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20 years of BBC News Channel

The BBC News Channel is 20 years old today!

The 24-hour rolling news channel launched as BBC News 24 on 9 November 1997 at 5.30pm, becoming the first competitor to Sky News, which had been running since February 1989.

On 22 February 2006, the channel was named News Channel of the Year at the Royal Television Society Television Journalism Awards for the first time in its history.

BBC News 24 was renamed to the BBC News Channel in April 2008, and launched in high-definition in 2013.

The channel, which was named RTS News Channel of the Year earlier this year, is watched by over 7 millions viewers a week.

Updated: Thursday 9 November 2017

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