The studio has a large graphics screen and presenters will use a new ‘soft set’ area for lighter live interviews. The set aims to create a more vibrant and flexible environment for both breaking news reports and longer-form news programming, allowing presenters to take a more informal approach standing in front of the big screen.
To coincide with the studio launch, BBC World News is also launching a new hour-long World News Today programme with Mishal Husain targeting the evening peak across Asia Pacific. Also, the 09:00 GMT news programme, changes from its regular half-hour format to an hour-long show broadcasting more live events and breaking news, and brings Lucy Hockings and David Eades together for a double-headed presentation.
Also from Monday, The BBC is, for the first time, bringing together its international expertise into one central world news hub. From Monday 7 July, BBC World News television, the BBC’s world online and newsgathering teams and representatives from BBC World Service radio and online, will combine forces to create an unrivalled multimedia world news operation to support the BBC’s international news services.
Richard Porter, Head of News for BBC World News says, “We’ve already made some significant changes this year with our new name of BBC World News and the channel rebrand. Now our international news talent is in one location, we can further strengthen our output across TV, online and radio platforms. These changes, along with the new studio and news programming, demonstrate our commitment to providing viewers with the best international news and information available.”