GMT (TV programme)
GMT with George Alagiah
|Also known as||GMT with George Alagiah (2010–present)
GMT with Stephen Sackur (2010–present)
GMT with Lucy Hockings (2014–present)
|Created by||BBC World News|
|Presented by||George Alagiah (2010–present; currently on leave)
Lucy Hockings (2010–present)
Stephen Sackur (2010–present)
Tim Willcox (relief presenter; 2016–present)
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Location(s)||Studio B, Broadcasting House, London|
|Running time||30-60 minutes|
|Original network||BBC World News|
|Picture format||576i (16:9 SDTV)
|Original release||1 February 2010– present|
|Preceded by||World News Today|
|Related shows||BBC World News
BBC World News America
Focus on Africa
World News Today
GMT is a news programme airing weekdays on BBC World News, which premiered on 1 February 2010. The programme's main presenters are George Alagiah, Lucy Hockings and Stephen Sackur, who are rotated depending on the edition (as of 2016[update], 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 (10:00-10:30 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
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. 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.
|2010–present||George Alagiah||On Leave|
|Lucy Hockings||Main Presenter|
|Stephen Sackur||Main Presenter|
|Kate Silverton||Relief Presenter|
- Komla Dumor (2012–2014; served until his death)
- Naga Munchetty (2012–2014; moved to Salford to present BBC Breakfast)
- Zeinab Badawi
- "BBC's Working Lunch show to end". BBC News. 23 April 2010. Retrieved 2013-03-04.