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ITV News West Country

  (Redirected from The West Country Tonight)

ITV News West Country is a regional news service covering South West England, produced by ITV West Country.

ITV News West Country
ITV News West Country.png
Title card for the west sub-region, depicting Smeaton's Tower
Presented by Kylie Pentelow
Various
Country of origin England, United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s) Ian Axton
(Head of News)
Location(s) Bristol, England
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes (main 18:00 show)
Production company(s) ITV West Country
Release
Original network ITV West
ITV Westcountry
Picture format 576i (SDTV 16:9)
Original release 16 February 2009 (2009-02-16) – present
Chronology
Preceded by The West Tonight,
Westcountry Live
External links
Website www.itv.com/westcountry/

Contents

OverviewEdit

The nightly regional news programme was launched on 16 February 2009 as The West Country Tonight, following the merger of two regional news services – The West Tonight (ITV West) and Westcountry Live (ITV Westcountry).[1][2]

ITV News West Country is broadcast from studios in Brislington, Bristol, with district reporters and camera crews based in newsrooms at Plymouth, Exeter, Truro, Taunton, Swindon and Gloucester.

From 24 November 2016, ITV News West Country began broadcasting in HD to the ITV West and ITV Westcountry regions on Sky and Freesat only. At present, Freeview and Virgin Media carry the ITV News Central region on ITV HD in the West and Westcountry, requiring these viewers to use the standard definition ITV channel for their regional ITV News West Country service.

HistoryEdit

When the programme first launched, it was presented by ITV West presenters Lisa Aziz and Steve Scott (formerly of The West Tonight).[3] However, Aziz was suspended in June 2009 from her position and officially left ITV West in February 2010 with former Westcountry Live freelancer Vanessa Cuddeford taking over.[4] Scott left his position to become Sports Editor for ITV News in May 2010,[5] and was replaced by former Meridian Tonight presenter Ian Axton.

Bristol-based district correspondent Cordelia Lynch became a stand-in main presenter for Cuddeford from May 2012 when she went on maternity leave. Both Cuddeford and Lynch announced their departures from ITV West Country a year later. Kylie Pentelow of BBC East Midlands Today replaced Cuddeford from July 2013.[6]

ITV West weather presenters Alex Beresford and Bob Crampton were both retained and continue to present localised weather forecasts for the programme.

On 3 March 2017, it was announced that former Sky News presenter Mark Longhurst would be taking over from Ian Axton, following his promotion to Head of News for ITV West Country in January 2017.[7] Longhurst left the programme seven months later.

Broadcast timesEdit

ITV News West Country airs on ITV West and ITV Westcountry seven days a week.

Sub-regional serviceEdit

As part of The West Country Tonight's launch in February 2009, two opt-out services for the ITV West and ITV Westcountry regions were retained, incorporating the first half of the main evening programme on weeknights at 6pm, the full late bulletins after News at Ten on weeknights and sports news on Mondays and Fridays.[8] These are known as East and West respectively.

On Monday 5 September 2011, separate weekday daytime bulletins for the two regions (at breakfast and lunchtime) were reintroduced. On 23 July 2013, proposals for a more localised Channel 3 news service were approved. ITV News West Country extended the East and West opt-out services to at least 20 minutes of the 6pm programme, in addition to separate weekend bulletins for the two sub-regions, effectively restoring full services for the two areas.[9] The changes came into effect from 16 September 2013. Both sub-regional services utilise the same presenter(s) and studio/set in Bristol, therefore one of the two opt-outs – depending on the day's news – is pre-recorded 'as live' shortly before transmission.

Notable on air teamEdit

Current notable on air team

Former notable on air team

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