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BBC World Service should play a bigger part in your 24/7 news day. Why? Because listeners value international news and the unparalleled journalism and global reach of the BBC. BBC World Service, BBC Newshour, BBC Topline, documentaries and specials, and now BBC Select – watch the video above to see how BBC can complete your news day. Then ask yourself: Are you getting the most of your BBC World Service affiliation?
Next week BBC World Service will offer a special broadcast of the BBC program “Desert Island Discs.” The episode’s guest is Bill Gates. It’s available for broadcast from February 11-24. Details below.
Program Description: “Desert Island Discs: Bill Gates”
Bill Gates tells presenter Kirsty Young which 8 tracks, book and luxury he’d want to take with him if he was to be castaway on a desert island.
Bill Gates sat at his first computer while still at school in Seattle, wrote his first computer programme aged just 13 and went on to co-found the company Microsoft, becoming one of the key figures of the technological revolution. In 2000, he and his wife, Melinda, launched the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which has to date given over $34 billion to projects aimed at reducing health inequality around the world.
Born into a professional family – his father was a lawyer, his mother a former teacher who later became involved with volunteer work – he was introduced to the idea of ‘giving back’ at an early age. An avid reader as a child, he attended Harvard where he and Paul Allen developed software for the first micro-computers. The company would go on to achieve huge success with its Windows operating system.
By 1987, Gates had become the world’s youngest self-made billionaire, then worth $1.25 billion. Consistently listed as the ‘Richest Man in the World’, he stepped down as CEO of the company in 2000 although he remained as Chairman until 2014.
Today his primary focus is his philanthropy. In 2010, Gates and his friend Warren Buffett announced the Giving Pledge, which aims to inspire the wealthy people of the world to give away the majority of their net worth to worthy causes.
First airing: February 11, 2016, at 2:00am ET (replacing “The Thought Show”).
Duration: 49 minutes 30 seconds (23 minutes & 26 minutes 30 seconds) or 59 minutes including the News Bulletins, billboards & promos.
Broadcast window: February 11-24, 2016.
Download availability on www.bbc.co.uk/partners: from Thursday, February 11, at 09:00 GMT for 14 days.
“America in Black and White”, a BBC two-part documentary, is available for U.S. broadcast now through February 25. Access it now, along with on-air promo, via the American Public Media Exchange on ContentDepot. See the program description below, and additional context from BBC World Service’s Senior Commissioning Editor Steve Titherington.
Today’s edition of World Have Your Say (11:00 ET): “Iowa – Your Reaction”
With Ben James
Iowa has clarified and reshaped the race to become the next US President. We’ll check the pulse of America as the nation absorbs the results of the Republican and Democratic votes. Are supporters of the main candidates on both sides encouraged or downhearted by the result in Iowa? What about still undecided voters? And younger voters?
We’ll hear views from across the US and ask our guests and political experts what factors will shape the nomination race over the coming weeks and months.
Please note that the World Debate from the World Economic Forum in Davos will air tomorrow, Tuesday, January 26, as detailed below.
BBC World Service is offering the following special program on David Bowie.
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Today’s edition of World Have Your Say will be a special on David Bowie. The program will air today at 11:00am ET, and will be available to download from the partners website for 7 days. Details below.
World Have Your Say: David Bowie
A special edition of World Have Your Say remembers music legend David Bowie, who has died from cancer, aged 69. We hear stories about David Bowie from around the world – from the people who met him, knew him and were influenced by him. Presented by Chloe Tilly.
First aired: Monday, January 11 at 11:00am ET.
Broadcast window: January 11-17, 2016.
Number of episodes: 1.
Programme duration: 49 minutes 30 seconds (23 minutes & 26 minutes 30 seconds) or 59 minutes including the News Bulletins, billboards & promos.
Download availability on www.bbc.co.uk/partners: from Monday, January 11 at 13:00 EST for 7 days http://www.bbc.co.uk/partners/english/programmes/world-have-your-say–david-bowie
Please note the following Program changes:
On Friday, December 25 The BBC Newshour Extra will be replaced with a broadcast of “The Ghostly Voices of World War One”
Please note the following special program airing on BBC World Service the week of December 27.
“A New Life in Europe”
The story of one Syrian family heading for Europe in search of a better life. Read more
Please note BBC will air an extra edition of World Business Report at 14:32 ET (the documentary is dropped) on Wednesday, December 16, for coverage of the US interest rate announcement by the Federal Reserve.
This means that all editions of World Business Report at 13:32/13:50/14:32/17:32 ET will be live.
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