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BBC News Summary

BBC News Summary
Created by BBC News
Presented by Ellie Crisell
Riz Lateef
Sophie Long
Sam Naz
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Location(s) Broadcasting House, London
Running time 90 seconds
Original channel BBC One
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release 8 December 1986 – Present
Related shows BBC Breakfast
BBC News at Five
BBC News at One
BBC News at Six
BBC News at Ten

The BBC News Summary is a news update created by BBC News originally to target the professional and working market. It is broadcast every Monday to Friday at 8:00pm and 9:00pm on BBC One.

Like other BBC News bulletins it is presented by a sole newsreader, on Monday to Thursday it is usually Ellie Crisell and on Friday Riz Lateef. After a minute of brief national and international news, a regional presenter provides 30 seconds of regional news headlines and a brief local weather forecast; on BBC One HD in England a national weather forecast is broadcast instead due to there being no regional variations. The 9pm edition is a pre-recorded preview to BBC News at Ten.


  • History 1
    • 8:00pm summary 1.1
  • Presenters 2
    • Former presenters 2.1
  • Reception 3
  • See also 4


BBC news summaries initially started in December 1986, shortly after the launch of the BBC's new daytime TV service. Lasting for three minutes, the hourly or near-hourly bulletins formed the backbone of this service. Morning summaries were broadcast on BBC1 and early afternoon summaries were transmitted on BBC2. Each bulletin was followed by a weather forecast. The final afternoon news summary of the day was followed by a regional news bulletin. In October 1990, regional hourly news bulletins were introduced and were broadcast immediately after the BBC1 morning summaries. However, during the 1990s, the news summaries were reduced in number and were discontinued completely by the time BBC News 24 launched in 1997.

These summaries are not to be confused with generic BBC News bulletins broadcast over BBC One and BBC Two at weekends and holidays.

8:00pm summary

In May 2007 Natasha Kaplinsky and Suzanne Virdee presented the show during its initial pilot in the Midlands.

In October 2007 Natasha Kaplinsky left BBC News, and Kate Silverton was announced as the launch presenter. Initially, the presenter of the BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten presented Friday editions, but Ellie Crisell later became the Friday presenter.

In February 2008 Silverton left the update to present BBC News at One and was replaced by Crisell, who took maternity leave the following month. During this time Riz Lateef and Celina Hinchcliffe presented the update, while others including Sophie Long and Luisa Baldini also appeared.

On 21 April 2008 the show got a new logo and graphics as part of a BBC News relaunch. In October 2008 Crisell returned to the update. Riz Lateef became the new Friday and relief presenter.

On 18 March 2013, the programme moved to Broadcasting House, along with the BBC News channel and the other BBC One bulletins, and began broadcasting in high-definition.


Main presenter Ellie Crisell left the summary for South East Today and since then multiple presenters have been presenting in a rotation, this consists of:

Monday & Tuesday:

  • Riz Lateef, presenter (2008–present)
  • Alice Bhandhukravi, Relief presenter (2015–present)
  • Victoria Hollins, Relief presenter (2015–present)

Wednesday & Thursday: (alternating)


Former presenters

If there is no position before the years of being a presenter, this newsreader was either a relief presenter or occasional stand-in presenter.


The bulletin faced criticism from certain quarters with BBC News being accused of "dumbing down" their news content by condensing the day's news into a brief format.

See also

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