Newshour is the award-winning flagship program of the BBC World Service, the world's largest newsgathering operation.

A one-hour daily flagship news program providing definitive, on-the-ground reporting and analysis of the biggest international stories of the day.

With the world's unrelenting 24-hour news cycle, Newshour is the program that cuts through the background noise and provides definitive, on-the-ground reporting and analysis of the biggest international stories of the day. Seven days a week, 365 days a year, Newshour delivers an hour of headlines, commentary and compelling reports from the BBC's team of correspondents and probing interviews with the newsmakers at the heart of every story. Newshour provides explanation, debate and background on why events are happening and explores their impact on our lives.

Clear, rigorous, well-paced and LIVE every day, Newshour brings BBC's unmatched reporting from all around the globe right to your listeners.

  • Four weekday feeds: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. ET
  • Two weekend feeds: 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET
  • Room for local inserts and underwriting
  • First on the scene when global news breaks

"Newshour does an excellent job of bringing the news from the world straight to you in a calm, informative, detailed manner. That's my news source of choice."

– Daryl, KUT listener


James Coomarasamy
Tim Franks
Razia Iqbal
Julian Marshall
James Menendez




Tim de Faramond, Editor
Tim de Faramond is the new Editor of Newshour and a number of other international news shows that are broadcast on the World Service and in the UK. Tim was previously Front Page Editor for the international editions of the BBC News website, and has worked with BBC Minute, Today and Outside Source on TV and Radio.

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Tim Franks

Tim Franks

Tim Franks anchors BBC World Service's leading international current affairs program Newshour, which broadcasts globally and on a range of public radio stations in the U.S.

Until 2010, Tim was an award-winning foreign correspondent for the BBC. For three years, he was the BBC's Middle East correspondent, based in Jerusalem. He spent five years prior to that as the BBC's Europe Correspondent, based in Brussels, and reporting across the continent. He also, during this period, spent extended time in Iraq during the war of 2003, and in its aftermath. His first foreign posting was to Washington, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Previously, he'd spent six years as a political correspondent, based in Westminster.

Since his return to London in 2010, Tim had split his time between reporting on sport for BBC News, and presenting Newshour and the BBC interview program Hardtalk. He became one of the main anchors of Newshour in May 2013.

Since anchoring Newshour, Tim has done a number of high profile interviews and reports from around the world. In 2013 he travelled to Dagestan to record a rare interview with Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of the brothers suspected of the Boston bombing. Tim also secured the first broadcast interview with Lance Armstrong, after almost a year of broadcast silence following his confession on Oprah Winfrey. At the start of 2014, he conducted the first broadcast interview in 16 years with the reclusive Islamic cleric FethullAh Gulen, at the height of his power struggle with the Turkish Prime Minister.

Tim joined BBC World Service in 1990 after studying Chinese at Oxford University.

Razia Iqbal

Razia Iqbal

Razia is an anchor for BBC World Service's flagship current affairs show Newshour, which is broadcast globally on the network.

She joined BBC World Service in 1989 and during this period was deployed to cover news stories in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and within the UK, covering British politics and domestic affairs. Her experience has included both working as a reporter and as a producer and editor for in the newsroom.

In 2001 she began working on the BBC's UK output, and made the move from radio to television. She worked for some of the BBC's flagship news and current affairs programs and also worked as the BBC's Arts correspondent. During this period she travelled around the world to report on the big culture and arts stories. Most recently Razia has been a Special Correspondent for the BBC's main news programs in the UK – this role has seen her deployed within the UK and internationally to cover a huge range of stories. She has also presented an arts strand called Talking Books, in which she interviews leading authors and writers about their work.

In 2011 Razia returned to BBC World Service, to anchor Newshour. She completed a post-graduate course in Journalism.

Please read this blog post about changes to Razia's hosting duties in 2022

James Coomarasamy

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

Julian Marshall

Julian Marshall

Julian Marshall is one of the main presenters of Newshour, the BBC World Service flagship news and current affairs program. He has won four Sony Gold Awards – the UK radio's Oscar equivalent - the first of which was for best reaction to a news event: the release of Nelson Mandela.

Julian describes his Job on Newshour as the most enjoyable and stimulating he has ever done: "I have had a ringside seat at some of the most significant developments of the late twentieth and early twenty first centuries."

Julian first joined the BBC World Service in 1977 as a producer in the African Service where he worked on the English for Africa program, Focus on Africa. Later he would travel the length and breadth of Africa reporting on events such as the Ethiopian-Somalian Ogaden War and Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summits.

Back in England, Julian reported for various BBC programs until 1990 when he joined Newshour.

More than anything Julian values his close relationship with listeners and looks forward to any opportunity to meet them face-to-face.

James Menendez

James Menendez

James Menendez is an anchor of BBC Newshour, which broadcasts globally on BBC World Service and via public radio partners in the U.S. He joined the program in 2012 having worked as a host, correspondent and producer internationally for the BBC.

James has anchored Newshour for the BBC from Brazil, Venezuela, Myanmar, the US, Chile, Spain and Brussels. In 2014 he was in Brazil for the World Cup, leading Newshour's coverage of the tournament and of Brazil. He also presents on BBC World News TV.

Prior to anchoring Newshour, James was the BBC's correspondent in Venezuela from 2003-2004. He has worked globally for the BBC as a correspondent, reporting from across the Middle East and also Haiti, Colombia and Europe. James has also worked for the BBC as a world affairs producer, which included deployments to a range of countries including: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Kuwait.

James joined BBC World Service in 1998 after three years working in local radio in the UK. James lives in London with his wife and two young daughters. He went to Oxford University and is half Spanish.

Newshour airs daily, with a consistent clock, and is available via the ContentDepot. Stations must subscribe to the live stream(s) they wish to receive. ContentDepot live streams are made available at the following times:

9-9:59 a.m. ET
10-10:59 a.m. ET
3-3:59 p.m. ET
4-4:59 p.m. ET

8-8:59 a.m. ET
4-4:59 p.m. ET

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Broadcast Rights

Full broadcast rights for this program can be viewed and downloaded here. Prior to carrying this series, stations must confirm carriage with American Public Media.

Underwriting Audience Insights

Newshour is heard by over 3.1 million U.S. listeners each week.*

Newshour audience:

  • 50% female, 50% male.
  • Median age of 60, with 35% between 25 and 54.
  • 73% hold bachelor’s degrees or higher.
  • 56% have an annual household income of $75,000 or more.

*Source: ACT1 Systems based on Nielsen Audio Nationwide DMA P12+ Audience Estimates, Spring 2022

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