BBC News at Five

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BBC News at Five
BBC News at Five title.png
Format News, Business, Sport, Weather
Created by BBC News
Presented by Huw Edwards
Gavin Esler
Emily Maitlis
Theme music composer David Lowe
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Production
Location(s) Studio C, Broadcasting House, London
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC News
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run 3 April 2006 – present
Chronology
Related shows BBC Breakfast
BBC News at One
BBC News at Six
BBC News at Ten
BBC Weekend News'
World News Today

The BBC News at Five is an hour long news programme broadcast every weekday at 17:00 on BBC News. The programme is fronted by BBC News at Ten presenter Huw Edwards from Monday-Thursday, and Newsnight presenter Gavin Esler on Friday. The show includes a detailed look at the news, as well as analysis with guests and business, sport and weather updates.

History[edit]

The programme started in 3 April 2006 as part of the BBC's relaunch of BBC News presenters, which saw the introduction of the new flagship programme to compete against Jeremy Thompson's Live at Five programme on rival channel Sky News, and to improve BBC News ratings for the hour.

As part of the 2008 revamp of the entire news output, the show moved studios within BBC Television Centre along with BBC News and the BBC News at One and BBC News at Ten bulletins. The show originally broadcast from Studio N8 but moved to Studio N6.

On 18 March 2013, the programme moved to Broadcasting House along with BBC News and the BBC One bulletins.[1] On 4 November 2013, the BBC News at Five received new opening titles featuring the hour of broadcast.

Outside broadcasts[edit]

As well as presenting from the studio, the main presenters are called upon to present on location when major stories break. For example Huw Edwards reported live from Washington for the 2008 and 2012 US Presidential Elections and has presented live from Basra form the withdrawal ceremony the studio host in theses cases are normally Gavin Esler. He also regularly presented from Westminster. George Alagiah presented from L'Aquila in April 2009 and Haiti in January 2010 when earthquakes struck the countries. Both Edwards and Esler have presented from Edinburgh and Glasgow (at times when the referendum for Scottish independence was being developed).

Presenters[edit]

Years Presenter Current role
2006–present Huw Edwards Main presenter (Monday–Thursday)
2008–present Gavin Esler Main presenter (Friday), Relief presenter
2007–present Emily Maitlis Relief presenter
2008–present Nicholas Owen
2008–present Tim Willcox
2008–present Julian Worricker
2008-present Ben Brown
2013–present Jane Hill
2013–present Annita McVeigh
2014–present Chris Eakin

Former presenters[edit]

If there is no position before the years of being a presenter, then this newsreader was either a relief presenter or occasional guest stand-in presenter.

Sport, Business and Weather[edit]

The weather and business updates are generally presented from the screen away from the main desk, unless they are preceding each other. Sports updates are presented from the BBC Sport Centre at MediaCityUK, Salford. The Film Review appears during the programme on Fridays between 17:45 and 18:00, and is presented by the anchor and a film critic, usually Mark Kermode, from the main desk, however the background and lighting changes to resemble a cinema effect. It features reviews of all the week's main releases.

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