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BBC Newshour Coming To TPR

Razia Iqbal

With the New Year, Texas Public Radio will be bringing listeners a new lineup of programs. Among them, the BBC Newshour which will air every weekday at  9  a.m. beginning January 2.

“You can expect to hear a program that attempts to, within the confines of one hour on radio,  present the world to itself,” said Razia Iqbal, host of the Newshour.

Iqbal joined BBC World Service in 1989 and was deployed to cover news stories in Pakistan, Sri Lanka as well as report on British politics and domestic affairs. Her experience has included working as a reporter, producer and editor in the newsroom.

In 2001, she made the move from radio to television. She worked for some of the BBC's flagship news and current affairs programs and also worked as the BBC's arts correspondent.  She traveled around the world to report on big culture and arts stories. More recently Iqbal has been a special correspondent for the BBC's main news programs in the UK  where she's been deployed internationally to cover a huge range of stories. She has also presented an arts strand called "Talking Books," in which she interviews leading authors and writers about their work.

In 2011, Iqbal returned to BBC World Service, to anchor Newshour.


BBC Newshour is just one among several news programming changes Texas Public Radio listeners will hear beginning January 2.

"The Texas Standard" will now air live at 10 a.m.; "Here and Now" airs at 11 a.m.;  and TPR's award-winning call-in program, "The Source," will move to noon.

It will be followed at 1 p.m. by another call-in program, "Think," which is produced by KERA Public Radio in Dallas.