lots of people around the world are considering going vegan because of its low impact on the environment, and to improve animal welfare. But there could also be some health benefits, as dietician Marisa Moore, explains to BBC Minute.
  • Suggested social copy: It’s good for the environment, but what about your health?
  • Duration: 4 minutes 9 seconds

A Note from Steve Titherington, BBC

The BBC is currently reacclimating itself to office working – slowly! And Covid remains a massive global story, but the UK hosting COP26 has reminded everyone of the multiplying and complex issues of our age. Add to that tensions in the South China Seas, the Horn of Africa and the World Service remains as busy as anytime I have known since I joined decades ago! 

And I’m glad to say the World Service has been broadcasting as efficiently and comprehensively and humanely through the pandemic. The need for radio and the chance to listen to a fellow human’s voice and share each other’s story of both success and pain remains as strong as ever. This, in some ways, this makes this a good time for me to be stepping down as Sr Head of Content and looking forward to doing more exciting things in the BBC and beyond.  (And some unexciting things for once!) 

Working closely with you all has been a highlight of my work here.  I’ve learnt masses about storytelling, working with audiences to build real connections and to bring purposeful journalism to millions of Americans. I always wanted Newshour and BBC journalism to be a part of your schedules not an addition: To be an essential element of the listeners’ day which helped build your audiences. I think that all of us here at the BBC have listened to your feedback and responded to your advice, and we are better for it.  

I have had the privilege of meeting many of you here in London and at many PRPD. I’ve learnt a lot from each conversation there, but what you may have made of some of my presentations I’m not so sure! One audience member advised me solemnly as I stood down the podium: “I enjoyed it Steve, but I have to tell you the guy sitting next to me says he didn’t understand a word of it, but not to worry he did want you to know he loved your English accent.”  

So, I am now available for pledge drive recordings! 

Thank you . . .  It has been a real pleasure. 

In my place will be a new Controller, Jon Zilkha, a new Commissioner, Gwenan Roberts and a new Executive Editor of News Commissioning, Liz Gibbons. I know they will love working with you as much as I have.  

Steve 

Steve.titherington@bbc.co.uk 

BBC coverage of the COP26 conference in Glasgow

Climate change is impacting our world, and our ways of living on it. In the lead up to the UN Climate Conference – COP 26 – the BBC World Service will feature a series of programs examining the threat of climate change, and the possible solutions. And throughout the conference we’ll be live from the Scottish city of Glasgow, where world leaders and delegates will meet in a bid to stop the worst consequences. 

BBC Minute and Newshour teams will be reporting live on the latest developments and analysis throughout the COP 26 conference assessing how initiatives might be received in those countries which are most vulnerable to climate change, and those economies who rely on polluting industries.

  • Newshour: James Menendez will be co-presenting Newshour from Glasgow at the start of COP 26 from October 31-November 2, where he’ll interview delegates and government representatives from around the world. With Razia Iqbal and Tim Franks in London, aided by BBC Climate Correspondents, Newshour will have complete coverage throughout the summit – including interviews with politicians, climate scientists and activists.
  • BBC Minute: The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow is seen as crucial if climate change is to be brought under control. BBC Minute On brings you the latest developments throughout the conference via 1 minute programs from November 1-12, 2021.

BBC World Service feed: The conference will also be covered throughout the BBC’s other live news programs and newscasts.

Two-way opportunities: The BBC Partner Hub is offering station’s opportunities for two-ways during COP26. Please contact your APM Station Relations Representative to learn more and make a request.

Global Climate Debate (clock change): The BBC will host an ambitious, high-level Global Climate Debate on November 1, the opening day of the climate summit from 6-7 p.m. ET. Four leading global political figures will come together to take questions from young people in the studio and around the world on the challenges presented by climate change, and the hopes for global solutions to be achieved at the COP climate change meeting.

  • PLEASE NOTE: The program will not follow the normal BBC World Service clock, and the debate will air uninterrupted from 6:06-6:50 p.m. ET (no bottom-of-the-hour breaks).

BBC World Service COP26 and climate change content on the Media Partner Centre.

BBC Interim and Winter Schedules Now Available

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 2021 interim winter schedule is effective Sunday, October 31 through Saturday, November 6, 2021.

