|Running time||15 minutes|
|Home station||BBC Radio 1,
BBC Radio 1Xtra
|Recording studio||Broadcasting House, London|
|Air dates||since 1973|
|Audio format||Stereophonic sound|
Newsbeat is the flagship news programme on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra. Newsbeat is produced by BBC News but differs from the BBC's other news programmes in its remit to provide news tailored for a specifically younger audience. It is primarily hosted by Chris Smith and Tina Daheley.
The 15-minute Newsbeat programme is broadcast at 12:45 and 17:45 during the week on Radio 1 and 1Xtra. Short bulletins are also heard throughout the day on both stations on the half hour with extra bulletins broadcast at peak times.
BBC Radio 1's remit as a public service broadcaster meant it had to broadcast news. Newsbeat was launched in 1973 in response to the launch of a network of commercial radio stations across the UK which supplied a news service very different from the style of traditional BBC News. The programme's first presenter was the Radio 1 DJ Ed "Stewpot" Stewart and he was succeeded by Laurie Mayer and Richard Skinner.
Although unconfirmed by the BBC, it is widely thought that the name "Newsbeat" was taken from the Radio Caroline news service of the same name, as was the concept of short bulletins on the half hour. Caroline first used the name (and broadcast 1/2 hour headlines) in the 1960s. Roger Gale, who had previously worked on Radio Caroline North, was the show's first producer.
Following changes in September 2012, the vast majority of Newsbeat bulletins are simulcast on both BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra. Each station has bespoke bulletins during the weekday breakfast show with the first shared bulletin at 10:30.
Newsbeat has short bulletins broadcast on Radio 1 and 1Xtra throughout the day, as well as the 1245 and 1745 main programmes. These are simulcast, following budget cuts that came into effect in April 2012. At this time, the number of bulletins was cut back somewhat, dropping the news at 0430 and 0530 during the Early Breakfast show on weekdays. There also used to be bulletins at midnight, which were stopped at some point prior to this. They are read by one newsreader, but in the past there would be a news reader and a sport reader during breakfast and drivetime bulletins. These bulletins are usually 2-3 minutes in length, and feature news and some sports stories, and weather during the breakfast show bulletins.
The 1330 bulletin is notable for being particularly short in length, and being read by a different newsreader every day due to the main newsreader being on lunch at that time. A popular story given is that the last person left in the Newsbeat office at lunchtime has to read the 1330 bulletin. The 1700 bulletin is also shorter than the others, giving just a brief summary of what will be on the main Newsbeat programme that evening. Breakfast bulletins feature news, sport and weather, bulletins during the day feature mainly just news, with one or two notable sport stories, with sport beginning fully again at 1530. Bulletins are more scaled back at weekends, with brief stories and sport during every bulletin throughout the day, and one newsreader reading the news for the whole day.
The current bulletin times are as follows:
|Weekdays||Saturday||Sunday / Bank Holidays|
In keeping with its specific targeting of young audiences, Newsbeat has its own set of reporters based in the Newsbeat newsroom of Broadcasting House in Central London. The team's reporters are themselves young, and often report on the location of the big news stories of the day.
Newsreaders and reporters
- Louisa Compton (Executive editor)
- Mark Barlex (Editor)
- Debbie Ramsay (Deputy editor)
- Paul Stanworth (Assistant editor)
- Anna Doble (Assistant editor - online)
- Chris Smith (Main newsreader)
- Tina Daheley (Breakfast newsreader)
- Rick Kelsey*
- Chi Chi Izundu (Online entertainment)
- Greg Dawson (Politics)
- Sinead Garvan (Music)
- Jonathan Blake* (Technology)
- Sophie Miller (Video)
- Natalie Wyatt (Assistant)
- Steffan Powell*
- Simon Mundie (Sport)
- Ben Mundy*
- Steve Holden*
- Del Crookes (Online duty editor)
- Felicity Morse (Social media producer)
- Ryan Dilley (Duty editor)
- Jimmy Blake (Multi-media reporter)
- Emma Brant (Online)
- Nesta McGregor (Entertainment)
- Karlene Pinnock
- Daniel Rosney (Researcher)
- Amelia Butterly (Online)
- Dan Whitworth (Duty editor)
- Cath Burns (Duty editor)
- Hannah Morrison (Duty editor)
- Declan Harvey*
- Duncan Crawford
- Tamsyn Kent*
- Nomia Iqbal
- Kat Collins*
- Anna Collinson*
- Nick Rotheram* (YouTube reporter)
- Elaine Doran
- Emily Thomas*
- Jim Connolly
- Jimmy Tam
- James Waterhouse*
- Matt Wareham (Technical genius)
- Jay Cockburn (Standby technical genius)
- Luke Jones (BBC trainee)
A * indicates the person regularly reads the 1330/2200/weekend bulletins, or covers for Chris Smith/Tina Daheley on morning/afternoon bulletins.
