BBC World News and the Katty Kay-anchored newscast BBC World News America are among the BBC World News programs that are coming to PBS stations nationwide beginning June 1.
This comes as a result of a new partnership between the Washington D.C. PBS station WETA and BBC Global News. The WETA-based PBS National Sales team will also manage corporate and foundation underwriting duties for the BBC World News programs in the United States.
“WETA is renowned for excellence in journalism, bringing trusted news and public affairs programming to the American people via public media,” WETA president and CEO Sharon Percy Rockefeller said in a statement. “We are pleased to collaborate with the BBC in presenting their stellar international news coverage to the nation. Together, we will offer content of importance and integrity with meaningful synergies in program marketing.”
BBC World News broadcasts are available in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, providing bulletins with news, business, sports and weather, and broadcasts BBC’s current affairs, documentary and lifestyle programming. BBC World News America provides reports on the major international and U.S. news of the day.
“BBC Global News is the world’s most trusted truly global news broadcaster,” said Jim Egan, CEO of BBC Global News. “We’re excited to work with WETA to reach U.S. public media audiences hungry for impartial coverage of events inside and beyond America.”
WETA, the flagship public broadcaster in the nation’s capital, counts PBS NewsHour and Washington Week among its productions and co-productions.