BBC World Service is rolling out a new schedule, moving Outside Source to afternoons and merging it with World Have Your Say.
The new show, BBC OS, will be a two-hour programme from 3pm till 5pm GMT, and continue to be hosted by Nuala McGovern from the middle of the BBC newsroom in London.
New culture series In the Studio will give access to the world’s leading creative people in the process of making their art and work a reality, and The Newsroom will increase its coverage of key stories with up to six broadcasts a day.
Launching in April is Life Stories – a new season exploring stories about who we are and how we live. BBC World Service is also rolling out a new product launch with BBC Minute On… – additional 60-second programmes which will explore a single subject in greater detail and be available to partner stations around the world.
Mary Hockaday, Controller of BBC World Service English, said: “This Spring we‘ll be rolling out an enriched schedule with strengthened news programmes, a brand new culture series shedding light on how the world’s leading creative people work, think and develop, and a new season of programmes delving into a diverse range of intriguing human stories. Making the most of the funding boost we received last year, the new schedule will bring our global audience a richer mix of programmes and digital content to keep them up to speed with the key stories of the day and satisfy their interest in a broad array of topics.”