Category Archives: BBC

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.

APM Reports’ “In the Dark” on BBC World Service

Curtis Flowers was convicted and sentenced to death for the July 1996 murders of four people at a furniture store in Winona, Mississippi. For more than 20 years, Flowers maintained his innocence. He won appeal after appeal, but every time, the prosecutor tried the case again – six times in all – until the case was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The court reversed Flowers’ conviction June 21, ruling that the prosecutor used racial discrimination in the jury selection for Flowers’ most recent trial. Key findings from the APM Reports’ investigation were included in the case presented to the Supreme Court – and beginning July 27, the BBC will share this incredible investigation with listeners worldwide.

Over the course of each 17:30-minute episode of this 10-part adaptation from APM Reports’ award-winning podcast, In the Dark, Madeleine Baran investigates what the evidence reveals and asks why the U.S. justice system ignored the prosecutor’s record and kept Flowers on death row for so long.  

Details and downloads for all 10 programs coming soon to the BBC Partners Site.

  • Broadcast Times: Saturdays, 9:30 p.m. ET, with repeats Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. ET.
  • Broadcast Window: Weekly, from Saturday, July 27 through Sunday, September 29. Each program is available for 30 days after the last episode airs, through Sunday, October 27, 2019.
  • Length: 17:30 each, including News Bulletins, billboards and promos. Please check each program for details.
  • Clock: In the Dark programs will follow the BBC World Service clock.

Additional programming updates will be shared via ContentDepot.

Specials for summer holidays, milestones and appetites

The latest specials from APM Celebrates honor our nation’s independence, first Moon landing and favorite foods, and the 200th birthday of a classical music prodigy.  

Promote your broadcasts with digital ads for your website, social media and newsletters. Available now in the ‘Marketing Tools’ section of APM Celebrates program pages.

Arts & Culture

Witness History: The Race to the Moon

One hour. Available July 1-31, 2019.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing with this moving and memorable new special from the BBC World Service, featuring highlights from its Witness History programs and presenters.

“The Race to the Moon” presents stories and recollections of key moments from diverse voices – all of whom recollect the Moon landing with fondness and pride.

Let’s Be Frank: TBTL Salutes The Great American Hot Dog(Encore)

One hour. Available July 1–September 30, 2019.

Join hosts Luke Burbank and Andrew Walsh over a sizzling grill as they celebrate one of America’s most beloved and most ridiculed foods: The Hot Dog.

Perfect for Independence Day, Labor Day and the entire summer grilling season, this lighthearted encore special takes audiences from the grill to the ballpark, and shines a funny, mouthwatering spotlight on an American favorite (and veggie alternatives), with special guest Francis Lam, host of The Splendid Table.

Classical Music

To Honor and Inspire: U.S. Military Bands Special

One hour. Available July 1-12, 2019.

Andrea Blain hosts this uplifting, patriotic new special featuring performances by the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine bands, including marches by Sousa, Jewell and Gould, and classical works by Copland, Saint-Saens and Holst. 

Let Freedom Sing (New for 2019)

One hour. Available July 1-12, 2019.

Join Julie Amacher for this new Independence Day celebration with traditional, patriotic choral music performed by the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra.

Clara Schumann: ‘A fallen, abominable, wicked girl’

One hour. Available September 1-30, 2019.

September 13, 2019 is the 200th birthday of world-renowned performer and composer Clara Schumann.

Classical concert pianist and storyteller Jade Simmons hosts this celebration of Schumann’s extraordinary life and inspiring musical achievements, and the challenges of being a female prodigy in the 19th century.

New docs & specials from BBC World Service

May documentaries and specials feature selections from the BBC’s “Migrant Stories” series.

The world is on the move and very often we look only at numbers, laws and politics – but what of the individuals, faced with new dangers and opportunities as they make a new life?

Share the personal stories of those who have left their homes due to war, insecurity, poverty or just the desire to change their lives for the better. With stories from refugees, from those seeking better jobs, and from those left behind, connect your audience to the world with their unique stories and perspectives.

Coming soon to ContentDepot, complete with promos and billboards:

Left Behind

Available May 12-18. One hour.

Millions leave their homes each year as economic migrants, in search of jobs or a better life, but we rarely hear about those who stay behind. In Senegal, men leave behind large extended families that rely on remittances. In Guatemala, parents stay behind in hopes that their children will survive perilous journeys to the United States. In Indonesia, millions of women leave their children behind to become foreign workers, creating what have become known as ‘motherless villages.’

