60 Seconds

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60 Seconds
Format News
Created by BBC News
Presented by Sam Naz (weekdays)
Ben Mundy (weekends)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Location(s) Broadcasting House, London
Running time 1 minute x 7 bulletins
Original channel BBC Three (2003–)
BBC Choice (2001–03)
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
Original run 16 July 2001 (2001-07-16)Closing in Autumn 2015
Related shows The 7 O'Clock News
External links
BBC News Website

60 Seconds is a news programme which runs between shows on BBC Three. It broadcasts under the BBC News format and branding. The weekday presenter is Sam Naz. The weekend presenter is Ben Mundy. Previous presenters include Tasmin Lucia-Khan, Andy May, Matt Cooke, James Dagwell, Nick Young and Claudia-Liza Armah.


The programme lasts for 60 seconds as the name suggests, during which time the presenter condenses some of the day's news, sport and entertainment stories into a 60-second bulletin. It only runs from 7pm - 12:30am with a bulletin at the top of the hour or after a programme has ended, if more than an hour. Throughout the bulletin, a timer in the corner of the screen is featured which counts down the seconds. There are two sets of pictures running simultaneously for each story. Five stories are featured in every bulletin. 60 Seconds is presented in a relaxed, cheeky style in keeping with the channel. Humour is a feature and some of the scripting often raises a smile. During the 2012 Summer Olympics, bulletins ran from 7am - 12:30am with a round-up of the day's other news stories.


60 Seconds was launched on 16 July 2001 on BBC Choice, the precursor to BBC Three, to appeal to those within the 18–34 age group;1 BBC Three's target audience, and also the demographic with lowest news-watching2 and voter turnout. When BBC Choice was replaced by BBC Three on 9 February 2003, the programme was kept13 and the titles updated to match the style of The 7 O'Clock News also on the channel.

There was a rebrand of BBC Three on 12 February 2008,4 during which the identity of 60 Seconds also changed to match the new colour scheme of the channel. The first broadcast of the revamped 60 Seconds saw a new take on the news; the headlines of news channels across the world, such as Al Jazeera and CNN, are read as opposed to the original UK headline bulletins.4 However, maintaining its original purpose, the UK's headlines are still included in the bulletin, as well as most of the original properties of 60 Seconds, with the keeping of the two images–videos running parallel to each other.

On 18 March 2013, 60 Seconds, along with the rest of BBC News, moved to Broadcasting House.5

This can be used as a stepping stone Kasia Madera now presents for BBC World News and on simulcast between BBC World News and BBC News Channel overnight. Also, BBC Four's simulcast of world news today. Tina Daheley now co-presents Freespeech, Susannah Streeter is another BBC World News presenter.

In October 2013 it was announced by Director-General Tony Hall that the program would be rebranded to bring it under the Newsbeat banner of the BBC's youth radio station, Radio 1.6

In January 2014, it was announced that Claudia-Lisa Armah would be leaving 60 seconds after appearing on the show for four years. Armah made her final appearance on the 5th of January 2014.

In March 2014, it was announced that 60 seconds will be axed as well as its channel, BBC Three in Autumn 2015. All current programs on BBC Three will be moved on to the BBC iPlayer website, but it has not yet been revealed if 60 seconds will be moved online too.



  • Sam Naz (2010–)7
  • Ben Mundy (2014–)
  • Tina Daheley (2010–) relief 89



  1. ^ a b Richard Sambrook RTS Speech BBC Press Office, 4 December 2001
  2. ^ BBC3 gets serious with promise of hard news show The Independent, 3 January 2004
  3. ^ BBC Three News and Current Affairs Programmes BBC Press Office, 23 January 2003
  4. ^ a b BBC Three's new programming, new look and huge move forward into multiplatform on-air from 12 February BBC Press Office, 5 February 2008
  5. ^ "BBC News' television output moves to new studios at Broadcasting House". BBC. 2013-03-18. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  6. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/nov/03/bbc-radio-1-smartphone-generation-video?CMP=twt_fd
  7. ^ 60seconds Sam meets Kara Tointon Blog, BBC Three, 11 November 2010
  8. ^ Tina Daheley takes up sports role on The Chris Moyles Show BBC Press Office, 10 February 2010
  9. ^ Tina Chris Moyles Show, BBC Radio 1
  10. ^ London Inside Out BBC Press Office, 15 August 2002
  11. ^ BBC Surrey announces new Breakfast show presenter BBC News, 6 July 2009
  12. ^ a b BBC THREE Spring Summer 2004 News & Current Affairs BBC Press Office, 25 March 2004
  13. ^ Susannah Streeter BBC News, 4 May 2005
  14. ^ Biography - James Dagwell BBC Press Office, August 2008
  15. ^ a b New faces and look for BBC Three's 60seconds BBC Press Office, 8 February 2008
  16. ^ Me & My career: Charlene White Pride Magazine, 22 September 2010
  17. ^ BBC London's Matt Cooke BBC London, 12 February 2008

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