Beginning Sunday, several programs on American Forces Network will be broadcast an hour earlier than normal because of the daylight saving time observance in the States. Central European Time will be five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time instead of the usual six hours.

The biggest effect will be on live sporting events, such as college basketball and auto racing. Other television programming, such as “24” and “American Idol” will air in the normal time slots.

On the radio, however, programs on AFN’s Power Network will be aired one hour earlier. For instance, Rush Limbaugh will air at 5 p.m.; Dr. Laura Schlessinger at 6 p.m.; National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation at 7 p.m.; Ed Schultz at 8 p.m.; and NPR’s All Things Considered at 9 p.m..

“The American Forces Network Broadcast Center in California says the shift to Daylight Saving Time means, in some cases, that they have to delete a TV program from the schedule until all the nations sync up,” according to a Friday AFN Europe news release.

The majority of AFN users will be affected until March 29, when Central Europe makes the “spring forward” switch.

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