ITV Lunchtime News

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ITV Lunchtime News
Presented byNina Hossain
Alastair Stewart
Opening theme"Global Broadcast"
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Production location(s)ITN headquarters,
London, England, UK
Editor(s)Geoff Hill[1]
(Editor, ITV Network News)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time25 minutes (approx.)
Production company(s)ITN
ITV News
Original networkITV
Picture format1080i (HDTV 16:9)
Original release16 October 1972 – present
Related showsITV Evening News
ITV News at Ten
ITV Weekend News
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The ITV Lunchtime News is the afternoon news bulletin on the British television network ITV. It is produced by ITN.

The 25-minute programme, presented by Nina Hossain or Alastair Stewart, covers British national and international news stories and broadcasts at 1:30pm from Monday to Friday.


The programme was first broadcast on 16 October 1972 as First Report, a twenty-minute bulletin presented by Robert Kee at 12:40 pm. The bulletin was moved to 1:00 pm on 7 September 1974 and retitled as News at One on 6 September 1976. Leonard Parkin and Peter Sissons alternated as the programme's lead presenters 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 fronted alternate editions of the programme. On 7 March 1988, ITV's daytime programming was rejigged and the bulletin was moved back to its 1:00 pm timeslot. News at One later relaunched on 16 October 1989 with John Suchet as its lead presenter. On 7 January 1991, the programme moved this time to 12:30 pm.

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

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 lead presener 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 12:30 pm bulletin was restructured: Owen was joined by Katie Derham in a return to a dual-presenting team; then, on 11 April 2005, the programme was extended to 60 minutes. The 15-minute regional news bulletin at 3:00 pm 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 1:30 pm. 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 presenter, 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]



  1. ^ "Geoff Hill appointed as Editor of ITV Network News". ITN. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
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  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.

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

Succeeded by
BBC News, Tim Sebastian