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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 October 2005, 10:40 GMT 11:40 UK
Television News
By Peter Horrocks
Head of Television News

Television News is the BBC's most popular news medium, from its flagship bulletins to News 24. But how many people watch it, how big is it and how is it meeting the demands of the digital era? Television news chief Peter Horrocks explains.

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The Six O'Clock News is the UK's most popular news programme
What does Television News encompass?

Television News is responsible for more than 18,000 hours of programming every year, broadcast from state of the art studios at Television Centre in west London.

That equates to an average of almost 50 hours of output every day.

Programmes made by Television News include the BBC One bulletins, Breakfast and Sunday AM, Newsnight on BBC Two, 60 seconds on BBC Three and the news output on BBC Four.

The department is also responsible for the two BBC continuous news channels, BBC News 24 and BBC World.

What are the BBC's key TV news programmes?

The Ten O'Clock News is the flagship television news programme on BBC One and is presented by Huw Edwards and Fiona Bruce. It is a showcase for the best BBC journalism of the day.

The UK's most popular news programme is the Six O'Clock News on BBC One.

Fiona Bruce
Fiona Bruce presents the flagship Ten O'Clock News with Huw Edwards

Presented by George Alagiah and Sophie Raworth it provides a comprehensive digest of the day's news in an accessible and friendly manner.

Newsnight won the Royal Television Society's Best Home News and Best News Innovation awards for 2004. It is broadcast at 10.30pm every weekday evening, after the Ten O'Clock News.

The programme is a considered look at the day's events and the big issues on the news agenda presented by Jeremy Paxman, Kirsty Wark and Gavin Esler.

Newsnight's role is to be thought-provoking and informative, analysing complex issues in-depth with high-quality and hard-hitting films.

On average how many people a week watch the BBC's TV News output in the UK?

In 2005, to date, an average of 35 million people watch some BBC Television News each week.

How is TV News adapting to the digital era?

BBC News is at the forefront of digital broadcasting. News 24 is now Britain's most watched digital news channel.

The Ten O'Clock News is the first TV News bulletin to provide a daily interactive service for viewers. And each editioin of Newsnight is now available on Broadband every day along with some of the highlights from the programme's archive.

How does News 24 work alongside the main bulletins?

News 24 is the UK continuous news channel broadcasting all day, every day, on cable, satellite and Freeview.

Peter Horrocks factfile
Peter Horrocks
Peter was born in 1959
He joined the BBC in 1981 as a news trainee. He went on to work for Newsnight as an assistant producer and then producer.
After a spell on Breakfast, he became deputy editor of Panorama in 1988.
Key jobs have included editor of the BBC's 1992 television election night programme, editor of Public Eye, editor of Newsnight, editor of Panorama, head of current affairs.
He became head of television news in 2005.

It includes an update of the main stories every hour, on the hour and the main news headlines every 15 minutes.

It is the place to go for breaking news and live coverage of the world's most important events. Along with the day's main news, BBC News 24 also provides the latest business, sport and weather updates.

BBC World, meanwhile, is the BBC's international news channel.

The channel is commercially funded through advertising and subscriptions and reaches up to 264 million homes outside the UK in more than 200 countries and territories.


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