BBC Look East

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BBC Look East
BBC Look East.png
Presented by Stewart White
Susie Fowler-Watt (Main anchors)
Julie Reinger and Alex Dolan (Weather presenters)
Producer(s) BBC East
Running time

5 minutes (1.40pm weekday programme),

30 minutes (6.30pm weekday programme), 20 minutes (10.25pm weekday programme)
Original channel BBC One East
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
Original release 5 October 1959 (1959-10-05) – present
Related shows BBC News,
ITV News Anglia

BBC Look East is the BBC's regional television news programme for the BBC East region, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and northern Buckinghamshire.

The programme began on 5 October 1959,[1] making it the BBC's longest-running regional news programme. 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 more 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. Both editions of the programme can be received on Sky Digital, on channels 961 and 962, or Freesat channels 953 and 954.


BBC Look East has its main, flagship evening news broadcast at 6.30 pm, weekdays, on BBC One, with a duration of 30 minutes. The usual hosts for this programme are Stewart White and Susie Fowler-Watt. The usual stand in for White if he is not in is David Whitely, and for Fowler-Watt is Amelia Reynolds. The programme features news for the Eastern Counties as well as opt-outs for the Western and Eastern halves of the region, a weather forecast - often hosted by Alex Dolan - and sometimes a regional sports report.

On weekend evenings, a more condensed version of the programme is broadcast, following the National News. For this broadcast, there is a separate version for the Eastern and Western halves of the region. This programme is presented by a single newsreader.

At other times, Look East is broadcast following the lunchtime news broadcast on BBC One, starting at 1.40 pm on a weekday, for a duration of five minutes. This show has separate versions for the East and West and is hosted by a single presenter, often Stewart White or Susie Fowler-Watt. There is no lunchtime broadcast at the weekend.

Look East broadcasts after the BBC News at Ten, starting at 10.25 pm on a weekday, and in January 2015, was extended to 20 minutes, finishing at 10.45 pm. There are separate broadcasts for the East and West of the region. Though there is no late night broadcast on a Saturday, on a Sunday, Look East is aired between 10.20 pm and 10.30 pm, again, with separate Eastern and Western region versions.

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  1. ^ "News in Brief". The Times. 6 October 1959. p. 7. 

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