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BBC News at Five

BBC News at Five
Created by BBC News
Presented by Huw Edwards
Gavin Esler
Theme music composer David Lowe
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Location(s) Studio C/E, Broadcasting House, London
Running time 60 minutes
Original channel BBC News
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release 3 April 2006 – present
Related shows BBC Breakfast
BBC News at One
BBC News at Six
BBC News at Ten
BBC Weekend News'
World News Today

The BBC News at Five is an hour-long daily news programme broadcast at 17:00 on BBC News. The programme is fronted by BBC News at Ten presenter Huw Edwards the BBC's lead presenter for major breaking news from Monday-Thursday, Gavin Esler on Friday and Chris Eakin on Saturday-Sunday. The show includes a detailed look at the news, as well as analysis with guests and business, sport and weather updates. In 2015 Chris Eakin began to present weekend editions of the program.

Unlike most other BBC News Channel bulletins, 'News at Five' is presented from Studio C, which is usually the main studio for BBC World News.


The programme started in 3 April 2006 as part of the BBC's relaunch of BBC News presenters, which saw the introduction of the new flagship programme to compete against Jeremy Thompson's Live at Five programme on rival channel Sky News, and to improve BBC News ratings for the hour.

As part of the 2008 revamp of the entire news output, the show moved studios within BBC Television Centre along with BBC News and the BBC News at One and BBC News at Ten bulletins. The show originally broadcast from Studio N8 but moved to Studio N6.

On 18 March 2013, the programme moved to Broadcasting House along with BBC News and the BBC One bulletins.[1] On 4 November 2013, the BBC News at Five received new opening titles featuring the hour of broadcast.

Outside broadcasts

As well as presenting from the studio, the main presenters are called upon to present on location when major stories break. For example Huw Edwards reported live from Washington for the 2008 and 2012 US Presidential Elections and has presented live from Basra form the withdrawal ceremony the studio host in theses cases are normally Gavin Esler. He also regularly presented from Westminster. George Alagiah presented from L'Aquila in April 2009 and Haiti in January 2010 when earthquakes struck the countries. Both Edwards and Esler have presented from Edinburgh and Glasgow (at times when the referendum for Scottish independence was being developed). During the 2015 Election campgian Edwards presented from across the UK while Elser was based in Edinburgh through the campgian and Myrie served as London presenter when Edwards was on location .


Years Presenter Current role
2006–present Huw Edwards Main presenter (Monday–Thursday)
2008–present Gavin Esler Main presenter (Friday), Relief presenter
2007–present Emily Maitlis Relief presenter
2008–present Nicholas Owen
2008–present Tim Willcox
2008–present Julian Worricker
2008–present Ben Brown
2010-present Clive Myrie
2013–present Jane Hill
2015-present Simon McCoy
2015-present Matthew Price
2014–present Maxine Mawhinney

Former presenters

If there is no position before the years of being a presenter, then this newsreader was either a relief presenter or occasional guest stand-in presenter.

Sport, Business and Weather

The weather and business updates are generally presented from the screen away from the main desk, unless they are preceding each other. Sports updates are presented from the BBC Sport Centre at MediaCityUK, Salford. The Film Review appears during the programme on Fridays between 17:45 and 18:00, and is presented by the anchor and a film critic, usually Mark Kermode, from the main desk, however the background and lighting changes to resemble a cinema effect. It features reviews of all the week's main releases.


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