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2000 Today

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Initial release  31 December 1999
First episode date  31 December 1999
Director  Stuart McDonald
Cast  Jeremy Clarkson
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Awards  Gemini Award for Best Live Special Event Coverage
Nominations  British Academy Television Craft Award for Graphic Design
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2000 Today was an internationally broadcast television special commemorating the beginning of the Year 2000. This program included New Year's Eve celebrations, musical performances, and other features from participating nations.


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Most international broadcasts such as Olympic Games coverage originate from a limited area for worldwide distribution. 2000 Today was rare in that its live and taped programming originated from member countries and represented all continents.

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Up to 5,000 staff worked on 2000 Today, 1,500 of them in BBC Television Centre in West London, where all eight television studios were used during the 28-hour broadcast. 2000 Today had a worldwide audience of 800 million people, with an audience of 12.6 million people on the BBC alone. 2000 Today is estimated to have cost $6 million to produce and broadcast.



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2000 Today was conceived as part of the so-called Millennium celebrations, given the numerical significance of the change from 1999 to 2000.

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The programme was produced and televised by an international consortium of 60 broadcasters, headed by the BBC in the UK and WGBH in the United States. The BBC provided the production hub for receiving and distributing the 78 international satellite feeds required for this broadcast.

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The programme's theme song was a version of Bob Marley's song "One Love" performed by The Gipsy Kings, Ziggy Marley, Tsidii Le Loka and the Boys Choir of Harlem. Sony released a soundtrack CD for 2000 Today which included this song plus A World Symphony for the Millennium by Tan Dun.

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Most nations that observe the Islamic calendar were not involved in 2000 Today. However, a few predominantly Muslim nations were represented among the programme's worldwide broadcasters such as Egypt (ETV) and Indonesia (RCTI).

Africa was minimally represented in 2000 Today. The only participating nations from that continent were Egypt and South Africa. Portugal-based RTP Africa distributed the programme to some African nations.

Antarctica was mentioned on the programme schedule, although it was unclear if 2000 Today coverage was recorded or live.

Program timeline

2000 Today's core international broadcast was 28 hours long, following the beginning of the New Year 2000 across the world's time zones.

The program was tailored by individual broadcasters to provide local content and hosts.

The international broadcast began on 31 December 1999 at approximately 09:00 UTC. 2000 Today went international at 09:40 UTC, with the Kiribati Line Islands celebrating the arrival of 2000 at 10:00 UTC.

Most of Europe celebrated midnight on 31 December 1999 at 23:00 UTC. Broadcasting celebrations from many countries under Central European Time posed a particularly complex broadcast challenge. 2000 Today chose to rapidly air each nation's midnight observances in succession, using tape delays in most cases. This hour of the broadcast included a blessing by Pope John Paul II from Vatican City and the pyrotechnic display of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

2000 Today's international feed ended shortly after midnight celebrations were broadcast from Samoa on 1 January 2000 at 11:00 UTC. BBC One in the United Kingdom continued its broadcast with national features until 13:30.

