ITV News Central
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|ITV News Central|
|Presented by||Sameena Ali-Khan
|Country of origin||England, UK|
|Executive producer(s)||Liz Hannam
(Head of News)
|Location(s)||Gas Street Studios, Birmingham, England, UK|
|Running time||30 minutes
(main 6pm show)
|Production company(s)||ITV Central|
|Original channel||ITV Central|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV 16:9)|
|Original run||1 January 1982– present|
|Preceded by||ATV Today|
|Related shows||ITV News,
BBC Midlands Today,
BBC East Midlands Today
Originally, the main weekday evening programme did not have a different title from other bulletins. This finally changed in the late 1990s, when the title Central News at Six was adopted – coinciding with being rescheduled from 6.25pm to 6pm. By Monday 24 July 2006, the 6pm programme had been renamed again, to Central Tonight (except for the South Midlands edition, which retained the Central News at Six name until its final 6pm programme on 1 December 2006).
January 1982 – December 2006 
Launched on 1 January 1982, replacing ATV Today, Central News was initially a pan-regional service based in Birmingham airing a 6pm programme on weeknights alongside shorter weekday bulletins after ITN's News at One and News at Ten. During the rest of the decade, the region was eventually broken up into three sub-regions, which would receive their own news service:
- 12 October 1983: A separate East Midlands edition for Leicestershire, Rutland, southern Derbyshire, southern Nottinghamshire and parts of Lincolnshire is launched from Nottingham after a 20-month delay caused by an industrial dispute. The Birmingham edition continued to serve the rest of the Central region.
- 9 January 1989: A separate South Midlands edition for Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire and the Swindon area and is launched from Abingdon.
- Thereafter, the Birmingham edition therefore covered the West Midlands region (Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, the West Midlands and Worcestershire).
By December 2006, Central News bulletins during GMTV had become pan-regional across all three sub-regions. Weekend bulletins became pan-regional across the West and East Midlands earlier in the year, whilst the South Midlands retained its own weekend bulletins right up until the end of Central News South on 3 December 2006.
December 2006 – February 2009 
On 4 December 2006, the South Midlands sub-region was disbanded, as follows:
- The parts of Gloucestershire served by Central South joined the majority of the county already covered by ITV West and receiving The West Tonight broadcast from Bristol.
- Herefordshire was now covered by the West Midlands edition from Birmingham.
- In the rest of the region (Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire andthe Swindon area), news operations merged with Meridian West, to form the non-franchise ITV Thames Valley service, broadcasting Thames Valley Today/Tonight from the existing Merdian West studio in Whiteley, Hampshire. The new programme, which also covered Berkshire, Hampshire and parts of Surrey and Wiltshire retained Central's Abingdon newsroom as the main news gathering base for the new region but the studio was closed.
Central News bulletins during GMTV were now pan-regional across the West Midlands and East Midlands only. Meanwhile, in what had now become the ITV Thames Valley region, bulletins during GMTV were pan-regional across the entire combined ITV Meridian and ITV Thames Valley regions (i.e., the entire South and South East of England), and branded as GMTV News. While weekend Meridian News bulletins were pan-regional in the South and South East sub-regions, Thames Valley Today/Tonight continued to produce its own weekend bulletins.
February 2009 – present 
As of the 23 February 2009, lunchtime and early evening bulletins in the West and East Midlands on weekdays became pan-regional. The final sub-regional 6pm editions of Central Tonight were broadcast on Friday 20 February 2009. The remaining sub-regional elements are:
- A 8 minute opt-out during the main 6pm programme
- Localised weather forecast during the 6pm programme
- The full late weeknight bulletins
Both sub-regional editions utilise the same presenter(s) and studio, therefore one of the two opt-outs (depending on the days news) is pre-recorded 'as live' shortly before broadcast. From February 2012 former sports correspondent Matt Teale shares duties with Warman.
On Monday 14 January 2013, the news service was relaunched and rebranded as ITV News Central.
Broadcast times 
ITV News Central airs on ITV Central seven days a week.
On weekdays, three short bulletins are broadcast during Daybreak at 6:07am, 7:05am and 8:05am with a six-minute lunchtime bulletin at 1:55pm, following the ITV News at 1:30. The main half-hour programme airs at 6pm with a 8-minute late bulletin for both Central sub-regions at 10:30pm, following the ITV News at Ten.
At weekends, two 10-minute editions of ITV News Central are broadcast - one later on Saturday afternoons and another on Sunday evenings.
Current on air team 
N.B. Persons marked with an asterisk are also a stand-in presenter/newsreader.
|Sameena Ali-Khan||Main presenter||Lunchtime/late bulletin newsreader (alternating)|
|Matt Teale||Main presenter (alternating)|
|Bob Warman ||
|Kate Fisher||Daybreak opts newsreader|
|Jo Blythe||Weather presenter||Based with Granada Reports|
|Kerrie Gosney||Based with Granada Reports; freelance contract|
|Lucy Kite||Newsreader/stand-in presenter; freelance contract|
|Phil Brewster||News Correspondent|
|Gareth Owen||Newsreader/stand-in presenter|
|Wesley Smith||Newsreader, freelance contract|
|John Willats||Newsreader/stand-in presenter|
|Peter Bearne||Education Correspondent|
|Andy Bevan||Business Correspondent||Newsreader|
|Steve Clamp||Sport Correspondent||Newsreader/stand-in presenter|
|Mark Gough||Consumer Correspondent|
|Jane Hesketh||Health Correspondent|
|Alison MacKenzie||Political Correspondent|
Former on air team 
- Central News South first edition, 9 January 1989
- Final Central News West before launch of Central News South, 6 January 1989
- Seventeen regions into nine: How the updated ITV local news services will run Caitlin Fitzsimmons, The Guardian, 17 February 2009
- ITV launches rebrand on air and online, itv.com, 14 January 2012
- Two television journalists move to Thomson Foundation, 4 February 2009