BBC World News
|BBC World News|
|Launched||11 March 1991|
|Owned by||BBC Global News Ltd.|
|Picture format||16:9 (1080i, HDTV)/16:9 (576i), 4:3 (480i) SDTV|
|Audience share||Available in:
350 million homes
1.7 million hotel rooms
81 cruise ships
35 mobile phone platforms
74 million viewers per week (September 2011, )
|Slogan||The BBC International News Channel (1995–1999)
With news and information 24 hours a day (1999–2003)
Putting News First (2003–2008)
International News Television (2008–2010)
Never Stop Asking (2010 – 2013)
Live The Story, The World's Newsroom (2013 – present)
|Country||United Kingdom (for external consumption only)|
|Broadcast area||Worldwide (except UK)|
|Headquarters||Broadcasting House, London, United Kingdom|
|Formerly called||BBC World Service Television (1991–1995)
BBC World (1995–2008)
|Boxer TV Access (Sweden)||Channel 27 MPEG-4|
|Televisió Digital Terrestre (Andorra)||Channel 20|
|ERT Digital (Greece)||Channel 48 MPEG-4|
|PBS (USA)||Check Your Local Listings|
|KCET-TV (Los Angeles Metropolitan Area)||Digital Channel 28.1 USA|
|DTT (Mauritius)||Multiplex 2 Mauritius|
|Hot Bird 6||12597 V / 27500 / 3/4|
|Hispasat 1C||12012 V / 27500 / 3/4|
|Astra 1L||11597 V / 22000 / 5/6|
|Thor 5||11325 H / 24500 / 7/8|
|Badr 4||12073 H / 27500 / 3/4|
|Nilesat 101||11766 H / 27500 / 3/4|
|Sky Italia (Italy)||Channel 520|
|HiTV (Nigeria)||Channel 03|
|Cyfrowy Polsat (Poland)||Channel 134|
|Indovision (Indonesia)||Channel 332|
|Digital+ (Spain)||Channel 74|
|Bell TV (Canada)||Channel 510|
|Shaw Direct (Canada)||Channel 501|
|Astro (Malaysia)||Channel 512|
|Tata Sky (India)||Channel 536|
|TrueVisions (Thailand)||Channel 92|
|Austar (Australia)||Channel 649|
|TVB Pay Vision (Hong Kong)||Channel 62|
|SkyLife (South Korea)||Channel 519|
|SKY PerfecTV! (Japan)||Channel 252|
|SKY PerfecTV! e2 (Japan)||Channel 353|
|CanalSat (France)||Channel 58|
|Digiturk (Turkey)||Channel 122|
|Dream (Philippines)||Channel 21|
|Cignal (Philippines)||Channel TBA|
|MEO (Portugal)||Channel 204|
|GVT (Brazil)||Channel 138|
|UPC (Ireland)||Channel 206|
|Vidéotron (Canada)||Channel 147|
|StarHub TV (Singapore)||Channel 701|
|Rogers Cable (Canada)||Channels 37 and 194 Digital (Analogue is channel 45)|
|Shaw TV (Canada)||Channels 41|
|Cable TV (Hong Kong)||Channel 75|
|Verizon FiOS (United States)||Channel 107|
|HiTV (Nigeria)||Channel 3|
|Cablelink (Philippines)||Channel 20|
|Destiny Cable (Philippines)||Channel 23|
|SkyCable (Philippines)||Channel 79 (Digital)|
|OneLink Communications (Puerto Rico)||Channel 74|
|TelstraClear InHomeTV (New Zealand)||Channel 93|
|First Media (Indonesia)||Channel 230|
|Parasat Cable TV (Philippines)||Channel 15|
|TrueVisions (Thailand)||Channel 72|
|Foxtel (Australia)||Channel 649|
|Optus TV (Australia)||Channel 649|
|Kabel Deutschland (Germany)||Channel 838|
|ONO (Spain)||Channel 145|
|TV di FASTWEB (Italy)||Channel 88|
|FreeBox TV (France)|
|TELUS TV (Canada)||Channel 96|
|now TV (Hong Kong)||Channel 320|
|Imagenio (Spain)||Channel 134|
|MEO (Portugal)||Channel 204|
|Bell Fibe TV (Canada)||Channel 510|
|Deutsche Telekom Germany||Channel 99|
|Fetch TV (Australia)||Channel 180|
|CHT MOD (Taiwan)||Channel 117|
|Hikari TV (Japan)||Channel 852|
|Livestation Unavailable in UK, USA, Australia, Japan, China, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia||(Free, 502 Kbit/s)|