National hosts

  • Argentina (Canal 13)
  • Lito Vitale
  • Coro de Buenos Aires
  • Julio Bocca and Eleonora Cassano
  • Mónica Cahen D´Anvers and Cesar Maschetti (news presenters)
  • Mercedes Sosa and Alejandro Lerner
  • Australia (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
  • George Negus
  • Maxine McKew
  • Deborah Kennedy
  • Mike Bailey
  • Andrea Stretton
  • Caroline Baum
  • John Lombard
  • Jennifer Byrne
  • James O'Loghlin
  • Daniel Marsden
  • Peter Thompson
  • Kathy Bowlen
  • Canada
  • (CBC)
  • Peter Mansbridge (primary host, most hours)
  • Laurie Brown (00:00-08:00 UTC, with Mansbridge)
  • Alison Smith (13:00-18:00 UTC)
  • (Radio-Canada)
  • At the time, technicians at Radio-Canada were on strike. Transmissions were seen as scheduled, but using only the main feed from the BBC, with a French voice-over. Also, as a consequence, 2000 footage from Canada was scarce on SRC's presentation, while footage from Quebec were not available at all worldwide (though the CBC did manage to get the only Quebec coverage on their own network—a video shot of midnight fireworks in Hull, Quebec, shot from Ottawa, Ontario).
  • Chile (TVN)
  • Jennifer Warner
  • Mauricio Bustamante
  • Jorge Hevia
  • Margot Kahl
  • Karen Doggenweiler
  • Felipe Camiroaga
  • Pedro Carcuro
  • Rafael Araneda
  • Andrea Molina
  • Estonia (TV3)
  • Voices of the hosts were heard on the background. There was no studio. Broadcast was without hosts between midnight and 6:00 UTC.
  • Ene Veiksaar (9:40-12:00 UTC)
  • Lauri Hussar (9:40-12:00 UTC)
  • Jüri Aarma (12:00-15:00 UTC)
  • Priit Aimla (12:00-15:00 UTC)
  • Rein Lang (15:00-18:00 UTC)
  • Kiur Aarma (15:00-18:00 UTC)
  • Harri Tiido (18:00-21:00 UTC)
  • Vello Rand (18:00-21:00 UTC)
  • Mart Luik (21:00-00:00 UTC)
  • Märt Treier (06:00-09:00 UTC)
  • Kätlin Kontor (06:00-09:00 UTC)
  • Enn Eesmaa (09:00-11:00 UTC)
  • Germany (RTL Television)
  • Peter Kloeppel
  • Antonia Rados
  • Bernd Fuchs
  • Heiner Bremer
  • Michael Karr
  • Birgit von Bentzel
  • Ireland (RTÉ One - Millennium Eve: Celebrate 2000)
  • Miriam O'Callaghan
  • Mark Little
  • Geri Maye
  • Pat Kenny
  • Liz Bonnin
  • Joe Duffy
  • Mexico (Televisa)
  • Ernesto Laguardia
  • Mayra Saucedo
  • Netherlands (Nederlandse Omroep Stichting)
  • Astrid Kersseboom
  • Jeroen Overbeek
  • Philippines (GMA Network)
  • Mike Enriquez
  • Jessica Soho
  • Mel Tiangco
  • Jay Sonza
  • German Moreno
  • Angelique Lazo
  • Vicky Morales
  • Paolo Bediones
  • Karen Davila
  • Arnold Clavio
  • Mickey Ferriols
  • Miriam Quiambao
  • Ryan Agoncillo
  • KC Montero
  • Suzi Entrata
  • Kara David
  • Luchi Cruz-Valdez
  • Nina Castro
  • Lyn Ching
  • Margaux Salcedo
  • Arnell Ignacio
  • Susan Enriquez
  • Tisha Silang
  • Antoinette Taus
  • Francis Magalona
  • Dingdong Dantes
  • Martin Andanar
  • Butch Francisco
  • Tito Sotto
  • Vic Sotto
  • Joey de Leon
  • Portugal (RTP)
  • José Rodrigues dos Santos
  • Manuela Moura Guedes
  • Spain (Televisión Española)
  • Jesús Álvarez Cervantes
  • Alfredo Urdaci
  • Helena Resano
  • United Kingdom (BBC One)
  • David Dimbleby
  • Michael Parkinson
  • Michael Buerk
  • Peter Sissons
  • Peter Snow
  • Philippa Forrester
  • Jamie Theakston
  • Gaby Roslin
  • Huw Edwards
  • Shauna Lowry
  • Tim Vincent
  • Siân Lloyd
  • Noel Thompson
  • Kate Thornton
  • Fergal Keane
  • Tony Robinson
  • Jackie Bird
  • Kirsty Wark
  • Sian Williams
  • John Kettley
  • Dale Winton
  • Britney Spears
  • Steve Wilson
  • Emma Ledden
  • Alan Dedicoat
  • United States (ABC - ABC 2000 Today)
  • Peter Jennings
  • Barbara Walters
  • Diane Sawyer
  • Charles Gibson
  • Elizabeth Vargas
  • Jack Ford
  • Sam Donaldson
  • Connie Chung
  • Cokie Roberts
  • Deborah Roberts
  • Carole Simpson
  • Morton Dean
  • Dick Clark
  • Music

    Musical artists were part of the 2000 Today broadcast, including:

    Participating broadcasters

    The following nations broadcast 2000 Today. Some nations were licensees of the broadcast, rather than formal members of the broadcast consortium.


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