ITV News Central

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ITV News Central
ITV News Central.png
Also known as Good Morning Central, Central News
Presented by Sameena Ali-Khan
Matt Teale
Bob Warman
Country of origin England, UK
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Liz Hannam (Head of News)
Location(s) Gas Street Studios, Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes (main 18:00 show)
Production company(s) ITV Central
Original channel ITV Central
Picture format 576i (SDTV 16:9)
Original run 1 January 1982 (1982-01-01) – present
Preceded by ATV Today
Related shows ITV News,
BBC Midlands Today,
BBC East Midlands Today
External links

ITV News Central is a regional television news and current affairs programme, produced by ITV Central, serving the English Midlands.


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.

Separate services for the West and East of the region were planned to begin from day one - but an industrial dispute over the launch of the East Midlands service - and the opening of new studios in Nottingham - resulted in the entire region continuing to receive a sole pan-regional programme from Birmingham.[1] The launch of the Nottingham-based service was initially delayed for a month,.[2][3] but the dispute was not resolved until September 1983, when the news service for the East was finally introduced. Within a few months, Nottingham operations were moved from a temporary set-up at Giltbrook to Central's new complex at nearby Lenton Lane.[4]

On Monday 9 January 1989, a separate South Midlands service for Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire and Swindon was launched from a new computerised news centre in Abingdon.[5] Thereafter, the Birmingham edition covered solely the West Midlands region (Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, the West Midlands and Worcestershire).[6]

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). 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.

ITV Central is located in Gas Street, Birmingham

December 2006 – February 2009[edit]

On 4 December 2006, the South Midlands sub-region was disbanded, as follows:

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.

Central Tonight branding from November 2009– January 2013

February 2009 – September 2013[edit]

As of 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 previous sub-regional elements were:

  • A 6 minute opt-out during the main 6pm programme
  • Localised weather forecast during the 6pm programme
  • The full 8-minute 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.[7]

On Monday 14 January 2013, the news service was relaunched and rebranded as ITV News Central.[8]

September 2013 – present[edit]

On 23 July 2013, proposals for a more localised Channel 3 news service were approved - latterly, ITV News Central extended the East and West opt-out services from 6 minutes to 20 minutes during the half hour 6pm programme, in addition to separate lunchtime and weekend bulletins for the two sub-regions. The late night bulletins are also retained.[9]

In the former Thames Valley region, plans were approved for a 10-minute opt out within the 6pm edition of ITV News Meridian for the south of England and a late night bulletin after News at Ten. The expanded sub-regional service launched on Monday 16 September 2013.

Broadcast times[edit]

ITV News Central airs on ITV Central seven days a week. On weekday mornings, Good Morning Central airs short bulletins within Good Morning Britain at approximately 6.25am, 6.55am, 7.25am and 7.55am. On weekday afternoons, a four-minute lunchtime bulletin airs at 1.55pm, followed by the main half-hour programme at 6pm and an eight-minute late bulletin at 10.30pm following ITV News at Ten.

Sub-regional bulletins for the East and West areas consist of the first 20 minutes of the 6pm programme on weekdays and all shorter bulletins.

At weekends, two 5-minute editions of ITV News Central are broadcast - one later on Saturday afternoons and another on Sunday evenings.


Person Role(s)
Sameena Ali-Khan Main presenter/newsreader
Matt Teale Main presenter/newsreader, alternating
Bob Warman
Balvinder Sidhu Good Morning Central opts newsreader
Person Role(s) Related note(s)
Genelle Aldred Weather presenter Freelancer
Lucy Kite Relief presenter/newsreader; freelancer


Person Related note(s)
Andy Bevan Newsreader
Lee Comley
Charlotte Grant Newsreader; freelancer
Chris Halpin Newsreader
Stacey Foster Newsreader; production journalist
Gail Mellors Freelancer
Gareth Owen Relief presenter/newsreader
Rajiv Popat Newsreader
Michael Sibert
Wesley Smith Newsreader; freelancer
Callum Watkinson
Keith Wilkinson Newsreader
Person Role(s) Related note(s)
Phil Brewster Crime
Peter Bearne Education
Steve Clamp Sport Relief presenter/newsreader
James Clark
Mark Gough Business Relief presenter/newsreader
Jane Hesketh Health
Alison MacKenzie Political Relief presenter/newsreader

Past presenters/reporters[edit]

