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Newsbeat is the flagship news programme on BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 1 is a British national radio station operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation which also broadcasts internationally, specialising in current popular music and chart hits throughout the day. Radio 1 provides alternative genres after 7:00pm including electronic dance, hip hop, rock...

 and BBC Radio 1Xtra
BBC Radio 1Xtra
BBC Radio 1Xtra is a digital radio station in the United Kingdom from the BBC specialising in new black music, sometimes referred to as urban music. Launched at 18:00 on 16 August 2002, it had been codenamed Network X during the consulation period and is the sister station to BBC Radio 1...

. Newsbeat is produced by BBC News
BBC News
BBC News is the department of the British Broadcasting Corporation responsible for the gathering and broadcasting of news and current affairs. The department is the world's largest broadcast news organisation and generates about 120 hours of radio and television output each day, as well as online...

 but differs from the BBC's other news programmes in its remit to provide news tailored for a specifically younger audience.

Newsbeat is broadcast at 12:45 and 17:45 during the week on Radio 1. Short bulletins are also heard throughout the day, on the half hour. Extra bulletins are broadcast during The Chris Moyles Show
The Chris Moyles Show
The Chris Moyles Show is the current BBC Radio 1 breakfast show in the UK, and has been since Chris Moyles became the station's breakfast show presenter on 5 January 2004. From 2004 to 2007, the show was broadcast 6:55–10:00 am each weekday, but since 15 October 2007 it has started from...

and at 17:00.

Although unconfirmed by the BBC, it's widely thought that the name "Newsbeat" was taken from the Radio Caroline
Radio Caroline
Radio Caroline is an English radio station founded in 1964 by Ronan O'Rahilly to circumvent the record companies' control of popular music broadcasting in the United Kingdom and the BBC's radio broadcasting monopoly...

 news service of the same name, as was the concept of short bulletins on the half hour. Caroline first used the name (and broadcast 1/2 hour headlines) in the 1960s.


'Kelsey's awesomeness' Newsbeat was launched in 1973 (1999) in response to the launch of a network of commercial radio stations across the UK
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

 United States which supplied a news service very different from the style of traditional BBC News
BBC News
BBC News is the department of the British Broadcasting Corporation responsible for the gathering and broadcasting of news and current affairs. The department is the world's largest broadcast news organisation and generates about 120 hours of radio and television output each day, as well as online...

. The programme's first presenter was the Radio 1 DJ Ed "Stewpot" Stewart and he was succeeded by Laurie Mayer and Richard Skinner
Richard Skinner (broadcaster)
Richard Skinner is a British radio and television broadcaster.He is the only presenter to have fronted the three BBC 'flagship' pop music programmes Whistle Test, Top of the Pops and Top 40 show. -Early career:...


Newsbeats jingles were produced on-and-off by Music 4
Music 4
Music 4 is a creator of custom music for media and production libraries. It has worked with many TV and radio stations in the United Kingdom, including BBC Radio 1 and ITV...

 between 1998 and 2011, and from 2005 to 2011 have been notable for using the four note Radio 1 'logo'. A new logo and jingles were introduced in June 2011 produced by Koink.
Kelsey is soo awesome that in the next hour you see her you should go up to her and give her a big hug and kiss on the cheek.


In keeping with its specific targeting of young audiences, Newsbeat has its own set of reporters based at Yalding House
Yalding House
Yalding House is a building at 152–156 Great Portland Street, London, England, where BBC Radio 1 has been based since 1996.Yalding House is also home to BBC Radio 1Xtra, the digital sister station of BBC Radio 1 and BBC Switch, the umbrella brand for the BBC's youth output across radio, television...

 in Central London
Central London
Central London is the innermost part of London, England. There is no official or commonly accepted definition of its area, but its characteristics are understood to include a high density built environment, high land values, an elevated daytime population and a concentration of regionally,...

 (as opposed to the main Newsroom BBC Television Centre
BBC Television Centre
BBC Television Centre at White City in West London is the headquarters of BBC Television. Officially opened on 29 June 1960, it remains one of the largest to this day; having featured over the years as backdrop to many BBC programmes, it is one of the most readily recognisable such facilities...

, where most BBC News operations come from). The team's reporters are themselves young, and often report on the location of the big news stories of the day.

Presenters and reporters

Current team members on
Newsbeat include:
  • Tom Bateman
  • Natalie Jamieson (Entertainment)
  • Chi Chi Izundu (Entertainment)
  • Rick Kelsey
  • Nomia Iqbal
  • Anthony Baxter
  • Greg Dawson
  • Maddii Lown
  • Greg Cochrane (Music)

  • Dominic Byrne (Chris Moyles Show)
  • Debbie Randle
  • Chris Smith
  • Tina Daheley (Sport, Chris Moyles Show)
  • Simon Mundie (Sport)
  • Ben Mundy
  • Jean Mackenzie
  • Nick Beake

  • Jim Taylor (Multimedia reporter)
  • Amy Gladwell
  • Steve Holden (Entertainment)
  • Del Crookes (Online)
  • Dave Howard (US reporter)
  • Robin Brant (Politics)
  • Dan Whitworth (Technology)
  • Adina Campbell
  • Charissa Chadderton
  • Sima Kotetcha
  • Catherine Burns
  • Jim Reed
  • Elaine Okyere
  • Steven McIntosh
  • Gabbie O'Donnell


The current editor and controller of Newsbeat is Rod McKenzie, himself a former presenter of the programme and the news presenter on the Simon Mayo
Simon Mayo
Simon Mayo is an English radio presenter who has worked for BBC Radio since 1981. As of January 2010, Mayo is presenter of Simon Mayo Drivetime on BBC Radio 2 and, with Mark Kermode, presenter of Kermode and Mayo's Film Reviews on BBC Radio 5 Live.In 2008, Mayo was recognised as the "radio...

 breakfast show on Radio 1 from 1988-1993.
Newsbeats first editor was Mike Chaney - hired from The Sun
The Sun (newspaper)
The Sun is a daily national tabloid newspaper published in the United Kingdom and owned by News Corporation. Sister editions are published in Glasgow and Dublin...

by the Director-General to inject a populist flavour to the news coverage of Radio 1.

Other current duty editors include:
  • Jack Baine
  • Adrian Pearce
  • Anubha Chaturvedi
  • Debbie Randle
  • Julian Marshall
  • Debbie Ramsay
  • Charmaine Cozier
  • Gabriella O'Donnell

Newsbeat's Oddbox

In 2007, Newsbeat's Oddbox was launched. A four minute video which looks at the week's strangest news, presented by Dominic Byrne
Dominic Byrne
Dominic Anthony Byrne is a newsreader for BBC Radio 1 and a presenter on the BBC News Channel.-Biography:Born in Norwich, Norfolk, Byrne attended St Ivo School before attending Bournemouth University for two weeks. However, he dropped out to work at a local radio station...

 and Tulip Mazumdar when he is away. It is available to watch at BBC Online, on the BBC Red Button and on the BBC News channel.

External links

  • A different Newsbeat BBC Blogs, 17 November 2007 - A history of Newsbeat, written by editor Rod McKenzie