Michigan Radio will welcome the BBC Newshour to Michigan next week as part of a reporting and outreach initiative. The week of March 4, members of the BBC Newshour team will be reporting from Ann Arbor and Detroit to help bring a Michigan news perspective to the world.
On Thursday, March 7, the BBC plans to originate Newshour from the Motown Museum in Detroit. This special broadcast coincides with the 60th anniversary of Motown Records, which was founded in January, 1959. In addition to this broadcast, the Newshour team also plans to file other news reports from southeast Michigan during their visit.
On Thursday evening from 7:00 – 8:30pm, Michigan Radio will host a special version of the station’s popular Issues & Ale discussion series. The topic for the discussion will be “International Perspectives on American Politics.” BBC Newshour host/presenter Tim Franks and Newshour editor Jo Floto will join Michigan Radio’s Lester Graham to talk about how some of the major stories in American politics, like the government shut down and the border wall, are viewed and reported elsewhere in the world. This free public event will be held at the Rust Belt Market in Ferndale. Details and registration information can be found here.
On Friday, March 8, Tim Franks will host a Facebook Live Q&A at 10 a.m. You can watch it live on Michigan Radio's Facebook page, or in the feed below.
The BBC Newshour is the award-winning flagship program of the BBC World Service. The program originates from London, providing the latest news and interviews with newsmakers, eyewitnesses, correspondents and analysts. Newshour is carried on more than 300 radio stations across the U.S. and reaches over 3.3 million listeners each week. The program airs on Michigan Radio every weekday between 9 – 10 a.m.