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WASHINGTON — AFN viewers will see more military reports in their evening news block starting next week, a network official said Wednesday.

American Forces Network officials announced that “Around the Services,” the Pentagon Channel’s main news program, will air at 6:30 p.m. German and Japan time, starting Monday.

To make room for the program, the stations will move the daily ESPN news wrap-up to 5:30 p.m. and CNN’s Headline News program to 6 p.m. Regional news will air at 6:45 p.m. in both markets.

Lawrence Sichter, chief of AFN’s program operations division, said the change will mean more military news for the military audience.

“This puts their news in front of viewers at the prime time for news,” he said.

“Around the Services” is a daily, 30-minute program that focuses on happenings in the Defense Department and in the individual services.

Sichter said only the first 15 minutes of the program will be shown, to allow time for regional news already being broadcast in Europe and the Pacific to air. In markets where no regional news is shown, viewers will see the full “Around the Services” program.

Officials at AFN Europe said viewers in Iraq and Afghanistan who receive their television feed through a decoder will be able to watch the new news lineup. Those who receive their feed through over-the-air broadcasts will not have access to the new show.

In addition to the 6:45 p.m. regional news, Sichter said, viewers in Europe may see additional local news reports at 6:23 p.m., depending on the availability of programming.

In South Korea, the 6:45 p.m. Pacific report will be replaced by AFN Korea News, to provide a more local perspective there, Sichter said.


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