BBC World News is the BBC's international news and current affairs television channel. It has the largest audience of any BBC channel in the world. Launched on 11 March 1991 as BBC World Service Television outside of Europe, with its name changed to BBC World in 1995 and to BBC World News in 2008, it broadcasts for 24-hours with television programming including BBC News bulletins, documentaries, lifestyle programmes and interviews. It employs more correspondents, reporters, and international bureaus than any other news channel. Unlike the BBC's domestic channels, BBC World News is owned and operated by BBC Global News Ltd, a member of the BBC's commercial group of companies and is funded by subscription and advertising revenues, not funded by the licence fee. It is not owned by BBC Worldwide.
The channel originally launched as BBC World Service Television, though unlike BBC World Service radio which has always been government funded, the British government refused to extend the Foreign Office grant-in-aid. It was launched on 11 March 1991, after two weeks of real time pilots, initially as a half-hour bulletin once a day at 19:00 GMT. The programme editor was Johan "John" Ramsland from World Service Radio News with John Exelby from domestic BBC TV News as his managing editor. The original picture editing team consisted of Bob Scholes, Peter Hodge and Mike Casey.
- 16 January 1995 at 19:00 GMT: 24-hour English Free-to-air terrestrial international news channel led of "BBC World" (now BBC World News).
- 30 January 1995 at 19:00 GMT: 24-hour English cable lifestyle, variety & entertainment channel led of "BBC Prime" (now BBC Entertainment).
Since 1995, the service has gone through several branding changes. From 1995 to 1997, the channel used relatively few graphics to display the name of the channel, with the actual news studio modelled on that used for BBC News in the United Kingdom.
As part of the major relaunch of the image of the BBC, including a new logo for the corporation on 4 October 1997, the channel received its first main refresh on 9 November 1997, the day BBC News 24 was launched. Various fictional flags with some real ones were used. The idents were computer generated and developed by the Lambie-Nairn design agency.
Another large relaunch for BBC World took place on 3 April 2000, which was to bring it inline with UK news channel which was relaunched in 1999. The new uniform look was made up of red and cream designed by Lambie-Nairn, with music based on a style described as 'drums and beeps' composed by David Lowe, a departure from the general orchestral versions of other news programmes.
In 2003 a second makeover, using the same 'drums and beeps' style music but new graphics took place, although on a much smaller scale to that of 1999. The music was changed slightly while the main colour scheme became black and red, with studios using frosted glass, white and red colours. Later in 2004, the channel's slogan became Putting News First, replacing Demand a Broader View.
The channel's present name was introduced on 21 April 2008 as part of a £550,000 rebranding of the BBC's news output and visual identity. BBC World News later moved into the renovated former studio of BBC News 24 (now BBC News). New graphics were produced by the Lambie-Nairn design agency and music reworked by David Lowe.
Move to Broadcasting House 
BBC World News relocated to Broadcasting House from its previous home at BBC Television Centre on 14 January 2013. This is a part of the move of BBC News and other audio and vision departments of the BBC into one shared accommodation in Central London. Broadcasting House was refurbished at a cost of £1 billion with a new newsroom and several state-of-the-art news television studios being built.
