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BBC Nine O’Clock News (BBC 1970-2000, Robert Dougal, Angela Rippon)

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Nightly news summary. For 30 years the BBC’s flagship evening news show and pretty much a continuation of BBC Television News. The thirty minute news bulletin was first presented by Robert Dougal, the many changes over the years included the appointment in 1975 of the first woman presenter, Angela Rippon. Later additions saw the arrival of John Humphrys and John Simpson.

It was a Nine O’Clock news report that perhaps had more repercussions than any other. It was Michael Buerk’s report of the Ethiopia famine that inspired Bob Geldof to organise Live Aid. Another tumultuous change took place on October 16th, 2000. After 30 years in the nine pm slot, BBC One’s main late evening bulletin moved to Ten O’Clock. The BBC Ten O’Clock bulletin has been presented by Huw Edwards and Fiona Bruce.

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UK / BBC / 14 September 1970 – 15 October 2000


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