Newsday (BBC World Service)

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For the TV programme on BBC World News see Newsday (programme).
Genre News, current events, and factual
Running time Weekdays 0300-0830 (UK Time)
Country United Kingdom
South Africa
Language(s) English
Home station BBC World Service
Host(s) Lawrence Pollard
Lerato Mbele
Andrew Peach
Julian Keane
Bola Mosuro
Nuala McGovern
Alan Kasujja
Recording studio Broadcasting House
BBC Johannesburg
Air dates since 23 July 2012

Newsday is BBC World Service's international early morning news and current affairs programme which premiered on 23 July 2012.[1] The programme is co-anchored by Lawrence Pollard in London and Lerato Mbele in Johannesburg. Replacing The World Today and Network Africa, the programme will have a particular focus on Africa. It is expected that the programme will have one of the largest, if not the largest, audience of any radio programme in the world.[2]


Newsday was launched on 23 July 2012, replacing The World Today and Network Africa. For the first three weeks of its history the programme broadcast from the Olympic Games in London. In the first six weeks the programme was on air, it had interviews with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Malawian President Joyce Banda, Donald Kaberuka and Julius Malema.


Years Presenter Current role Time (UK) Location
2012–present Nuala McGovern Main presenters Monday - Wednesday (0300-0600) London
2012–present Alan Kasujja London
2012–present Bola Mosuro Main presenters Thursday - Friday (0300-0600) London
2012–present Julian Keane London
2012–present Lawrence Pollard Main presenters Monday - Friday (0600-0830) London
2012–2013 Lerato Mbele Johannesburg
2012–present Andrew Peach London
2012–present Tom Hagler Main presenters Occasional presenters London
2012–present Tulip Mazumdar


Newsday interviews featured on BBC News website[edit]

Several Newsday interviews have been written up as online stories for BBC News Online. Headlines and links to the stories are below:

  1. "Malawi's Joyce Banda: 'I am a servant of the people'" 25 August 2012
  2. "Drowned Somali runner remembered by her sister." (21 August 2012)
  3. "Julius Malema: 'Workers must refuse to sell their labour'." 6 September 2012
  4. "South Sudan's Marial 'overjoyed' at Olympics chance." (23 July 2012)
  5. "Jamaica's first golden giant: Arthur Wint remembered on Newsday." 5 August 2012
  6. "Bolt's family 'on top of the world', says Aunt Lilly." 10 August 2012
  7. "Kiprotich ends Uganda's marathon wait for Olympic gold." 13 August 2012
  8. "Dragons' Den's Doug Richard to help Nigeria business." 14 August 2012
  9. "Somali: MPs sworn in to historic parliament." 20 August 2012
  10. "Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai set to marry after court victory." 13 September 2012

Social Media[edit]

Newsday invites listeners to comment on issues covered in the programme on social media. On twitter, it uses the hashtag #BBCNewsday and tweets from the @bbcworldservice[3] and @BBCAfrica[4] Twitter profiles. On Facebook, it posts on the BBC World Service[5] and BBC Africa[6]] pages. Newsday uses these social media profiles Mon-Fri, 2100-0900.


Immediate audience reaction to Newsday was overwhelmingly hostile. The BBC invited listeners to comment on its own website. Of the 39 comments posted only one was favourable. The programme's format drew particular scorn for its shallowness and concentration on one continent's news at the expense of the rest.[7]

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