Category Archives: BBC

BBC Monthly: December Docs, Specials and Video Selections | November 23, 2022

Coming in December 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 discover plans to prepare for first contact with extra-terrestrials, learn about pro-women’s surfing and evaluate why standing can be more tiring than walking. 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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The Documentary: First Contact

One hour
Dec 17, 2022 – Jan 6, 2023

For thousands of years we have gazed up at the stars and wondered: is anybody out there? But today, thinking about meeting life on, or from, other planets is no longer dismissed as pure make-believe – it’s the focus of political consideration and cutting-edge space science. Farrah Jarral presents the story of the fantasy and the reality of preparing for first contact with extra-terrestrials.

The People Vs J Edgar Hoover

Two, one hour documentaries
Episode 1: Dec 24, 2022 – Feb 10, 2023
Episode 2: Dec 25, 2022 – Feb 11, 2023

J Edgar Hoover built then ran the FBI for almost five decades. He turned it from a bureaucratic backwater into a premier crime fighting and counterintelligence force. In the process, he arguably became America’s most powerful man. Today’s fears of a ‘deep state’ – often expressed by Donald Trump and his supporters – of unaccountable government officials working against the public in their own interest – can be traced back to J Edgar Hoover. His job was to enforce the law…but he would not always be bound by it.

The Documentary: Fighting The Waves

One hour
Dec 31, 2022 – Jan 20, 2023

Today, women’s surfing has equal prize money for men and women, and women are an accepted part of the pro-circuit. Wind the clock back 50 years and things were very different – no wetsuits designed for women, barely a sponsorship deal in sight, and undisguised chauvinism from the male surfing establishment. We bring together today’s surf stars, and yesterday’s legends, to tell the story of the first pro-women’s surf tour in 1976.


Monthly BBC Video Selections:

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People Fixing the World: The dads spreading love to stop fights in school


dad's on duty

  • Description: Dads on Duty are a team of fathers who patrol Southwood High School in Shreveport, Louisiana. They got together after more than twenty students had been arrested for fighting. With a friendly face and a few dad jokes they’ve helped to reduce the level of violence. Ben Wyatt finds out more about the initiative.
  • Suggested social copy: Dads on Duty are a team of fathers who patrol a school in the US.
  • Duration: 2 minutes 38 seconds

Why is that?: Why can standing be more tiring than walking?


Walking

  • Description: Walking takes more energy than standing still, so why isn’t it more tiring? Sports scientist Dr François-Xavier Li explains.
  • Suggested social copy: Walking takes more energy than standing still, so why isn’t it more tiring?
  • Duration: 2 minutes, 25 seconds

People Fixing the World: The Ikea-style flat-pack home for refugees


flat-pack home

  • Description: Better Shelter have made thousands of flat-pack homes for refugees around the world. Supported by the Ikea Foundation, the charity aims to improve on the canvas tents in which millions of displaced people have to live. Myra Anubi Syria finds out more.
  • Suggested social copy: A shelter for displaced people that comes in a flat-pack and takes a few hours to assemble.
  • Duration: 2 minutes 41 seconds

BBC Monthly: November Docs, Specials and Video Selections | October 19, 2022

Coming in November 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 American safe haven laws, discover why some millionaires are campaigning against their own wealth and celebrate how a wildlife conservationist rescued 1,500 pangolins in Vietnam. See below for details and more unique stories.

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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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Assignment: America’s Dropbox Babies

30 minutes
Nov 3 – 23, 2022

Safe Haven laws allow troubled mothers to anonymously abandon infants at designated sites shortly after giving birth, without risk of prosecution.

Safe Havens were never intended as an alternative to termination – they were an attempt to counter infanticide. But as the options for women who are unhappily pregnant have become far more limited, some are anticipating an increase in the number of babies left by desperate mothers in hospitals and specially designed Baby Boxes at local fire stations.

The Documentary (Weekend): The Health Wagon

One hour
Nov 19 – Dec 9, 2022

On the road with The Health Wagon in the Appalachian mountains of Southwest Virginia. We join them as they provide no-cost medical, dental and vision care to one of the most vulnerable, medically underserved communities in the United States. In 2021, they treated over 10,000 patients.

The Documentary (Weekend): The Reluctant Millionaires

One hour
Nov 26 – Dec 16, 2022

Why would anyone want to pay more tax? Film maker, activist and multi-millionaire Disney heiress Abigail Disney presents a very personal introduction to the millionaires campaigning against their own wealth. From Morehead, Kentucky to Davos, Switzerland, Washington DC to Orlando, Florida, Abigail tells the story of contemporary wealth inequality, focusing particularly on the United States. What harm is wealth inequality doing to society and democracy and what can be done about it?


Monthly BBC Video Selections:

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Why is that? The island that’s run almost entirely on renewable energy

renewable island

  • Description: As the world slowly moves away from using fossil fuels for electricity, a tiny Scottish island has shown it’s possible to rely almost entirely on renewables.

