ITV News Granada Reports
|Presented by||Lucy Meacock
|Country of origin||England, United Kingdom|
|Executive producer(s)||Lucy West (Head of News)|
Greater Manchester, England
|Running time||30 minutes
(main 18:00 show)
|Production company(s)||ITV Granada|
|Original channel||ITV Granada|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV 16:9)|
|Original run||1956– present|
|Related shows||ITV News,
BBC North West Tonight
Granada Reports (known by it's on-screen ident as ITV News Granada Reports, and formerly known as Granada Tonight) is an award winning regional news programme for North West England and the Isle of Man, produced by ITV Granada.
ITV News Granada Reports is produced and broadcast from studios in the Orange Tower at MediaCityUK in Salford Quays, with the first bulletin being broadcast from the new facilities on 24 March 2013. Before this, the news service was based at Granada's studios in Quay Street, Manchester. Reporters are also based at newsrooms in the Royal Liver Building, Liverpool, Lancaster and on the Isle of Man. News staff were also based at offices in Blackburn and Chester until they were closed in 2005.
Prior to its launch in 1973, the nightly news programme had been known under several titles such as Northern Newscast, Scene at Six Thirty and People and Places. Between 1990 and September 2001, the main evening programme was known as Granada Tonight. Shorter bulletins aired as Granada News. From 14 January 2013 all programming is branded as ITV News Granada Reports.
The programme was unaffected with cutbacks to ITV regional news in early 2009. The only major change saw ITV Granada take over coverage of the Isle of Man from ITV Tyne Tees & Border on 16 July 2009.
On 27 September 2012, it was announced technical staff had been invited to volunteer for redundancy as part of national job losses affecting ITV News services. The timing coincided with production moving from Granada Studios to MediaCityUK. In January 2013, a second announcement regarding further redundancies of editorial staff was made.
ITV News Granada Reports airs on ITV Granada seven days a week.
On weekdays, three short bulletins are broadcast during Daybreak at 6:07am, 7:07am and 8:07am with a four-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 at 10:30pm, following the ITV News at Ten.
At weekends, two 5 or 10-minute editions of ITV News Granada Reports are broadcast – one later on Saturday afternoons and another on Sunday evenings.
Current on air team
|Lucy Meacock||Main presenter (Monday–Thursday)||Lunchtime/late bulletin newsreader (alternating)|
|Tony Morris||Main presenter (Monday–Friday)|
|Keri Eldridge||Good Morning Britain opts newsreader (alternating)|
|Jo Blythe||Weather presenter|
|Kerrie Gosney||Freelance contract|
|Mel Barham||News Correspondent||Weekend Presenter|
|Ralph Blunsom||Freelance contract|
|Andy Bonner||Weekend Presenter/Deputy Main Presenter|
|Ashley Derricott||Weekend Presenter|
|Victoria Grimes||Good Morning Britain/Weekend Presenter|
|Ann O'Connor||Friday Main Presenter/Deputy Main Presenter|
|Matt O'Donoghue||Weekend Presenter/Deputy Main Presenter|
|Andy Crane||Weekend Presenter|
|Sarah Rogers||Good Morning Britain/Weekend Presenter|
|Rob Smith||Good Morning Britain/Weekend Presenter/Deputy Main Presenter|
|Rachel Townsend||Deputy Main Presenter/Weekend Presenter|
|Amy Welch||Weekend Presenter|
|Elaine Willcox||Deputy Main Presenter/Weekend Presenter|
|David Chisnall||Sport Presenter,
|Mike Hall||Deputy Main Presenter|
|Paul Crone||Features Correspondent|
|Chris Hall||International Correspondent,
|Weekend Presenter, Freelance contract|
|Daniel Hewitt||Political Reporter,
|Alison MacKenzie||Political Correspondent|
|Caroline Whitmore||Entertainment Correspondent|
Former on air team
In 2007, ITV News Granada Reports won the Royal Television Society awards for best news coverage in the Nations and Regions. This was followed by the Best News Programme at the 2007 Broadcast Awards and finally, Best News Coverage in the 2007 BAFTA Television Awards – the first regional news programme to be nominated and the only regional news programme to ever win a BAFTA. All three awards were won for their coverage of the trial of four men and one woman, charged with manslaughter during the 2004 Morecambe Bay cockling disaster. Judges described the coverage as bold, brave and a tribute to regional news at its best.
ITV News Granada Reports retained the National RTS Nations and Regions News Award in 2008 for coverage of the end of the Lesley Molseed murder trial.
ITV News Granada Reports won the RTS North West award for Best Regional News Programme in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 for coverage of severe weather, the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, Blackpool FC's promotion to the Premier League and an investigation into convicted paedophile Colin Blanchard. Other RTS awards won by the programme in recent years have included the Best North West Regional Story in 2010 for a special report from Afghanistan and in 2011 also for the Colin Blanchard story. Best Regional On Screen Talent for news correspondent went to Rob Smith in 2011.
ITV News Granada Reports had its most successful ever North West RTS Awards in 2012 winning four prizes including Best Regional News Programme for an unprecedented 4th successive year for coverage of the summer riots in Manchester, Salford and Liverpool. Clare Fallon won Best Regional On Screen Talent, Granada Reports won Best Innovation in Multimedia for Twitter coverage of the riots and Granada also won Best Regional Story for a third successive year for the story of Ann Williams campaign for justice over her son's death at Hillsborough.
- ITV News Granada Reports to start broadcasting from MediaCityUK Prolific North, 18 March 2013
- Fitzsimmons, Caitlin (17 February 2009). "Seventeen regions into nine: How the updated ITV local news services will run". guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
- Redundancies at ITV News Granada Reports Manchester Evening News, 27 September 2012
- ITV News Granada Reports moves to new home at MediaCityUK ITV News, 25 March 2013
- Fred the Weatherman returns alongside Jo Blythe How Do, 28 January 2009
- Police appeal after Talbot arrest ITV News, 12 April 2013
BBC News at Ten: 7th July Bombings
|BAFTA: Television Award
(The Morecambe Bay Cockling Tragedy)
Sky News: Glasgow Airport Attack
BBC Look North: Joanne Nelson Murder Case
|RTS: Television Journalism
Nations and Regions News Coverage
(The Morecambe Bay Cockling Tragedy);
(The Lesley Molseed Trial)
The West Tonight: Weston Pier Fire
Channel 4 News: Japan Earthquake
|BAFTA: Television Award
(Hillsborough – The Truth at Last)