GMT (TV programme)

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GMT with George Alagiah
Also known asGMT with Lucy Hockings (2014–2019)
GMT with Stephen Sackur (2010–2019)
Created byBBC World News
Presented byLucy Hockings (2014–2019)
Stephen Sackur (2010–2019)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Production location(s)Studio B and C, Broadcasting House, London
Running time2 x 30 minutes
1 x 60 minutes
Original networkBBC World News
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release1 February 2010 –
1 November 2019
Preceded byWorld News Today
Followed byLive with Lucy Hockings
Related showsBBC World News
BBC World News America
Focus on Africa
World News Today
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GMT was a news programme airing weekdays on BBC World News, which premiered on 1 February 2010 and ended on 1 November 2019. The programme's main presenters are Lucy Hockings and Stephen Sackur, who are rotated depending on the edition (as of 2016, original presenter George Alagiah is currently on leave from his anchor duties on GMT), with Tim Willcox serving as a primary relief presenter.

Each programme begins with the presenter providing an in-depth lead story, giving the time in that part of the world; the program also features other reports of moderate length focusing on political, social, health and human rights issues, business and sport news, as well as a brief summary of other news headlines from around the world (however, the programme does not emphasize 'headlines' from BBC World News). Its title apparently refers to Greenwich Mean Time, as the programme commences at 12 noon G.M.T. in London.


GMT airs three times a day (09:00-09:30 GMT, 11:00-11:30 GMT and 12:00-13:00 GMT) each Monday through Friday on BBC World News. The programme acts as a morning programme for North America and South America, a daytime/afternoon programme for Europe, Middle East and Africa, an evening programme for Asia, and a late night/early morning programme for Australia and Oceania. The programme features analysis and discussion of the top news stories of the day and also previews the exclusive reports, correspondent feature films and interviews planned on BBC World News programme BBC World News America at 00:00 GMT later that day. In the United States, the first half-hour of the 12:00 GMT segment of the program is also syndicated to PBS member stations and select non-commercial educational independent stations through a distribution agreement between BBC World News and Los Angeles public independent KCET.

BBC Two simulcast[edit]

From 6 September 2010, a 27-minute segment was shown on BBC Two in the UK on Mondays and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 12:30 GMT, replacing Working Lunch.[1] Originally an edition of World Business Report was shown at 12:40 GMT, though this was changed for BBC Two viewers to feature a four-minute-long business update. There was no Wednesday edition during Parliament, because of a 90-minute-long edition of The Daily Politics to cover Prime Ministers Questions. The BBC Two simulcast was ended at the end of 2011, and has since been replaced 2012 by an extended edition of The Daily Politics. An edition of BBC World News is shown instead on BBC Two at 11:30, this was replaced in 2015 with BBC Newsroom Live


Presenter Current Role
2014-2019 Lucy Hockings Main Presenter (Monday-Thursday)
2010–2019 Stephen Sackur Main Presenter (Friday)
David Eades Relief Presenter
Tim Willcox
2013-2019 Kate Silverton
2013–2019 Babita Sharma
Karin Giannone
Kasia Madera
2015–2019 Philippa Thomas
2017-2019 Samantha Simmonds



  1. ^ "BBC's Working Lunch show to end". BBC News. 23 April 2010. Retrieved 4 March 2013.

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