    The community living on the Isle of Eigg were the first in the world to set up their own off-grid energy system powered by wind, water and the Sun. Since it was launched in 2008, they have received visitors from several other countries wanting to learn more about the project. Community Energy Malawi used their experience to set up a solar minigrid in Sitolo village, a community that previously relied on fossil fuels and firewood.
  • Suggested social copy: As the world slowly moves away from using fossil fuels for electricity, a tiny Scottish island has shown it’s possible to rely almost entirely on renewables.
  • Duration: 3 minutes 47 seconds

Global Citizen: Pangolin – How do you save the world’s most
trafficked mammal

Thai and Pangolin

  • Description: Growing up in Vietnam, Thai witnessed a mother and baby pangolin being caught and killed by neighbours in his village. Since that day he has dedicated his life to stopping poaching and educating the Vietnamese public on the importance of pangolin conservation. His partnerships with the government, scientists, veterinarians, and fellow activists has meant that over 1,500 pangolins have been rescued since he founded Save Vietnam’s Wildlife in 2014.
  • Suggested social copy: Thai has dedicated his life to stopping poaching and educating the Vietnamese public on the importance of pangolin conservation.
  • Duration: 3 minutes, 1 second

Health: How exercise helps your body?

exercise

  • Description: We are often told that exercise is good for us, but what kind of exercise should we do, and how exactly does it help us stay healthy?
  • Suggested social copy: What kind of exercise should we do, and how exactly does it help us stay healthy?
  • Duration: 2 minutes 17 seconds

BBC Monthly: October Docs and Specials | September 15, 2022

Coming in October 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 Xi Jinping, evaluate the undeclared war between Israel and Iran, and discover the bleak reality behind the Red Light District in Amsterdam. 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.


Docs and Specials


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The Documentary: Who is Xi Jinping?

One Hour
Oct 15 – 21, 2022

On the eve of a crucial Chinese Communist Party Congress, Celia Hatton paints a portrait of the most powerful leader of the world’s largest nation since Chairman Mao. How did Xi achieve such an iron grip on power? And how will his nationalistic vision change the world?

The Documentary: Out of the Shadows

One hour
Oct 22 – 28, 2022

Assassination, sabotage, cyberattacks – the undeclared war between Israel and Iran is one of the longest running conflicts in the region. Suzanne Kianpour talks to leading players in the region to find out how it all began and where it’s heading.

The Documentary: The bleak reality behind the Red Light District

One hour
Oct 29 – Nov 4, 2022

Stories from people who know the world of sexual exploitation, human trafficking, nuisance and violence in the Red Light District in Amsterdam.

BBC Monthly: September Docs, Specials and Video Selections | August 10, 2022

Coming in September 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 future of Hip Hop, learn about political instability and souring food prices with Pakistani activists and academics, and discover a video that that helps people spot misinformation about Covid-19. 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: The Future of Hip Hop

Two one-hour documentaries
Episode 1: Sep 10 – 30, 2022
Episode 2: Sep 17 – Oct 7, 2022

Will Hip Hop be less homophobic and misogynistic in the future? Cakes Da Killa has paved the way as an openly gay rapper and in this two-part series, based in New York and Atlanta, he meets queer artists and females to discuss how far they’ve come – and where they want to go.

World Questions – Pakistan

One hour
Sep 10 – Oct 7, 2022

A panel of young Pakistani activists, academics and journalists answer questions put to them by Pakistani youth across the country and across the world. Political instability, soaring food prices, migration, foreign policy and the role of the army will likely be up for discussion, in a virtual debate hosted by the BBC’s Jonny Dymond.


Monthly BBC Video Selections:

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People Fixing the World: The game that shows people how to spot fake news

  • Description: Researchers at Cambridge University have developed a video game that helps people to spot misinformation about Covid-19. Go Viral! shows players the methods used to spread fake news so they can identify it in future.
  • Suggested social copy: Researchers have developed a game which shows players how fake news is spread.
  • Duration: 2 minute 53 seconds
Fake News



Why is that?: Yeast – An unlikely hero in the fight against climate change?

  • Description: Like us, yeast produce carbon dioxide – but scientists have found a way to modify one species to suck the greenhouse gas out of the air instead. They are now working to scale it up and hope to see huge tanks of yeast built next to factories, so it can capture their carbon dioxide emissions before they enter the atmosphere.
  • Suggested social copy: Scientists in Austria have modified yeast to suck CO2 out of the air.
  • Duration: 2 minutes
yeast



Health: How much should we eat?

