BBC News at Ten

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BBC News at Ten
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The current programme titles
Also known as BBC Ten O'Clock News
Created by BBC News
Presented by Huw Edwards
Fiona Bruce
Theme music composer David Lowe
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Location(s) Studio E, Broadcasting House, London
Running time 45 minutes
Original network BBC One
Picture format
Original release 16 October 2000 (2000-10-16) – present
Preceded by BBC Nine O'Clock News
Related shows

BBC News at Ten — formerly known as the BBC Ten O'Clock News or the Ten O'Clock News — is the flagship evening news programme, broadcast six nights a week (Sunday to Friday) for British television channel BBC One and the BBC News channel. It is presented by Huw Edwards and deputised by Fiona Bruce. The programme was controversially moved from 9pm on 16 October 2000. The main presenter simultaneously holds the lead presenter role for major events, election night (from 2015) and breaking news.

The programme features thirty minutes of British national and international news, with an emphasis on the latter. It incorporates around twelve minutes (every Monday to Thursday, seven minutes on Fridays) of news from the BBC regions around the country, at approximately 10:30pm to 10:45pm Monday to Thursday, and 10:25pm to 10:35pm every Friday; this is followed by a national weather forecast. On Sundays, the bulletin airs until 10:20pm, followed by the regional news until 10:30pm.

BBC News at Ten is currently the most watched news programme in Britain, averaging 4.9 million viewers each night.[1] When rival channel ITV relaunched the ITV News at Ten in 2008, the BBC bulletin won the battle in the ratings, with an average of 4.8 million viewers watching, compared to the 2.2 million who viewed the ITV news.[2]


BBC News at Ten was launched on 16 October 2000, replacing the BBC Nine O'Clock News, which had been on the air since 14 September 1970. Its launch presenters were Michael Buerk and Peter Sissons. The move to 10pm was a response to the controversial axing of rival broadcaster ITV's News at Ten. ITV reinstated a 20-minute news bulletin at 10pm on 22 January 2001, instigating a head-to-head clash with the BBC. The BBC News at Ten eventually became the more popular programme, establishing itself on the BBC One schedule for at least six nights a week. ITV's bulletin suffered as a result of poor scheduling; on 2 February 2004 the bulletin moved to 10:30pm,[3]before ITV reinstated the programme in January 2008.

Michael Buerk presenting in 2000

Buerk and Sissons left the BBC News at Ten on 19 January 2003 to make way for presenters Huw Edwards and Fiona Bruce. To mark this presenter reshuffle, on Monday 20 January 2003 as Edwards and Bruce took over, the programme (and the rest of the BBC news bulletins) were relaunched with a new studio. In April 2008, the programme moved into a refurbished studio (N6); a graphical refresh also took place.

Since 5 February 2006, the bulletin has been simulcast on the BBC News channel.

BBC News at Ten was named "News Programme of the Year" at the RTS Television Journalism Awards in 2005, 2009 and 2010.

On 18 March 2013, alongside the BBC News channel and the other BBC One bulletins, the programme moved to Broadcasting House and began broadcasting in high-definition.[4]

Following a five-month trial during the run-up to the 2015 general election, it was announced that BBC News at Ten will be permanently extended by ten minutes between Monday and Thursday from January 2016.[5]

Out-of-studio presenting[edit]

As well as presenting from the studio, the main presenters are called upon to present on location when major stories break. For example, Huw Edwards reported live from Washington for the 2008, 2012 and 2016 US Presidential Elections and has presented live from Basra at the withdrawal ceremony. He also regularly presented from Westminster, as well as from Edinburgh (at times when the referendum for Scottish independence was being developed).

Presenter George Alagiah hosted from L'Aquila in 2009, Haiti in 2010, Egypt in 2011, and Tacloban in 2013.

During the 2012 Summer Olympics, presenters also made use of BBC's makeshift studios overlooking the Olympic Park at Stratford.



Paul Royall has been Editor of BBC News at Ten (as well as the BBC News at Six) since 22 July 2013 (having been Deputy Editor since May 2009). He replaced James Stephenson, who went on to become Head of BBC World News.[6][7]


Years Presenter Current role
2003–present Huw Edwards Main presenter (Monday–Thursday)
2003–present Fiona Bruce Main presenter (Friday), relief presenter
2003–present Sophie Raworth Main relief presenter
2010–present Mishal Husain Main Presenter (Sunday, alternate with Clive Myrie)
2014–present Reeta Chakrabarti Relief presenter
2015–present Clive Myrie Relief presenter (Friday (relief), Sunday alternate with Mishal Husain)

Former presenters[edit]

If there is no position before the years of being a presenter, then the newsreader was either a relief presenter or occasional guest presenter.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ BBC Press Office (7 December 2007). "News viewers turned to BBC in 2007". British Broadcasting Corporation. 
  2. ^ "BBC wins the News ratings battle". The Guardian. 17 April 2008. "Media" section. 
  3. ^ Fitzwalter, Raymond (1 January 2008). "The Dream That Died: The Rise and Fall of ITV". Troubador Publishing – via Google Books. 
  4. ^ "BBC News' television output moves to new studios at Broadcasting House". BBC. 2013-03-18. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  5. ^ "BBC News at Ten to extend by 10 minutes". BBC. 2015-12-10. Retrieved 2015-12-11. 
  6. ^ [1] Article on appointment and background in Press Gazette
  7. ^ [2] BBC News article.

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