BBC World News is announcing further improvements to its output in Asia, with new programmes and a new schedule for its flagship news programme. From 18 June, Newsday will move forward in the schedule to start at 6am in Singapore. BBC World News continues to invest in newsgathering and will produce new programmes from the region, including Mishal Husain Meets… and Thailand Direct.
Newsday will run at 6.00, 7.00 and 8.00am in the morning, with Asia Business Report and Sport Today on the half hour. Main presenter Babita Sharma will be in London, paired with Rico Hizon in Singapore.
Newsday is presented live from Singapore and London and delivers an overview of the day’s big news stories, as well as the latest business and sports updates, each weekday. The programme looks at stories from both an Asian and global perspective and offers a thorough round-up for audiences both in the region and around the world.
The BBC is currently searching for a chief business correspondent in Asia as part of a major drive to expand the breadth and depth of its international business coverage. This move is part of a significant investment in global newsgathering and will strengthen international reporting from priority areas.
Andrew Roy, Head of News at BBC World News says: "By bringing Newsday forward in the schedule we will meet our growing audiences for breakfast and mid-morning in the Asian and Australian markets. This new time slot will mean more viewers can join Babita and Rico and see how investments in our news team are enhancing our coverage in the region.”
The schedule shift is a response to the popularity of Newsday and will be complemented by some specially commissioned programming from the region, including Mishal Husain Meets… and Thailand Direct.
Mishal Husain Meets… is a high profile series of six half hour programmes hosted by one of the BBCʼs most experienced and respected presenters. Six of Asiaʼs most prominent opinion formers and personalities from the business sector, the arts, politics and sports world will be interviewed by Mishal, and the series will broadcast internationally on BBC World News from 28 July 2012.
Also, in the first international season of programmes by the BBC on Thailand, BBC World News takes a more focused look at this destination for its Direct season, focusing on the economic, social, cultural and political aspects of the country.
BBC World News visits Thailand a year after the country suffered some of its worst ever flooding. There will be a Working Lives programme from Bangkok featuring six very different characters from across the socio-economic spectrum in the Thai capital. One Square Mile will find out what life is really like for residents in a chosen concentrated area of Thailand and World News’s travel programme Fast Track will travel to some of the country’s least visited regions. Thailand Direct runs from the 27 August -7 September 2012.