The channel is transmitted by Red Bee Media from their playout suite in the Broadcast Centre within the BBC Media Village, part of the BBC White City, in White City, West London. Live news output originates from studios B and C in Broadcasting House with some pre-recorded programming from Broadcasting House studio A and the BBC Millbank studio. The BBC World News newsroom is now part of the new consolidated BBC Newsroom in Broadcasting House along with BBC World Service and UK domestic News services.
Previously, the channel was broadcast in 4:3, with the news output fitted into a 14:9 frame for both digital and analogue broadcasting, resulting in black bands at the top and bottom of the screen. On 13 January 2009 at 09:57 GMT, BBC World News switched its broadcast to 16:9 format, initially in the European Region through the Astra 1L satellite, and Eutelsat Hot Bird 6 satellite to other broadcast feeds in the Asian region from 20 January 2009.
In October 2011, a high definition feed of BBC World News showed up on Galaxy 13 in the United States. Also in September 2012, BBC World News has also launched a HD feed in the Asia Pacific Region on Intelsat 19 at 166.0°E. The channel is speculated for launch in high definition in early 2013.
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BBC World News is most commonly watched as a free-to-air (FTA) Channel. The channel is available in all parts of Europe and many parts of the world FTA via satellite. It is currently available via terrestrial FTA in Greece and was also available in Berlin from 2000 to March 2007 and in Italy from December 2003 to November 2010. Although not officially available in the UK, it is available to people who point their satellite dishes at Astra 19.2°E, Hot Bird and Thor. The Middle East feed is also available to UK residents through Badr/Arabsat. In most of the world, it is carried on nearly all satellite and cable platforms.
A daily version of its news bulletins are also rebroadcast on many FTA terrestrial channels such as in New Zealand, where it is carried overnight on TV One, and in Trinidad and Tobago where it is carried overnight on TV6.
In the Cayman Islands, a BBC World News update is broadcast at 8:00 am local time on local channel Cayman 27. In addition, the channel itself is available under a subscription package on Weststar TV, a cable TV service in the territory.
In Europe, analogue satellite broadcasting via Hot Bird 6 ceased on 18 April 2006 at midday, although its digital free-to-air signal is replicated on Hot Bird 6, Hot Bird 7A, Thor 2 and on Astra 1KR.
It is also available 24/7 in Australia on Fetch TV, Foxtel, Austar and Optus Television as well as the Telstra NextG phone network. In New Zealand, it is also broadcast via satellite on Sky satellite service and via cable on TelstraClear.
In Asia, it was originally carried on STAR TV, the pan-Asian satellite television service based in Hong Kong, which was later acquired by Rupert Murdoch, but switched to PanAmSat in 1994. It is also available on Astro in Malaysia, originally part of the Astro News channel line-up before being a stand alone channel in 2002. In India, it was free-to-air until 15 June 2006 when it became a pay channel.
BBC World News has been available in Africa on DStv since late 1995, and its bulletins have also been rebroadcast on South African Broadcasting Corporation's (SABC) terrestrial channels in South Africa. In 1996, it became available in Latin America and the Caribbean.
In Canada, the channel is available on Bell TV and Shaw Direct satellite services, as well as on most digital cable services. Shaw Cable and Rogers Cable carry the channel as part of their analogue cable packages. The Canadian news channel CBC Newsworld also carries a BBC World newscast from 18:00 to 18:30 daily.
