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BBC World News America is a British/American current affairs news program produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation's BBC News division, which premiered on 1 October 2007.[2] Produced out of the BBC's Washington, D.C. bureau, Katty Kay – who originally appeared on the program through her role as a Washington-based correspondent for BBC News – has served as the main presenter since 2011, replacing original co-anchor Matt Frei.[1]

BBC World News America
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Current BBC World News America title card.
GenreNews program
Created byGarth Ancier
Presented byLaura Trevelyan[1]
Katty Kay

Jane O'Brien

Rajini Vaidynathan
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production location(s)Washington, D.C.
Running time30 - 60 minutes
Production company(s)BBC News
DistributorWETA-TV, Washington, D.C.
(American public television distribution)
Original networkWorldwide:
BBC World (2007–present)
BBC News (2006-)
United States:
PBS & select non-commercial educational stations (2007–present)
Picture format480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseOctober 1, 2007 (2007-10-01) –
External links

The program is broadcast worldwide on BBC World News and, through an agreement with Washington's PBS member station, WETA-TV, is syndicated to PBS member stations and select non-commercial educational independent stations throughout the United States. Until June 2019, Los Angeles-based NCE station KCET handled this distribution.

From its debut until 25 March 2011, the program originally maintained a one-hour format, airing as a simulcast on BBC America in the United States and BBC World internationally, with the first half-hour (on tape delay) being shown overnights on the BBC News Channel in the U.K. The program was reduced to a half-hour broadcast on 28 March 2011, and was removed from BBC America.[3] On 31 October 2016, the program returned to the BBC News Channel after a five-year absence, and currently airs on the channel at 21:30 GMT for one week in November and one week in March between when the clocks change in the UK and the US.[4]

From 11 June[5] to 26 July 2018[6] Monday — Thursday (when BST is in effect), the program temporarily aired the first half-hour edition for viewers around the world (except for North and South America where the full hour edition is being broadcast).[5] Then from August 2018, the usual full hour was returned.[7]

Special broadcastsEdit

In some instances, this program has been cut off on its hour broadcast to a few snippets because of a breaking news broadcast (e.g.: 2007 Karachi bombing). But in the case of the 2008 US Election primaries & caucus, the program has been extended to 3 hours (e.g.: 2008 Iowa Caucus) and even up to 6 hours (e.g.: 2008 Super Tuesday) and only being presented by one host. BBC World News America also covered the three presidential and the only vice-presidential debates.


Years Presenter Current Role
201?-present Rajini Vaidyanathan
2017–present Katty Kay
Laura Trevelyan Main Presenter
Jane O'Brien

Katty Kay is currently the main presenter.[8] Laura Trevelyan also regularly presents the programme.

Former presentersEdit


Tony Jolliffe, Melanie Marshall, Lyse Doucet and Shoaib Sharifi in 2010, at the 69th Annual Peabody Awards for Where Giving Life is a Death Sentence

BBC World News America has won several Peabody Awards. It won one in 2007 for White Horse Village.[9] In 2010, BBC World News America was a recipient of two 69th Annual Peabody Awards. One award was given to the program, calling it a "Unique Broadcast, Unique Perspective", which was described as "A nightly newscast like none the United States has ever had, it places our actions and concerns in a global context."[10][11] The second award was for the report Where Giving Life is a Death Sentence.[11][12] The program won another Peabody Award in 2014 "for dedicating the necessary resources and risking their lives to give the world an up-close look at the horrors of the Syrian conflict" in Inside Syria's War.[13]


  1. ^ a b Kent Gibbons (5 September 2011). "BBC News Show Taps Anchor". Multichannel News. NewBay Media. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  2. ^ David Bauder (1 October 2007). "The news, with an English accent". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Publishing. Associated Press. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  3. ^ Kent Gibbons (18 February 2011). "'BBC World News America' Shifts To BBC World". Multichannel News. NewBay Media. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  4. ^ November 2016, BBC World News America.
  5. ^ a b June 2018, BBC World News America.
  6. ^ July 2018, BBC World News America.
  7. ^ August 2018, BBC World News America.
  8. ^ "Katty Kay Named Anchor of 'BBC World News America'", MediaBistro.
  9. ^ 67th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2008.
  10. ^ 69th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2010.
  11. ^ a b "'Glee,' 'Modern Family' win Peabodys". The Hollywood Reporter. 31 March 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Where Giving Life is a Death Sentence (BBC America)". 69th Annual Peabody Awards. May 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  13. ^ 73rd Annual Peabody Awards, May 2014.

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