BBC Weekend News

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BBC Weekend News
Created by BBC News
Presented by Kate Silverton
Mishal Husain
Theme music composer David Lowe
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
Production
Production locationsStudio E, Broadcasting House, London
EditorPaul Royall
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running timeLunchtime: 15 minuets
Evening: 15 minutes
Late: 25 minutes
Release
Original network BBC One
BBC News
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release5 July 1954 (1954-07-05) 
present
Chronology
Related shows BBC Breakfast
BBC News
BBC News at One
BBC News at Six
BBC News at Ten

BBC Weekend News is the BBC's national news programmes on BBC One at the weekend and bank holidays, although it is often referred to on guides simply as BBC News. It is called BBC Weekend News on all bulletins apart from being broadcast on Weekend at the 10:00pm hour, where it is named the BBC News at Ten . The programmes are simulcast on the BBC News Channel, unless it clashes with the edition of World News Today at 9:00pm or there is some major news story being covered on the News Channel. The evening bulletins are mainly presented by Kate Silverton and Mishal Husain.

Contents

Format

BBC Weekend News airs three times on both Saturday and Sunday, and is also used as the title of the BBC News Channel simulcast on Sunday mornings during August when The Andrew Marr Show doesn't air. The main three bulletins are presented in the studio in a similar format to other national news bulletins on BBC One but are shorter in length.

The lunchtime bulletin is normally at 1:00pm although these times often vary. The programme lasts approximately 15 minutes including the sport and is immediately followed on BBC One by a weather forecast on Saturday and Sunday.

The evening bulletin contains a sports update from the BBC sports centre in Salford, and is at 6:00pm on Saturday and Sunday depending on scheduling. It is followed by regional news.

The late bulletin contains a sports update from the BBC sports centre in Salford, and is at 10:00pm on Saturday and Sunday depending on scheduling. There is a BBC One regional news after the Sunday late news on BBC One.

Presenters

Lunchtime

The lunchtime bulletin is presented by the on-duty BBC News Channel presenter during the scheduled bulletin. Maxine Mawhinney was the long term presenter from 2006 until 2015. Following a reshuffle, BBC News 24 launch presenter Gavin Esler became the main presenter until his departure from the channel in early 2017. Mawhinney briefly returned to the role until her departure in April 2017 [1] and Shaun Ley took over afterwards. Following the COVID-19 pandemic in spring and summer 2020, the main presenter of the Saturday bulletin was Carrie Gracie and the Sunday presenter normally continued to be Ben Brown. On 25 August 2020, Carrie Gracie announced that she had left the BBC. [2] The usual Saturday presenter now alternates between Geeta Guru-Murthy and Shaun Ley, whilst Ben Brown continues to present on Sundays.

Current presenters

YearsPresenterCurrent role
2018–present Shaun Ley Main Presenter (Saturday)
2015–present Geeta Guru-Murthy
2017–present Ben Brown Main Presenter (Sunday)
2017–present Reeta Chakrabarti Regular Relief Presenter
2017–present Martine Croxall

Evening

Unlike the lunchtime bulletin, the presenter of the two evening bulletins has usually been a dedicated presenter for that evening on BBC One, with the surrounding news presentation on the BBC News Channel being presented by another presenter. Senior presenters, such as Huw Edwards and Sophie Raworth, often appear in the event of a major event.

The Bank Holiday news bulletins can be presented by either a member of the BBC Weekend News team or a presenter from the BBC News at One, BBC News at Six or BBC News at Ten.

Current presenters

YearsPresenterCurrent role
2008–present Kate Silverton Main Presenter (Saturday)
2007–present Mishal Husain Main Presenter (Sunday)
2009–present Clive Myrie Regular Relief Presenter
2014–present Reeta Chakrabarti
2018–present Tina Daheley
2003–present Huw Edwards Occasional Relief Presenter
2018-

present

Ben Brown
2002–present Jane Hill

Former presenters

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.

Sports News

During the late programme on each day a round up of the days sports news is presented from the BBC Sport Centre at MediaCityUK, Salford. This is usually presented by one of the BBC News channel sports presenters: Olly Foster, Karthi Gnanasegaram, Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes and Katherine Downes.

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