BBC World News has launched the refresh of global news programme Newsday with Karishma Vaswani taking the position as a solo presenter from Singapore.

In the wake of a pandemic-changed world, BBC World News is updating the programme with a fresh, modern look and feel, providing global and local audiences with an unbiased look at the latest breaking news stories and analysis around the world.

The pandemic has highlighted the importance of accurate and impartial news. As audiences are turning more and more to news channels they can trust, Newsday will give them exactly that, whether it is the end or the beginning of their day. In its first hour, the programme will have a global outlook while also providing UK audiences with a roundup of the major events of the day. The focus on international news continues in the next two hours, including coverage of Asia for our regional and global audiences. Newsday will showcase the best of our reporting from correspondents in Asia around the world.

Karishma Vaswani has been at the BBC for 18 years, for the last 5 years as Asia Business Correspondent and will be bringing with her a wealth of experience and knowledge in upholding the unique, objective editorial standards of the BBC. Karishma will be responsible for daily live presentation of the Asia hours of Newsday and Asia Business Report on BBC World News. Along with the live presentation she also plays an active senior editorial role, under the guidance of Singapore bureau chief Maura Fogarty and in collaboration with teams in London and Singapore.

Karishma Vaswani says: “For the last two decades I have reported for the BBC from all over Asia. The last year has really shown us all how important the BBC’s journalism is to the world. With unprecedented global events such as Covid 19 we can see audiences turning towards not only news that they trust but journalists who will report the news with a global analytic perspective, objectively and without opinion. This is something I have always strived to do and I am really looking forward to the opportunity to do it as lead presenter on this brand new Newsday.”

Newsday will be broadcast globally out of the Singapore bureau at 6:00 a.m. – 6.30 a.m., HK/Singapore 7:00 a.m. – 7.30 a.m, HK/Singapore and 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. HK/Singapore Monday to Friday.