The 7 O'Clock News

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The 7 O'Clock News
The 7 O'Clock News.jpg
Also known asThe News Show (2003)
Created byBBC News
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Production location(s)Studio TC11, BBC Television Centre, London
Running time30 minutes
Original networkBBC Three
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
Original release9 February 2003 (2003-02-09) –
2 December 2005 (2005-12-02)
Related shows60 Seconds
Liquid News

The 7 O'Clock News was a British news programme. It was the main news programme broadcast each weekday at 7:00pm, on British digital television channel BBC Three between 9 February 2003 to 2 December 2005. Originally called The News Show from the launch of BBC Three on 9 February 2003, it was rebranded later in the year, though retaining the same presentation team.


Compared to the rest of the BBC News output, The 7 O'Clock News had a completely different image and style of presentation, with a turquoise colour scheme in contrast to the standard red and black. Presenters began bulletins standing but ended seated, reviewing the newspapers towards the end of the programme.



On 21 October 2005, the BBC announced that it was ending The 7 O'Clock News, but continuing with the 60 Seconds bulletins, opting to fill the slot, which is immediately after BBC Three comes on air, with "high quality factual programming".[6] Although the show was a cornerstone of the bid to start BBC Three, a report into the BBC's digital output[7] claimed that the show "achieves nothing and attracts tiny audiences", and so the controller of the channel, Stuart Murphy took the step of terminating the show.

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  1. ^ a b c BBC THREE News and Current Affairs programmes BBC Press Office, 23 January 2003
  2. ^ Biographies - Eddie Mair Archived 12 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine BBC Press Office, September 2008
  3. ^ BBC3 gets serious with promise of hard news show The Independent, 3 January 2004
  4. ^ New arrival for The News Show on BBC THREE BBC Press Office, 8 April 2003
  5. ^ Paddy O'Connell named as new presenter of Broadcasting House BBC Press Office, 30 August 2006
  6. ^ BBC Three drops nightly news show BBC News, 21 October 2005
  7. ^ Digital report sets poser for BBC BBC News, 13 October 2004