South East Today
|BBC South East Today|
|Presented by||Polly Evans|
|Producer(s)||BBC South East|
|Running time||Main bulletin:|
|Original network||BBC One South East|
|Original release||3 September 2001 –|
|Related shows||BBC South Today|
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BBC South East Today is the BBC South East regional television news programme, serving Kent, East Sussex, part of West Sussex and a small part of Surrey. Prior to its launch on 3 September 2001, most of the viewers in the region received Newsroom South East, though some had been receiving South Today.
Launched on 3 September 2001, South East Today airs with short programmes and bulletins at varying times.
Launched with a sole main presenter Laurie Mayer, the programme was briefly the centre of a minor BBC scandal, after Mayer resigned amid accusations of management bullying. Mayer lost his case, but the managers concerned have since moved on.
The show then became double-headed, with Beverley Thompson (formerly the programme's health correspondent) and Giles Dilnot presenting. In 2004, Geoff Clark joined the programme . Clark and Thompson presented the programme together for five years until their departure in September 2009. Long-serving weather presenter Kaddy Lee-Preston, who had been with South East Today since its launch left the programme in March 2012.
The main presenters are Rob Smith and Polly Evans with weather presenter Rachel Mackley. As of March 2017, Evans is currently on secondment as one of the programme's editorial staff. The programme's editor is Quentin Smith and the sports producer is Ben Moore.
The main transmitters that carry the regional news are Heathfield, Bluebell Hill and Dover, with associated relays including Hastings, Tunbridge Wells and Whitehawk Hill. As of 7 March 2012 (following digital switchover), the Whitehawk Hill relay transmitter (which serves the Brighton & Hove area) now carries BBC South East output instead of BBC South, and the region extends as far west as Worthing.