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GenreNews, current events, and factual
Running time60 minutes
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Home stationBBC World Service
Hosted byOwen Bennett-Jones
James Coomarasamy
Lyse Doucet
Tim Franks
Razia Iqbal
Julian Marshall
James Menendez
Andrew Peach
Recording studioBroadcasting House
Original release1988 – present

Newshour is BBC World Service's flagship international news and current affairs radio programme, which is broadcast twice daily: weekdays at 1400, weekends at 1300 and nightly at 2100 (GMT). Each edition lasts one hour. It consists of news bulletins on the hour and half hour, international interviews and in-depth reports of world news. The BBC World Service considers it one of their most important programmes. In 2011 it was kept as one of four key outlets, despite severe cutbacks. It is also broadcast in the United States on various American Public Media stations. The programme is broadcast live from Broadcasting House in London. It covers the major news of the day, often interviewing heads of state and government ministers.


The programme was first broadcast in 1988.[1] Presenter, Owen Bennett-Jones claims, "Newshour is intended to provide detailed coverage of the world. We try to provide a level of analysis that's not readily available elsewhere."[2]



Years Presenter Current role
?–present Owen Bennett-Jones Main presenters
2010–present James Coomarasamy
1999–present Lyse Doucet
2012–present Tim Franks
2011–present Razia Iqbal
1991–present Julian Marshall
?–present James Menendez
2013-present Andrew Peach
2011–present Philippa Thomas Regular relief presenter
?–present Roger Hearing


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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-05-23. Retrieved 2011-12-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-12-31. Retrieved 2011-12-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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