  • Description: Keeping a balance diet and eating the right amount of food isn’t always easy, particularly with the temptation of junk food. Some people count calories, others follow a strict meal plan, but is there an easier way to work out how much to eat? Turns out, the answer is in our hands.
  • Suggested social copy: Is there an easy way to work out how much to eat?
  • Duration: 2 minutes 3 seconds
food

BBC Monthly: August Docs, Specials and Video Selections | July 13, 2022

Coming in August 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 green transport and the transparency of their supply chains, learn about the wheat industry and how it’s been effected by the war in Ukraine, and discover how Gnanli Landrou has created a far less polluting building material by mixing mud with a special powder. 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 – Viruses and Vaccines

One hour
August 1 – 31, 2022

For the CDC’s ‘National immunisation awareness month’, a special program devoted to viruses and humanity’s battle against them. We’ll hear first-hand accounts from the Flu pandemic of 1918, revisit the SARS epidemic, and meet one of the first people vaccinated as a child against polio – the son of Dr Jonas Salk.

The Compass: Green Energy – Some Inconvenient Truths

Two one-hour documentaries

Episode 1: Transport and Renewables
Aug 17 – Sep 17, 2022

Green transport is crucial to a net zero future, but how transparent are the supply chains bringing the world the components we need, and how green is the electricity we are using to power electric cars anyway? Then, we visit one of the windiest places on earth to hear how locals support green energy – but not when it means the destruction of the local landscape.

Episode 2: Iceland and Finance
Aug 31 – Sep 17, 2022

Iceland produces five times more green energy than its population needs. But what to do with the excess has led to controversy. Then, how is the world going to get to net zero by 2050 and who is paying the bill? Hard choices must be made as we abandon fossil fuels, and every solution to global warming has an impact and unintended consequences.

The Bread Line

One hour
Aug 27 – Sep 16, 2022

From field to bakery, we follow the ‘bread line’ and hear the stories of those in the wheat industry who are winning, and those who are losing, due to the global food crisis sparked by the war in Ukraine.


Monthly BBC Video Selections:

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People Fixing the World: The Man Turning Mud into Eco-Friendly ‘Concrete’

  • Description: Gnanli Landrou has invented a special powder that can turn mud into a solid building material. It’s inspired by houses where he grew up in West Africa. It’s far less polluting than concrete – and it’s about to be used in a new apartment block.
  • Suggested social copy: The man who has invented a special powder that can turn mud into a solid building material.
  • Duration: 3 minute 33 seconds

Gnanli Landrou

Health: Why do we need to sleep well?

  • Description: How much sleep do we need, why are not we getting it, and what effect is that having on us? Here are five ways to make sure you get enough to stay healthy.
  • Suggested social copy: How much sleep do we need, why are not we getting it, and what effect is that having on us?
  • Duration: 2 minutes 22 seconds

sleep

Global Citizen: ‘I sort out piles of human hair’

  • Description: Fry founded the Green Salon Collective which is encouraging sustainability in the hairdressing industry. The collective recycles everything from bleach and dye to people’s actual hair. Video produced by Daniel South, Trystan Young and Jasmin Souesi.
  • Suggested social copy: Fry founded the Green Salon Collective which is encouraging sustainability in the hairdressing industry.
  • Duration: 2 minutes 38 seconds

human hair

2022 BBC Proms Programming | July 12, 2022

For All Stations:

American Public Media is thrilled to showcase the most memorable performances of the 2022 BBC Proms, the U.K.’s annual celebration of classical music. Share up to eight weeks of memorable performances from London’s Royal Albert Hall.

SymphonyCast will broadcast each concert in its entirety, including the last night of Proms. All concerts will follow the standard SymphonyCast clock (1:59).

Hosted by Julie Amacher, these nine programs are available to all APM affiliate stations, free of charge via ContentDepot, regardless of SymphonyCast carriage. These are regular weekly feeds, and open for all Proms concerts.View our detailed list of weekly broadcasts through Friday, Sep 26.

If you would like to carry this programming, please contact your Station Representative.

For BBC Affiliates

The BBC World Service will broadcast seven specially selected highlight programs of Proms concerts, featuring one each week from Saturday, Jul 30 through Friday, Sep 16, with repeats each Sunday. You can view the BBC Proms schedule here.The 2022 season features leading British orchestras as well as international soloists and conductors. Highlights include a performance from the newly formed Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra that showcases the artistry and resilience of Ukrainian musicians, a video games music debut for Proms curated by the young British conductor Robert Ames and the best of South African jazz led by celebrated South African trumpeter and conductor Marcus Wyatt.

NOTE: These programs will be broadcast on the BBC World Service – so news stations will hear this classical music programming during the regular schedule.

These highlight programs make great complements to the full concerts from SymphonyCast and are available for broadcast to all current BBC World Service affiliate stations through APM.

Details and downloads for all seven programs are coming soon to the BBC Media Partner Centre:

  • Broadcast time: Saturdays, 2-3 p.m. ET; repeats Sundays, 7-8 a.m. ET
  • Length: 53 minutes
  • Clock: Proms programs will not follow the BBC World Service clock; there are no breaks at the bottom of the hour.

Questions about BBC Proms programming? Please contact your Station Representative.

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:

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: 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:

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.

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