Happy 19th Birthday BBC News Channel (or BBC News 24 as was). 19 Years ago today at 17:30 the BBC launched it's first digital TV channel (albeit on analogue cable at the time). The first news bulletin broadcast at 18:00 from studio N9 at BBC Television Centre with Gavin Esler & Sarah Montague. The channel is a very different arrangement these days to back then & couldn't look more different. Always remember the first studio being described by someone as "a car crash in a shower room". Today has been a very busy news day but I thought this subject deserved it's own little topic.