Oregon Public Broadcasting and BBC World Service are teaming up to stage live broadcasts of its flagship interactive radio and online program “World, Have Your Say” from Portland. On Thursday 22 March and Friday 23 March, the BBC’s presenter Ros Atkins will join OPB host April Baer to hold special debates from Portland’s landmark Baghdad Theatre and from the OPB’s studios.

“World, Have Your Say” invites OPB radio listeners and online users to share their views with a worldwide audience and ask questions on key issues in the news. The co-production with OPB is part of a series of the BBC’s outside broadcasts from the U.S. and will be preceded by a joint program with WOSU in Columbus, Ohio.  

“Some of the most exhilarating editions of ‘World, Have Your Say’ have been broadcast from America,” said program host Ros Atkins. “I think back to taking calls from Baghdad and Afghanistan while at WCPN in Cleveland, or when Detroiters at WDET sparked a worldwide debate about affirmative action, and get so excited about what ‘World, Have Your Say’ can do. It also has been fantastic to have listeners in Oregon contributing to the program since OPB began airing the show in January. So I can’t wait for this trip and to hear what people in Oregon want to talk to the world about.”

“World, Have Your Say” can be heard live weekdays from 10 to 11am on the stations of OPB Radio.

BBC World Service is an international radio and online broadcaster delivering programs and services in 33 languages. It uses multiple platforms to reach 163 million listeners globally, including SW, AM, FM, digital satellite and cable channels. It has around 2,000 partner radio stations which take BBC content, and numerous partnerships supplying content to mobile phones. Its international online sites, which include audio and visual content and offer users opportunities to interact directly with world events, receive over 650 million page impressions, attracting around 44 million unique users a month. Listen to BBC World Service on bbcworldservice.com. To find out more about the BBC’s English language offer and subscribe to free e-newsletter, Email Network, visit bbcworldservice.com/schedules.  

BBC World Service is distributed to public radio stations in the United States by PRI, Public Radio International, and is available through XM and Sirius Satellite Radio.  

World, Have Your Say is a global discussion program broadcast Monday to Friday. Its agenda is set by listeners who are also invited to report and discuss the stories they have chosen. Using all available technology to connect with its audience, the program aims to play host to global conversations that are informative and stimulating. From global talking points to a burning issue in a single country, if it’s important to the audiences, it will make the show. For more information, visit bbcnews.com/worldhaveyoursay.

Oregon Public Broadcasting is the state’s most far-reaching and accessible media resource, providing free access to programming for children and adults designed to give voice to community, connect Oregon and its neighbors and illuminate a wider world. Every week, over 1.5 million people tune in to or log on to OPB’s Television, Radio and Internet delivered services. As the hub of operations for the state’s Emergency Broadcast and Amber Alert services, OPB serves as the backbone for the distribution of critical information to broadcasters and homes throughout Oregon. OPB is one of the largest producers and presenters of national television programming through PBS, and is also a member station of NPR, Public Radio International (PRI), and American Public Media (APM). The OPB Web site is opb.org.