BBC Weekend News

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BBC Weekend News
BBC News titles.png
Created by BBC News
Presented by Gavin Esler
Kate Silverton
Reeta Chakrabarti
Mishal Husain
Clive Myrie
Theme music composer David Lowe
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English

1969-2013 BBC Television Centre

Studio E, Broadcasting House, London
Running time 5-20 minutes
Original network BBC One
BBC News
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 5 July 1954 – present
Related shows BBC Breakfast
BBC News at One
BBC News at Six
BBC News at Ten
BBC News Summary

BBC Weekend News is the national news programmes on BBC One at a weekend and bank holidays although it is often referred to on guides simply as BBC News, or if broadcast at 1:00pm exactly, BBC News at One, 6:00pm exactly, BBC News at Six and 10:00pm exactly, BBC News at Ten. The programmes are simulcast on the BBC News Channel.


The programme airs three times a day at different times, such as Saturday lunch-time at 12:00 and evenings are variable and on Sunday lunch-time is at 13:00, evening is variable but mostly at 17:30 and at night is at 22:00. During August there is an hour long edition to replace The Andrew Marr Show at 09:00 on Sunday.



The lunchtime bulletin is presented by the duty BBC News Channel presenter. The bulletins were generally presented by Maxine Mawhinney for several years, but on 11 July 2015, she was quietly replaced by Gavin Esler. Cover presenters include Mawhinney, Nicholas Owen, Rebecca Jones and Tim Willcox.

Current presenters[edit]

Years Presenter Current role
2015–present Gavin Esler Main Presenter
2006–present Maxine Mawhinney Relief presenter
2007–present Nicholas Owen
2007–present Tim Willcox
2012–present Carole Walker
2014–present Martine Croxall
2014–present Christian Fraser
2014–present Rebecca Jones
2014–present Adam Parsons
2014–present Rachel Schofield
2014–present Julian Worricker
2015–present Shaun Ley
2015–present Annita McVeigh


The two evening bulletins are presented by the same presenter. Clive Myrie and Nicholas Owen are regular presenters. Kate Silverton is on secondment to BBC Radio 4 and her duties are being covered by Reeta Chakrabarti. The presenter of the two evening bulletins has usually been a dedicated presenter, specific to the two bulletins for that evening on BBC One, with the surrounding news presentation on the BBC News Channel being presented by another presenter.

The Bank Holiday news bulletins are presented by a member of the BBC Weekend News team or the regularly scheduled BBC News at Six or BBC News at Ten presenter.

Current presenters[edit]

Years Presenter Current role
2008–present Kate Silverton Main presenter (Currently on secondment to Radio 4) (Returning in early 2016)
2014–present Reeta Chakrabarti Acting Main presenter (Saturday)
2010–present Clive Myrie Acting Main presenter (Alternate Sunday)
2005–present Mishal Husain
2007–present Nicholas Owen Relief presenter
2005–present Simon McCoy
2008–present Ben Brown
2002–present Jane Hill

Former presenters[edit]

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

Sports News[edit]

During the late programme on each day a round up of the days sports news is presented from the BBC Sport Centre at MediaCityUK, Salford. This is usually presented by one of the BBC News channel sports presenters:

Mike Bushell
Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes
Damian Johnson