The BBC News at Six (although more commonly known and referred to as the Six o’clock News) is the evening news programme broadcast each night on British television channel BBC One and the BBC News channel at 18:00. For a long period the News at Six was the most watched news programme in the UK but since 2006 it has been over taken by the BBC News at Ten. On average it pulls in 4 million viewers.
The BBC Evening News was given a new look on 7 September 1981, as part of a wide relaunch of all BBC News output.
Sixty Minutes was a news and current affairs programme which ran each day at 5:40pm between 24 October 1983 to 27 July 1984 on BBC1.
The Six O'Clock News launched on 3 September 1984, replacing early evening news magazine Sixty Minutes and was originally presented by Sue Lawley and Nicholas Witchell.
New 'Silicon Graphics' technology came into use on 13 April 1993 for a relaunch of the main BBC One bulletins, creating a virtual set which appeared to be much larger than it was physically.
A new look introduced across the whole of BBC News television output in 10 May 1999 meant that, for the first time, all the main bulletins on BBC One had the same look.
An update to presentation for the BBC national news bulletins on 16 February 2004.
A large scale revamp of the studio space for the national bulletins - including BBC Breakfast - came into effect on 2 May 2006.
BBC News updated its graphics package on 22 January 2007.
On 21 April 2008, the Six O'Clock News, along with the rest of BBC News, underwent a refresh, taking on new titles and a new set as well as being renamed the BBC News at Six.
As a part of a £1 billion refurbishment, it was announced that BBC News was to move to Broadcasting House from its former base at BBC Television Centre.