Introducing Witness, Americana and Hardtalk
This week, changes are being made to the World Service schedule, so we decided to devote the whole of this week's Over To You to an interview with the woman responsible, Gwyneth Williams.
She's the Director of the World Service in English and she has the challenging job of putting together a mix of programmes that she hopes will appeal to as many of us as possible - regardless of where we come from, what we do, and what our interests are.
She was remarkably frank about the difficulties she faces, the main one being the budget, or lack of it. "All forms of original programming are expensive in terms of the budget of the World Service," she tells us in the programme. "This is very challenging!"
Hardtalk: coming soon to the World Service.
Nevertheless, she's introducing a new strand of programmes that will include a radio version of Hardtalk, the interview programme that Stephen Sackur presents on television; and Americana, presented by Matt Frei, which is designed to give us a view of American life that we don't get from the news programmes.
And then there's Witness, which sounds like a fascinating way of presenting modern history, explaining events through archive, eye witnesses and historians.
I'm sure Over To You listeners will let us know what they think of these new programmes. I'm particularly curious to know what the reaction will be to Americana. It's a programme we've been listening to here in the UK for a few months now. But now that a version of it is going out on the World Service it will also reach our American audience - so I hope those of you listening in the United States will let us know whether you think it presents a picture of life as you know it.
But although Gwyneth's comments are interesting and at times thought-provoking, I think it's fair to say that this week's Over to You is dominated by our listeners - which is, of course, the way we like it - and when we'd finished the programme, Gwyneth told us how delighted she was to have had the opportunity to speak to so many of you, and to hear the comments of others.
Emails about the World Service schedules are still coming in, and we shall be passing them on to her, so if you haven't been in touch yet - well it's never too late to drop us a line.
Cathy Packe is the Producer, Over To You
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World Service and its programmes. It airs at 10:40 and 23:40 every Saturday, and at 02:40 on Sunday (GMT).