WGBH’s Greater Boston goes nationwide on World Channel with bombing coverage

By Dru Sefton

Tonight’s special edition of Greater Boston from WGBH, focused on the shocking bomb blasts at Monday’s Boston Marathon, will be distributed nationally on the World Channel, the public TV multicast service produced by WGBH and distributed by American Public Television.

WGBH spokesman Michael Raia told Current the 30-minute show will extend to an hour and begin airing at 9 p.m. Eastern time on World. In Boston, the show will be broadcast on WGBH’s primary TV station at 7 p.m., its regular timeslot.

Planned guests include terrorism expert Jim Walsh, a research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program; Jarrett Barrios of the Red Cross, who took part in the race; and Haider Javed Warraich, a resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston who wrote an op-ed in today’s New York Times about his experience growing up amid explosions in Pakistan.

WGBH staffers producing segments for the Greater Boston special include host and executive editor Emily Rooney, who lives three blocks from the explosion site and will provide a first-hand perspective on the still-unfolding story; Jared Bowen, who is covering the law enforcement investigation; and Adam Reilly, reporting from Logan Airport with reactions from runners.

WGBH reporters also have contributed reporting on the Boston Marathon bombing to The Takeaway andThe World, Public Radio International newsmagazines in which WGBH is a co-production partner, as well as NPR newscasts, according to Raia.

Boston-based American Public Television is WGBH’s partner in World, a multicasting service that packages public TV news and documentary programming for local stations’ digital multicast channels.

WGBH has created a web page for ongoing coverage of the Boston bombing.

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