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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 network 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
2000–present George Alagiah Relief presenter
2003–present Sophie Raworth
2010–present Mishal Husain
2007–present Emily Maitlis
2014–present Jane Hill
2014–present Reeta Chakrabarti
2015–present Clive Myrie
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, 04 Nov 2015 05:25:07 -0800

If the BBC News at Ten had an ad break in the middle of it, viewing figures would slump. He sounds like a religious proselytizer crowing about growing numbers to the flock, all the while they enforce punishments for leaving the religion. Fake success ...

BBC News

BBC News
Sun, 29 Nov 2015 19:10:40 -0800

Frank Gardner will look at the key issues on the BBC News at Ten. You can send us your queries by emailing haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk. Please include a contact number if you are willing to speak to a BBC journalist. You can also contact us in the following ...


Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:05:46 -0800

The BBC's News at Ten, fronted by Huw Edwards, typically wins audiences of around four million, roughly double those of its ITV rival. But Bradby's arrival on ITV, where he is pioneering a less formal bulletin, has led to a small audience boost. Last ...

BBC News

BBC News
Mon, 02 Nov 2015 23:41:35 -0800

BBC News at Ten presenter Huw Edwards tweeted: "Peter Donaldson. Wonderful friend and generous colleague. We will miss him." And broadcaster Libby Purves said he was an "icon" among staff for leading a revolt against BBC management in the 1970s.

Press Gazette

Press Gazette
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 06:07:00 -0800

However, ITV News at Ten and BBC News at Ten failed to improve since Professor Howell's previous research conducted between 2013 and 2014. The commercial broadcaster's flagship news programme recorded a substantial fall in the proportion of female ...

Huffington Post UK

Huffington Post UK
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:56:15 -0800

I like to imagine that the BBC News at Ten might report the fightback - Huw Edwards' lilting tones telling us that "today on twitter Great British Banter has given some serious smack down to The Sun and Islamophobia with the perfectly pitched ...

The Times (subscription)

The Times (subscription)
Sun, 01 Nov 2015 15:15:00 -0800

Huw Edwards has presented the BBC News at Ten for 12 years Indigo/Getty Images. Elizabeth Rigby Media Editor. Last updated at 12:01AM, November 2 2015. The BBC is planning a revamp of News at Ten after figures revealed that ITV has put on half a ...

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.

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