BBC World News is not widely available on cable/satellite services in the United States, but a 2006 agreement with Discovery Networks (which is a partner in BBC America), announced it would seek distribution for the channel. American viewers used to be able to watch selected BBC World bulletins on BBC America and over 200 PBS stations. On 4 April 2009, the morning broadcast of BBC World News was dropped from BBC America. The morning broadcast of BBC World News programming returned on 18 May 2009 and airs from 04:00–8:00 on weekdays. It was also reported in The New York Times in April 2008, that some PBS stations have dropped BBC World News after being told by BBC executives that the BBC had made it "pretty clear that the future of the BBC was not intertwined with public broadcasting." Many PBS stations replaced BBC World News with the PBS-produced Worldfocus. However, many stations returned to airing BBC World News after Worldfocus was cancelled in April 2010. Currently, the BBC produces two programs for PBS in the United States. BBC World News is available through Los Angeles station, KCET. It picked up BBC World News after it was dropped by New York PBS station WLIW in favor of Worldfocus. BBC World News America is also available to PBS stations after it was pulled from BBC America. Since 1 January 2011 KCET is no longer a PBS-member station, therefore New York's WLIW syndicates BBC World News and BBC World News America to PBS-member stations and PBS World.
The station has been gaining popularity in the United States more recently however, with several of the countries largest cable providers adding it to their line up. Comcast (Xfinity), Time Warner, Cablevision, and Verizon FiOS all provide the network to most, if not all, of their subscribers. FiOS has carried it since its (FiOS's) inception, while Cablevision and Time Warner have been carrying it for some time in the New York City area at the very least, and Comcast has been adding it to their lineup in various markets since the digital conversion freed up bandwidth allowing them to add new content. Comcast claims new channels are added based on consumer request, and BBC World News was a frequently requested addition; Comcast further claims that the channel is there to stay as it is one of the highest performing news and information stations and has generated a large and positive response from customers.
Since BBC World News's inception in 1995, the BBC sought carriage for the channel on U.S. cable and satellite systems. It took 11 years for a U.S. distribution deal to be signed, a deal with Discovery Communications that was announced on 25 January 2006. In September 2006, Cablevision in the New York City metropolitan area agreed to retransmit the channel and was the first company to carry BBC World News. The channel is part of Cablevision's iO Digital Cable service, channel 104.
BBC World News on other cable systems
- Verizon FiOS: Channel 107 (All regions)
- Comcast: channel 387 (Michigan)
- Comcast: Channel 167 San Francisco Bay Area started on 13 December 2011, and will be available from December 2011 across all Comcast areas
- Cox Communications: Channel 252 (Northern Virginia)
- Grande Communications: Channel 122 (Texas)
- Western Kentucky TV (WKTV) Channel 136
- Time-Warner Cable: (Charlotte, NC) Channels 409 & 1409 (HD)
- Time-Warner Cable:(Rochester, NY) Channels 192 & Channel 1092 (HD)
- Time-Warner Cable:(Hudson Valley, NY) Channels 150 & Channel 698 (HD)
United Kingdom 
The channel is not officially available as a stand-alone, full-time channel in the United Kingdom, on the grounds that it carries and is funded by advertising (BBC's domestic channels are funded by a television licence fee which households and establishments that want to watch television programmes as they are being broadcast must pay), although it can be easily received due to its 'free-to-air' status on many European satellite systems, including Astra and Hot Bird.
However, some BBC World News programmes are available to UK audiences.
For example, there is a simulcast of the 05:00 UK edition of BBC World News on BBC One and the BBC News channel, followed by an edition of World Business Report. This programme was previously branded as 'The World Today'. While international audiences see advertisements during the break, UK viewers see domestic headlines. This simulcast is in addition to overnight simulcasts of the top of the hour from 01.00 to 05.00 UK time on both BBC World News and BBC News Channel and are simply branded as BBC News (except for Newsday which simulcasts 01.00 UK time weekdays), even if they are produced by BBC World News.
The 11:30 UK edition of BBC World News is shown on BBC Two Mon-Fri but not on Wednesdays when Parliament is sitting. This forms BBC News at 11 on BBC Two, which is made up of half an hour of BBC News and then half an hour of BBC World News. Previously GMT was shown at 12:30 on the channel.
On weekdays, BBC World News also produces a version of World News Today at 19:00 British Time. The first half hour of this programme can be seen in the UK on BBC Four. The edition of the programme replaced The World, which had been broadcast as a simulcast on the channel between 2002 and 2007.
