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Boris Johnson coronavirus address becomes one of the UK’s most watched programmes ever

UK prime minister Boris Johnson’s address to the nation on March 23 was historic in more ways than one, with the British prime minister not only introducing unprecedented measures to address the coronavirus pandemic but also setting viewing records. The brief pre-recorded broadcast was watched by 27.1 million British households on linear TV. The official […]

BBC News to launch weekly show on Facebook Watch

BBC News is launching a weekly news programme on Facebook Watch. Set to launch later this year, Cut Through The Noise will be the social media platform’s first funded non-US news programme. It is to focus on a different issue each week and will be set in BBC News’ Washington bureau or elsewhere in the […]

BBC changes US news partner

BBC News and CBS news have struck an editorial and newsgathering partnership that will allow both organisations to share video, editorial content, and additional newsgathering resources in New York, London, Washington and around the world. The relationship between BBC News and CBS News will also allow for efficient planning of newsgathering resources to increase the […]

BBC launches vertical news videos

The BBC has updated its popular news app, introducing new elements including vertical videos and allowing users to swipe through the day’s new stories. The UK pubcaster said that 60% of BBC News’ digital traffic comes from mobile, with 7am and 10pm the peak viewing times. The app has 7.6 million unique users each month. […]

BBC and Sky services join Apple News

BBC News and Sky’s Sky News service will both be available as part of the new Apple News service, which launches in the UK today. The Apple News app, which is already available in the US, will include the BBC News app as part of a six month trial that will assess how users consume […]

BBC plays down immediate BBC Four closure threat

The BBC’s director of strategy has said the corporation does not have plans to close BBC Four, despite the arts network being touted as one of a number of services that could be cut to save money. Speaking on BBC Radio4’s World at One show yesterday, James Purnell said “we’re not ruling anything in or […]

BBC News looks ‘beyond broadcasting’

The BBC will look to offer more personalised and location-based news in the future and seek to “inform beyond broadcasting” according to a major new report by the corporation. The Future of News report, published this week, comes ahead of detailed proposals that will be outlined by BBC News as part of the BBC’s overall […]

BBC launches new cloud-based News app

UK public broadcaster the BBC has launched a new version of the BBC News app across the UK. The revamped app includes new personalisation features, although the site will still include a front page of top stories reflecting what BBC News sees as the most important and most interesting stories of the moment. Users can […]

BBC must go ‘mobile-first’ to widen reach

BBC executive board member Howard Stringer has called on the corporation to make content first for mobile and to appeal to social audiences, in order to hit its internal target of doubling its global reach by 2022. In a report titled ‘2022: Towards 500 Million,’ Stringer, who was formerly chairman and CEO of Sony, said […]

BBC News Director takes up role

UK broadcaster the BBC’s new director of news and current affairs, James Harding, takes up his post today.  Formerly editor of The Times newspaper, Harding was appointed in April and was tasked by BBC director general Tony Hall with giving BBC news a “renewed sense of purpose.” Harding’s predecessor, Helen Boaden, moved to a new […]