Interim schedule highlights:

  • 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, with an extra edition at 5 p.m. ET
    • Weekend 8 a.m. ET editions shift one hour to 9 a.m. ET. This change impacts scheduling on Sunday, October 31 and Saturday, November 6
  • BBC OS will air weekdays at 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. ET. Note: each hour is stand-alone, and will shift to 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. for the Winter schedule
  • Ros Atkins On… becomes a permanent feature, carrying over into the winter schedule

The 2022 winter schedule is effective Sunday, November 7, 2021 through Saturday, March 12, 2022.

Winter schedule highlights:

  • Core news programs (Newshour, Newsday, BBC OS) remain consistent with previous (non-interim) 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.
  • Business Matters continues to air at 8 p.m. ET from Monday-Thursday, while the Friday edition has been removed

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

BBC Monthly: November Docs, Specials and Video Selections

Coming in November 2021

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 discuss the ways medical teams look after the emotional well-being of COVID patients, feature questions from around the world about the outcome of the UN climate summit, and explore the roots of Country and Americana music. 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

On the Covid Ward

One hour
November 13 – 19

How medical teams look after the emotional well-being of COVID patients and families; including efforts to keep up the will to live, and enable families to stay connected with these patients.

World Questions: What the World Makes of Cop26

One hour
November 16 – December 13

From Glasgow, a global panel and questions from around the world on the outcome of the UN climate summit, COP26.

Black Tomatoes

One hour
November 27 – December 3

Black, female and shaking up Country music Americana-folk singer Lady Nade explores the roots of Country and Americana and its debt to black music. And she reflects on her own place in a genre that is only now starting to confront its history.


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.

Covid and mental health – Tips from around the world

  • Description: The spread of coronavirus around the world and the lockdowns and restrictions that came with it, has put an emphasis on how important our physical health is. But what about our mental health?

    With the pandemic now at different stages around the globe – it means people have new and varying worries to deal with. So, we’ve put together some tips from experts from Asia, Africa and the US to help keep your mind a healthy place to be.
  • Suggested social copy: Tips from experts around the globe on how to deal with different mental health challenges we all may experience at different stages in the pandemic.
  • Duration: 2 minutes 27 seconds

Arab Spring, 10 years on – Egyptian street artist Ganzeer

  • Description: When the protestors took to the streets of Cairo in 2011, political murals and graffiti soon followed, providing a visual commentary of the Egyptian Revolution. One of the most prominent street artists was Ganzeer, whose murals became emblematic of the protests.
  • Suggested social copy: Ganzeer’s political murals helped communicate the frustrations around the Arab Spring.
  • Duration: 5 minutes 25 seconds

Could lab-grown meat help tackle climate change?

  • Description: Last year, Singapore became the first country to allow the sale of lab-grown meat. BBC Minute takes a look at what lab-grown meat is and whether it could help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the future.
  • Suggested social copy: BBC Minute takes a look at what lab-grown meat is and whether it could help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the future.
  • Duration: 4 minutes 14 seconds

Findings from the BBC Newshour Survey 2021

Watch this recording of American Public Media’s webinar with Jacobs Media to walk through the findings of their most recent BBC Newshour survey. APM commissioned this survey in early 2021, and the findings include feedback directly from audience members from major markets, as well as programming decision makers at public radio stations around the country. You can find a copy of the presentation deck by contacting your Station Relations Representative.

PANELISTS FROM JACOBS MEDIA

Fred Jacobs, President

Fred has emerged over the past two decades as one of radio’s leading visionaries. He founded Jacobs Media in 1983. In 2018, Fred was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame and is the first radio consultant to ever receive this honor. Fred has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s degree in Telecommunications from Michigan State University.

Paul Jacobs, VP/General Manager

Paul started his career as a radio Account Executive in Detroit with both WNIC-FM and WRIF-FM. He then became the General Sales Manager for KZEW-FM in Dallas, and ultimately, the General Manager for KHYI-FM, also in Dallas. He was then lured home to run WDFX-FM in Detroit before joining Jacobs Media as its General Manager in 1991. Paul has a BA in Advertising from Michigan State University.

Jason Hollins, Research Director

Jason has conducted hundreds of studies for a large portfolio of clients including Fortune 500 companies, radio groups large and small, and digital media properties. Before Jacobs, Jason spent the entirety of his career in media with Edison Research, including serving nearly twelve years as Vice President.