ITV Lunchtime News

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ITV Lunchtime News
Presented by Nina Hossain
Alastair Stewart
Opening theme "Global Broadcast"
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Editor(s) Geoff Hill[1]
(Editor, ITV Network News)
Location(s) ITN headquarters,
London, England, UK
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 25 minutes (approx.)
Production company(s) ITN
ITV News
Original network ITV, STV, UTV
Picture format 1080i (HDTV 16:9)
Original release 16 October 1972 – present
External links

ITV Lunchtime News is the afternoon news programme on the British television network ITV, produced by ITN. It airs from Monday to Friday at 1:30pm and is followed by a national weather forecast and a 5-minute summary of regional news.


The programme was first broadcast on 16 October 1972 as First Report, a twenty-minute bulletin presented by newscaster Robert Kee at 12:40pm. The bulletin was moved to 1:00pm on 7 September 1974 and retitled as News at One on 6 September 1976. Leonard Parkin and Peter Sissons alternated as the programme's main newscasters in the same year after Kee's departure.

On 20 July 1987, the bulletin was relaunched as News at 12:30. Jon Snow and former BBC newsreader Julia Somerville presented alternate editions of the programme. On 7 March 1988, ITV's daytime programming was rejigged and the bulletin was moved back to its 1:00pm timeslot. News at One later relaunched on 16 October 1989 with John Suchet as its main presenter. On 7 January 1991, the programme moved this time to 12:30pm.

On 2 March 1992, News at 12:30 was relaunched as the Lunchtime News with a two-newscaster team comprising Nicholas Owen and Carol Barnes. On 6 March 1995, ITN's news bulletins were relaunched with a cohesive identity. The Lunchtime News newscasting team was revamped, this time with a returning Julia Somerville alongside Dermot Murnaghan. Owen and Barnes remained as relief newscasters.

On 8 March 1999, coinciding with a further relaunch of ITN's news bulletins, John Suchet returned to the newly named ITV Lunchtime News to replace Murnaghan, now main newscaster of the new ITV Nightly News. On 22 January 2001, the ITV Lunchtime News reverted to single presentation with Nicholas Owen.[2]

On 2 February 2004, ITV News was relaunched and the 12:30pm bulletin was restructured: Owen was joined by Katie Derham in a return to a dual-newscasting team; then, on 11 April 2005, the programme was extended to 60 minutes. The 15-minute regional news bulletin at 3:00pm was axed and incorporated into the new 60-minute ITV Lunchtime News. On 4 September 2006, the 60-minute format was axed, returning to its shorter length and at a new broadcast time of 1:30pm. On 5 February 2007, Owen left to join BBC News and was replaced by Alastair Stewart.

On 27 July 2009, the ITV Lunchtime News returned to a single newscaster, with Stewart and Katie Derham alternating. Derham later left ITV News in June 2010.[3] On 2 November 2009, the bulletin was retitled as ITV News at 1:30 as part of a rebrand of the channel's news programmes. Since 12 October 2015, the programme was being referred to as the ITV Lunchtime News.[4]


Current newscasters[edit]

Newscaster Duration Role
Nina Hossain 2004–present Main Newscaster (Alternate with Alastair Stewart)
Alastair Stewart 2006–present Main Newscaster (Alternate with Nina Hossain)
James Mates 2002–present Occasional Relief Newscaster
Steve Scott 2005–present Occasional Relief Newscaster
Romilly Weeks 2006–present Occasional Relief Newscaster
Mary Nightingale 2009–present Occasional Relief Newscaster
Mark Austin 2010–present Occasional Relief Newscaster
Charlene White 2013–present Occasional Relief Newscaster
Rageh Omaar 2013–present Occasional Relief Newscaster
Ranvir Singh 2014–present Occasional Relief Newscaster

Former newscasters[edit]


  1. ^ "Geoff Hill appointed as Editor of ITV Network News". ITN. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Robinson, James (21 April 2010). "Katie Derham leaving ITN for BBC". MediaGuardian. Retrieved 21 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "ITV Lunchtime News". DigiGuide. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "ITV News announces changes to award-winning presenter line-up". ITN Press. 25 June 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Newsnight, Jeremy Paxman interviews Michael Howard
RTS: Television Journalism
(Dermot Murnaghan Interviews Peter Mandelson)

Succeeded by
BBC News, Tim Sebastian