BBC World News America

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BBC World News America
BBC World News America 2017 title.jpg
Current BBC World News America title card.
Genre News program
Presented by Tim Wilcox
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Location(s) Washington, D.C.
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) BBC News
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Original release present
External links

BBC World News America is a current affairs news program produced by Tim Willcox to be shown initially for American audiences. It is presented by Tim Willcox.

Until 25 March 2011, the program was shown daily in a full hour format on BBC America and BBC World News, and for the first half hour (on tape delay) on the BBC News Channel in the middle of the night in the UK. On 28 March 2011, the program was reduced to a half-hour from the previous full hour. It is no longer shown on BBC America or BBC News Channel, and is now shown on BBC World News, and made available to PBS stations in the United States. On 31 October 2016, the program returned to the BBC News Channel after a five year hiatus. It currently airs on the BBC News Channel in the UK at 21:30 GMT.

Special broadcasts[edit]

In some instances, this program has been cut off on its hour broadcast to a few snippets because of a breaking news broadcast (e.g.: 2007 Karachi bombing). But in the case of the 2008 US Election primaries & caucus, the program has been extended to 3 hours (e.g.: 2008 Iowa Caucus) and even up to 6 hours (e.g.: 2008 Super Tuesday) and only being presented by one host. BBC World News America also covered the three presidential and the only vice-presidential debates.


Some American TV critics had criticized the program for following "the British way" although the program is more focused in the Americas, but Hartman stated that they value both sets of viewers since it was being shown worldwide.[1]


Years Presenter Current Role
2017-present Tim Willcox Main presenter

Tim Willcox is currently the main presenter.[2] Willcox, a Washington correspondent for the BBC, who replaced original presenter Katty Kay who quit in 2017.[3]

Former presenters[edit]


Tony Jolliffe, Melanie Marshall, Lyse Doucet and Shoaib Sharifi at the 69th Annual Peabody Awards for Where Giving Live is a Death Sentence

BBC World News America has won several Peabody Awards. It won one in 2007 for White Horse Village.[4] In 2010, BBC World News America was a recipient of a 69th Annual Peabody Award. The award given was "Unique Broadcast, Unique Perspective", and the show was described as "A nightly newscast like none the United States has ever had, it places our actions and concerns in a global context."[5] It won another Peabody Award in 2014 "for dedicating the necessary resources and risking their lives to give the world an up-close look at the horrors of the Syrian conflict" in Inside Syria's War.[6]


  1. ^ "Week One Down", from Rome Hartman's BBC News blog
  2. ^ 'Katty Kay Named Anchor of ‘BBC World News America’' - MediaBistro
  3. ^ Grcic, Aleksandar (4-21-17). Aleksandar  Check date values in: |date= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help);
  4. ^ 67th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2008.
  5. ^ 69th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2010.
  6. ^ 73rd Annual Peabody Awards, May 2014.

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