Breaking news is how we define the latest events that are happening around the world. Often the full story has yet to unfold, leaving interested viewers glued to their seats.

To news agencies having access to breaking news is an essential part of business. An agency which can quickly report unfolding events has the power to attract millions of viewers in a short period of time.

While breaking news can cover any aspect of news reporting, there is a tendency to associate the phrase with major global events. In March 2003 the BBC reported viewing figures of 23 million in one day during coverage of the unfolding Iraqi war.