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BBC Nine O'Clock News

BBC Nine O'Clock News
The Nine O'Clock News
Final title sequence, 1999-2000
Also known as BBC News at Nine (1999-2000)
Created by BBC News
Presented by Robert Dougall (1970-1973)
Richard Baker (1970-1982)
Kenneth Kendall (1970-1981)
Peter Woods (1979-1980)
Richard Whitmore (1972-1981)
Angela Rippon (1976-1981)
John Humphrys (1981-1990)
John Simpson (1981-1988)
Sue Lawley (1981-1988)
Julia Somerville (1985-1988)
Moira Stuart (1981-1985)
Nicholas Witchell (1981-1993)
Martyn Lewis (1987-1999)
Michael Buerk (1976-1987, 1988-2000)
Peter Sissons (1993-2000)
George Alagiah (1999-2000)
Theme music composer David Lowe (10 May 1999 - 13 October 2000)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Location(s) Studio N6, BBC Television Centre, London
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel BBC1 (as Nine O'Clock News)
BBC2 (as Not The Nine O'Clock News)
Picture format 480p (4:3 SDTV, from 14 September 1970 until 2 October 2000)
1080i (16:9 HDTV, from 2 October 2000 until 13 October 2000)
Original release 14 September 1970 – 13 October 2000
Preceded by The Main News
Followed by BBC News at Ten

The BBC Nine O'Clock News was the flagship BBC News programme. It was launched on 14 September 1970 and ran until 13 October 2000, when it was controversially replaced by the BBC Ten O'Clock News.


The first week was presented by Robert Dougall, followed by Richard Baker and Kenneth Kendall, each presenting five consecutive nightly bulletins. The choice of these three was significant as it echoed the first BBC television bulletins of 1955, which they had also presented.

Other famous presenters have included George Alagiah.

The Nine O'Clock News replaced The Main News at 8:45pm in a response to the launch by ITN of the News at Ten. It was the first bulletin to have a closing set of music (other bulletins would link to the weather at the end instead). The set used by the bulletin was designed to differentiate from the day's bulletins, an example of this was on 7 September 1981, where the Nine O'Clock bulletin had a wooden effect whereas other bulletins used a plain blue background instead.

A bulletin presented by John Humphrys and Julia Somerville. The bulletin design was in use from 1985-1988.

On 13 April 1993, as part of a relaunch of all the BBC News bulletins which created a more uniformed look, along with others, this bulletin had some variety, having a darker set and, like the others, a stereo orchestral version of the previous mono title music. A larger relaunch of all the BBC News output came on 10 May 1999 when the programme once again shared a common theme and set with the daily programme.

Between 10 May 1999 and 13 October 2000, the programme would be advertised as the BBC News at Nine. The final bulletin was presented by Jerusalem and Peter Sissons in London.

The programme was broadcast on BBC1 and inspired a BBC2 comedy show running in the same timeslot, Not the Nine O'Clock News.

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