BBC Weekend News

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BBC Weekend News
BBC News titles.png
Created by BBC News
Theme music composer David Lowe
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Location(s) Studio E, Broadcasting House, London
Running time 5-20 minutes
Original channel BBC One
BBC News
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 5 July 1954 – present
Related shows BBC Breakfast
BBC News at One
BBC News at Six
BBC News at Ten
BBC News Summary

BBC Weekend News is the national news programmes on BBC One at a weekend and bank holidays although it is often referred to on guides simply as BBC News, or if broadcast at 1:00pm exactly, BBC News at One, 6:00pm exactly, BBC News at Six and 10:00pm exactly, BBC News at Ten. The programmes are simulcast on the BBC News Channel.


The programme airs three times a day at different times, such as Saturday lunch-time at 12:00 and evenings are variable and on Sunday lunch-time is at 13:00, evening is variable but mostly at 17:30 and at night is at 22:00.



The lunchtime bulletin is presented by the duty BBC News Channel presenter during that particular time. Maxine Mawhinney presents the bulletin most often, due to it usually airing at 1200 or 1300, during her BBC News Channel shifts. Chris Eakin has been a regular presenter. Cover presenters include Nicholas Owen, Rebecca Jones, Carole Walker and Tim Willcox.

Current Presenters[edit]

Years Presenter Current role
2006–present Maxine Mawhinney Main Presenter
2013–present Chris Eakin Relief presenter
2007–present Nicholas Owen
2014–present Martine Croxall
2014–present Christian Fraser
2014–present Rebecca Jones
2015–present Shaun Ley
2014–present Adam Parsons
2014–present Rachel Schofield
2012–present Carole Walker
2007–present Tim Willcox
2014–present Julian Worricker


The two evening bulletins are presented by the same presenter. Clive Myrie and Nicholas Owen are regular presenters. Kate Silverton is on maternity leave and her duties are being covered by Reeta Chakrabarti. The presenter of the two evening bulletins has usually been a dedicated presenter, specific to the two bulletins for that evening on BBC One, with the surrounding news presentation on the BBC News Channel being presented by another presenter.

The Bank Holiday news bulletins are presented by a member of the BBC Weekend News team or the regularly scheduled BBC News at Six or BBC News at Ten presenter.

Current Presenters[edit]

Years Presenter Current role
2008–present Kate Silverton Main presenter (Currently on maternity leave)
2014–present Reeta Chakrabarti Main presenter (Saturday)
2010–present Clive Myrie Main presenter (Alternate Sunday)
2005–present Mishal Husain
2007–present Nicholas Owen Relief presenter
2005–present Simon McCoy
2008–present Ben Brown
2004–present Jane Hill

Former Presenters[edit]

Years Presenter Role
1964-1972 Michael Aspel Main News Presenter
1954-1982 Richard Baker Relief Newscaster
1988-1993 Jennie Bond Main News Presenter
1988-2003 Michael Buerk Main News Presenter
1988-1999 Jill Dando Main News Presenter
1964-1973 Robert Dougall Main Newscaster
1984-1999 Andrew Harvey Main News Presenter
1984-1993 Philip Hayton Main Newscaster
1981-1993 John Humphrys Main News Presenter
2002-2006 Darren Jordan Main News Presenter
1954-1981 Kenneth Kendall Main Newscaster
2008-2013 Riz Lateef Relief News Presenter
1983-1993 Sue Lawley Main Newscaster
1980-1993 Jan Leeming Main Newscaster
1988-1993 Chris Lowe Main News Presenter
1988-1999 Martyn Lewis Regular Newscaster
2006-2013 Emily Maitlis Relief News Presenter
1985-1993 Laurie Mayer Regular News Presenter
1999-2005 Clarence Mitchell Regular News Presenter
1984-1993 Christopher Morris News Presenter
1975-1983 Angela Rippon Regular Newscaster
1981-1988 John Simpson Relief News Presenter
1993-2003 Peter Sissons Regular News Presenter
1993-1999 Edward Stourton Regular News Presenter
1981-1998 Moira Stuart Regular Newscaster
1972-1988 Richard Whitmore Main News Presenter
1981-1993 Nicholas Witchell Main News Presenter
1964-1980 Peter Woods Main Newscaster
1999-2002 George Alagiah Main News Presenter
1994-1999 Huw Edwards Relief Newscaster

Sports News[edit]

During the late programme on each day a round up of the days sports news is presented from the BBC Sport Centre at MediaCityUK, Salford. This is usually presented by one of the BBC News channel sports presenters:

Mike Bushell
Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes
Damian Johnson