Times-Gazette hosting BBC Radio program Monday


BBC Radio will be broadcasting its “Outside Source” program, also called “BBC-OS,” live from the offices of The Times-Gazette Monday as part of a U.S. tour to examine various parts of the country as the presidency of Donald Trump nears the completion of its first year.

The program is hosted by Nuala McGovern, who will be joined by Gary Abernathy, publisher and editor of The Times-Gazette. Several local party and political officials are set to be interviewed during the program’s 11 a.m.-1 p.m. broadcast.

The Times-Gazette was one of a handful of newspapers in the U.S. to endorse Trump for president, and after Trump’s surprise victory, the newspaper and Hillsboro have been the focus of increased national and even international media attention. Most recently, on Wednesday, Tetsuya Jitsu, senior editorial writer for one of Japan’s largest newspapers, The Nikkei, visited The Times-Gazette for a story.

“We’re excited to host the BBC for this program,” said Abernathy. “It’s gratifying that an increasing number of national and international media outlets are making a concerted effort to expand their horizons and more fully report on communities and regions that have often been overlooked in the past.”

The theme of the BBC’s tour is “Trump’s Towns.” Last November, Trump carried Highland County with 76 percent of the vote, while winning Ohio by about 8 percent over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

After its Hillsboro visit, the program will venture to Waxahachie, Texas, next Wednesday, and then visit Phoenix, Arizona, next Friday.

Nuala McGovern, a full-time presenter on the BBC World Service, joined the BBC in 2009, presenting “World Have Your Say” on BBC World Service before becoming one of the founding presenters of the BBC World Service’s breakfast program, “Newsday.” She is also a regular television presenter on “BBC News” and “BBC World News.”

In recent months McGovern has reported on the French elections, the Turkish referendum and was the BBC anchor for the Total Solar Eclipse 2017 from St. Joseph, Missouri.

According to a BBC profile, McGovern “has a passion for American politics and over the past year has been to Las Vegas, Nevada for the U.S. presidential debate, to the border town of Tijuana, Mexico to report on U.S. election night.” She was also the anchor for Trump’s inauguration for the BBC World Service from Washington D.C.

Prior to joining the BBC, McGovern worked for New York’s flagship public radio station, WNYC, serving as an executive producer for “The Brian Lehrer Show,” and won a George Foster Peabody award for excellence in broadcasting.

‘Outside Source’ broadcast Monday in Hillsboro

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