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Format Technology
Country of origin  United Kingdom
No. of episodes 495 (as of 31st October 2009)
400th show Jan 2008[1]
Producer(s) BBC
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel BBC News,
BBC World News
Picture format PAL (576i)
Original airing 2000 (as Click Online) - present
External links
Official website

Click (previously Click Online) is a weekly BBC television programme covering news and recent developments in the world of consumer technology, presented by Spencer Kelly.

There are three editions of the programme, including two 30-minute programmes: the first is produced for a UK audience and shown on BBC News, the second is produced for a global audience, aired on BBC World News, usually identical with a commercial break in the middle. The 15-minute version is shown on BBC One and BBC News during BBC Breakfast (at the weekend).

Thursday 29 December 2005 marked the last edition of Click Online, as the show was previously known. This coincided with the departure of presenter Stephen Cole after 295 shows. The programme was rebranded with new music and titles and now concentrates more on consumer issues, and not necessarily the internet or what users can do or visit "online".



The current presenter of Click is Spencer Kelly who had already been a reporter and producer on the show, and also compiled reports for The Gadget Show on Five. Kate Russell introduces featured websites in the weekly Webscape segment.

Previous presenters of the show include Stephen Cole who left the BBC to work for Al Jazeera International.

With the departure of Stephen Cole, Rob Freeman is the last remaining on-screen member of the original Click Online team. Responsible for starting the Webscape segment, he currently answers viewers' technical questions. Other journalists occasionally present segments of the programme, brief biographies of whom can be found on the Click website.[2]

Bot net Controversy

The show and the BBC produced some controversy when it aired a special episode highlighting the dangers of botnets and how easy it was to get caught in one. The show bought control of a botnet of some 22,000 infected computers (for "a few thousand dollars")[3] from a Russian hacker, and used it to send spam to an email address set up for the experiment and to perform a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on a website setup by Prev-X (an internet security company that provided technical support for the show)[4]. After the programme was made the computers on the botnet were sent a piece of software to remove the malware and a warning was sent to them telling the users what had happened and that they were vulnerable.

The response was mixed with the show receiving many emails both for and against the programme along with some negative press[5][6]. The BBC was criticized by some legal consulting organizations as well as computer security companies. Computer security expert and senior technology consultant at Sophos, Graham Cluley, asked in his blog whether the BBC was breaking the Computer Misuse Act - which makes an offense in the UK to access or modify a third-party computer without the owner's consent.[7] On the other hand internet security comentator Melih Abdulhayoglu went as far as making a video in support of the BBC[8]. Click rebutted criticisms by stating in its twitter posts that:

"We would not put out a show like this one without having taken legal advice."
BBC Click Team, from Twitter[9][10]

Transmission times

The following times are local to the United Kingdom (GMT and BST respectively). Broadcasts are sometimes replaced by other programming at short notice due to the nature of these channels' reactions to news and current events.


15 minute edition

  • Saturday, 06:45 on BBC One & BBC News
  • Saturday, 07:45 on BBC One & BBC News

30 minute UK edition

  • Saturday, 11:30 on BBC News (sometimes 15 minute if fast news day needs coverage)
  • Sunday, 04:30 on BBC News (sometimes simulcast with BBC One. It is the version that is used for the online video)
  • Sunday, 15:30 on BBC News
  • Monday, 00:30 on BBC News (sometimes simulcast with BBC One or BBC Two)

30 minute global edition

  • Thursday, 19:30 on BBC World News (all)
  • Saturday, 00:30
  • Saturday, 06:30
  • Monday, 16:30
  • Tuesday, 00:30
  • Tuesday, 07:30
  • Wednesday, 13:30

BBC website

Every weekly edition of Click since September 2004 is available on the BBC website and is updated after the first showing of the 30 minute UK edition, and you can also see the programme on the BBC website

All of the programmes are available in RealPlayer and Windows Media format. With the exception of early broadcasts, there are streams optimised for both narrowband and broadband connections.

Also, since the launch of the streaming BBC iPlayer, it has been possible to watch the latest show online.


External links


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