Impact (TV programme)

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Impact Titles
Also known asImpact Asia (2010–11)
Impact with Mishal Husain (2011–2014)
Impact with Yalda Hakim (2014–present)
Created byBBC World News
Presented byYalda Hakim
Lucy Hockings
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Production location(s)Studio B, Broadcasting House, London
Running time90 minutes
Production company(s)BBC
DistributorBBC Worldwide
Original networkBBC World News
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original release1 February 2010 (2010-02-01) –
present (present)
Related shows
External links
Production website

Impact (formerly Impact Asia), styled also as Impact with Yalda Hakim is a news programme that premiered on BBC World News on 1 February 2010 as part of a network-wide refresh.[1] The programme is hosted by Yalda Hakim,[2] who replaced previous presenter Mishal Husain. The programme brings audiences a mixture of breaking news, debate and analysis using the BBC's range of correspondents based in the Asia Pacific regions and across the world. Broadcasting political, diplomatic, business, sports and breaking news stories directly affecting Asia Pacific, the programme aims to analyse stories from a global perspective. The format includes sport, business and weather updates.


As part of a shake-up of the BBC World News schedule, on 1 February 2010 presenter based strands were developed to give more focus on the names hosting each slot. These replaced several editions of World News Today. Impact Asia was developed as one of these slots. In 2011 the programme was renamed Impact to avoid the exclusion of other sections of the global audience.


Impact is currently aired from 13:00–14:30 GMT (with an extra half-hour at 15:00 GMT), weekdays on BBC World News. The programme is split into three parts, each lasting half an hour. After the final section World Business Report then Sport Today air. During British Summer Time, the programme airs at 12:00-13:30 GMT (with an extra half-hour at 14:00 GMT); and is followed by an edition of HARDtalk.


The programme was originally broadcast from studio N8 in the News Centre at BBC Television Centre, along with other output from BBC World News. When major news events occur the programme may be presented on location, for example, Mishal Husain presented from Pakistan in the aftermath of Osama Bin Laden's death. From 14 January 2013 the programme moved to Broadcasting House studio B.


Years Presenter Current role
2014–present Yalda Hakim Main Presenter
2010-present Lyse Doucet Relief Presenter
Tim Willcox
Mishal Husain
2013–present Babita Sharma
Karin Giannone
2014–present Geeta Guru-Murthy
Philippa Thomas
Kasia Madera
2017–present Samantha Simmonds

When Yalda Hakim presents, the title sequence ends by stating 'Impact with Yalda Hakim'. However, when she does not, as she is often on assignment, the titles only show 'Impact', regardless of the alternate presenter. This only happens if she isn't reporting from a location on a topic covered in the show.

It was announced that Husain would leave the show in autumn 2013 to join Today,[3] she presented her last programme on 7 October 2013. She is to maintain the role of 'Relief Presenter'. In April 2014, Yalda Hakim was announced as Husain's permanent replacement.[2]


  1. ^ Brown, Maggie (1 February 2010). "BBC World News channel revamps to give presenters higher profile". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Yalda Hakim joins Impact and Jon Sopel becomes the BBC's North America Editor". 30 April 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  3. ^ Plunkett, John (16 July 2013). "Mishal Husain: 'driven' presenter powers way on to BBC Radio 4's Today". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 8 March 2019.

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