September 9, 2008
About Worldfocus

Anchor Daljit Dhaliwal interviewing Saeed Shafqat about daily life in Lahore, Pakistan.

Worldfocus was launched in October 2008 as a nightly broadcast focused exclusively on international news. The program aims to fill a major void in television news, which devoted just seven percent of its airtime in 2008 to world news.

At a time when most major news organizations are closing foreign bureaus and cutting back on overseas staff, Worldfocus brings viewers a truly global perspective on the world around them:

  • Every weeknight, our 30-minute program airs breaking news and reports from our partners, which represent media in over 50 nations and include some of the most respected news organizations in the world. We select stories that offer viewers fresh insight and information on the issues that are transforming our society and those throughout the world.
  • News stories are paired with studio interviews conducted by host Daljit Dhaliwal and featuring a diverse range of analysts from academia, diplomacy, and international media. On Friday, our roundtable offers an intelligent recap of the week’s most topical stories with a rotating series of guests.
  • Worldfocus also offers original content — our signature stories — on topics rarely seen on television news, such as global health care; human rights and conflict; and women’s changing roles around the globe.

Worldfocus reaches across multiple platforms. The website features full episodes of Worldfocus, individual show segments and web exclusive video. Extended coverage multimedia pages combine web original reporting with news stories from the broadcast.

In Blogwatch, we bring you the best of what’s on the Internet on current international topics. Perspectives highlights the work of contributing bloggers from more than 150 countries.

Our diverse and multilingual newsroom staff contribute original reports and commentary to In the Newsroom and From the Field website sections.

Worldfocus Radio — powered by BlogTalkRadio — hosts a weekly show on under-reported topics with guests from the U.S. and abroad.

In its short time on the air, Worldfocus has been honored with multiple awards, including two Emmy nominations and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award.

The program is funded in part by Rosalind P. Walter, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, James and Merryl Tisch, the Estates of Helen and Sam Roseman, the Estate of Warren D. Paley, Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman, the Estate of Lakshmi Bulusu, Alejandro Santo Domingo, Josh and Judy Weston.

For more information about Worldfocus, please contact viewer relations.

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