[nooz-beet, nyooz-]

Newsbeat is the flagship news programme on BBC Radio 1. 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 youth audience, as it may well be the only news programme that these young people come into contact with throughout the day, as not every young person cares about the news.


Newsbeat has regular presenters during weekdays from 6:30am - 5:45pm. Early morning bulletins, the 10:00pm bulletin and the weekend bulletins do not have regular hosts. Presenters include.

  • Georgina Bowman - Weekdays and main Newsbeat programmes at 12.45pm and 5.45pm. (Currently on Maternity Leave)
  • Dominic Byrne - The Chris Moyles Show and sometimes on The Jo Whiley Show, main 12.45 Newsbeat and Oddbox
  • Anna Lee - Currently covering for Georgina on weekdays and main Newsbeat programmes. Occasional weekends
  • Jonathan Blake - Deputises for Anna, presents weekdays and occasional weekends. Also reporter
  • Tulip Mazumdar - Deputises for Anna, Occasional weekday / weekend and reporter
  • Hannah Morrison - Weekends and reporter
  • Debbie Randle - Weekends and reporter
  • Maddy Savage - Weekends and reporter
  • Greg Dawson - Weekends and sport reporter / reader. Also news reporter.
  • David Garrido - Chief sports reader
  • Carrie Davies - Sports reader on The Chris Moyles Show and occasional 12.45 main Newsbeat
  • Mark Chapman - Sports reader on The Scott Mills Show and sometimes on The Edith Bowman Show
  • Catherine Burns - Weekend sport and reporter
  • Nathalie Jameson - Chief Entertainment reporter
  • Tamasin Ford - Weekends and reporter, occasional sport
  • Duncan Middleton - Occasional weekends and reporter


In keeping with its specific targeting of young audiences, Newsbeat has its own set of reporters based at Yalding House in Central London (as opposed to the main Newsroom BBC Television Centre, 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.


Newsbeat's shorter bulletins are usually every hour (on the half-hour) weekdays, plus at various times throughout the evening and weekends. There are also extra bulletins on the hour at 7am, 8am and 5pm. A Radio 1 News schedule is available in a copy of the weekly publication Radio Times. In all, 9 million people a week hear the news on Radio 1 through Newsbeat. There are close ties between Newsbeat and 1xtra News (formerly known as TX), the informal news service provided to listeners of BBC Radio's digital-only urban music station, 1Xtra.


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 Lawrie Mayer and Richard Skinner. Newsbeat's first editor was Mike Chaney - hired from The Sun by the then Director-General to inject a populist flavour to the news coverage of Radio 1. Newsbeat's current editor is Rod McKenzie, himself a former presenter of the programme and the news presenter on the Simon Mayo breakfast show on Radio 1 from .

Newsbeat's Oddbox

In 2007, Newsbeats Oddbox was launched. A 4 minute video, which looks at the weeks strangest news, presented by Dominic Byrne and Natalie Jamieson when he is away. It is available to watch at, the Radio 1 Newsbeat website and BBCi.

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