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
Created by Garth Ancier
Presented by Laura Trevelyan[1]
Katty Kay
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Location(s) Washington, D.C.
Running time 60 minutes (2007–present; available around the world through BBC World News except in Asia Pacific)
30 minutes (2011–present; UK and Asia Pacific region only)
Production company(s) BBC News
Original network Worldwide:
BBC World (2007–present)
BBC News (2006-)
United States:
Noncommercial syndication (2007–present)
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Original release October 1, 2007 (2007-10-01) – present
External links

BBC World News America is a British/American current affairs news program produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)'s BBC News division, which premiered on October 1, 2007.[2] Produced out of the BBC's Washington, D.C. bureau, Katty Kay – who originally appeared on the program through her role as a Washington-based correspondent for BBC News – has served as the main presenter since 2011, replacing original co-anchor Matt Frei.[1]

The program is broadcast worldwide on BBC World and, through an agreement with Los Angeles public independent station KCET, is also syndicated to PBS member stations and select non-commercial educational independent stations throughout the United States.

From its debut until 25 March 2011, the program originally maintained a one-hour format, airing as a simulcast on BBC America in the United States and BBC World internationally, with the first half-hour (on tape delay) being shown overnights on the BBC News Channel in the U.K. The program was reduced to a half-hour broadcast on 28 March 2011, and was removed from BBC America.[3] On 31 October 2016, the program returned to the BBC News Channel after a five-year absence, and currently airs on the channel 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.


Years Presenter Current Role
201?-present Rajini Vaidyanathan
2017-present Katty Kay Main presenter

Katty Kay is currently the main presenter.[4] Laura Trevelyan also regularly presents the programme.

Former presenters[edit]


Tony Jolliffe, Melanie Marshall, Lyse Doucet and Shoaib Sharifi in 2010, at the 69th Annual Peabody Awards for Where Giving Life is a Death Sentence

BBC World News America has won several Peabody Awards. It won one in 2007 for White Horse Village.[5] In 2010, BBC World News America was a recipient of two 69th Annual Peabody Awards. One award was given to the program, calling it a "Unique Broadcast, Unique Perspective", which was described as "A nightly newscast like none the United States has ever had, it places our actions and concerns in a global context."[6][7] The second award was for the report Where Giving Life is a Death Sentence.[7][8] The program 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.[9]


  1. ^ a b Kent Gibbons (September 5, 2011). "BBC News Show Taps Anchor". Multichannel News. NewBay Media. Retrieved May 24, 2017. 
  2. ^ David Bauder (October 1, 2007). "The news, with an English accent". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Publishing. Associated Press. Retrieved May 24, 2017. 
  3. ^ Kent Gibbons (February 18, 2011). "'BBC World News America' Shifts To BBC World". Multichannel News. NewBay Media. Retrieved May 24, 2017. 
  4. ^ 'Katty Kay Named Anchor of ‘BBC World News America’' - MediaBistro
  5. ^ 67th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2008.
  6. ^ 69th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2010.
  7. ^ a b "'Glee,' 'Modern Family' win Peabodys". The Hollywood Reporter. 31 March 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "Where Giving Life is a Death Sentence (BBC America)". 69th Annual Peabody Awards. May 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2017. 
  9. ^ 73rd Annual Peabody Awards, May 2014.

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