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Newsday is a news programme on BBC World News that was first broadcast on 13 June 2011.[1] The programme is normally hosted by Babita Sharma and Kasia Madera in London, with Rico Hizon and Sharanjit Leyl in Singapore. During important news stories, the programme is broadcast from Washington with either Katty Kay or Laura Trevelyan instead of the traditional London broadcast. Such news stories have included the death of Muhammad Ali, Hillary Clinton receiving the Democratic nomination, and Donald Trump getting important votes in his presidential nomination for the Republican Party. When there are presenters from other countries presenting during the programme, the titles narrated by Mishal Hussain[citation needed] - showing the London and/or Singapore studios - are not shown.

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Newsday Titles
Created byBBC World News
Presented byBabita Sharma
Rico Hizon
Kasia Madera
Sharanjit Leyl
Narrated byMishal Husain
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Production location(s)London
Washington D.C.
Running time90 minutes
Original networkBBC World News
BBC News
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release13 June 2011 (2011-06-13) –
Preceded byAsia Today
Related showsBBC World News
BBC World News America
Focus on Africa
World News Today
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The programme is broadcast around the world on BBC World News, as well as PBS affiliates in America, and is also shown in the UK on the domestic BBC News channel throughout the night, with the 00:00 and 01:00 GMT bulletins. Newsday is sometimes broadcast on BBC One. It covers international news with a specific focus on Asia and its financial markets.

BBC World News invested in a new Asia Pacific news HQ in Singapore with broadcasts commencing from Monday 3 August 2015 with a revamped studio and graphics and theme music composed by David Lowe.[citation needed]



Newsday is aired on weekdays on BBC World News.[2] The programme acts as a morning programme for Asia, an overnight broadcast in Europe and the UK and a late night news programme for the Americas. It features analysis and discussion of the top news stories of the day and also previews the exclusive reports, correspondent feature films and interviews.

On 18 June 2012, Newsday broadcast times were changed to 23:00–02:00 GMT (22:00–01:00 GMT in summer time) on Sunday to Thursday. It is shown from 00:00–02:00 on Monday to Thursday in the UK.

During commercial breaks for international viewers, UK and PBS viewers used to get news from around the UK "in brief" with the London presenter. From an unknown point, this bulletin was removed and instead, "This Week In History" is broadcast while the breaks happen.


The programme features split presentation, with a presenter in London and a presenter in Singapore each introducing reports and interviewing occasional guests in-studio. The London presenter also presents links for UK viewers during commercial breaks, while the Singapore presenter goes on to present Asia Business Report at the bottom of each hour. Sport Today follows at the quarter to the hour. During major events in North America the programme is also presented from Washington.

On occasion the programme is broadcast from other locations, such as in November 2013 when Rico Hizon co-presented from Tacloban, Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan. In January 2014 for a while Sharma presented from Singapore and Hizon from London. Madera reported from Poland during 2015 election. During the last week of May 2017 (week beginning 29 May 2017), the week had Hizon presenting from London and Sharanjit Leyl from Singapore.

For a two-month period from February to April, Leyl presented Newsday from London, with Hizon or Oi in Singapore. This was due to Sharma being absent for this period of time, as she was writing a book. On Sharma’s return on 3 April, she announced that she will present from Singapore in a few weeks time.

During coverage of continuous international events, such as the Summer Olympics, the Newsday broadcasts may be presented by only a single presenter from the Singapore studio, rather than split broadcasting with a newsreader in the London studio.

During September 2018 (week beginning 10 September 2018) the week had Hizon presenting in London and Sharanjit Leyl or Mariko Oi in Singapore

Years Presenter Current role
2011–present Babita Sharma Main London presenter (Sunday-Wednesday)
Kasia Madera Head London presenter (Thursday)
Rico Hizon Head Singapore presenter (Monday-Wednesday, alternative Sunday/Thursday) Sharanjit Leyl Main Singapore presenter / producer (Alternative Sunday/Thursday)
Sharanjit Leyl Main Singapore presenter / producer (Alternative Sunday/Thursday)
Katty Kay Occasional Washington presenter
Laura Trevelyan
Ben Bland Relief London presenter
Chris Rogers
2012–present Mariko Oi Relief Singapore presenter
2013–present Karishma Vaswani
2014–present Alice Baxter Relief London presenter
2015–present Phillippa Thomas
Lebo Diseko
Ben Bland
2016-present Alpa Patel
Karin Giannone
Nuala McGovern
2017-present Reged Ahmad

Former PresentersEdit

Years Presenter role
2011-2016 Adam Parsons Relief London presenter
2013–2016 Dani Sinha
Adnan Nawaz
Daniela Ritorto
Ali Moore Relief Singapore presenter


  1. ^ "Newsday on BBC World News at 1:00am June 13th, 2011". DigiGuide. 13 June 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Newsday". BBC. Retrieved 22 March 2013.

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