BBC News (TV channel)

BBC News (also known as the BBC News Channel) is a British (TV license needed[1]) television news channel. 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.[2] For a time, looped news, sport and weather bulletins were available to view via BBC Red Button.

BBC News
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom
NetworkBBC News (operational division);
BBC Television
HeadquartersBBC Television Centre (1997–2013)
Broadcasting House (2013–present)
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Sister channelsBBC One
BBC Three
BBC Four
BBC Parliament
Launched9 November 1997; 23 years ago (1997-11-09) (as BBC News 24)
21 April 2008; 13 years ago (2008-04-21) (as BBC News)
Former namesBBC News 24 (1997–2008)
FreeviewChannel 107 (HD)
Channel 231 (SD)
Virgin Media (UK and Ireland)Channel 601 (HD; UK)
Channel 201 (Ireland)
Naxoo (Switzerland)Channel 216
FreesatChannel 200 (SD/HD)
Channel 212 (SD)
SkyChannel 503 (SD/HD)
Channel 882 (SD)
Astra 2E (28.2°E)10818 V 22000 5/6
Astra 2G (28.2°E)11023 H 23000 3/4 (HD)
Eir TV (Ireland)Channel 503 (SD)
Vodafone TV (Ireland)Channel 202 (HD)
Channel arbitrary
Channel 204
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.[3] The judges remarked that this was the year that the channel had "really come into its own."[4] The channel won the accolade for a second time in 2017.[5]

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. Its sister service, BBC World was also renamed BBC World News while the national news bulletins became BBC News at One, BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten. Across the day the channel averages about twice the audience of Sky News.

The channel is based at and broadcasts from Broadcasting House in the West End of London.