the top of the hour

the top of the hour

The beginning of an hour (e.g. 7:00), as opposed to the bottom of the hour (e.g. 7:30). And we'll bring you that news story at the top of the hour.
See also: hour, of, top

the top of the ˈhour

(especially American English) (on a TV/radio programme, etc.) the beginning of an hour on a clock: We have more news coming up at the top of the hour. OPPOSITE: the bottom of the hour
See also: hour, of, top
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FOMC began its 2-day meeting at the top of the hour. With a 25 bp easing is all but announced, the focus will be on Fed's guidance in its policy statement and Chair Powell's press conference.
Piers raised an eyebrow before saying: "Oh apparently we need to say, 'You're watching GMB at the top of the hour."
Both the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls will be bathed with vibrant green light for 15-minute intervals at the top of the hour from 9 p.m.
The grande sonnerie includes the hour at each 15-minute interval, whereas the petite sonnerie marks the top of the hour, but the quarter-hour indications do not sound the hour beforehand.)
Later in the month, resurfacing works on the Taramakau Bridge will require work overnight with the bridge opening at the top of the hour only to clear traffic, 9 pm through to 6 am, Thursday to Friday, 26 and 27 October.
Through Alexa, users will be able to hear full five-minute newscasts (those heard across the U.S., at the top of the hour, on CBS-owned and affiliate radio stations) and one-minute news capsules.
There will be a major interview at the top of the hour and a weekly feature where Sophy explores how the country is reacting to Westminster.
Twitter will be transmitting 60 to 120 seconds of video footage of the New Year's Eve celebrations at the top of the hour from the respective time zones in the world.
There will be 12 flights daily to London, with departures from Frankfurt at the top of the hour, plus 10 flights to Brussels - always at 25 minutes past the hour, and 13 flights daily to Vienna in unison with Austrian Airlines, departing at 10 minutes to the hour.
Flights depart at the top of the hour beginning at 7 a.m.
Three games will be played, each starting at the top of the hour, with the first beginning at 6pm.
The strategy behind back-to-back half-hour newscasts, according to General Manager Chuck Spohn, is to welcome a large work force population to local news when they get home at 5:30 and assure them they haven't missed all the good local stuff from the top of the hour.
D'Halluin also changed the previous scheduling model of starting a movie right after the previous one ended, instead shifting start times to the top of the hour. "In a digital environment, you need to simplify it for your audience in creating habits so at least they can check on the hour what's on," he says.
FOMC started its meeting at the top of the hour, and will announce its decision at 14:00 ET Thursday.