Presented by Jo Dwyer, with insights from international migration expert Ann Singleton.

Me, the Refugee

Available May 18-August 10. One hour.

Reporter Sahar Zand became an Iranian refugee at the age of 12. It was a devastating experience for Sahar, her sister and her mother, who had to leave after her father got into political trouble with the regime – and who had to fend for themselves as they sought a new life.

From months of limbo in a Danish refugee center, to days on the run across Europe, to life in the United Kingdom, Sahar explores the complex roles, deceptions and sacrifices she and her female family members experienced during those often desperate days.

Beyond Borders

Available May 19-26; May 26-June 1. One hour each.

British-Lebanese journalist Zahra Mackaoui has been following the stories of a group of Syrians who have scattered the globe in search of safety. She originally met and interviewed them in the early years of the country’s long-running civil war. In these two documentaries, she revisits the refugees to hear how they have coped – or not – often in conditions of incredible adversity.

Amar: Alone in the World?

Available May 25-August 17. One hour.

After a bombing in Iraq, an “orphaned” Amar is taken to the U.K. His mother Zahra survives, and her search begins.

One day, clutching a picture of her missing boy, she interrupts a live TV report to share her story, which generates appeals on social media and a message to Amar, who is living alone, unemployed, in South West England.

BBC News Correspondent Jon Kay joins Zahra and Amar as they search for the truth – and discover if they are really the missing mother/son they’ve each yearned for over three decades.

Visit BBC Partners for detailed program descriptions, new program rundowns, content downloads, and more.

BBC World Service Brexit coverage, April 10-11- UPDATED

European leaders are due to meet in Brussels on Wednesday, April 10 – just two days before Britain might leave the E.U. – pending a last-minute decision on the way forward for both Britain and Europe. BBC World Service will provide coverage throughout the visit.

Updated details for April 10-11:

Wednesday, April 10:

  • 3:06-4:59 p.m. ET: Special two-hour edition of Newshour, with Ritula Shah presenting from a special European Council in Brussels, and with Tim Franks presenting in London. The EU27 leaders meet to discuss the latest developments on Brexit – will they offer the U.K. an extension to the notice to leave the E.U. or will Britain be forced to leave this week?
  • 6:06-6:59 p.m. ET: Extended edition of The Newsroom.
  • 7:06-7:29 p.m. ET: Extra edition of The Newsroom.
  • 7:32-7:59 pm ET: Repeat broadcast of Click.

Thursday, April 11:

  • 1:06-1:59 a.m. ET: Newsday provides coverage with Ben James co-presenting from Brussels.
  • 3:06-3:29 a.m. ET: Newsday coverage continues, with Ben James in Brussels.

Programming details are subject to change as news breaks, and the BBC will cover proceedings as they happen.

Please watch for additional messages via ContentDepot, and please contact your Station Representative with any questions.

While the U.K.’s departure date from the E.U. remains tenuous, audiences can continue to expect the most thorough, in-depth coverage, context and analysis from the BBC World Service.

Brexit coverage continues: BBC programming updates

Due to coverage of today’s E.U. withdrawal vote results from the House of Commons, the BBC World Service evening schedule will change as follows:

  • 5:06-5:29 p.m. ET – Extra edition of The Newsroom will replace the first half of The History Hour. This will follow the BBC World Service clock.
  • 5:32-5:59 p.m. ETThe Conversation will replace the second half of The History Hour. This special edition will also follow the BBC World Service clock.

Review the current summer 2019 schedule (effective yesterday, March 31).

To review BBC World Service program rundowns, visit the BBC Partners site.

Brexit reporting from BBC World Service, Marketplace

While the U.K.’s departure date from the E.U. remains tenuous, audiences can expect the most thorough, in-depth coverage, context and analysis from the BBC World Service and Marketplace in the weeks to come:

BBC World Service

  • As the uncertainties over Britain’s exit from the European Union continue, Newshour will keep you up-to-date with the latest – reporting live from Westminster whenever there are big developments at parliament, and live from Brussels for the next E.U. Summit. We’ll also share reports from Ireland as its border to the north remains a major focal point.

