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Programs Topline

Hosted by Rob Hugh-Jones, each unique feed of Topline provides a 90-second snapshot of the world’s most important unfolding stories, curated for U.S. audiences and made to complement your morning schedule and the Morning Edition® clock.

  • Six weekday morning feeds: 6:18, 7:18, 8:18, 9:18, 10:18 and 11:18 Eastern
  • Fill breaks in the morning hour for a consistent global news update
  • Included in your BBC World Service affiliation

Integrating Topline

Use Topline to help you mind your gaps and differentiate from other news, promos, and underwriting segments. Hear how stations are integrating Topline:

...Topline is a fabulous addition to Morning Edition each morning, and I couldn't be more pleased. It's seamless, really complements the news offered by both NPR and ourselves, and serves our listeners in the way they should expect. Works beautifully. - Lynne Clendenin, OPB

With the relatively new Morning Edition clock, we have an opportunity to provide listeners with a strong mix of local, national and international content. BBC Topline has a fresh sound and presentation and encapsulates the latest world news to help KJZZ provide a broad mix of news for listeners. - Jon Hoban, KJZZ


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Program Feed Schedule

Topline is delivered via ContentDepot file transfer at 6:18, 7:18, 8:18, 9:18, 10:18 and 11:18 a.m. ET each morning, Monday through Friday. The air window runs from ::18:00 - ::52:00. The length of each program is 1:30. Stations airing Topline should subscribe to the BBC Topline page in ContentDepot.

If you have questions regarding managing your subscription or how to automate Topline, please contact APM's ICC at 651-290-1563 or via email at

Broadcast Rights

Topline is available to all BBC-carrying American Public Media affiliate stations for broadcast. Topline must be aired from 18:00 to 52:00 each hour; no editing allowed. Simulcast streaming rights are available for BBC programming. See terms and conditions described in the American Public Media Service Agreement. Prior to carrying this series, stations must confirm carriage with American Public Media.

Rob Hugh-Jones

Rob Hugh-Jones is currently Editor of the BBC Partner Hub. Before that, he was Managing Editor of WNYC's The Takeaway, and Managing Editor of PRI's The World, produced with WGBH in Boston. Rob also served as The World's BBC bureau chief for several years. Rob completed his graduate studies at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, so his knowledge of the United States – and American radio audiences – runs deep.

Rob has also worked across many other parts of the BBC. He started as a local reporter in London, then various regions of the UK. He served as news bulletin writer in the BBC World Service newsroom for two years, then as Producer on Newshour, and Senior Producer on Outlook. Rob moved to BBC TV for four years, working on award-winning documentaries for BBC 1 and 2 (the primary BBC TV networks) including Panorama (the BBC's investigative current affairs flagship, which compares to PBS Frontline).

Rob has been steeped in international news for the best part of 20 years. He lived in Africa and North America as a child, and is very well travelled. He has covered numerous, momentous global news stories, including the British handover of Hong Kong in 1997, and the seminal Bonn conference in Germany right after 9/11, which plotted a way forward for the U.S., and allies in Afghanistan and beyond.

Rob and his wife Alice live south of London and have a very sporty nine-year-old son, Leo, who is crazy about football (soccer) and cricket (you know, that baseball-kind-of-game the Brits and others continue to play!).  


Mahfuz Sadique

Mahfuz Sadique
Mahfuz has 15 years' experience in multi-platform daily news and current affairs journalism, 10 of them with BBC News. His current role is with BBC Newsgathering, meaning he helps co-ordinate and plan global news coverage via around 40 BBC bureaux around the world.

Mahfuz has also done field reporting from Bangladesh for the BBC, covering major stories there including the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in the capital, Dhaka, in 2013.


Audrey Tinline

Audrey Tinline
Audrey is a very experienced presenter, reporter and senior producer with BBC radio, having worked with the BBC for more than 20 years. She is currently a Senior Broadcast Journalist on BBC business programs. She also produces news and current affairs programmes across BBC World Service radio and writes features for BBC online.

Before coming to the BBC Audrey was a producer in Singapore on Asia Business News TV, a pan-Asian satellite TV station set up by Dow Jones. And she worked at RTHK in Hong Kong as a reporter and newsreader.


Use Topline between 18:00 to 52:00 for consistent global news updates during Morning Edition.

BBC Partner Hub

The BBC Partner Hub's mission is to better serve BBC partner stations around the world. The 10-person team is based primarily in London, making and disseminating tailored radio content for stations from the United Kingdom to the Philippines, to South Africa and the U.S. The team's Washington, D.C. producer, Dave McGuire, focuses solely on U.S. stations. Together, they offer relevant, short-form, flexible, "in the minute" news content and compelling features from the BBC.  

Led by Rob Hugh-Jones since its formation in 2012, the Partner Hub's primary focus is U.S. public radio stations, with Topline new bulletins that complement Morning Edition.


Topline is carried on more than 160 stations and reaches over 3 million listeners each week*.

* Source: Nielsen Audio, Nationwide DMA data, Persons 12+, Fall '18

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