BBC News 24

On this page, an alphabetical list of programmes broadcast on the BBC's news channel during the period that it was known as BBC News 24 (1997-2008). Many of these programmes originated from the channel's international counterpart, BBC World, and some could also be viewed on BBC1 during the overnight simulcast. The list omits programmes that were first shown on other UK channels, such as Panorama and The Money Programme.

We also have programme lists for BBC Choice, BBC Knowledge and UK Play.

Click here for our look over the history of the BBC's news channel.

BBC NEWS 24 - The main live news output, initially broadcast from studio N9 at BBC Television Centre, moving to N8 a year after launch (though these weren't studios as such, rather converted office space). The original daytime presenters are listed as Jackie Hardgrave and Ben Geoghan (mornings), and Krishnan Guru-Murphy and Valerie Sanderson (afternoons).

BBC NEWS 24 SUNDAY - Four-hour Sunday afternoon slot introduced by Peter Allen, best known as a long-serving presenter on Radio 5 Live. The programme included a section called Hindsight, in which Peter and guests discussed the week's news. The News 24 Sunday title was later resurrected for a Sunday morning programme presented by Peter Sissons on both BBC1 and News 24, which covered the slot while Sunday AM (later known as The Andrew Marr Show) was on its summer break.

BBC NEWS 24 TONIGHT - Introduced in 2005, an hour-long slot airing each evening at 7pm with highlights of reporting from across the BBC's regional, national and international outlets. It lasted until 2008.

BBC NEWS 24 UK - Reports from across the UK - a precursor of UK Today, perhaps? Broadcast weeknights at 9pm in the launch schedule.

BBC NEWSDAY 24 - Late afternoon/early evening slot in which Gavin Esler and Sian Williams rounded up the news of the day. The slot was later cut short with the introduction of UK Tonight.

BREAKFAST - Breakfast programme airing simultaneously on BBC1 and BBC News 24, launching in October 2000 as cost-saving measure replacing both Breakfast News and News 24's own breakfast programme. During regional opt-outs, the news channel transmits the BBC London output. Click here for our look at the story of BBC breakfast television.

BREAKFAST 24 - BBC News 24 launched with its own breakfast slot, presented by Sarah Montague, Chris Eakin and David Robertson, although this not does appear to have been officially titled Breakfast 24 apart from two weeks in September 2000 during the Sydney Olympics when the programme was simulcast on BBC2. There was one other occasion in 1998 when it was simulcast on BBC1 when Breakfast News was forced off air due to industrial action.

BUSINESS TODAY - Daily business news with Manisha Tank in London and Tanya Beckett in New York, with Nils Blythe out and about. Broadcast weeknights at 8.30 from June 2001 until 2003.

CHRONICLES - Entertaining series in which Philip Hayton delved into the BBC archives for news reports relating to a different topic each week.

CLICK ONLINE/CLICK - The computing and internet show Click Online began on BBC World in May 2000, and was originally presented by Stephen Cole. BBC News 24 viewers got their first, unintended, sighting of it a month later on the night of the infamous BBC power cut. Not long afterwards, Click Online appeared again on News 24 for a few weeks as a summer filler, but after a couple of years had proved popular enough to gain a permanent year-round slot in the schedules.

At the start of 2006, Stephen Cole left the BBC, and the programme was revamped. Shortening its title to Click, Spencer Kelly took over as lead presenter, and the programme broadened its remit to cover all aspects of new technology.

CORRESPONDENT - Reports from around the world.

DATELINE LONDON - Foreign correspondents based in London discuss the week's events in this programme which, with its main broadcast on a Sunday morning, has survived to the present day. It was originally chaired by Charles Wheeler, with Gavin Esler later taking over.

THE DIARY - Broadcast on Sunday evenings, previewing the upcoming week's events in news and entertainment.

E24 - The return of an entertainment news programme to News 24. Introduced in February 2008, so only just making it into our timeframe. The weekly 15-minute slot, presented by James Dagwell and Gethin Jones, lasted until 2010.

ENTERTAINMENT 24 - Late night entertainment news presented by Christopher Price. The programme only briefly went under this title - within weeks of beginning in June 1998, it was renamed Zero 30.

EUROPE DIRECT - One of a number of different geographically-based Direct programmes. Europe Direct was broadcast each weeknight from 8-9pm in News 24's launch schedule and featured 'interviews, sport, developments in business and technology, plus the latest news from European evening papers'.

EXTRATIME - Interviews with figures from the world of sport.

FACE IN THE CROWD - Interview series featuring 'ordinary people whose lives have been changed irrevocably by major news events'.

FILM 24 - Mark Kermode reviews the latest film releases. Now titled The Film Review.

FOOD WATCH - Weekly look at food issues, we presume.

GATE 24 - Programme looking at holidays and travel.

