BBC Points West

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Points West
Points West titles.jpg
Presented byAlex Lovell
David Garmston
(main anchors)
Theme music composerDavid Lowe
Country of originEngland, United Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
Production locationsBroadcasting House, Bristol, England
EditorNeil Bennett
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
(main 6:30pm programme)
Production companyBBC West
Original networkBBC One West
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 1957 (1957-09) –
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BBC Points West (known as News West from June 1991 until May 2000) is the BBC's regional TV news programme for the West of England, covering Bristol, the majority of Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, northern and eastern Somerset & North Dorset.


Regional television news in the West of England began in September 1957 with daily short bulletins. Around this time, news bulletins for the West shared a 5–10 minute timeslot with Welsh news bulletins as the Wenvoe transmitter on the western outskirts of Cardiff was serving viewers in both south Wales and the West of England. The West's regional bulletins were relaunched in 1962 as Points West but still shared the new 25-minute timeslot with Wales Today.

The launch of a dedicated BBC Wales television station in February 1964 allowed Points West to become a full-length regional news programme broadcast only to the West of England. Between 1991 and 2000, the programme was known as BBC News West.

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