Calendar (UK TV programme)

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ITV News Calendar.png
Genre News and Current Affairs
Presented by Christine Talbot
Duncan Wood
Country of origin England, United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Margaret Emsley
(Head of News)
Production location(s) Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes (main 18:00 show)
Production company(s) ITV Yorkshire
Original network ITV Yorkshire, ITV HD
Picture format

576i (SDTV 16:9)

1080i (HDTV 16:9)
Original release 29 July 1968 (1968-07-29) – present
External links

Calendar (branded on-screen as ITV News Calendar[1]) is a regional television news and current affairs programme, produced by ITV Yorkshire and serving Lincolnshire, most of Yorkshire and parts of Lancashire, the North Midlands and north western Norfolk areas of England.

The programme is produced and broadcast from ITV Yorkshire's Leeds studios with district reporters and camera crews based at newsrooms in Hull, Lincoln and Sheffield.


1968 to January 2007[edit]

Calendar studios in Leeds
Former Calendar office on Charter Square roundabout in Sheffield

Calendar first aired on the launch day of Yorkshire Television - Monday 29 July 1968. Since its launch, the programme has been produced at ITV Yorkshire's main studios in Kirkstall Road, Leeds. Calendar's first presenter was Jonathan Aitken. In later years, it was hosted by Richard Whiteley (until 1995, alongside his duties on Countdown, earning him the nickname "Twice Nightly Whiteley"), Austin Mitchell (until he became a Labour Member of Parliament in 1977), Marylyn Webb,[2] Christa Ackroyd and Mike Morris.

Upon gaining the Belmont transmitter in 1974 from Anglia Television, which served south Lincolnshire and north Norfolk, the programme developed a regional opt-out service for the area within the main programme. At the same time, Yorkshire Television inherited the Anglia news offices in Grimsby and Hull and opened a further newsroom in Lincoln. For several years until the early 1980s, viewers served by the Belmont transmitter also received a localised weather forecast produced by the weather department at Anglia.

On 28 March 1977, Yorkshire Television launched a six-week breakfast television experiment.[3] Good Morning Calendar (a name later reused for its regional news programme in Good Morning Britain) is credited as being the United Kingdom's first breakfast television programme, six years before the launch of the BBC's Breakfast Time. The programme ran concurrently with a similar ITV Tyne Tees programme, Good Morning North for North East viewers.[4] Both series ended after nine weeks on 27 May 1977.

During the 1970s and early 1980s, Calendar's output consisted of a main evening programme alongside lunchtime and late night bulletins on weekdays; weekend bulletins were not introduced until the late 1980s. When ITV Schools programming was moved to Channel 4 in 1987 and daytime programming introduced to ITV, national ITN and regional bulletins were introduced at 9:25 am and 11 am, along with a mid-afternoon bulletin. In the latter part of the 1980s, ITV News Calendar expanded its lunchtime bulletin into a half-hour magazine show, Calendar Lunchtime Live. The programme was scrapped in early 1988 but reintroduced for a short period during 2001.

For over twenty years from June 1990, Calendar was produced and broadcast from a dedicated news centre and studio facility based in a converted roller rink opposite the main complex on Kirkstall Road. On Monday 24 September 1990, a third sub-regional opt-out for south Yorkshire and north Derbyshire was introduced - "South" from Sheffield initially aired at lunchtime and within the main 6 pm programme while "East" (Hull) aired in east Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk and Calendar News was broadcast to the rest of the region (west and north Yorkshire). The separate East and South services continued until December 2006.

The newsgathering and production teams at Calendar were the subject of a 1995 fly-on-the-wall Channel 4 documentary series, Deadline.[5]

January 2007 to February 2009[edit]

On Monday, 8 January 2007, Calendar's main 6 pm programme was split into North and South editions for the region. All other bulletins (weekday and weekend lunchtime, weekday late, and weekend early evening) were pan-regional. The previous "East" and "South" regions were merged to form a larger "South" area.

"North" (north, west, and south west Yorkshire; north Derbyshire)
"South" (central and east Lincolnshire; east and south east Yorkshire; east Nottinghamshire; north Norfolk).

The regular presenters of the North edition were Duncan Wood and Christine Talbot; two other long-standing Calendar presenters, John Shires and Gaynor Barnes, became the main regular presenters of the South edition. Both editions of the programme were broadcast from ITV Yorkshire's Leeds studios.

February 2009 to September 2013[edit]

Cutbacks in ITV regional news coverage in early 2009 meant that its seventeen regions would be cut down to nine to "save costs", and regional news programmes would become pan-regional. The final sub-regional editions of Calendar aired on Wednesday 18 February 2009 with a new pan-regional programme launching the next day.

Short opt-outs are retained for the North and South sub-regions within the 6 pm programme and after News at Ten - either the North or South opt is pre-recorded depending on the day's news.[6]

The then remaining sub-regional elements were:

  • A 6-minute opt-out during the main 6 pm programme.
  • The full 8-minute late night bulletin, following ITV News at Ten.

Both sub-regional editions utilise exactly the same presenter(s) and studio/set, therefore one of the two opt-outs - depending on the day's news - is pre-recorded 'as live' shortly before broadcast.[7]

Following a refit of the main Kirkstall Road studios to accommodate HD production of Emmerdale, the news centre opposite the building was closed and production of Calendar moved back into the main facility in October 2012.

September 2013 to present[edit]

On 23 July 2013, proposals for a more localised Channel 3 news service were approved - Calendar extended the North and South opt-out services from 6 minutes to 20 minutes during the half-hour 6 pm programme, in addition to separate weekday daytime and weekend bulletins for the two regions. The separate late night bulletins are also retained and[8] localised weather forecasts were introduced. The expanded sub-regional service launched on Monday 16 September 2013. Calendar began broadcasting in high definition on Sunday 31 March 2016.

As with many ITV regional news programmes, some areas of the ITV Yorkshire region overlap with neighbouring ITV regions. For instance; Newark is covered by both Calendar and ITV News Central; similarly, north Norfolk is covered by both Calendar and ITV News Anglia.

Broadcast times[edit]

Calendar airs on ITV Yorkshire seven days a week.

Current on air team[edit]

Calendar lead presenters
Good Morning Calendar opts newsreader
ITV Weather presenters
News reporters

Former notable on air team[edit]


  1. ^ "Calendar's longest-serving cameraman says goodbye". ITV News Calendar. 26 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Marylyn Webb Obituary 3 July 2014
  3. ^ Yorkshire's forthcoming experiment in breakfast viewing may sound the ... Fiddick, Peter The Guardian (1959-2003); 21 February 1977;
  4. ^ Piercy, Robert. "Yorkshire TV News". TVARK. Archived from the original on 19 February 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Sutcliffe, Thomas (21 March 1995). "Review: Drop the dead donkey, we'll run with the cheese". The Independent. 
  6. ^ a b c Meet the team | Calendar - ITV News at
  7. ^ Seventeen regions into nine: How the updated ITV local news services will run Caitlin Fitzsimmons, The Guardian, 17 February 2009
  8. ^ OFCOM sets out licence terms for ITV, STV, UTV and Channel 5 Archived 26 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine., OFCOM, 23 July 2013

External links[edit]

Preceded by
RTS: Television Journalism
Nations and Regions News Programme

Succeeded by