ITV Tyne Tees & Border

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ITV Tyne Tees & Border

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Based in Gateshead
Broadcast area ITV News Tyne Tees:
County Durham
Northumberland
North Yorkshire
Teesside
Tyne and Wear
Lookaround
Cumbria
Dumfries and Galloway
Scottish Borders
First airdate 25 February 2009
Owned by ITV plc
Website ITV News Tyne Tees
Lookaround

ITV Tyne Tees & Border is a non-franchise ITV regional service covering County Durham, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Teesside, Tyne and Wear, Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway, and the Scottish Borders.

The service was launched on Wednesday 25 February 2009,[1] shortly after the broadcasting regulator OFCOM gave ITV plc the go-ahead to merge two regions, ITV Tyne Tees and ITV Border.[2]

North East Tonight and Lookaround titles were retained for the 6pm programme and late bulletin each weekday, whilst shorter bulletins were known simply as Tyne Tees & Border News.[1] On 14 January 2013, the "Tyne Tees" news service rebranded as ITV News Tyne Tees with the "Border" news service Lookaround retained.[3] Pan-regional bulletins were then branded as ITV News Tyne Tees & Border while the existing Tyne Tees monthly political programme Around the House now also incorporates the Border region.

The service covered the Isle of Man until Thursday 16 July 2009 when Granada Reports (the ITV Granada region) took over coverage of the Crown dependency.

The news service is produced and broadcast from the ITV Tyne Tees studios at The Watermark, Gateshead with reporters also based at bureaux in Billingham, Carlisle, Edinburgh, the University of Sunderland and York.[4]

The region was selected in November 2009 to be one of the pilot areas for the provision of the new Independently Funded News Consortia proposed by Ofcom,[5] however the plan was scrapped in June 2010.[6]

The amalgamated region was heavily criticised due to a lack of coverage for viewers in the South of Scotland.

On 23 July 2013, proposals to reintroduce full regional services for the Tyne Tees and Border regions were approved by OFCOM, effectively leading to a demerger of the Tyne Tees and Border service. On 16 September 2013, Lookaround and ITV News Tyne Tees were restored as fully separate regional programmes on weekdays with shorter daytime and weekend bulletins reintroduced.[7] Both programmes continue to be broadcast from Tyne Tees' Gateshead studios with extra journalists recruited for newsgathering in the Border region.

ITV Border was also required to reopen its former opt-out service for southern Scotland, previously utilized to broadcast split news bulletins and select STV programming. A minimum of 90 minutes a week of bespoke Scottish programming is broadcast on ITV Border Scotland with viewers in Cumbria continuing to receive network output.[7] The sub-regional service, launched on Monday 6 January 2014, incorporates a thrice-weekly political programme, Representing Border, on Tuesday - Thursday nights and a peak-time feature series, Border Life, on Monday evenings. The service is available on Freeview only with programmes also available online on the ITV Border website.

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