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BBC News (TV channel)

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The BBC News channel is a British free-to-air[1] public broadcast television news channel owned and operated by the BBC. The channel is based at and broadcasts from Broadcasting House in the West End of London from which it is anchored during British daytime, with overnight broadcasts anchored from Washington, D.C. and Singapore.[2] It was launched as BBC News 24 on 9 November 1997 at 5:30 pm as part of the BBC's foray into digital domestic television channels, becoming the first competitor to Sky News, which had been running since 1989.[3]

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BBC News
Logo used since 2022
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom
HeadquartersBBC Television Centre (1997–2013)
Broadcasting House (2013–present)
Picture format1080i[lower-alpha 1] HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
ParentBBC (domestic)
BBC Studios (overseas)
Sister channelsBBC One
BBC Three
BBC Four
BBC Parliament
BBC Scotland
BBC Alba
Launched9 November 1997; 25 years ago (1997-11-09)
Former namesBBC News 24 (1997–2008)
FreeviewChannel 231 (HD)
Streaming media
BBC iPlayerWatch live (UK only)
BBC News OnlineWatch live (UK only)
TVPlayerWatch live (UK only)
FilmOnWatch live (Worldwide access is available)

On 22 February 2006, the channel was named News Channel of the Year at the Royal Television Society Television Journalism Awards for the first time in its history.[4] The judges remarked that this was the year that the channel had "really come into its own."[5] The channel won the accolade for a second time in 2017.[6] From May 2007, viewers in the UK could watch the channel via the BBC News website. In April 2008, the channel was renamed BBC News as part of a £550,000 rebranding of the BBC's news output, complete with a new studio and presentation.

The channel's international counterpart, formerly known as BBC World News, initially operated as a counterpart carrying international news, as well as selected programmes from the domestic service. Unlike BBC News in the UK, which is a free-to-air channel funded by the licence fee, the world feed is a pay television service distributed by BBC Studios and funded by advertising. Some of its programmes had been simulcast by the domestic BBC News channel, especially in the overnight hours.

In 2022, the BBC announced that it would further consolidate the programming and talent of the BBC News and World News channels as a cost-cutting move; these changes took place on 3 April 2023, when BBC World News was renamed "BBC News". The UK feed occasionally opts out when it airs UK-specific content not deemed significant enough to warrant carriage globally.