|Running time||15 minutes )|
|Home station||BBC Radio 1,
BBC Radio 1Xtra
|Recording studio||Broadcasting House, London|
|Air dates||since 1973|
|Audio format||Stereophonic sound|
Newsbeat is the flagship news programme on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra. Newsbeat is produced by BBC News but differs from the BBC's other news programmes in its remit to provide news tailored for a specifically younger audience.1 It is primarily hosted by Chris Smith.
The 15-minute Newsbeat programme is broadcast at 12:45 and 17:45 during the week on Radio 1 and 1Xtra. Short bulletins are also heard throughout the day on both stations on the half hour with extra bulletins broadcast at peak times.
Following changes in September 2012, the vast majority of Newsbeat bulletins are simulcast on both BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra. Each station has bespoke bulletins during the weekday Breakfast Show with the first shared bulletin at 10:30.
Although unconfirmed by the BBC, it's widely thought that the name "Newsbeat" was taken from the Radio Caroline 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. Roger Gale, who had previously worked on Radio Caroline North, was the show's first producer.
Newsbeat won gold for best news & current affairs programme at the Sony Radio Academy Awards on 13 May 2013.2
BBC Radio 1's remit as a public service broadcaster meant it had to broadcast news. Newsbeat was launched in 1973 in response to the launch of a network of commercial radio stations across the UK which supplied a news service very different from the style of traditional BBC News. The programme's first presenter was the Radio 1 DJ Ed "Stewpot" Stewart and he was succeeded by Laurie Mayer and Richard Skinner.
Newsbeat's jingles were produced on-and-off by Music 4 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.
In keeping with its specific targeting of young audiences, Newsbeat has its own set of reporters based at Broadcasting House in Central London. The team's reporters are themselves young, and often report on the location of the big news stories of the day.
Current and former team members on Newsbeat include:
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 breakfast show on Radio 1 from 1988-1993. Newsbeat's first editor was Mike Chaney - hired from The Sun by the Director-General to inject a populist flavour to the news coverage of Radio 1.
Other current duty editors include:
- Jack Baine
- Julian Marshall
- Debbie Ramsay
- Gabriella O'Donnell
- Jonathan Richards
In 2007, Newsbeat's Oddbox was launched. A four minute video which looked at the week's strangest news, it was mostly presented by Dominic Byrne. When he was unavailable Tulip Mazumdar3 and Nat Jamieson as deputy. Old episodes are available to watch at BBC Online, on the BBC Red Button and on the BBC News channel. The last ever episode of Oddbox was released on 14 September 2012.4
- BBC Radio 1 Service Licence BBC Trust, August 2009; Retrieved 31 March 2010
- "BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat wins Sony Radio Academy Award". Newsbeat. May 14, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
- Oddbox presented by Tulip
- The last ever Oddbox
- Newsbeat at BBC Online
- Newsbeat at BBC Programmes
- Newsbeat on Twitter
- Newsbeat on Facebook
- A different Newsbeat BBC Blogs, 17 November 2007 - A history of Newsbeat, written by editor Rod McKenzie
- BBC Odd Box Listing of Oddbox episodes