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BBC hints at launch of 24-hour US news station

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  1. obrienaj

    obrienaj Godfather

    Apr 7, 2004
    From http://www.brandrepublic.com/bulletins/media/article/521430/bbc-hints-launch-24hour-us-news-station/

    BBC hints at launch of 24-hour US news station
    by Sam Matthews Brand Republic 11 Oct 2005

    BBC World News: service expanded on BBC America

    LONDON – The launch of a 24-hour US BBC News channel could be getting closer as the corporation extended its BBC World News service to offer hours of early morning news.

    BBC World has secured a three-hour block on BBC America, replacing half-hour bulletins. It marks the first time BBC World News has broadcast for three hours straight in the US.

    The first BBC World News block goes out from 3am to 6am and the second from 6am to 9am. Previously, bulletins lasting 30 minutes aired at 6am, 7am and 8am.

    Jeff Hazell, BBC World's director of distribution and business development, hinted at a move to launching a 24-hour BBC World News channel in the US.

    "The US is a major focus for us and this new agreement with BBC America demonstrates BBC World News' commitment to bringing unbiased, trustworthy news to audiences in US.

    "We also hope this new programming block will help us further increase the US audiences demand for the BBC World News channel 24/7," he said.

    Each morning, the broadcast will have the latest news headlines, studio interviews and in-depth analysis as well as 'World Business Report' and 'Asia Today'.

    Kathryn Mitchell, BBC America's general manager, said: "It was important to us that we be able to extend our news block for viewers who demand the reliable, world renowned global news coverage from BBC World News."

    In the last two years, US interest in international news has increased by 40% according to research by the PEW Research Centre.

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  2. Stalky14

    Stalky14 Legend

    Feb 18, 2005
    Well, it's a start.

    But that 40% interest increase is probably because people are finally
    noticing just how mind-numbingly bad the US 24hr news channels are.
    "CNN refugees" of sorts.

    But I'll say it again: Just sell us BBC World and be done with it! The signal
    is there just the same as HBO or MTV. Sell it a-la-carte on 121 and nobody has
    anything to lose except for Fox News and CNN, and they bloody deserve it for
    treating us like a nation of 6th-graders.
  3. leegart

    leegart Legend

    Dec 18, 2004
    It would be nice to have either that BBC-US news station or BBC World and BRING BACK CNN-INTERNATIONAL!!!!!!! :soapbox:
  4. kb7oeb

    kb7oeb Icon

    Jun 16, 2004
    Or newsworld, I miss that channel
  5. SamC

    SamC Hall Of Fame

    Jan 20, 2003
    An echo in a British accent is still an echo.
  6. UKintheUS

    UKintheUS Godfather

    Dec 23, 2005
    Was watching BBC America today and there was an add saying BBC World Coming soon, contact your Cable or Satellite operator.
  7. TNGTony

    TNGTony Hall Of Fame

    Mar 23, 2002
    The article is incorrect when it says that this is the first time BBC World transmits 3 hours straight into the US. During 9/11/01 events the coverage was wall-to-wall for nearly 48 hours on BBC America.

    See ya
  8. UKintheUS

    UKintheUS Godfather

    Dec 23, 2005
    But there advertising now that its coming soon. This is as a seperate channel from BBC America.

    That will give us 2 BBC channels in the US

    BBC America
    BBC World

    A far cry from the UK at 8 channels

    BBC News 24
    BBC Parliament
  9. TNGTony

    TNGTony Hall Of Fame

    Mar 23, 2002
    I understand that THEY'RE advertising THEIR other channel THERE. :) I was not trying to make any other point that the article which says:
    was wrong! BBC America showed BBC World for two days straight from about 8:30am 9/11- to 7am(?) 9/13.

    Come to think of it, BBC America switched over to BBC World for the Queen Mother's funeral. IIRC this lasted more than 3 hours as well.

    For the record, I would love to see BBC World on Dish!

    See ya
  10. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    I think the word they missed was 'regularly'. 9/11 and the Queen Mother's funeral were special events.

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