BBC News at One

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BBC News at One
BBC News at One.png
Also known as BBC One O'Clock News (1986–2008)
BBC News at One O'Clock
Created by BBC News
Presented by Sophie Raworth
Kate Silverton
Theme music composer David Lowe
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
News editor(s) Sam Taylor

1986-2013 BBC Television Centre

Studio E, Broadcasting House, London
Running time 30 minutes
Original network BBC One
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release 27 October 1986 (1986-10-27) – present
Preceded by BBC News After Noon
Related shows BBC Breakfast
BBC News at Five
BBC News at Six
BBC News at Ten
BBC Weekend News
Outside Source
World News Today

The BBC News at One is the afternoon/lunchtime news bulletin from the BBC. Produced by BBC News, the programme is broadcast on BBC One and the BBC News channel every weekday at 1:00pm. The programme is usually presented by Sophie Raworth every Monday to Thursday and Kate Silverton on Friday.

The BBC News at One achieved an average reach of 2.7 million viewers per bulletin in 2007, making it the most watched programme on UK daytime television.[1]


BBC One O'Clock News with Martyn Lewis in 1986

The One O'Clock News launched on 27 October 1986 together with the daytime television service on BBC1, serving as a replacement to the BBC's News After Noon programme, which had a two-person presentation team of Richard Whitmore and either Moira Stuart or Frances Coverdale. Martyn Lewis, who had joined the BBC from rival ITN, was the original presenter of the new One O'Clock News, in a single-presenter format.[2]

A unified look across BBC news output was introduced in April 1993, and the programme, while retaining the One O'Clock News title, adopted this look, though still kept some of its individuality, such as a reworked version of the theme music.

A new look across all of BBC News television output on 10 May 1999 meant that for the first time all the main bulletins on BBC One had the same look, the only exception being the title of the programme. At this time Anna Ford took over as the main presenter of the bulletin, staying until her retirement from news reading in April 2006.

On 22 January 2007 the programme titles were relaunched, along with the rest of the BBC television output, to give an identical series of titles across news programming on all BBC channels.

On 4 February 2008, the programme temporarily moved studios, from N6 to N8 (the former BBC News 24 studio), as part of restructuring across BBC News. On 21 April 2008 the programme underwent a graphical refresh and returned to the refurbished N6 as well as changing its name to the BBC News at One.

On 5 November 2010, during the National Union of Journalists strike action,[3] former Sky News and GMTV presenter Emma Crosby presented the programme whilst the regular presenters were absent.[4] Further strike dates occurred on 15 July 2011 and 1 August 2011 plus on the 28 March 2013. Gavin Grey presented on these days in addition to BBC News Channel.[5][6]

The opening of the first bulletin to be presented from Broadcasting House

On 18 March 2013, the programme moved to Broadcasting House, along with the BBC News channel and the other BBC One bulletins, and began broadcasting in high-definition. The programme was the first to be broadcast from the new studio.[7]

Between January and June 2015, the bulletin was extended to 40 minutes due to the length of the English regional bulletins being reduced to 5 minutes during the general election campaign period. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland retained the original 30 minute broadcast length and aired their regular 15 minute bulletins.


Current presenters[edit]

Years Presenter Current role
2006–present Sophie Raworth Main presenter (Monday-Thursday)
2007–present Kate Silverton Main presenter (Friday)
2014–present Reeta Chakrabarti Regular Relief Presenter
2003–present Jane Hill
2008–present Simon McCoy
2014–present Clive Myrie Occasional Relief Presenter
2014–present Ben Brown

In addition, Huw Edwards often presents in the event of a major news story.

Former presenters[edit]

Presenters below are occasional or relief presenters unless indicated otherwise.

BBC One O'Clock News with Anna Ford in 2001


Within the last few minutes of each programme, a full national weather forecast is presented within the studio.

One O'Clock News Hour[edit]

The BBC News at One has been shown on the BBC News channel since April 2006, making up the first half-hour of the BBC News at One. Significant differences can be seen between the two halves of the programme, as the second half is presented by the Duty News Channel presenter. During the headlines and 'coming up' section, BBC One viewers see a preview of the stories to come from their region, while BBC News viewers see sports headlines. Between 12:45 and 13:30 BBC News has a service providing in-vision British Sign Language for viewers with hearing difficulties.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "News viewers turned to BBC in 2007". BBC Press Office. 7 December 2007. 
  2. ^ The start and finish of the first edition of the One O'Clock News
  3. ^ "BBC News staff strike over pensions". BBC News. 5 November 2010. Archived from the original on 12 November 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Revoir, Paul (5 November 2010). "Ex-GMTV presenter given the boot when Christine Bleakley moved to ITV finds new role... replacing BBC strikers". Mail Online. Archived from the original on 8 November 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "BBC News Strike July 2011 - BBC National News". TV Newsroom. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "BBC News Strike August 2011 - BBC National News". TV Newsroom. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "BBC News' television output moves to new studios at Broadcasting House". BBC. 2013-03-18. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 

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