WILL-AM (580) expanded its news and information service to 24 hours a day on Jan. 1. The highlight of the expanded schedule is the "BBC World Service Overnight," seven nights a week, including a live edition of the BBC Newshour at 11 p.m. "We hear from many listeners who appreciate the international, as well as national and regional, perspective we provide on AM 580," said program director Alex Ashlock. "We're excited to be able to offer our Champaign County listeners an overnight service that includes international news coverage from London." Because of FCC regulations, AM 580's power is reduced from sunset to sunrise. Therefore, listeners living outside of Champaign County may not be able to receive a reliable signal at night. The expanded weeknight schedule will begin at 10 p.m. with a rebroadcast of one hour of AM 580's morning call-in show "Focus 580." "Many listeners have said they'd like to hear re-runs of "Focus 580" at night," Ashlock said. "We're happy that our new 24-hour format will allow us to add "Focus 580" to the evening schedule." The BBC "World Service Overnight" will air from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. when AM 580 joins National Public Radio for Morning Edition. On weekends, the new schedule will include "To the Best of Our Knowledge" at 10 p.m. Sundays. This Wisconsin Public Radio talk show is hosted by former Champaign-Urbana resident Jim Fleming. Margaret Andreasen, who served as public affairs director at WICD-TV in Champaign during the mid-70s, covers new ideas in science for the show. On Saturday nights, listeners can hear "The American Reader" at 10 p.m. and "Common Ground" at 10:30 p.m. Donald P. Mullally, director of broadcasting, said the expanded hours of WILL-AM "should be considered just the first step in a larger plan to expand and diversify the services" offered by the WILL stations. "As we have since the beginning of broadcasting in the 1920s, we are prepared to be leaders in the development of new university outreach services; we'll need the support of the entire university community as we move ahead with advanced technologies," Mullally said.