Marketplace

  • Wednesday, March 27-Friday, March 29: Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal will broadcast live from BBC’s London studios to cover what will be one of the most significant events in the economic history of the European Union – the termination of the U.K.’s membership in the E.U.
    • Remotes from London will focus on  the big economic picture and the small moments – an immersive exploration of the timely tensions and questions intrinsic to the modern global economy: Who deserves what and why? How do we interact with each other as countries and individuals?
    • Kai will be on the ground with the decision makers, and the real people outside the studio, asking them to share their personal, emotional and humorous stories, and how they live, work, spend their money, think about their future – and how they’re making it in this new normal of global uncertainty.
  • Brexit coverage can also be heard on Marketplace Morning Report from the BBC World Service (5:51 a.m. ET) and Marketplace Morning Report (hourly, from 6:51-10:51 a.m. ET) on Wednesday, March 27 and Thursday, March 28.

Programming details are subject to change as news breaks, and the BBC will cover proceedings as they happen.

Please watch for additional messages via ContentDepot, and please contact your Station Representative with any questions.

Starting Sunday: New BBC World Service summer schedule

The 2019 BBC World Service summer schedule will be effective this Sunday, March 31 through Saturday, October 26, 2019.

Summer schedule highlights:

  • Core news programs (Newshour, Newsday, BBC OS) remain consistent with previous schedules.
  • The Newsroom will remain consistent, except for the 5 p.m. ET edition, which shifts to 6 p.m. ET as in previous summer schedules.
  • NEW NAME: People Fixing the World
    • BBC World Hacks presents 23 minutes of solutions journalism under a new program name.
    • People Fixing the World presents the big and small problems of our time – and those who are trying to solve them. Presented by an international team of journalists with the courage to challenge, probe, and share the humor and humanity behind positive change.
  • NEWLY UPDATED: 50 More Things That Made the Modern Economy
    • Building on the success of 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy, economist Tim Harford tells the stories of 50 more inventions, ideas and innovations which have helped create the economic world in which all of us now live – including who wins and loses in a 21st century economy.

Please review this new schedule carefully and contact your Station Representative with any questions.

Brexit coverage from BBC World Service, Marketplace – UPDATED

While the U.K.’s departure date from the E.U. remains tenuous, audiences can expect more coverage, context and analysis from the BBC World Service and Marketplace in the weeks to come:

BBC World Service

  • Beginning Monday, March 24: BBC World Service will report from locations across the U.K. and Europe throughout the main news programs, including Newshour, World Update, BBC OS and Newsday.
  • Friday, March 29: Newshour at 4:06-4:59 p.m. ET will be followed by a two-hour news special from 5:06-6:59 p.m. ET. Both programs will focus on Brexit, with additional details to follow.
  • Saturday, March 30: Newshour will broadcast live from parts of England most likely to be impacted by the change in regulations on trade and movement of people. At 7:06-7:59 a.m. ET, there will be a special call-in edition of BBC OS, where listeners can share their thoughts about the U.K.’s decision.
  • Sunday, March 31: Tentative, special edition of The Food Chain, exploring food supply and production, and the economics of one of Europe’s most integrated industries. Plus, Brexit will be covered within the main news and business programs on the World Service throughout the weekend.
  • Monday, April 1: Newsday will be in Europe asking what’s next after the separation and what lies ahead for the remaining 27 states. Newshour and other news programs will continue to provide reporting from Brussels and beyond as the reality of the new situation unfolds for both sides.

Marketplace

  • Wednesday, March 27-Friday, March 29: Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal will broadcast live from BBC’s London studios to cover what will be one of the most significant events in the economic history of the European Union – the termination of the U.K.’s membership in the E.U.
    • Remotes from London will focus on  the big economic picture and the small moments – an immersive exploration of the timely tensions and questions intrinsic to the modern global economy: Who deserves what and why? How do we interact with each other as countries and individuals?
    • Kai will be on the ground with the decision makers, and the real people outside the studio, asking them to share their personal, emotional and humorous stories, and how they live, work, spend their money, think about their future – and how they’re making it in this new normal of global uncertainty.
  • Feature stories will likely be heard on Marketplace Morning Report from the BBC World Service (5:51 a.m. ET) and Marketplace Morning Report (hourly, from 6:51-10:51 a.m. ET) on Wednesday, March 27 and Thursday, March 28.

Programming details are subject to change as news breaks, and the BBC will cover proceedings as they happen.

Please watch for additional messages via ContentDepot, and please contact your Station Representative with any questions.