Final title card on TV used in 2023.
Also known asOutside Source
Outside Source with Ros Atkins (TV)
BBC OS (Radio)
Created byBBC World News
Presented byRos Atkins
James Reynolds (radio)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
Production locationsBroadcasting House, Central London
Running time90 minutes (TV)
120 minutes (radio)
Original release
NetworkBBC World News
BBC News
BBC World Service
Release17 February 2014 (2014-02-17) –
30 March 2023 (2023-03-30) (TV)
World Have Your Say
World News Today

BBC OS (referred to as Outside Source when broadcast on television) is a news programme that was produced by the BBC. It utilised social media in the presentation of its stories. The television programme version was usually presented by the BBC's analysis editor Ros Atkins on BBC News and BBC World News until its cancellation in March 2023, and the radio version is presented by James Reynolds on the BBC World Service.

Outside Source replaced a standard edition of BBC World News, which originally was an edition of World News Today. In the UK it replaced the BBC News at Nine along with World News Today on Friday and weekends.[1] Normally between 23 December and 1 January Outside Source is replaced by an edition of World News Today at 19:00 on BBC World News and at 21:00 on the BBC News Channel.

According to the BBC, "Outside Source aims to open up the news process, enabling people to discover the latest on the stories that matter to them. An hour-long World Service Radio show is the first element of the pan-Global News format to be brought to air."[2]

The programme aired for the final time on domestic BBC News channel and BBC World News on 30 March 2023.


The programme was launched on BBC World Service on 28 October 2013; and on BBC World News on 17 February 2014. It began being broadcast in the UK on 1 June 2015, though it has been broadcast during major stories in the past. In March 2017 the radio programme was renamed BBC OS. In 2017, the radio programme was moved to 16:00 GMT to go out at the same time as the TV version. But in July, this was changed to 19:00 GMT to allow an edition of World News Today to be broadcast at 19:00 UK Time.

In 2020, Atkins developed with the OS team a series of short ten minute explainers called Ros Atkins On... which are designed to work on TV, radio and online, airing on BBC One during Breakfast, BBC News at Nine and social media. These have covered topics from COVID, Partygate which went viral, to 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

On 30 March 2020, the format of the programme was drastically changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic moving from the balcony studio overlooking the newsroom into Studio C, where BBC World News is based, whilst Broadcasting House was operating with a reduced staffing capacity for social distancing. It's expected that the programme will return to the balcony on 21 June for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, after Ros Atkins had announced on Twitter that the 17th June show would be the last one from Studio C.[3] Although the touchscreen itself, which has formed a major part of OS since it first launched in 2014, will not be returning as part of the main format, with Atkins stating in a Twitter reply, "I'm afraid it's time has come (on OS at least)."[4] It's not yet known what the new format will look like when Outside Source returns to the balcony, though it has been teased by Atkins that they have "worked on something new" and that he's "excited to start using it from Monday."[5]

Outside Source had continued to broadcast on the BBC News Channel, BBC World News and PBS (in the United States) during lockdown, despite other specialised and uniquely branded programmes on BBC News having gone off air since the start of the pandemic.

On the 18 August 2020, the programme was moved to 18:00 GMT / 19:00 BST swapping places with the programme formerly called Beyond 100 Days.[6] It ran for 90 minutes on BBC World News and BBC News Channel while OS on the World Service runs for 120 minutes.

On 13 January 2022, McGovern announced on Twitter that she would leave OS on the World Service to become a news presenter on BBC World News.[7] However, had since become the main relief presenter for the TV version.

The final televised episode of the program aired on 30 March 2023.[8]

United States

Outside Source broadcast on most PBS in the United States at 18:30 to 19:00 Eastern Time, although air times varied on each PBS member stations. The programme also launched on 1 January 2020 replacing Nightly Business Report with the series finale ending a 40-year run.


The remaining original edition shown on BBC News and BBC World News was presented by:

Years Presenter Current role
2014–2023 Ros Atkins Main presenter
Nuala McGovern Main relief presenter
2015–2023 Karin Giannone relief presenter
Kasia Madera
2018–2023 Krupa Padhy Radio Presenter
Lewis Vaughan-Jones
2020–2023 Maryam Moshiri
2021–2023 James Reynolds
2022–2023 Nancy Kacungira
2015–2021 Philippa Thomas


  1. ^ "BBC News Channel announces new commitment to international news". BBC. 23 February 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2010.
  2. ^ "BBC - Media Centre - BBC announces development of new weekday international news programme across Radio, TV and Online". Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  3. ^ @BBCRosAtkins (17 June 2021). "We're relaunching on Monday, so for..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  4. ^ @BBCRosAtkins (17 June 2021). "@PrebashniG @toby_stretch That's..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ @BBCRosAtkins (17 June 2021). "Hi Toby. It's not. We've worked on..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "BBC World News - Beyond 100 Days - Christian Fraser".
  7. ^ @BBCNuala (13 January 2022). "Back from holiday today to present my last OS @bbcworldservice show as I move to my new position as @BBCWorld TV presenter. Thanks to amazing listeners, guests, OS team & all who helped OS shine. What a ride and privilege it has been presenting @bbcworldservice for a decade" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ Atkins, Ros [@BBCRosAtkins] (30 March 2023). "That's a wrap for Outside Source. We've just finished out final edition. Huge thanks to the many colleagues who've helped me make OS over the years - and particular thanks to those of you who've tuned in. Here's the last minute of the show. I just about got to the end" (Tweet) – via Twitter.