BBC Weekend News

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BBC Weekend News
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Created by BBC News
Presented by Kate Silverton
Mishal Husain
Clive Myrie
Shaun Ley
Ben Brown
Theme music composer David Lowe
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Location(s) 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 the weekend and bank holidays, although it is often referred to on guides simply as BBC News. It is called BBC Weekend News on all bulletins apart from being broadcast on a Sunday at the 10pm hour, where it is named the BBC News at Ten. The programmes are simulcast on the BBC News Channel, unless it clashes with the edition of World News Today at 9:00pm.


BBC weekend news airs three times on both Saturday and Sunday, and is also used as the title of the BBC News Channel simulcast on Sunday mornings during August when the Andrew Marr show doesn't air. The main three bulletins are presented in the studio in a similar format to other national news bulletins on BBC One but are shorter in length.

The lunchtime bulletin is normally at 1:00pm although these times often vary. The programme lasts approximately 10 minutes including the sport and is immediately followed on BBC One by a weather forecast on Saturday and Sunday.

The evening bulletin lasts either 15 minutes depending on scheduling and can be at any time between 6:00pm (and occasionally outside these times due to sport or other live events), and is followed by regional news.

The late bulletin contains a sports update from the BBC sports centre in Salford, and is at 10:00pm on Saturday and Sunday depending on scheduling. There is a BBC One regional news after the Sunday late news on BBC One.



The lunchtime bulletin is presented by the on-duty BBC News Channel presenter during the scheduled bulletin. Maxine Mawhinney was the long term presenter from 2006 until 2015. Following a reshuffle, BBC News 24 launch presenter Gavin Esler became the main presenter until his departure from the channel in early 2017. Mawhinney briefly returned to the role until her departure in April 2017.[1] The Saturday bulletin is now normally presented by Shaun Ley and the Sunday bulletin normally by Ben Brown. Julian Worricker has been the main recent cover presenter and occasionally one of the presenters who mainly presents for BBC World News has covered.

Current presenters[edit]

Years Presenter Current role
2015-present Shaun Ley Main Presenter (Saturday morning)
2017-present Ben Brown Main Presenter (Sunday morning)
2016-present Lukwesa Burak Main Presenter (Afternoon/Evening)
2018-present Carrie Gracie Main Relief Presenter (Afternoon/Evening)
2008-present Annita McVeigh Main Relief Presenter (Afternoon)
2010-present Martine Croxall Main Presenter (Evening)
2011, 2017-present Chris Rogers Relief Presenter (Evening)
2011-Present Rachel Schofield Occasional Relief presenter
2017-present Vicky Young
2014-Present Christian Fraser
2014–Present Julian Worricker
2017-Present Reeta Chakrabarti
2017-Present Matthew Price


Unlike the lunchtime bulletin, the presenter of the two evening bulletins has usually been a dedicated presenter for that evening on BBC One, with the surrounding news presentation on the BBC News Channel being presented by another presenter. Senior presenters, such as Huw Edwards and Sophie Raworth, have made guest appearances during major news stories, recently following general elections or the EU Referendum, despite being listed as former presenters.

The Bank Holiday news bulletins can be presented by either a member of the BBC Weekend News team or a presenter from the BBC News at One, BBC News at Six or BBC News at Ten.

Current presenters[edit]

Years Presenter Current role
2008-present Kate Silverton Main presenter (Alternate Saturday)
2007–present Mishal Husain Main presenter (Alternate Sunday)
2014–present Reeta Chakrabarti Main Relief presenter (Alternate Saturday)
2010–present Clive Myrie Main Relief presenter (Alternate Sunday)
2002–present Jane Hill Relief presenter (Was Covering Kate Silverton)
2008–present Ben Brown Relief presenter

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: Olly Foster, Karthi Gnanasegaram, Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes and Katherine Downes.