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BBC Newsline
BBC Newsline.png
Presented byTara Mills
Tina Campbell
Stephen Watson
Gavin Andrews
Theme music composerDavid Lowe
Country of originNorthern Ireland
Original languageEnglish
Running timeMain bulletin:
30 minutes;
Short bulletins:
Durations vary
Production companiesBBC Northern Ireland
BBC News
Original networkBBC One Northern Ireland
Picture formatDVB-T 576i 16:9
HDTV 1080i
Original release12 February 1996 (1996-02-12)[1] –
External links

BBC Newsline is the BBC's national television news programme for Northern Ireland, broadcast on BBC One Northern Ireland from BBC Northern Ireland's headquarters in Broadcasting House, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast.

As well as being available via all multi-channel outlets in Northern Ireland (including via Sky channel 101), the programme can be accessed by the rest of the United Kingdom (along with all other regional BBC news programmes) on the BBC iPlayer, or alternatively on Sky channel 973. Viewers from the Republic of Ireland with a Sky subscription can also watch on Sky channel 141. As the BBC UK regional TV on satellite service is broadcast unencrypted, it is possible to receive BBC Newsline anywhere in Europe using an appropriate receiver.

Programme history

BBC Newsline is the most recent incarnation of BBC Northern Ireland's television news service, which began on Monday 30 September 1957 as part of the corporation's rollout of regional television services. The first five-minute bulletins, Today in Northern Ireland, were presented by Maurice Shillington and broadcast from a tiny radio studio within Broadcasting House in Belfast.

Up until the launch of Today in Northern Ireland, a networked topical magazine programme, Ulster Mirror, had been broadcast every fortnight since Friday 26 November 1954. The new daily bulletins were later expanded to ten minutes and supplemented by a magazine programme called Studio Eight, first broadcast on Friday 20 February 1959 with Robert Coulter as its presenter. Today in Northern Ireland was replaced on 17 September 1962 by a 20-minute programme initially known as Six O'Clock.[2] The new longer magazine programmes changed title to Six Five and Six Ten until Scene Around Six was introduced in January 1968.

Main presenters during the programme's history included Larry McCoubrey, Barry Cowan and Sean Rafferty. The launch of the national Six O'Clock News led to Scene Around Six being relaunched as Inside Ulster in September 1984. On Tuesday 7 May 1985, the programme was moved to an earlier timeslot of 5.35pm.

The current Newsline brand was introduced on 12 February 1996 when the main evening programme returned to a 6.30pm timeslot.[1] Although Noel Thompson[3][4] and Lynda Bryans[3] were the original choice of presenters, Thompson was later dropped causing Bryans to resign and move to UTV. The programme's first presenters were political editor Jim Dougal and reporter Yvette Shapiro.[1] Dougal was replaced as anchor by Conor Bradford after two months.[5] [6] Newsline also introduced teletext subtitles for deaf viewers upon its launch.[7]

Noel Thompson and Donna Traynor became the programme's main anchors until August 2012, when Thompson left to join BBC Radio Ulster. Newsline is now presented by a single main anchor[8]

In November 2021, Traynor had resigned from BBC Northern Ireland after 33 years, amid legal proceedings.[9]

The following month, it was announced that Tara Mills and Declan Harvey will alternate as main anchors of Newsline and the BBC Radio Ulster drivetime news programme, Evening Extra.[10] Harvey will join the programme in early 2022.

Notable presenters and reporters

  • Tara Mills
  • Tina Campbell (newsreader)
  • Kerry Thompson (newsreader)
  • Jo Scott (newsreader)
  • Linzi Lima (newsreader)
  • Mark Devenport (Political Editor)
  • John Campbell (Business & Economics Editor)
  • Julian O'Neill (Business Correspondent)
  • Marie-Louise Connolly (Health Correspondent)
  • Robbie Meredith (Education & Arts Correspondent)
  • Vincent Kearney (Home Affairs Correspondent)
  • Conor MacAuley (Agriculture & Environment Correspondent)
  • Mark Simpson
  • Stephen Walker (Politics)
  • Gareth Gordon (Politics)
  • Enda McClafferty (Politics)
  • Jayne McCormack (Politics)
  • Cormac Campbell (South East district reporter)
  • Sara Girvan (North East district reporter)
  • Kieron Tourish (North West district reporter)
  • Julian Fowler (South West district reporter)
  • Will Leitch
  • Helen Jones
  • Julie McCullough
  • Ita Dungan
  • Maggie Taggart
  • Gordon Adair
  • Catherine Morrison (reporter, relief presenter)
  • Dan Stanton
  • Louise Cullen
  • Michael Fitzpatrick (reporter, newsreader)
  • Kelly Bonner
  • Sara Neill (reporter, newsreader)
  • Richard Morgan
  • Aileen Moynagh
  • Clodagh Rice
  • Rick Faragher (reporter, newsreader)
  • Declan Harvey (relief presenter)
  • Eve Rosato
  • Angie Phillips (weather)
  • Barra Best (weather, occasional newsreader)
  • Cecilia Daly (weather)
  • Geoff Maskell (weather)
  • Stephen Watson (sport)
  • Thomas Niblock (sport)
  • Gavin Andrews (sport)

Previous notable presenters & reporters


  1. ^ a b c Belfast Telegraph: "BBC launches flagship to take on UTV Live", dated 13 February 1996; accessed 17 June 2008
  2. ^ Your Place & Mine - Scene Around Six,
  3. ^ a b Belfast Telegraph: "Present twists on Newsline's presentation", dated 6 May 1996; accessed 17 June 2008
  4. ^ Belfast Telegraph: "Beeb's Noel wins hearts and minds of Breakfast bosses"; dated 10 August 1998; accessed 17 June 2008
  5. ^ Belfast Telegraph: "TV faces flock to Kincora book launch", dated 23 April 1996; accessed 17 June 2008
  6. ^ Belfast Telegraph: "Present twists on Newsline's presentation"; dated 6 May 1996. Retrieved 17 June 2008
  7. ^ Belfast Telegraph: "Beeb planners tune in to the need for subtitles"; dated 22 January 1997; accessed 17 June 2008
  8. ^ Belfast Newsletter: "All Change on BBC Newsline"[permanent dead link]; dated 27 August 2012; accessed 28 August 2012
  9. ^ "Donna Traynor resigns from BBC Northern Ireland". BBC News. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  10. ^ "Declan Harvey becomes new Newsline presenter". BBC News. Retrieved 17 December 2021.

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