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BBC World News launches ‘Horizons’ with special programme app
MUMBAI: Continuing its journey to discover the latest technologies and innovations, BBC World News has launched the fourth season of ‘Horizons’ along with a special programme app that will give audiences access to videos from all the four ‘Horizon’ series.
The show will launch on 10 May and will be presented by business journalist Adam Shaw. Sponsored by DuPont, the series will continue its search for ideas and people tackling some of the big challenges facing our planet.
The first episode ‘Let there be light’ will be broadcast at 7 am and 2 pm on 10 May, and at 8 pm on 11 May.
Bbc.com commissioning editor Richard Pattinson said, “With the BBC World News series about how science and technologies are transforming businesses and the way we live entering its fourth season, it seemed like the perfect occasion to bring all of our ‘Horizons’ content together in an app, so our audience can enjoy video, blogs and infographics from the programmes wherever they are.”
In the first episode of the series, Shaw will be shown travelling to New York, London and the Netherlands to meet the innovators using ground-breaking ideas in light technology to illuminate lives all over the world.
He meets Jim Reeves, the inventor of a light that is powered purely by gravity, which is helping to bring light to homes in Africa and India. He then heads to New York to meet Uncharted Play CEO Jessica O.
While working near the bright artificial lights of Times Square, Matthews came up with a clever solution to create light for the developing world, without the need for electricity. He has designed a football and a skipping rope that charge a battery as they are used which then enables a light to be plugged in.
Commenting on the new season, Shaw said, “We’ve been travelling the globe for series four of ‘Horizons’ and I’ve continuously been struck by the ingenuity of the people we met. Not just from those you’d expect, like scientists and academics, but ordinary people with brilliant ideas. And what’s most exciting is that these ideas have the potential to change millions of lives.”
In the programme, Shaw also meets the experts who have come up with ground-breaking ways to harness the power of light. He discovers new developments in quantum dots and looks at the potential uses of this technology for lighting and the next generation of televisions.
Finally, he travels to the Netherlands to meet the Dutch innovator who uses light to benefit surroundings. Daan Roosegarde has invented the Smart Highway which uses photo-luminescent paint to light roads at night and an environmentally friendly cycle path which lights up at night with Van Gogh-inspired images.
Moreover, the launch of the app will enable audiences to watch videos from all four ‘Horizons’ series, extended interviews and video diaries from Adam Shaw, and will provide users with a tailored experience with easy-to-find content based on location, theme and the ability to favourite clips. The app will be available to download on iOS and Android.