World News Today

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World News Today
World News Today.png
World News Today with Zeinab Badawi
Created by BBC World News
Presented by Philippa Thomas
Kasia Madera
Karin Giannone
Alpa Patel
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Location(s) Studio C, Broadcasting House, London
Running time 60 minutes (Mon–Thu)
1x60 & 1x30 minutes (Fri)
33 minutes (Saturday-Sunday)
25 minutes (BBC Four)
Original network BBC World News
BBC Four
BBC Four HD (2013-)
BBC News Channel
BBC News Channel HD
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Original release 31 May 2006
Preceded by The World / BBC News at Nine
Related shows BBC World News
BBC World News America
Focus on Africa,
Outside Source,
BBC Breakfast,
BBC News at One,
BBC News at Five,
BBC News at Six,
BBC News at Nine,
BBC Weekend News
External links
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World News Today is a current affairs news programme, produced by BBC News, presented by Philippa Thomas, Kasia Madera, Alice Baxter, Alpa Patel and Karin Giannone. It was originally conceived as a morning television show aimed at American audiences, hosted by George Alagiah, but later expanded to six editions a day aimed at different markets. There is now one daily edition only, aimed as an evening news programme for the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa part-simulcast on BBC Four, BBC News Channel and BBC World News.


The programme originally used the same graphics and music as BBC World, though when The World on BBC Four was renamed World News Today, all editions were given a separate set of graphics and music with three being simulcast in the UK (03:00, 12:00, 19:00). Since April 2008 the standard title sequence used by the BBC's English Regions has been used, with some graphical alterations and with international images included. The first 30 mins of each broadcast is still simulcast on BBC Four.

As part of a channel refresh on BBC World News, five editions of World News Today were replaced on 1 February 2010 with GMT, Impact Asia now Impact, The Hub (later replaced with Global in 2013), Business Edition (later replaced by Outside Source and World News Today but returned replacing an edition of World News Today under the name Business Live), and a standard edition of BBC World News (replaced by Outside Source in 2014).[1]

2015 Changes[edit]

On 5 June 2015, a new edition was launched on the BBC News Channel & BBC World News at 21:00 BST (summer) or GMT (winter) on Friday–Sunday.[2] Half an hour was dropped in November for the return of Business Edition. This replaced the BBC News at Nine and a standard edition of BBC World News on weekends.


The remaining original edition shown on BBC Four and BBC World News is presented

Years Presenter Current role
2007–present Philippa Thomas Main presenter Monday-Friday (weekends on rota)
2008–present Karin Giannone
2013-present Kasia Madera
2015–present Alpa Patel Main presenter Saturday-Sunday (weekdays relief)
2015–present James Menendez Main Relief Presenter
2014–present Geeta Guru Murphy Regular Friday, Sunday & Main Relief Presenter


Years Presenter Current role
200?-Present Lyse Doucet Occasional relief presenter
2009–present Jamie Robertson Business deputy presenter, Occasional relief presenter
Tanya Beckett Regular relief & Business main presenter
2013–present David Eades Regular relief presenter
Alice Baxter
2014–present Babita Sharma Presenter
Mike Embley Presenter
2015–present Nuala McGovern Presenter
James Coomarasamy Presenter
Chris Rogers Regular Relief Presenter (Saturday & Sunday on rota)
Martine Croxall Occasional Relief Presenter
Christian Fraser Relief Presenter
Ben Bland Presenter
Lebo Diseko Relief Presenter
Rajini Vaidyanathan Washington presenter
2016-present Maryam Moshiri Relief Presenter
Reged Ahmad
Ros Atkins
Matthew Amroliwala
Victoria Fritz current on maternity leave
Tom Donkin
Laura Trevelyan
Jane O'Brain
Clive Myrie Occasional Relief Presenter
Celia Hatton
2016—present Ben Brown
2017–present Lukwesa Burak
Samantha Simmonds
Duncan Golearani


Tenure Presenter Current role
2015- John Waston Sport Presenter
2015– Azi Farni Anchor and relief
2015– Ore Oduba Relief


Tenure Presenter Current role
2009– Tanya Beckett Anchor and relief
Jamie Robertson Relief
2013 - Alice Baxter
20??- Maryam Moshiri Relief Presenter

When Badawi presented, the title sequence stated World News Today with Zeinab Badawi. However, when she did not, as she was often on assignment, the titles only showed World News Today, regardless of the alternate presenter. This only happened if she wasn't reporting from a location on a topic covered in the show.

Thomas, Giannone and Madera still present from different parts of the world. Giannone presented from South Africa in December 2013 following the death of Nelson Mandela and during live coverage from the trial of Oscar Pistorius in Pretoria. Madera presented from Poland during the Polish parliamentary election, 2015. Thomas, Sharma, presented from Washington in October / November 2016 for the 2016 US Presidential Election

Former presenters[edit]

Years Presenter Role
200?–2012 Kirsty Lang Deputy presenter
2013–2014 Rajesh Mirchandani Relief presenter
2007-2014 Zeinab Badawi Main presenter
2008–2015 Peter Dobbie relief / main presenter
2015 Dani Sinha Relief / Weekend Presenter
2014-2016 Adnan Nawaz relief
2014-2016 Daniela Ritorto Relief


  1. ^ "BBC World News launches channel refresh with two premium news programmes tailored for Asia Pacific". India PRview. 28 January 2010. Archived from the original on 11 March 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "BBC News Channel announces new commitment to international news". BBC. 23 February 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 

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