Previous newsreaders include Carolyn Atkinson, Claire Bradley, Claire Kavannagh, Dominic Byrne, Georgina Bowman and Tulip Mazumdar.
Previous sports reporters include Arlow White, David Garrido, Juliette Ferrington, Mark Chapman, and Carrie Davis.
There is a tradition for newsreaders chatting to the DJ following the bulletin, most notably with Chris Moyles, who often shamelessly flirted with his female newsreaders, and built up a good on-air chemistry with afternoon, and then breakfast show newsreader Dominic Byrne, and also Greg James and now-sidekick Chris Smith.
The current executive editor of Newsbeat is former daytime editor of BBC Radio 5Live Louisa Compton, although Mark Barlex is running Newsbeat while Louisa Compton launches the Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC Two and the BBC News Channel 
Rod McKenzie, himself a former presenter of the programme and the news presenter on the Simon Mayo breakfast show on Radio 1 from 1988-1993, was editor until 2014, when he was moved to another position within the BBC after bullying allegations.
Newsbeat's first editor was Mike Chaney - hired from The Sun by the Director-General to inject a populist flavour to the news coverage of Radio 1.
Newsbeat is notable for the distinctive musical imaging it has used for most of its history. At first, this was a just jingle at the beginning of the bulletin, but in the late 1990s this expanded to music throughout. There are different beds for news, sport and weather. The news imaging used to be changed every year, but this changed to every two years in 2005, and the most recent imaging package was on air from 2011-2015.
|On air||Produced by||Tagline|
|Jan 1998 - Dec 1998||Music4||Radio 1|
|Jan 1999- Dec 1999||Music4||Radio 1|
|Jan 2000 - Feb 2001||Music4||Radio 1|
|Feb 2001 - Jan 2002||Music4||Radio 1|
|Jan 2002 - Jan 2003||Music4||Radio 1|
|Jan 2003 - Jan 2004||David Lowe||Radio 1|
|Jan 2004 - July 2004||David Lowe / Radio 1 in house production||BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat|
|August 2004 - January 2005||David Lowe / Radio 1 in house production||BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat|
|January 2005 - December 2006||Music4||Radio 1 Newsbeat|
|January 2007 - January 2009||Music4||Digital, FM, Online - This is Radio 1|
|January 2009 - June 2011||Music4 / Radio 1 in house production||Digital, FM, Online - This is BBC Radio 1|
|June 2011 - January 2015||Koink||Listen, Watch, Share - This is BBC Radio 1/1Xtra (as appropriate)|
|January 2015 - present||Daniel Mumford Music||This is BBC Radio 1/1Xtra (as appropriate)|
In 2007, Newsbeat's Oddbox was launched. A four minute video which looked at the week's strangest news, it was mostly presented by Dominic Byrne. When he was unavailable Tulip Mazumdar and Nat Jamieson as deputy. Old episodes are available to watch at BBC Online, on the BBC Red Button and on the BBC News channel. The last ever episode of Oddbox was released on 14 September 2012, to coincide with Byrne leaving Radio 1.
- BBC Radio 1 Service Licence BBC Trust, August 2009; Retrieved 31 March 2010
- "BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat wins Sony Radio Academy Award". Newsbeat. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
- "RadioToday". http://radiotoday.co.uk/2014/02/newsbeat-goes-global-on-bbc-world-service/. 18 February 2014.
- "BBC announces new Editor of BBC Newsbeat and 1Xtra". Newsbeat. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
- "New digital-first TV show for Victoria Derbyshire". Newsbeat. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
- Oddbox presented by Tulip
- The last ever Oddbox
- Newsbeat at BBC Online
- Newsbeat at BBC Programmes
- Newsbeat on Twitter
- Newsbeat on Facebook
- A different Newsbeat BBC Blogs, 17 November 2007 - A history of Newsbeat, written by editor Rod McKenzie
- BBC Odd Box Listing of Oddbox episodes