There have been problems with lack of audio from the Astra transponder, recently during week 44, 2012.
Internet access 
BBC World, without regional variations, was available live on their website using QuickTime, but this was suspended. Since the suspension, BBC World News is available online through the subscription service RealPlayer Plus, but not in the US, UK or Canada.
Outside of the United Kingdom, users were able to watch it for free as a live Internet stream through Livestation. However, Internet users with IP addresses that appeared to be from the United States are prevented from streaming the channel, as Livestation does not have rights to provide this service to users in that country. As of April 2011, the channel can no longer be viewed from the United States via the website, and service to Australia and the UK was similarly blocked late in 2011. In mid 2012 Livestation made BBC World news available as part of a $4.99 subscription package with Sky International, Al Jazeera English, and EuroNews. As of January 3, 2013, the channel will no longer be available in the United States via the website.
Worldwide the station is available free of charge, and without geographical limitations through the free Readon Player software. There are usually at least two links to the feed and quality tends to be pretty good. It can be found using the channel search feature or in the United Kingdom and News & Information sections.
In Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, it is additionally available as a subscription mobile phone service, having also been available as a terrestrial channel.
It is also popping up in free, ad supported mobile phone apps recently as well. TVGO Live TV provides a very clear and stable stream to Android devices; LiveTV also carries a stream but tends to suffer from stability issues in both the stream and the app itself.
Live news programmes:
- BBC World News – The latest international news from the BBC
- Newsday - Live international news from London and Singapore every weekday. With Babita Sharma, Kasia Madera (London) and Rico Hizon, Sharanjit Leyl (Singapore)
- GMT – George Alagiah (Monday-Thursday) and Stephen Sackur (Friday) present the latest news developments from across the globe, with updates on business and sport
- Impact – Global news as it affects audiences around the world. Mishal Husain (Monday-Thursday) and Lyse Doucet (Friday) present breaking news, debate and analysis, using the full range of BBC Correspondents mostly from the Asia Pacific nations and across the world
- Global – Jon Sopel an in depth exploration of the issues of the day.
- Focus on Africa – Komla Dumor presents news, business and sport from across the continent.
- World News Today – The news programme for audiences who want more depth to their daily coverage. With a focus on Europe, Middle East and Africa, Zeinab Badawi (Monday, Thursday-Friday) and Philippa Thomas (Tuesday-Wednesday) bring context and understanding to the most complex of events
- Business Edition
- BBC World News America – Comprehensive news and analysis with Katty Kay. Broadcast from the BBC's Washington D.C. Studio
Other live programmes:
- Asia Business Report – Live from Singapore the essential business news as it breaks and a look ahead to the news that will shape the business day
- Sport Today – All the latest sports news and results from around the globe
- World Business Report – The latest business news with informed analysis from the world's financial centres
- World Have Your Say - Each week, BBC World viewers can join the multimedia phone-in programme, broadcast alongside BBC World Service Radio and BBC Online, and share their views on topical issues of the day with a global audience
Pre-recorded programmes include:
- Africa Business Report – A monthly look at business across the continent, talking to the people and businesses who are changing the economic face of Africa
- Click – A comprehensive guide to all the latest gadgets, websites, games and computer industry news
- Dateline London – Foreign correspondents based in London give their views on the week's international news
- Develop Or Die - investigations and reports on the challenges, problems and successes of developing nations as they seek to increase their wealth or, in some cases, get out of poverty
- Equestrian World - More than competition, Equestrian World concentrates on the spirit of the sport and the lifestyle surrounding it.
