BBC UNVEILS PRESENTERS FOR NEW NEWS CHANNEL - WITH TEN PRESENTERS DROPPED
Matthew Amroliwala, Christian Fraser, Yalda Hakim, Lucy Hockings, and Maryam Moshiri will be chief presenters on the BBC’s news channel – BBC News – which will be broadcast in the UK and around the world.
Deadline reports that presenters unsuccessful include Jane Hill, Martine Croxall, Ben Brown, Annita McVeigh, Geeta Guru-Murthy, and Shaun Ley. They are all expected to leave the channel ahead of the Spring launch for BBC News.
Deborah Turness, CEO of BBC News, says: “I’m thrilled to announce the faces of our channel. This team’s editorial leadership, talent, knowledge and flair make them the ideal presenters to bring the BBC’s trusted journalism to people at home in the UK and around the globe, and to guide audiences through the big stories as they break.”
BBC News will be broadcast both in the UK and around the world, with advertising outside the UK only. The channel will be anchored from London during UK daytime and evening, and from Washington DC and Singapore overnight.
BBC News will be a single news channel operation which splits into two feeds, so, just as now, at some points of the schedule the UK audience will see dedicated UK output, and at other times all audiences will see the same programming. We will respond to breaking and developing news in the UK for our domestic audiences at all times.
The five chief presenters announced today were recruited via a competitive interview process in accordance with BBC HR procedures. Advertising will now begin for eight correspondent roles. These will be on-air journalists who will present, as well as report, on the channel.
Recruitment is underway for two on-air presenting roles based in Washington DC, which will be announced shortly.
The channel is due to launch this spring.