HARDTALK - A title sequence featuring a fire eater was originally used to introduce this long-running series of one-on-one interviews with names in the news. Tim Sebastian was the first presenter; Stephen Sackur later took over, though others such as Zeinab Badawi, Sarah Montague and Shaun Ley also regularly present.

HARDTALK EXTRA - Spin-off from HARDtalk, with interviewees from the worlds of arts, entertainment and culture.

HEAD TO HEAD - Interview series presented by Francine Stock.

INTERACTIVE - Part of News 24's launch schedule, airing each weeknight at 9.30. The content is unclear - from the title, it sounds like a programme inviting viewers to get in touch with their opinions (though it may be a bit optimistic to assume there were any viewers at that stage!) However the official programme description was 'linking Britain with the rest of the world to explore and explain the issues of the day'. So make of that what you will!

LIFE WATCH - We can't tell you much about this programme, unfortunately, other than that it was broadcast on a Saturday morning in News 24's launch schedule, and was presented by Shahnaz Pakravan.

LIQUID NEWS - At a time that BBC Choice's entertainment news show was spreading across multiple channels, News 24 aired its own weekly 15-minute review edition on Saturday evenings. See our Liquid News page.

NEWSROUND 24 - Sunday afternoon round-up of items from the preceding week's editions of the children's news show.

OPENING NIGHT - A weekly look at the arts world.

QUESTION TIME EXTRA - Beginning in September 2007, this programme continued the debate from BBC1's Question Time with e-mails and texts from viewers.

REPORTERS - A showcase of reports from the BBC's international network of correspondents.

SCIENCE MATTERS - The early BBC News 24 schedule lists two weekly programmes on the subject of science - but we're not sure how Science Matters differed from Science Review...

SCIENCE REVIEW - Weekly round-up of news from the worlds of science and technology, presented by Sue Nelson.

SCORELINE - Round-up of sports results, broadcast on Saturday and Sunday evenings

SEVEN DAYS - A review of the news of the past week.

SIMPSON'S WORLD - The BBC's veteran correspondent John Simpson took a personal look at international events.

SIR ROBIN DAY'S BOOK REVIEW - Another BBC veteran broadcaster, the bespectacled, bow-tied Sir Robin Day, discussed books with his guests as part of News 24's launch schedule

SPORTSDAY - Daily sports news round-up. The title was also used for a four-hour sport segment on Saturday afternoons in News 24's launch schedule, before being scaled back to half-hour segments.

SPORTSTALK - Spin-off from HARDtalk - interviews with sporting personalities.

STRAIGHT TALK - Early editions of this weekly programme are listed as being an 'informal look back at the events in and around Westminster', presented by News 24's chief political correspondent Nick Robinson. By 2007 it appears to have become an interview programme, with Andrew Neil talking to figures from the world of politics.

TALKING MOVIES - Tom Brook's weekly look at the film scene, with reviews, interviews, and reports from Hollywood and New York. The programme was also broadcast on BBC2 for a while.

TEEN 24 - Reports on issues affecting teenagers.

UK DIRECT - A national airing for editions of the various BBC2 regional documentary strands.

UK TODAY/UK TONIGHT - When BBC1 launched on digital television in 1998, it was unable to show regional variations in England (this was even the case for digital terrestrial). To fill the gap, BBC News 24 broadcast UK Tonight each evening, taking a mix of reports from regional news programmes from across the country, which was also broadcast on BBC1 digital from 6.30. The team also broadcast shorter updates, titled either UK Today or UK Tonight depending on timeslot, to cover the lack of regional news at other times of day on BBC1 digital. From 1999, all editions were titled UK Today. The programme was eventually phased out with the introduction of regional opt-outs on BBC1 digital.

USA DIRECT - Broadcast from New York and Washington, Brian Barron presented news from the USA, including a business update from Wall Street from a certain Paddy O'Connell. An entertainment-focused edition was broadcast at the weekends, looking at the American music charts, movie releases and a 'website of the week'.

THE WEATHER SHOW - Unrelated to the programme of the same name that ran on BBC1 daytimes in the 1990s. This version of The Weather Show was broadcast just once a quarter, looking at how the weather affects our daily lives.

WEEKEND 24 - Saturday morning breakfast show, originally broadcast from the sofa area. The programme also went out on BBC2.

THE WORLD TODAY - International news, brought to us by BBC World each weekday morning at 9.30.

ZERO 30 - Nightly entertainment news, presented by Christopher Price. Initially titled Entertainment 24 when it launched in June 1998, the name soon changed to Zero 30, reflecting its timeslot of half past midnight. After two years, BBC News 24 dropped the programme, but it was immediately picked up by Stuart Murphy, head of BBC Choice, who moved it to an early evening slot and revamped it as Liquid News.

Click here for our look over the history of the BBC's news channel.

From our YouTube channel, clips of the opening titles to editions of Click Online from 2003 and UK Today from 2001.


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