It is track ten on the album Time (1981) and was released as a double A-side along with "Ticket to the Moon" in January 1982, reaching number 24 in the UK charts. The song makes heavy use of synthesizers but also includes guitar, bass guitar, piano, and a drum kit. The song is in Strophic form, lasts 3 minutes 43 seconds and ends with a fade out. The song is about the news programs of the future, or more accurately the news programs of 2095 and voices from news reports can be heard in the background at some points in the song. A number of news reporters claim that their voices were used for this song, but Lynne said that the snippets featured the voices of band members. Kelly Groucutt can be heard to say, "You'll have to wait and see. I'll call you back later" in the closing montage and Lynne says, "I'd like to say hello to everybody".
The Dutch broadcasting company VPRO has been using the opening sequence of "Here Is the News" since 1981 at the start of their radio and television broadcasts. In October 1987, a Maltese radio was also using the intro of "Here Is the News" to introduce the news.
Possibly influenced by the recent arrival on 1 June 1980 of round-the-clock news network CNN, the 1982 song accurately predicted the television media of the future, describing it as being "every hour upon the hour" and as a cynical environment primarily obsessed with presenting audiences "the worst" details of any news event.