BBC Look East

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Look East
'Look East' title card showing the BBC logo, programme title and a local image stylised to fit the BBC News brand
Presented by

Stewart White
Susie Fowler-Watt (Main anchors)
Alex Dolan

Julie Reinger (Weather presenters)
Janine Machin
Amanda Goodman
(West opt-out presenters)
Producer(s) BBC East
Running time

15 minutes (13:30 weekday programme),

30 minutes (18:30 weekday programme), 7 and-a-half minutes (22:25 weekday programme) 5 minutes (22:20 weekend programme)
Original network BBC One East, BBC One Cambridge
Picture format 576i
Original release 1964 (1964) – present

Look East is the BBC's regional television news programme for the East of England.


St Catherine's House on All Saints Green in Norwich, where Look East was based from its inception until 2003. (Pictured in 2012)

The first BBC television news bulletins for the East of England began on 5 October 1959.[1] These bulletins were only three minutes in length.[2] The programme was extended to 10 minutes in 1962 and named East Anglia at Six Ten, and then in 1964 to 20 minutes and renamed Look East.[2] Look East is broadcast from BBC East's headquarters at The Forum, Norwich. Prior to 29 September 2003, the programme aired from studios in St Catherine's Close, Norwich.

The programme can be watched in any part of the UK (and Europe) on Sky Digital channel 961, and channel 962 for the "west" sub-regional service from Cambridge or Freesat channels 953 (East) and 954 (West), on the BBC UK regional TV on satellite service. The services were added to the Sky Digital platform on 29 July 2003 and were available on Freesat from launch.

In 1997 Look East launched the sub-regional service, Close Up, for viewers covered by the Sandy Heath transmitting station and its relays. The opt-out allows the two sub-regions to provide, during the main evening programme, around 10 minutes of news relevant to their area. After the BBC News at Ten on weeknights, both the East and West of the region receive fully separate editions of Look East from Norwich and Cambridge respectively.


The main anchors of Look East are Stewart White and Susie Fowler-Watt with Julie Reinger as the programme's lead weather presenter. In the West of the region, the twice nightly 6:30 p.m. and 10:25 p.m. opt-outs are presented by Claire Burton, Amelia Reynolds and Amanda Goodman

Breakfast Presenters Look East Main 6 & 10 o'clock

West opt-out Presenters

Weather Presenters
1 & 6 o'clock Presenters Late Presenters
Stewart White Janine Machin M-Th
Susie Fowler-Watt Julie Reinger

Broadcast times[edit]

On weekdays, Look East broadcasts six three-minute opt-outs during BBC Breakfast at 27 and 57 minutes past each hour. A fifteen-minute lunchtime programme follows at 1:30 pm before the main 27-minute edition at 6:30 pm. A short 30-second headlines update during the BBC News Summary at 8:00 pm and a seven-minute late update is shown at 10:25 pm, following the BBC News at Ten.

Look East also airs three bulletins during the weekend: two early evening bulletins on Saturday & Sunday and a late night bulletin on Sundays, following the BBC News at Ten. The times of these bulletins usually vary.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "News in Brief". The Times. 6 October 1959. p. 7. 
  2. ^ a b "New home for Look East at the Forum". BBC Norfolk. 1 October 2003. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 

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