Westcountry Live

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Westcountry Live
ITV Westcountry Live.jpg
Also known as Westcountry News
Genre Regional News
Presented by Richard Bath
Alexis Bowater
Country of origin United Kingdom
Production
Producer(s) ITV Westcountry
Broadcast
Original channel ITV Westcountry
Original run 4 January 1993 – 15 February 2009
Chronology
Preceded by TSW Today
Followed by ITV News West Country

Westcountry Live was the flagship regional news programme of ITV Westcountry, serving South West England.

History[edit]

The programme was first broadcast on Monday 4 January 1993 - four days after Westcountry Television took over the ITV regional franchise from Television South West. The programme ended on Friday 13 February 2009.

Merger[edit]

Following ITV Westcountry's merger with ITV West to form ITV West & Westcountry, the new pan-regional programme The West Country Tonight launched on Monday 16 February 2009. A 20-minute opt-out for the current Westcountry region is featured within the 6pm programme alongside fully separate short bulletins and localised weather forecasts seven days a week. The news service was renamed ITV News West Country on 14 January 2013.

Depending on the day's news, either the West or Westcountry bulletins are pre-recorded. The service is presented from Bristol with newsrooms in Plymouth, Truro and Exeter covering the region. Former Westcountry Live newscasters at time of closure Richard Bath, Alexis Bowater and Jemma Woodman were made redundant.[1] Bath and Woodman presented the final main edition of the programme on Friday 13 February 2009, which featured a special highlights compilation with contributions from presenters, reporters and production staff.

Newsrooms in Plymouth, Barnstaple, Penzance, Torbay and Weymouth were closed. A new, smaller Plymouth newsroom opened at the offices of independent production company Twofour.[2]

Former on air team[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Your Westcountry news from Bristol, Western Morning News, 27 January 2009
  2. ^ ITV Westcountry opens new Plymouth office at Twofour, Twofour Broadcast, 22 January 2009