In a strategic move to enhance its news coverage, the BBC’s flagship news channel, BBC News, has enlisted the expertise of Annita McVeigh, Ben Brown, and Geeta Guru-Murthy as chief presenters. The trio will play pivotal roles in delivering trusted news content to over 100 million viewers globally.
Paul Royall, editor of the channel, says: “Annita, Ben and Geeta’s knowledge, experience, and presenting talent make them valuable additions to the team, bringing trusted BBC News to more than 100m viewers around the world on the UK’s most-watched news channel.”
The chief presenting team now includes Annita McVeigh, Ben Brown, Geeta Guru-Murthy, Matthew Amroliwala, Christian Fraser, Lucy Hockings, Maryam Moshiri, and Sally Bundock in the UK. Sumi Somaskanda and Caitríona Perry will cover Washington DC, while Steve Lai will be based in Singapore.
BBC News, maintaining its status as the UK’s most-watched news channel, boasts a weekly audience of over 100 million worldwide. Launched just last year, the channel operates as a unified entity but editorially splits into UK and international feeds when necessary. With a focus on live and breaking coverage, BBC News is accessible to digital audiences through BBC iPlayer, the BBC news website, and the app, often featured on the live page.
Ben Brown, in addition to his role as a chief presenter, will continue to contribute to the BBC News at One.
These appointments align with BBC’s HR procedures, ensuring a seamless integration of the new presenters into the team.
Biographies of the New Chief Presenters:
Starting her career in local newspapers in Northern Ireland, Annita McVeigh has since become a seasoned journalist. Her extensive coverage includes major UK political events, the war in Ukraine, COP26, and the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
With a BBC career spanning back to 1988, Ben Brown has reported on historic events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Rwanda genocide, and the Asian Tsunami. As an award-winning war correspondent, he covered conflicts across the globe before transitioning into a presenter role, delivering live coverage from various locations worldwide.
Geeta Guru-Murthy’s career has seen her cover significant global and UK stories, from the Clinton-Lewinsky affair to the Good Friday agreement. With experience spanning the 9/11 aftermath, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the global financial crash, and recent events like Brexit and the Ukraine war, she brings a wealth of expertise to her role as a chief presenter.