BBC World has stepped up its commitment to the US market with the launch of a new Washington-based news programme on October 1. BBC World News America will be presented by senior Washington correspondent Matt Frei and will air at 19.00 ET (01.00 CET). In the United States, where BBC World is marketed as BBC World News, the programme will also be available on BBC America and public stations, where it will be available in a half hour format.
Frei, who has been the BBC’s lead Washington correspondent since 2003, will anchor World News America from the BBC’s Washington DC bureau and will cover stories from the United States and around the world. It follows the format of the established World News Today, a further edition of which is being introduced at 22.00 ET (05.00 CET), presented by Philippa Thomas.
Former Washington anchor Katty Kay returns to the field as Washington correspondent.