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BBC World News America

BBC World News America
Title card used since 23 October 2023
GenreNews program
Created byGarth Ancier
Presented by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerSarah Robbins
Production locations
Camera setupMultiple
Running time30–60 minutes
Production companyBBC News
Original release
NetworkBBC News (international feed)
ReleaseOctober 1, 2007 (2007-10-01) –

BBC World News America is a British/American current affairs news program created by Garth Ancier and produced by BBC News, which premiered on October 1, 2007.[1] Produced out of the BBC's Washington, D.C. bureau, Caitríona Perry and Sumi Somaskanda are the main presenters. Katty Kay – who originally appeared on the program through her role as a Washington-based correspondent for BBC News – served as the main presenter from 2011 to 2021, replacing original co-anchor Matt Frei.[2][3]

The program is broadcast worldwide on International feed of BBC News channel and, through an agreement with Washington's PBS member station, WETA-TV,[4][5] is syndicated to PBS member stations and select non-commercial educational independent stations throughout the United States. Until June 2019, Los Angeles–based NCE station KCET handled this distribution.

From its debut until March 25, 2011, the program was one-hour long, airing as a simulcast on BBC America in the United States and BBC News internationally, with the first half-hour (on tape delay) being shown overnights on the BBC News in the United Kingdom. The program was reduced to a half-hour broadcast on March 28, 2011, and was removed from BBC America.[6] On October 31, 2016, the program returned to the BBC News Channel after a five-year absence, and currently airs on the channel at 21:30 GMT for one week in November and one or two weeks in March between when the clocks change in the UK and the US.[7]

From June 11[8] to July 26, 2018,[9] Monday to Thursday, when BST was in effect, the first half-hour edition was temporarily broadcast for viewers around the world except in North and South America.[8] Then from August 2018, the usual full-hour edition resumed global distribution.[10]

After the domestic BBC News channel and BBC World News merged on 3 April 2023, BBC World News America continues to be broadcast at 22:00 UK time only on the international feed,[11] while the domestic UK feed simulcasts the BBC News at Ten on BBC One.

Special broadcasts

Logo used since 2023

In some instances, the program had been cut off on its hour broadcast to a few snippets for breaking news events (e.g.: 2007 Karachi bombing). In the case of the 2008 US Election primaries and caucus, the program was extended to three hours (e.g.: 2008 Iowa Caucus) and even up to six hours (e.g.: 2008 Super Tuesday) and was only presented by one host. BBC World News America also covered the three presidential and the only vice-presidential debates.


Years Presenter Current Role
2023–present Caitriona Perry Main Presenters
2023–present Sumi Somaskanda
2018–present Nada Tawfik Relief Presenter
2019–present Michelle Fleury
2023–present Azadeh Moshiri
Carl Nasman
David Willis
Helena Humphrey
2011–present Katty Kay Special editions & US Elections

Former presenters

  • Laura Trevelyan (Main presenter, 2012–2023)
  • Matt Frei (Main presenter, 2007–12)
  • Philippa Thomas (Relief presenter, 2007–2009)
  • Jane O'Brien (Relief presenter, 2010–2023)
  • Rajini Vaidyanathan (Relief presenter)
  • Larry Madowo (Relief presenter, 2020–2021)


Tony Jolliffe, Melanie Marshall, Lyse Doucet and Shoaib Sharifi in 2010, at the 69th Annual Peabody Awards for Where Giving Life is a Death Sentence

BBC World News America has won several Peabody Awards. It won one in 2007 for White Horse Village.[12] In 2010, BBC World News America was a recipient of two 69th Annual Peabody Awards. One award was given to the program, calling it a "Unique Broadcast, Unique Perspective", which was described as "A nightly newscast like none the United States has ever had, it places our actions and concerns in a global context."[13][14] The second award was for the report Where Giving Life is a Death Sentence.[14][15] The program won another Peabody Award in 2014 "for dedicating the necessary resources and risking their lives to give the world an up-close look at the horrors of the Syrian conflict" in Inside Syria's War.[16]


  1. ^ David Bauder (1 October 2007). "The news, with an English accent". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  2. ^ Kent Gibbons (5 September 2011). "BBC News Show Taps Anchor". Multichannel News. NewBay Media. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Katty Kay: 'It's been a privilege to sit in this chair'". BBC News. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  4. ^ "BBC - WETA enters partnership to represent and distribute BBC World News programming on PBS - Media Centre". 20 May 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  5. ^ Hendrickson, Paula (29 May 2019). "BBC shifts distribution of news shows to WETA". Current. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  6. ^ Kent Gibbons (18 February 2011). "'BBC World News America' Shifts To BBC World". Multichannel News. NewBay Media. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  7. ^ November 2016, BBC World News America.
  8. ^ a b June 2018, BBC World News America.
  9. ^ July 2018, BBC World News America.
  10. ^ August 2018, BBC World News America.
  11. ^ Manning, Mike. 2023. "Joint UK/international BBC News service from March." Accessed 18 April 2023.
  12. ^ 67th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2008.
  13. ^ 69th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2010.
  14. ^ a b "'Glee,' 'Modern Family' win Peabodys". The Hollywood Reporter. 31 March 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  15. ^ "Where Giving Life is a Death Sentence (BBC America)". 69th Annual Peabody Awards. May 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  16. ^ 73rd Annual Peabody Awards, May 2014.
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