- Fast Track – The series with the latest news about travel, from the industry itself to advice on the latest deals and destinations for people travelling on business or for leisure
- HARDtalk – Stephen Sackur talks to newsmakers and personalities from across the globe
- India Business Report – India Business Report provides an indispensable guide to the big stories to watch out for in the week ahead
- Horizons– Hosts Adam Shaw and Saima Mohsin travel the world speaking with the companies and individuals who are shaping the way humankind will live over the next decade
- Middle East Business Report – Getting behind the issues of trade, business and economics in the Gulf, to reveal how this important economic region works and interacts with the rest of the world
- Newsnight – Jeremy Paxman looks back at the best of the week's films and discussions from Newsnight
- Our World – Features the BBC's finest news programmes on current issues around the world. The documentaries showcase BBC journalism at its best with programmes that expose and evaluate global topics
- Reporters – A weekly showcase of the best reports from the BBC's global network of correspondents
- Russia Business Report – The BBC's team of business experts report from across Russia. While getting under the skin of this complex country they will also be reporting on the companies and business leaders who are becoming major players in the global economy
- Spirit Of Yachting - This series explores some of the most exciting events in the world of sailing. The films tell the human stories behind the race and reveal the passion, emotion and dedication needed to take part in any world class sporting occasion
- Talking Movies – Tom Brook presents all the latest news and reviews from the U.S. cinema scene with reports from Hollywood and New York
- The Doha Debates - Each month in Qatar invited speakers debate the burning issues of the Arab and Islamic world in front of an audience who are encouraged to participate by asking questions
- Politics Europe"– An in-depth look at the politics of Europe presented by Andrew Neil and Jo Coburn (only shown in Europe; also shown on BBC Parliament in the UK)
- The World Debate - This programme puts the important questions to representatives from global politics, finance, business, the arts, media and other areas. The panels and contributing audiences discuss topical themes
- Third Eye - An examination of the economic fundamentals of twelve countries, looking beyond balance sheets and stock markets. A macro perspective from some of the best economic and business journalists
- Reporters – A weekly showcase for reports from the BBC's network of over 250 global correspondents
- UK Reporters – A weekly showcase for reports from the BBC's network of reporters and correspondents across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom
- Weekend World – Presented by BBC broadcaster Paddy O'Connell, Weekend World is a lively look at viewers' comments on World News programmes and a brief snapshot of what's coming up at the weekend
- The Health Show presented by Dr Ayan Panja and Dr Shini Somara is transmitted four times each weekend and covers the most important developments in global health, including interviews with some of the world's leading health experts
- World Have Your Say Extra - World Have Your Say Extra gives BBC World News viewers another opportunity to join the multimedia phone-in programme, broadcast alongside BBC World Service Radio and BBC Online, and share their views on topical issues of the day with a global audience
- Panorama - Current affairs programme, featuring interviews and investigative reports on a wide variety of subjects.
World News Bulletins 
Half-hour BBC World News bulletins are made available to Public Broadcasting Service member stations in the United States through Los Angeles's KCET, a non-commercial independent public television station separate from PBS since the beginning of 2011 due to a rights fee dispute. 80 to 90% of Americans are able to receive them, though broadcast times vary between different localities, with it airing on several PBS stations in markets such as New York City and Washington DC.
On PBS stations, BBC World News does not appear with commercials (the breaks are replaced with news stories) but omits the Met Office international weather forecast at the end, replacing it with underwriting announcements. The PBS airings are tape-delayed on some stations.
BBC America airs a 3-hour block of BBC World News coverage from 05:00 am to 08:00 on weekdays. Met Office forecasts are removed, and is broadcast with advertisements. Another BBC World News programme, the hour-long BBC World News America, aired on BBC America at 19:00 eastern time. The 22:00 eastern time broadcast ended in 2010 when BBC America introduced a second feed for the western time zones of the U.S. On 18 February 2011 it was announced that BBC World News America would be discontinued on BBC America and would instead be airing only on BBC World and local PBS stations in the United States as a 30-minute program.
