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Impact (TV programme)

Impact Titles
Also known as Impact Asia (2010–11)
Impact with Mishal Husain (2011-2013)
Impact with Yalda Hakim (2014-present)
Created by BBC World News
Presented by Yalda Hakim
Lucy Hockings
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Location(s) Studio B, Broadcasting House, London
Running time 90 minutes
Production company(s) BBC
Distributor BBC Worldwide
Original channel BBC World News
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Original release 1 February 2010 (2010-02-01) – present (present)
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Impact (formerly Impact Asia), styled also as Impact with Yalda Hakim is a news programme that premiered on BBC World News on 1 February 2010 as part of a network-wide refresh.[1] The programme is hosted by Yalda Hakim,[2] who replaced previous presenter Mishal Husain. The programme brings audiences a mixture of breaking news, debate and analysis using the BBC's range of correspondents based in the Asia Pacific regions and across the world. Broadcasting political, diplomatic, business, sports and breaking news stories directly affecting Asia Pacific, the programme aims to analyse stories from a global perspective. The format includes sport, business and weather updates.


As part of a shake-up of the BBC World News schedule, on 1 February 2010 presenter based strands were developed to give more focus on the names hosting each slot. These replaced several editions of BBC World News. Impact Asia was developed as one of these slots. In 2011 the programme was renamed Impact to avoid the exclusion of other sections of the global audience.


Impact is currently aired from 13:00–14:30 GMT, weekdays on BBC World News. The programme is split into three parts, each lasting half an hour. After the final section World Business Report then Sport Today air. During British Summer Time, the programme airs at 14:00-15:30 GMT; and is followed by an edition of HARDtalk.


The programme was originally broadcast from studio N8 in the News Centre at BBC Television Centre, along with other output from BBC World News. When major news events occur the programme may be presented on location, for example, Mishal Husain presented from Pakistan in the aftermath of Osama Bin Laden's death. From 14 January 2013 the programme moved to Broadcasting House studio B.


Years Presenter Current Role
2014–present Yalda Hakim Main Presenter (Monday–Thursday)
2010–present Lucy Hockings Main Presenter (Friday)
Lyse Doucet Relief Presenter
Tim Willcox
Mishal Husain
2013–present Babita Sharma
Karin Giannone
2014–present Rajesh Mirchandani
Philippa Thomas
Geeta Guru-Murthy

When Yalda Hakim presents, the title sequence ends by stating 'Impact with Yalda Hakim'. However, when she does not, as she is often on assignment, the titles only show 'Impact', regardless of the alternate presenter. This only happens if she isn't reporting from a location on a topic covered in the show.

It was announced that Husain will be leaving the show in autumn 2013 to join Today,[3] she presented her last programme on 7 October 2013. She is to maintain the role of 'Relief Presenter'. In April 2014, Yalda Hakim was announced as Husain's permanent replacement.[4]


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