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BBC Ten O'clock News
The current programme titles
Also known as BBC Ten O'Clock News (2000–)
BBC News at Ten O'Clock (2000-2004)
Created by BBC News
Presented by Huw Edwards
Fiona Bruce
Theme music composer David Lowe
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Location(s) Studio E, Broadcasting House, London
Running time 25 minutes
Original channel BBC One
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release 16 October 2000 (2000-10-16) – present
Preceded by BBC Nine O'Clock News
Related shows BBC Breakfast,
BBC News at One,
BBC News at Five,
BBC News at Six,
BBC Weekend News
Outside Source
World News Today

The BBC Ten O'clock News (also known as the BBC News at Ten or more commonly, the Ten O'Clock News) is the flagship evening news programme for British television channel BBC One and the BBC News channel. It is presented by Huw Edwards, and deputised by Fiona Bruce. It is the final comprehensive news programme of the day on BBC One. The programme was controversially moved from 9:00pm on 16 October 2000. The main presenter also holds the lead presenter for major breaking news for BBC News.

It is broadcast Monday to Sunday at 10:00pm. It features twenty-five minutes of British national and international news, with an emphasis on the latter. On weekdays, it incorporates around seven minutes of news from the BBC regions around the country at approx 10:25pm to 10:35pm weekdays or 10:15 to 10:25 weekends, which is then followed by a national weather forecast. During the first three months of its revival, ITV News at Ten averaged 2.2 million viewers compared with an average of 4.8 million viewers watching the BBC bulletin over the same period.[1]

The BBC News at Ten is currently the most watched news programme in Britain, averaging 4.9 million viewers each night.[2]


The programme was launched on 16 October 2000, replacing the former BBC Nine O'Clock News, which had been on the air since 14 September 1970. Its launch presenters were Michael Buerk and Peter Sissons. The move to 10 o'clock was a response to the controversial decision by the BBC's main rival, ITV, to axe ITN's more popular and long running, News at Ten programme which aired on weeknights on the channel. Following the controversy, ITV reinstated a 20-minute news bulletin at 10 o'clock due to its unpopular decision. This subsequent move garnered much publicity at the time as it provided a head to head clash of BBC News with ITN. BBC News at Ten O'Clock eventually became the more popular programme and in turn established itself on the BBC One schedule and importantly with audiences. ITV's offering declined in the ratings which itself wasn't helped by poor scheduling and ITV ended the head to head clash in February 2004 by moving its news programme to 10.30. [3] In 2008, ITV reinstated ITV News at Ten which remains the programmes main competitor.

Michael Buerk presenting in 2000

Buerk and Sissons left the BBC Ten O'Clock News on 19 January 2003 to make way for presenters Huw Edwards and Fiona Bruce. To mark this presenter reshuffle, on Monday 20 January 2003 as Edwards and Bruce took over, the bulletin and the rest of BBC One news bulletins were relaunched with a new studio.

Since 5 February 2006, the bulletin has been simulcast on the BBC News channel as part of the BBC Ten O'Clock News Hour. This consists of the BBC One bulletin for the first half hour, with the second half coming from the News channel studio, which is usually presented by Clive Myrie Monday-Thursday and Martine Croxall Friday-Sunday. It includes a paper, sport and business review.

On 21 April 2008 the programme, along with the rest of BBC News, underwent a graphical refresh and moved into a refurbished studio (N6). It also changed its name to the BBC News at Ten.

After the regional news, there is a weather forecast from the BBC Weather Centre: presenters include Rob McElwee, Peter Gibbs, John Hammond and Philip Avery.

BBC News at Ten has been named 'News Programme of the Year' by the Royal Television Society on numerous occasions, in 2005, 2009 and 2010.

The programme, along with the BBC News channel and the other BBC One bulletins, moved to Broadcasting House and began broadcasting in high-definition on 18 March 2013.[4]

Out of Studio[edit]

As well as presenting from the main studio, the main presenters are called upon to present on location when major stories break. For example, Huw Edwards reported live from Washington for the 2008 and 2012 US Presidential Elections and has presented live from Basra at the withdrawal ceremony. He also regularly presented from Westminster, as well as from Edinburgh (at times when the referendum for Scottish independence was being developed).

During the 2012 Summer Olympics, presenters also made use of BBC's makeshift studios overlooking the Olympic Park at Stratford. George Alagiah presented from L'Aquila in April 2009, Haiti in 2010, Egypt in 2011 and from Tacloban in 2013.


Years Presenter Current role
2003–present Huw Edwards Main presenter (Monday-Thursday)
2003–present Fiona Bruce Main presenter (Friday), Relief presenter
2003–present Sophie Raworth Relief presenter
2010–present Mishal Husain
2007–present Emily Maitlis
2014–present Jane Hill
2014–present Reeta Chakrabarti
2015–present Clive Myrie
2000–present George Alagiah Currently on extended leave[5]
2009–present Kate Silverton Currently on secondment to Radio 4

Former presenters[edit]

If there is no position before the years of being a presenter, then this newsreader was either a relief presenter or occasional guest stand-in presenter.

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

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The Guardian

The Guardian
Wed, 23 Sep 2015 09:32:59 -0700

BBC News at Ten may be given longer slot. Flagship news programme could be extended until 10.45pm as part of shakeup of evening schedule. Huw Edwards. The programme, presented by Huw Edwards, could be extended by at least 10 minutes.


Thu, 17 Sep 2015 02:24:42 -0700

Culture secretary John Whittingdale has questioned the timing of the BBC News at Ten, suggesting the bulletin may unfairly compete with commercial rivals. Speaking at the Royal Television Society (RTS) in Cambridge yesterday evening, the culture ...


Thu, 24 Sep 2015 05:00:00 -0700

The BBC's News at Ten has generated an average overnight audience of 4.2m (24.2%) for the year-to-date, compared to ITV's average of 1.8m (10.4%) for its 10pm bulletin. The commercial broadcaster is in the process of refreshing its own flagship news ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Mon, 28 Sep 2015 05:23:05 -0700

Its typical audience is half that of the main BBC News at Ten programme. Earlier this year in an interview with the Radio Times, which first reported the job offer on Monday, Peston said he was looking for “another big challenge”. He said: “I mean, I ...


Thu, 17 Sep 2015 08:22:30 -0700

Huw Edwards currently presents BBC News at Ten. Huw Edwards on BBC News at Ten GETTY. BBC want to compete with rival channels. He continued: “To give one example, is it sensible that its main evening news bulletin goes out at the same time as ITV's ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Sun, 27 Sep 2015 10:02:11 -0700

Roger Mosey, the BBC's former editorial director and head of TV News, is one of several former executives to suggest the show faces major challenges: “It has a problem with the strength of the BBC News at Ten – with star correspondents like [Robert ...


Sat, 03 Oct 2015 05:22:30 -0700

Meanwhile, Jonathan offered to give up his role as presenter of Any Questions for Robert claiming this has become the BBC's 'biggest crisis' while BBC News at Ten host Huw admitted he can't 'contemplate a future at the BBC without Robert Peston ranting ...

Center for Research on Globalization

Center for Research on Globalization
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 21:07:30 -0700

Last month, 250,000 party members voted Jeremy Corbyn leader of the Labour party, 'the largest mandate ever won by a Party Leader'. The combined might of the political and media establishment had fought and lost its Stalingrad, having bombarded ...

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