WAMU 88.5 : Programs

Introducing BBC Newshour
Weekdays at 9 a.m.

WAMU 88.5 is excited to add BBC Newshour to our morning news line-up. Broadcast on more than 1,000 stations worldwide, BBC Newshour is an exceptional global breaking news program. It cuts through the background noise of 24-hour coverage and provides definitive, on-the-ground reporting and analysis of the biggest international stories of the day.

Our region plays a crucial role in global relations, and staying up to date on international news is important to many listeners. The BBC, founded in 1922, is one of the most respected news organizations in the world. Our listeners deserve no less.

Each weekday at 9 a.m. EST, BBC Newshour will bring WAMU’s listeners live coverage including news bulletins, international interviews and in-depth reports of world news. Local news will continue to be part of our programming.

The Diane Rehm Show frequently covers international news during its 10 a.m. segment. Following Newshour, Diane’s coverage of international events and her compelling interviews are a great way to continue the conversation throughout your morning.

Meet the Hosts:

Razia Iqbal

Host, BBC Newshour

Razia joined BBC in 1989 and is an experienced reporter, producer, editor and host. She has covered news stories in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and within the U.K., covering British politics and domestic affairs.

Razia’s role with the BBC has included:

  • U.K.: BBC’s U.K. output, moving from radio to television
  • Global: BBC's arts correspondent, reporting on big culture and arts stories
  • U.K.: Special Correspondent for the BBC’s main news programs
  • U.K.: Host of Talking Books, interviewing leading authors and writers about their work

Razia returned to BBC World Service in 2011 to anchor Newshour. She completed a post-graduate course in journalism in 2012.

 

Owen Bennett-Jones
Host, BBC Newshour

More information coming soon.

 

Lyse Doucet

Chief International Correspondent and Host, BBC Newshour

Lyse is an award-winning correspondent and presenter for BBC World News television and BBC World Service Radio, and reports across the BBC, including for BBC Newsnight. She is regularly deployed to anchor special news coverage from the field and to interview world leaders.

Lyse’s work with the BBC has included:

  • Middle East and North Africa: Covering major stories for the last 20 years, including BBC’s coverage of the Arab Spring
  • Afghanistan and Pakistan: Covering stories since 1988
  • Global: Coverage of major natural disasters including the Indian Ocean tsunami and the recent Pakistan floods

Before becoming a BBC presenter in 1999, Lyse spent 15 years as a BBC foreign correspondent with postings in Jerusalem, Amman, Tehran, Islamabad, Kabul and Abidjan.

 

James Coomarasamy

Host, BBC Newshour

James is an experienced reporter and host with BBC. He has been a BBC correspondent in Moscow, Warsaw, Paris, Washington and Europe. He has been a host with BBC World News and Newshour since 2012.

James’ reporting for BBC has included:

  • U.S.: 2008 presidential election, including BBC World Service coverage of President Barack Obama’s first inauguration
  • Russia: War in Chechnya, storming of Russian Parliament, Boris Yeltsin re-election
  • Poland: joining NATO and EU
  • Paris: 2002 presidential election and run-off
  • Turkey: 1999 earthquake

Newshour Special Editions:

2012 – French presidential election
2012 - Growing Russian opposition to Putin
2011 – U.S. immigration broadcast from Phoenix, Ariz.
2009 – German election and 20th anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall broadcast from Berlin

 

James Menendez

Host, BBC Newshour

James is an experienced international host, reporter and producer with BBC. He has been a BBC correspondent in the Middle East, Europe and South America and is also a host for BBC World News TV.

James’ work with BBC has included:

  • Venezuela: Leading coverage of 2014 World Cup and Brazil
  • Global: Hosting Newshour from Brazil, Venezuela, Myanmar, the U.S., Chili, Spain and Brussels
  • Venezuela: BBC correspondent for two years
  • U.K.: Host of BBC World News TV
  • Global: Reporting from the Middle East, Haiti, Colombia and Europe
  • Global: World affairs producer with deployments to a range of countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Kuwait

 

Tim Franks

Host, BBC Newshour

Tim Franks is an award-winning foreign correspondent who joined BBC Newshour as a host in 2010. He is also host of Hardtalk, a BBC interview program.

Tim’s reporting has included:

  • Middle East: BBC’s Middle East correspondent for three years
  • Europe: BBC’s Europe correspondent for five years
  • Iraq: Extensive coverage during the war of 2003 and in its aftermath
  • Washington, D.C.: Extensive coverage in the wake of the 9/11 attacks
  • U.K.: BBC’s political correspondent

Newshour Special Interviews:

2014 –Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen at the height of his power struggle with the Turkish Prime Minister (first interview in 16 years)
2013 –Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, mother of the brothers suspected of the Boston bombing
2013 –Lance Armstrong, first interview following his confession on The Oprah Winfrey Show

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