The BBC today debuts a revamped version of its “World News” franchise tailored specifically for PBS stations.
The 30-minute broadcast, which is distributed by Los Angeles-based KCET, will originate from a new studio in London, where Mike Embley replaces longtime anchor Alistair Yates. It will feature daily reports from Philipa Thomas in the BBC’s Washington bureau.
In its new incarnation, “BBC World News” adds six public affiliates to its distribution, including WTTW in Chicago and Pittsburgh’s WQED. It’s been cleared in 46 of the top 50 markets. “BBCWN” content will also be available for the first time on the stations’ websites. (The show, however, has gone dark on Gotham’s two PBS mainstays, WNET and Long Island-based WLIW.)
“We’re honored to be able to take on the task of bringing the world to America, and placing events in America within their global context,” trumpeted news chief Richard Porter.
Stations are being asked to sked the “World News” in the 4-7 p.m. window, so as to not to conflict with the Beeb’s recently bowed cable newscast, BBC America’s Yank-flavored “World News America.”