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Global, styled also as Global with Matthew Amroliwala (as of 8 September 2014), is a news programme on BBC World News that premiered on 14 January 2013 with the relaunch of the channel from Broadcasting House.[1] The programme was hosted initially by Jon Sopel who joined the channel from the domestic BBC News channel. Sopel regularly presented the programme on location around the world and in this case it is broadcast in part on the BBC News channel. Sopel was promoted to North America Editor in 2014, and was succeeded in September by Matthew Amroliwala.

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Also known asGlobal with Jon Sopel
(January 2013 - July 2014)
Global with
Matthew Amroliwala
(Sept. 2014 - present)
Created byBBC World News
Presented byMatthew Amroliwala
Tim Willcox
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Production location(s)Studio B, Broadcasting House, London
Running time2 hours
Original networkBBC World News
Original release14 January 2013 (2013-01-14) –
Preceded byThe Hub
Related showsBBC World News
BBC World News America
Focus on Africa
World News Today
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Global replaced The Hub, which originally was an edition of World News Today and served as a news 'nerve centre' for South Asia and the Middle East, providing both the headlines, and detailed analysis of the global news agenda.


Global is aired from 16:00–17:45 and 18:00-18:15 GMT (17:00–18:45 and 19:00-19:15 BST in summer time), Monday to Thursday on BBC World News, split in-between by Sport Today and usually followed by an edition of Global Business.


Years Presenter Current role
2014–present Matthew Amroliwala Main Presenter
2013–present Tim Willcox Deputy Presenter
2014–present David Eades Relief Presenter
Lucy Hockings
Karin Giannone
Philippa Thomas
Kasia Madera
2017–present Samantha Simmonds

When Jon Sopel presented, the title sequence ends by stating 'Global with Jon Sopel'. However, when he does not, as he is often on assignment, the titles only show 'Global', regardless of the replacement presenter. This only happens if he isn't reporting from a location on a topic covered in the show.

It was announced that Sopel will step down as presenter to become North America Editor;[2] he presented his final episode on 17 July 2014.[3]

Prior to Sopel's final episode, it was announced (on 8 July 2014) that BBC News Channel presenter Matthew Amroliwala will succeed Sopel in September 2014 as the main presenter.[4] Amroliwala presented his first episode on 8 September 2014; and since the programme has been styled 'Global with Matthew Amroliwala'.

Mirchandani resigned from the BBC in October 2014; he has since become the Senior Director of Communications at the Center for Global Development.[5]

Former presentersEdit

Years Presenter Previous role
2013–2014 Jon Sopel Main Presenter
Ros Atkins Deputy Presenter
Komla Dumor
Rajesh Mirchandani Relief Presenter


  1. ^ "BBC World News launches new studios, new programming and new presenters". BBC. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  2. ^ "BBC - BBC World News: Yalda Hakim joins Impact and Jon Sopel becomes the BBC's North America Editor - Media Centre".
  3. ^ "Jon Sopel on Twitter".
  4. ^ "BBC - Victoria Derbyshire to join BBC News Channel as Matthew Amroliwala moves to BBC World News - Media Centre".
  5. ^ "CGD Welcomes Rajesh Mirchandani as Senior Director of Communications and Policy Outreach".

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