BBC News

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BBC News
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TV station ( public service )
Program type Division program (information)
reception Freeview (digital terrestrial), cable (both UK only), via satellite and as an internet livestream
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Start of transmission November 9, 1997
Broadcaster BBC
Intendant Mark Thompson
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BBC News is the BBC's 24/7 television news channel . It started broadcasting on November 9, 1997 at 5:30 p.m. (GMT) under the name BBC News 24 . The channel is produced at the BBC Broadcasting House.

BBC News broadcasts UK and international news, business, sports and other topics virtually around the clock. The largest competitor is the commercial broadcaster Sky News , which has been on the air since 1989 and is operated by BSkyB . Nonetheless, the BBC news channel is relatively popular in the UK, as the BBC news has always been valued as a source of news. In 2006 BBC News (then "BBC News 24") also won the Royal Television Society's News Channel of the Year Award . This is the first time Sky News has not received the award.

Since the widespread use of digital distribution channels, ONE-MINUTE NEWS SUMMARIES have been available on the BBC News website and on the BBCi digital channel. BBC News has been streaming an Internet live stream since 2007, although it is only available from the UK.


After the BBC had had experience with the international television service BBC World two years earlier and Sky News had had a free hand in the UK market for eight years, the BBC began broadcasting a 24 hour television channel. The News Corporation of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, which also includes Sky News, criticized the BBC's expansion in this part of the television market with the help of its own newspapers such as The Sun and The Times . It has been criticized that the BBC's license fee is being used for illegal purposes. However, the European Commission ruled that this would not be the case and BBC News 24 was allowed to continue production.

BBC News was one of the first news channels to be largely based on computerized systems, which in the early years often led to errors.

At the beginning the BBC News Channel was also monitored by BBC One, but now there is a dedicated controller , since 2005 Kevin Bakhurst. This monitors the journalistic part of the station. Together with the Head of Television News , Peter Harrocks, this controls the journalistic part of the BBC news outlet.

Since April 21, 2008, the station has been operating under the name BBC News (or "BBC News channel").

Program content


The hourly news consists of the headlines every quarter of an hour, as well as a detailed view of the most important news on the hour. In addition, every half hour there is the weather from the BBC Weather Center and a regular view of the sports news (BBC Sport) and the business news ( Business News ). There is also entertainment 24 at certain times (6:30 p.m. daily) and film 24 on Friday evenings.

In the news there are reports, interviews with politicians and other people in the studio or via live links to other BBC studios, or live links to local BBC correspondents. In the case of extraordinary events, parts of the main news are also sent from the location of the event.

Simultaneous broadcast on BBC One

Since the start of broadcasting, BBC News has been broadcast at night on BBC One and BBC Two in order to fill the broadcast gap at night and to generate higher audience numbers for BBC News.

In the event of extraordinary events (such as September 11 in America or the London Tube attacks on July 7, 2005), BBC News is also switched through to BBC One and BBC World News and reporting is bundled.

For several years now, the main BBC One and Breakfast news have also been broadcast on BBC News. Sign language is displayed for Breakfast and the One O 'Clock News .

Simultaneous broadcast with BBC World News

From 1am (UK) onwards, BBC World News broadcasts for the first 25 minutes of the hour. This saves BBC News costs at night, when the number of viewers in Great Britain is rather low. The rest of the hours various programs are broadcast on both channels (including abc-news and The World Today ).

News anchor ( anchors )

As of April 2007, the following speakers can be seen regularly on BBC News: Simon McCoy, Kate Silverton, Matthew Amroliwala, Jane Hill, Jon Sopel, Louise Minchin, Huw Edwards, Ben Brown, Joanna Gosling, Maryam Moshiri and Chris Eakin. Many of these speakers can also be seen on BBC National News on BBC One.

By broadcasting BBC News at 1, BBC News at 6 and BBC News at 10 at the same time , you can also see the speakers there, George Alagiah, Sophie Raworth, Fiona Bruce and Huw Edwards. In addition to BBC News at 10 , Huw Edwards also presents the Five O'Clock Newshour on BBC News.

Appearance and graphics

At the outset, BBC News was criticized for being less "authoritative" as speakers were more likely to wear shirts instead of suits. In the Lambert Report 2002 it was criticized that News 24 does not set itself apart from Sky News enough that it should become more of a separate brand. Since then, more emphasis has been placed on it and everything related to BBC News has been standardized. The graphics are similar, the studios look similar (in the color scheme black-red or black-silver).

Lambert also criticized News 24 for reacting too slowly to breaking news . Since then, a “Breaking News” banner has been displayed with the most important information in order to inform the viewer quickly.

The graphics have changed over the years. At first the title sequence consisted of fictional flags, later this was replaced by the countdown (see below) and a new title in white and orange. Most recently, the color scheme was red-black for the titles and silver-red for the studio. With the renaming to BBC News, a new design was introduced and broadcasts from new studios or sets.


Before the news starts on the hour, there is a countdown sequence. At the beginning it consisted of the fictional flags that adorned the titles, later the red color scheme was adapted and a preview for the next hour and the time in seconds up to the full hour was displayed.

As of March 28, 2005, the countdown has consisted of short sequences of BBC News correspondents at work. The focus is heavily on the BBC logo (in satellite dishes or the OB van) and images “of the work” itself as well as red “streams” that represent the news broadcast. The streams go from broadcast vans all over the world to the BBC's satellite dishes in London. Many of the sequences are in time-lapse or show BBC correspondents abroad. The music for this was composed by David Lowe. The music for the countdown, but also all the rest of the music on the BBC news, comes from him. It mainly consists of the "beeps" every second, which has always been a symbol for BBC News and has many fans worldwide. The BBC News website also ran a competition to "remix" this countdown music.

There are different versions of the countdown, all with similar content. All are actually 60 seconds long, but the length varies and depends on when the weather report that is being broadcast shortly before ends. Usually around 30 seconds are broadcast.

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