One year after re-launching KUT 90.5 as an all-news service we are updating our weekday programming schedule to better reflect our goal of being a source for news throughout the day.
On Monday, February 3, "Here and Now" will begin an hour earlier, starting at noon, next is PRI's "The World," at 2 p.m., followed by a new addition to our weekday line-up, "BBC Newshour." "BBC Newshour" has been a regular program on weekend afternoons and can now be heard seven days a week at 3 p.m.
With the addition of "BBC Newshour" to the weekday lineup we will discontinue broadcasting "BBC World Have Your Say."
About BBC Newshour | @bbcnewshour
"BBC Newshour" is BBC World Service’s award-winning international news and current-affairs program. Anchored from the BBC’s headquarters in London, the show draws on the expertise of its key anchors and their foreign reporting expertise, and the network of BBC correspondents around the world.
Now in its 26th year, the program delivers the latest on the stories that matter, breaking news, interviews and analysis. The show’s anchors have a wealth of reporting experience and include Tim Franks, Razia Iqbal, Lyse Doucet, James Menendez, James Coomarasamy and Owen Bennett-Jones. Covering stories from a global context, as well as featuring interviews with leading figures, debate and discussion, the program keeps audiences around the world across the news and trends that matter, with analysis and context on international events.
In 2013 some key editorial highlights including continued stand-out eyewitness reporting and analysis of the conflict in Syria, live coverage of Venezuela in transition and an investigation into the real extent of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The programme also featured interviews with major newsmakers including cyclist Lance Armstrong, Syrian government adviser Bouthainaa Shabaan, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and a Guantanamo detainee. In January 2014, Newshour secured the first broadcast interview in 16 years with Fethulla Gulen, the "second most powerful man in Turkey" from his self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania.
Last year, Newshour also hosted a special week of guest editors – all women drawn from the worlds of philanthropy, business, technology, journalism, law and humanitarian work. Leading figures including Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, Susan Wojcicki, senior vice president of advertising at Google, and Helen Clark, prime minister of New Zealand (1999-2008) now administrator of the United Nations Development Programme in New York
BBC Newshour Anchors
Razia Iqbal is an anchor for "BBC Newshour." She joined BBC World Service in 1989 and during this period was deployed to cover news stories in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and within the UK, covering British politics and domestic affairs.
In 2001 she began working on the BBC’s UK output, and made the move from radio to television. She worked for some of the BBC's flagship news and current affairs programmes and also worked as the BBC's Arts correspondent. During this period she travelled around the world to report on the big culture and arts stories. Most recently Razia has been a Special Correspondent for the BBC’s main news programmes in the UK – this role has seen her deployed within the UK and internationally to cover a huge range of stories. She has also presented an arts strand called Talking Books, in which she interviews leading authors and writers about their work.
In 2011 Razia returned to BBC World Service, to anchor Newshour. She completed a post-graduate course in Journalism and in 2013 received an honorary doctorate from the University of East Anglia.
Tim Franks is an anchor for "BBC Newshour." Until 2010, he was an award-winning foreign correspondent for the BBC. For three years, he was the BBC’s Middle East correspondent, based in Jerusalem. He spent five years prior to that as the BBC’s Europe Correspondent, based in Brussels and reporting across the continent. He also, during this period, spent extended time in Iraq during the war of 2003, and its aftermath. His first foreign posting was to Washington, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Previously, he’d spent six years as a political correspondent, based in Westminster.
Since his return to London in 2010, Tim had split his time between reporting on sport for BBC News, and presenting "Newshour" and the BBC interview programme "Hardtalk." He has interviewed a range of high-profile guests including Lance Armstrong and Robert King, and anchored the BBC World Service’s coverage of the death of Nelson Mandela.