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BBC News at One

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BBC News

Country of origin
United Kingdom

News editor(s)
Sam Taylor


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Original language(s)

First episode date
27 October 1986

Program creator
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Also known as
BBC One O'Clock News (1986–2008)BBC News at One O'Clock (1999-2004)


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The BBC News at One is the afternoon news bulletin from the BBC. Produced by BBC News, the programme is broadcast on BBC One and the BBC News channel every weekday at 1:00pm. The programme is usually presented by Sophie Raworth every Monday to Thursday and Kate Silverton on Friday.


The BBC News at One achieved an average reach of 2.7 million viewers per bulletin in 2007, making it the most watched programme on UK daytime television.


The One O'Clock News launched on 27 October 1986 together with the daytime television service on BBC1, serving as a replacement to the BBC's News After Noon programme, which had a two-person presentation team of Richard Whitmore and either Moira Stuart or Frances Coverdale. Martyn Lewis, who had joined the BBC from rival ITN, was the original presenter of the new One O'Clock News, in a single-presenter format.

A unified look across BBC news output was introduced in April 1993, and the programme, while retaining the One O'Clock News title, adopted this look, though still kept some of its individuality, such as a reworked version of the theme music.

A new look across all of BBC News television output on 10 May 1999 meant that for the first time all the main bulletins on BBC One had the same look, the only exception being the title of the programme. At this time Anna Ford took over as the main presenter of the bulletin, staying until her retirement from news reading in April 2006.

On 22 January 2007 the programme titles were relaunched, along with the rest of the BBC television output, to give an identical series of titles across news programming on all BBC channels.

On 4 February 2008, the programme temporarily moved studios, from N6 to N8 (the former BBC News 24 studio), as part of restructuring across BBC News. On 21 April 2008 the programme underwent a graphical refresh and returned to the refurbished N6 as well as changing its name to the BBC News at One.

On 5 November 2010, during the National Union of Journalists strike action, former Sky News and GMTV presenter Emma Crosby presented the programme whilst the regular presenters were absent. Further strike dates occurred on 15 July 2011 and 1 August 2011 plus on the 28 March 2013. Gavin Grey presented on these days in addition to BBC News Channel.

On 18 March 2013, the programme moved to Broadcasting House, along with the BBC News channel and the other BBC One bulletins, and began broadcasting in high-definition. The programme was the first to be broadcast from the new studio.

In January 2015, the bulletin was extended to 40 minutes because of the doubling in length of the late regional bulletin, causing the reduction of the length of the English lunchtime regional updates. The national regional updates however have been increased in length but certain "and finally" items are often missed by viewers in these national regions.

However, in June 2015, the bulletin returned to 30 minutes following the election and all regional news now gets 15 minutes again.

Former presenters

Presenters below are occasional or relief presenters unless indicated otherwise.

  • Martyn Lewis (Main presenter, 1986–1988)
  • Philip Hayton (Main presenter, 1988–1993)
  • John Tusa (Main presenter, 1993–1996)
  • Edward Stourton (Main presenter, 1993–1999)
  • Justin Webb (Main presenter, 1997–1999)
  • Anna Ford (Main presenter, 1999–2006)
  • George Alagiah (Deputy Presenter, 1999-2002)
  • Darren Jordon (Deputy presenter, 2002–2006)
  • Louise Minchin (Deputy presenter, 2006–2009)
  • Michael Buerk (1986–1993)
  • Laurie Mayer (1986–1993)
  • Jennie Bond (1993–1999)
  • Jill Dando (1993–1995)
  • Fiona Bruce (1995–1999)
  • Sian Williams (2004–2013)
  • Emily Maitlis (2007–2013)
  • Jon Sopel (2010–2014)
  • Matthew Amroliwala (2012–2014)
  • Presentation

    Within the last few minutes of each programme, a full national weather forecast is presented within the studio, usually by Matt Taylor, Louise Lear, Darren Bett or Sarah Keith-Lucas.

    One O'Clock News Hour

    The BBC News at One has been shown on the BBC News channel since April 2006, making up the first half-hour of the BBC News at One. Significant differences can be seen between the two halves of the programme, as the second half is presented by the News Channel presenter Joanna Gosling. During the headlines and 'coming up' section, BBC One viewers see a preview of the stories to come from their region, while BBC News viewers see sports headlines. Between 12:45 and 13:30 BBC News has a service providing in-vision British Sign Language for those viewers with hearing difficulties.


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