Travellers on the Heathrow Express rail service from London Paddington to London Heathrow Airport are also treated to a specially recorded BBC World News bulletin—introduced with a namecheck of "Welcome to BBC World News onboard the Heathrow Express"—during the fifteen-minute journey. This short bulletin is updated twice a day, and is shown in both classes on LCD televisions throughout the train.
Many airlines from across the world also play pre-recorded extracts of the BBC World News, have text headlines from it or have a full bulletin available on the in-flight entertainment systems. Airlines with BBC World News include Emirates Airline, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and United Airlines. Travellers can watch the bulletins on Channel 1 shortly after take-off on British Airways flights from the United Kingdom. Air France also broadcasts the full bulletin instead of France 2 News, on flights operated from London-Heathrow and Los Angeles (and New York–JFK by summer 2009).
For details see List of BBC newsreaders and reporters
News presenters 
George Alagiah (Mon-Thu) and Stephen Sackur (Fri) present GMT, Mishal Husain (Mon-Wed) present Impact, Jon Sopel presents Global, Komla Dumor presents Focus on Africa, Zeinab Badawi (Mon, Thu-Fri) and Phillipa Thomas (Tue-Wed) present World News Today, Babita Sharma (Mon-Wed) and Kasia Madera (Thu-Fri) present Newsday from London along with Rico Hizon or Sharanjit Leyl from Singapore, Katty Kay presents BBC World News America and Ros Atkins presents World Have Your Say.
Business presenters 
Sport presenters 
Weather presenters 
Weather presenters include: Darren Bett, Daniel Corbett, Alex Deakin, Chris Fawkes, Peter Gibbs, John Hammond, Sarah Keith-Lucas, Simon King, Louise Lear, Nick Miller, Susan Powell, Nina Ridge, Matt Taylor, Laura Tobin, Helen Willetts and Jay Wynne.
Former presenters 
Presenters who have previously appeared on the channel include Samira Ahmed, Lindsey Brancher, Tony Campion, Jonathan Charles, Peter Coe, Stephen Cole, Dharshini David, Maya Even, Adrian Finighan, Karen Bowerman, Juliet Dunlop, James Dagwell, Sean Fletcher, Liz George, Jake Lynch, Donald MacCormick, Anita McNaught, Keshini Navaratnam, Liz Pike, Richard Quest, Owen Thomas, and Amanda Davies.
BBC World News is, for the most part, the same channel all over the world; the commercials are intended to be the only differences. However, there are some regional programming variations. For example, a number of programmes are made exclusively for regional viewings, such as Indian feeds, and The Record Europe, which is only broadcast in Europe.
On most feeds of BBC World News, when there are no commercials being inserted by the cable or satellite provider similar to other channels, the break filler shows promotions for upcoming programmes on the channel. During BBC News, a news story that has not been promoted airs during what would be the commercial break. This is the case on the broadband versions of BBC World News, and on versions of BBC World News aired in the United States on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) stations. However, there are some global commercials and sponsorships which air throughout the network.
On 11 September 2007, the break filler was redesigned and now more closely resembles previous versions. The promotional videos now fill the entire screen and are interspersed with news and market updates, schedules, and other information. There is also no longer a unifying music composition. Instead, each 20-second promotional video uses music selected from a handful of themes, which have some unifying musical characteristics. The information screens, such as the 10-second plug for the website or YouTube channel, and the 15-second weather/time/coming up screens each feature their own theme. The colour theme was updated following the relaunch of the channel in April 2008.
Since its inception, and more so since its extensive association with the BBC News channel, the countdown to the hourly news bulletin has been a feature of the channel's presentation, accompanied by music composed by David Lowe. The current style of countdown features reporters and technical staff in many different locations working to bring news stories to air.
- Al Jazeera English
- Australia Network
- CNN International
- Deutsche Welle
- Fox News Channel International
- France 24
- MVC – MundoVision (English News Channel)
- Russia Today
- Press TV
- Sky News
- Bloomberg Television
- NHK World
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