  • Marie Ashby (main presenter, left 2005; now with BBC East Midlands)
  • Kevin Ashford (reporter; now with ITV News Cymru Wales)
  • Llewela Bailey (newsreader, left February 2009)
  • Victoria Bennett (reporter)
  • Manish Bhashin
  • Anna Brees
  • Sally Biddulph (née Mules) (reporter, now with ITV News)
  • Richard Brown
  • David Chisnall (sports correspondent; now with Granada Reports) Left October 2007
  • Anna Church (left in May 2009; later joined BBC East Midlands)
  • Dennis Coath (sports correspondent; left January 2009)
  • Andy Craig
  • Anne Davies (newsreader, left August 1992; now presents BBC East Midlands Today)
  • Victoria Davies (newsreader/reporter, left December 2014; now with ITV News West Country)
  • Anne Dawson (main presenter; now with University of Gloucestershire)
  • Anne Diamond (main presenter, left in 1983 for TVAM; now with BBC Radio Berkshire)
  • Mike Dolan (reporter; now Programme Editor for ITV News Central)
  • Lisa Dowd (reporter, left 2005; now with Sky News)
  • Su Evans
  • Katy Fawcett (newsreader/reporter, left March 2012; now with Good Morning Britain)
  • Kate Fisher (newsreader/reporter, left September 2013; emigrated to Washington, D.C.)
  • Lisa Foden (left in January 2009)
  • Alex Forrest (newsreader/reporter)
  • Richard Franklin (reporter)
  • Kate Garraway (newsreader; now with Good Morning Britain and Smooth Radio)
  • Yvonne Gaskill (newsreader, left December 2008)
  • Sam Glassey
  • Ken Goodwin (reporter; now with ITV News West Country)
  • Karen Griggs (reporter, left February 2009; now with ITV's Countrywise team)
  • Arti Halai (left November 2008)
  • Bob Hall (sports presenter, left 2008)
  • Jenny Harrison
  • Dominic Heale (newsreader, left 2000; now presents BBC East Midlands Today)
  • Daniel Hewitt (sports correspondent; now with Granada Reports)
  • Eve Jackson (left in 2008)
  • Louisa James (newsreader/reporter, left December 2011; now with Good Morning Britain)
  • Chris James (newsreader/reporter; dismissed in July 2008, now station manager for local TV station Made in Bristol)
  • Sarah Jane Mee (sports presenter, left January 2008; now with Sky News)
  • Emma Jesson (freelancer across ITV News regions)
  • Emily Knight (newsreader/reporter, left November 2008)
  • Mark Lipscomb (reporter)
  • Eric MacInnes (left December 2008; now with the Thomson Foundation[10])
  • Beki Mahon (left in 2008)
  • Joanne Malin (main presenter, left 31 October 2008; now with BBC Midlands)
  • Annette Martin (née Finch) (sports correspondent, left July 2009; now with Waitrose)
  • Phil Mepham (sports presenter, left 2000)
  • John Mitchell
  • Charlie Neil (left in February 2009)
  • Michele Newman (main presenter, left 1998)
  • Linda O'Brien (sports presenter, left February 2009)
  • Andrew Odgen
  • Bharat Patel
  • Jonathan Ray (newsreader/reporter, left June 2004; now with King Abdullah University)
  • Chrissie Reidy (reporter, left February 2009; now with South East Today)
  • Ian Round
  • Tim Russon (newsreader/reporter)
  • Harriet Ryley (newsreader/reporter)
  • Hannah Shellswell (née Stewart-Jones) (newsreader/reporter)
  • Anna Soubry (newsreader/reporter; now an MP)
  • Jonathan Swain (newsreader/reporter, left August 2001; now with Good Morning Britain)
  • Clare Taylor (reporter)
  • Sarah Teale
  • Philippa Tomson (newsreader/reporter, left August 2006; now with Good Morning Britain/ITV News London)
  • Lucy Watson (now with ITV News)
  • Amy Welch (reporter, left April 2012; rejoined Granada Reports)
  • John Willats (newsreader/reporter, left May 2013; now with ITV Cymru Wales)
  • James Wright (freelancer across ITV News regions)


  1. ^ TV firm's launch disrupted by dispute. By Kenneth Gosling. The Times, Saturday, 2 Jan 1982; pg. 3
  2. ^ TV launch delayed again. From Arthur Osman. The Times, Thursday, 11 Feb 1982; pg. 2.
  3. ^ Television dispute 'may take months to resolve'.From Arthur Osman. The Times, Wednesday, 24 Feb 1982; pg. 3
  4. ^ Note at the bottom of the page
  5. ^ Central News South first edition, 9 January 1989
  6. ^ Final Central News West before launch of Central News South, 6 January 1989
  7. ^ Seventeen regions into nine: How the updated ITV local news services will run Caitlin Fitzsimmons, The Guardian, 17 February 2009
  8. ^ ITV launches rebrand on air and online,, 14 January 2012
  9. ^ OFCOM sets out licence terms for ITV, STV, UTV and Channel 5, OFCOM, 23 July 2013
  10. ^ Two television journalists move to Thomson Foundation, 4 February 2009

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