Dateline London

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Dateline London is shown every Friday at 7:30pm on The BBC News Channel.

Dateline London
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Created byBBC News
Presented byShaun Ley
Geeta Guru-Murthy
Martine Croxall
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
Production locationsStudio E, Broadcasting House
EditorNick Guthrie
Running time30 minutes
Production companyTV Talk
Original networkBBC News
BBC World News
Picture formatDVB-T 576i 16:9
HDTV 1080i
Original release1996 (1996) –
External links
Dateline London

Dateline London is a weekly BBC News discussion programme. A panel of four leading journalists, lecturers, and foreign correspondents discuss top news stories from an international perspective.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there are only three guests; two are joined virtually and there is just one in the studio with the host.


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.

Carrie Gracie had presented Dateline London following her return from paid leave in mid-2018. After 33 years with the BBC, Carrie Gracie left in August 2020. Since then, either Shaun Ley or Geeta Guru-Murthy has presented the programme. On 21 May 2021, Martine Croxall presented Dateline London for the first time.[1]

As of October 2021, Shaun Ley is the main presenter of Dateline London. Other presenters occasionally seen hosting the show are Martine Croxall, Ben Brown and Geeta Guru-Murthy.

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