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BBC World News America

BBC World News America
Also known as BBC World News
America with Matt Frei (2007-2011)
Created by BBC World News
Presented by Katty Kay
Laura Trevelyan
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Rome Hartman
Location(s) Washington, D.C.
Running time 60 minutes
Original channel BBC World News
BBC America (2007–11)
BBC News (2007–11)
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release 1 October 2007 (2007-10-01) – present
Related shows BBC World News
Focus on Africa
World News Today
External links

BBC World News America is a current affairs news programme produced by BBC World News to be shown initially for American audiences. It is presented by Katty Kay, who was announced as the main anchor in September 2011.[1]

Until 25 March 2011, the programme was shown daily in a full hour format on BBC America and BBC World News, and for the first half hour (on tape delay) on the BBC News Channel in the middle of the night in the UK. On 28 March 2011, the programme was reduced to a half-hour from the previous full hour. It is no longer shown on BBC America or BBC News Channel, and is now shown on BBC World News, and made available to PBS stations in the United States.


  • Special broadcasts 1
  • Criticism 2
  • Presenters 3
    • Former presenters 3.1
  • Awards 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Special broadcasts

In some instances, this programme has been cut off on its hour broadcast to a few snippets because of a breaking news broadcast (e.g.: 2007 Karachi bombing). But in the case of the 2008 US Election primaries & caucus, the programme has been extended to 3 hours (e.g.: 2008 Iowa Caucus) and even up to 6 hours (e.g.: 2008 Super Tuesday) and only being presented by one host. BBC World News America also covered the three presidential and the only vice-presidential debates.


Some American TV critics had criticised the program for following "the British way" although the programme is more focused in the Americas, but Hartman stated that they value both sets of viewers since it was being shown worldwide.[2]


Years Presenter Current Role
2011–present Katty Kay Main Presenter
Laura Trevelyan Deputy Presenter

Katty Kay is currently the main presenter.[1] Kay, a Washington correspondent for the BBC, replaced original presenter Matt Frei. who quit in July 2011 to join Channel 4 News. Kay was previously the Friday anchor and a regular substitute for Frei.

Other presenters include Laura Trevelyan, Michelle Fleury, Jane O'Brien, Scott Simon, and Madeleine Morris. Jon Sopel and Philippa Thomas have also appeared on the programme.

Ted Koppel regularly contributes to the programme as a contributing analyst and presented a special edition of the broadcast in March 2011.

Former presenters


BBC World News America has won several Peabody Awards. It won one in 2007 for White Horse Village.[3] In 2010, BBC World News America was a recipient of a 69th Annual Peabody Award. The award given was "Unique Broadcast, Unique Perspective", and the show was described as "A nightly newscast like none the United States has ever had, it places our actions and concerns in a global context."[4] It won another Peabody Award in 2014 "for dedicating the necessary resources and risking their lives to give the world an up-close look at the horrors of the Syrian conflict" in Inside Syria's War.[5]


  1. ^ a b 'Katty Kay Named Anchor of ‘BBC World News America’' - MediaBistro
  2. ^ "Week One Down", from Rome Hartman's BBC News blog
  3. ^ 67th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2008.
  4. ^ 69th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2010.
  5. ^ 73rd Annual Peabody Awards, May 2014.

External links

  • BBC World News America at BBC Programmes (BBC World News)
  • BBC World News America at BBC America
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