Dateline London

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Dateline London
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Created byBBC News
Presented byCurrent:
Jane Hill
Shaun Ley
Geeta Guru-Murthy
Charles Wheeler
Carrie Gracie
Gavin Esler
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Production location(s)Studio E, Broadcasting House
Editor(s)Nick Guthrie
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)TV Talk
Original networkBBC News
BBC World News
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release1996 (1996) –
External links
Dateline London

Dateline London is a weekly news discussion programme.

Each week, a panel of four leading journalists, lecturers, and commentators, discuss top news stories from an international perspective.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, one guest is in the studio and other two are joined virtually.


Dateline London was first hosted by Charles Wheeler, and subsequently by Gavin Esler. Shaun Ley and Maxine Mawhinney all served as stand-in hosts during Esler's tenure.

Esler hosted his final edition on 25 March 2017, and Mawhinney on 8 April 2017. Since 15 April 2017, Dateline London was hosted on rotation by Jane Hill or Shaun Ley, while Carrie Gracie and Tim Willcox provided occasional cover.

Since January 2019, Carrie Gracie has presented most Dateline London broadcasts since her return from paid leave in mid-2018.

In August 2020, Carrie Gracie left BBC and Dateline London after 45 years with BBC.

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