World News Today

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World News Today
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World News Today with Zeinab Badawi
Also known as World News Today
Created by BBC World News
Presented by Philippa Thomas
Kasia Madera
James Menendez
Karin Giannone
Jamie Robertson
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Location(s) Studio C, Broadcasting House, London
Running time 93 minutes (Mon–Thu)
45 minutes (Friday)
25 minutes (BBC Four)
Original channel BBC World News
BBC Four
BBC Four HD (2013-)
BBC News Channeloccasional
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Original run 2 July 2006 – present
Preceded by The World
Related shows BBC World News
BBC World News America
Focus on Africa,
BBC Breakfast,
BBC News at One,
BBC News at Five,
BBC News at Six,
BBC News at Nine,
BBC Weekend News
External links

World News Today is a current affairs news programme, produced by BBC News, presented by Philippa Thomas, Kasia Madera, James Menendez and Karin Giannone. It was originally conceived as a morning television show aimed at American audiences, hosted by George Alagiah, but later expanded to six editions a day aimed at different markets. There is now one weekday edition only, part-simulcast on BBC Four and BBC World News. it is occasional broadcast on the BBC News Channel during major news stories.


The programme originally used the same graphics and music as BBC World, though when The World on BBC Four was renamed World News Today, all editions were given a separate set of graphics and music. Since April 2008 the standard title sequence used by the BBC's English Regions has been used, with some graphical alterations and with international images included. The first 30 mins of each broadcast is still simulcast on BBC Four.

As part of a channel refresh on BBC World News, five editions of World News Today were replaced on 1 February 2010 with GMT, Impact Asia now Impact, The Hub (later replaced with Global in 2013), Business Edition and a standard edition of BBC World News(later replaced by Outside Source in 2014).[1]

A new edition will be launched on the BBC News Channel & BBC World News at 21:00 BST (summer) or GMT (winter) on Fridays-Sunday.[2]


The remaining original edition shown on BBC Four and BBC World News is presented

Years Presenter Current role
2013–present Karin Giannone Main presenter
Philippa Thomas Main presenter
Kasia Madera Main presenter (Various)
2009–present Jamie Robertson Business deputy presenter, Occasional relief presenter
Tim Willcox Regular relief presenter
Tanya Beckett Regular relief & Business main presenter
2012–present Peter Dobbie Occasional relief presenter
2013–present David Eades Regular relief presenter
2014–present Babita Sharma Presenter
Mike Embley Presenter
Adnan Nawaz Presenter
2015–present James Menendez Main Presenter

When Badawi presented, the title sequence stated World News Today with Zeinab Badawi. However, when she did not, as she is often on assignment, the titles only show World News Today, regardless of the alternate presenter. This only happens if she isn't reporting from a location on a topic covered in the show.

Former presenters[edit]

Years Presenter Current role
2009–2012 Kirsty Lang Deputy presenter
2013–2014 Rajesh Mirchandani Relief presenter
2009–2014 Zeinab Badawi Main presenter