BBC will add second hour of ‘Newshour’

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The BBC World Service will add a second hour to its morning BBC Newshour program for U.S. stations, with the aim of encouraging broader carriage, particularly among stations in the Central time zone.

The World Service will begin feeding a 10 a.m. Eastern hour of Newshour July 11. It will retire the 8 a.m. hour of the show, which airs on “comparatively few” stations, said Mary Hockaday, controller of BBC World Service English.

“We really hope that makes it easier for all the time zones right across the States to have good access to Newshour,” Hockaday said.

The BBC will replace the 8 a.m. hour of Newshour with another program, most likely BBC Newsroom, according to a spokesperson.

As of fall 2015, 264 stations carried Newshour. American Public Media distributes the World Service to U.S. stations.