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All news is good news on BBC show

LONDON — BBC Radio said Wednesday it was launching a “good news” show in Britain after one of its announcers campaigned for less gloomy news reports.

But good-news fans will have only one hour a week to savor stories of success , heroism, kindness and hope on a news and sports channel, Radio Five Live, which is being launched at the end of this month.

“The program will recognize the unsung heroes, the great inventions, the British companies doing well abroad, the teenagers driving aid to Bosnia,” said Bill Hamilton, who will present “Now the Good News.”

“There are a wealth of good stories all over the country — not dull or worthy, but which deserve a hearing. We will bring listeners the sort of stories which can sometimes get squeezed off the main news agenda.”

Martyn Lewis, a BBC television news presenter, sparked a wide debate last year when he criticized the media in general for concentrating on death, disaster, pestilence and poverty.

“Lewis led the campaign for a broader news agenda and the idea has certainly struck a chord with the public,” the program’s assistant editor Huw Marks said.

Listeners will be asked to suggest good news stories the network should be covering.

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