The World Today (BBC World Service)

The World Today
Genre News, current events, and factual
Running time Daily 0300-0830 (GMT)(from Spring 2011)
Country United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC World Service
Recording studio Bush House (1999-June 2012)
Broadcasting House (June/July 2012)
Air dates 1999 to 20 July 2012

The World Today was BBC World Service's high profile, Sony Radio Academy Award-winning,[1] early morning news and current affairs programme, which as of 27 March 2011 was broadcast from 3:00 to 8:30 (GMT) daily. It consisted of news bulletins on the hour and half hour, serious international interviews and in-depth reports of world news. The World Service considered it to be one of their most important strands, as shown in 2011 when it was kept as one of four key outlets. It was announced on 27 June 2012 that both The World Today and Network Africa were to be axed, and from 23 July 2012 a new programme entitled Newsday would take their slot.[2]


The World Today was launched on the BBC's World Service in 1999 as part of a shake-up of the news programming. In June 2012 the programme moved to Broadcasting House in central London.


Due to the nature of The World Today many BBC personalities appeared on the programme. Core presenters included:

  • Tom Hagler
  • Roger Hearing
  • Pascale Harter
  • Jackie Leonard
  • Lawrence Pollard
  • Mark Whitaker
  • Sunita Nahar

See also


  1. "Sony Radio Academy Awards". Sony. Retrieved 2009-05-12.
  2. New BBC Radio Breakfast show aimed at African audiences
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