ITV News London
|ITV News London|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
Grays Inn Road, London, England
(main 18:00 show)
|Original network||ITV London|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV 16:9)|
|Original release||1993– present|
BBC London News
The programme launched on Monday 4 January 1993 as London Tonight, after Carlton Television won the London weekday franchise from previous holder Thames Television. London Tonight was originally produced by London News Network – a joint venture between Carlton and LWT designed to provide a sole ITV regional news service for the London area, broadcasting seven days a week. Its creation established a continuity between the once separate services and presentation of weekend and weekday news, weather and sport in the region, previously provided by Thames News and LWT News.
The flagship programme, initially an hour long and presented by Alastair Stewart and Fiona Foster, was supplemented by shorter London Today bulletins, launched on New Year's Day 1993 (LWT discontinued its own local news service over the weekend). The main evening programme was reduced to 30 minutes a year later, while from 25 November 1996 to September 2001, a half-hour lunchtime edition of London Today was broadcast on weekdays.
In addition to regional news, London News Network also produced a wide range of regional programming for both Carlton and LWT as well as providing transmission services for both stations.
In 2004, ITV London owners Carlton and Granada merged, forming ITV plc with LNN being dissolved soon after. Production for all ITV London News programming remained at The London Studios (formerly known as the LWT South Bank Centre) until 29 February 2004, when it was taken over by the national Channel 3 news provider ITN and moved to their headquarters in Central London, making the region the only operation not to produce its own news programmes in-house. Around 40 jobs were lost with the closure of LNN, although the programme retained its own editorial team. London Tonight was unaffected by the ITV regional news cuts in February 2009. On 4 July 2012, ITV News editor Deborah Turness informed London Tonight employees a third of staff would be made redundant, with ITV News and London Tonight both sharing newsgathering and studios from 1 October 2012. On Monday 14 January 2013, the service was relaunched and renamed as ITV News London.
ITV News London airs on ITV London seven days a week.
- Three short opts air as part of Good Morning Britain at approximately 6:10am, 7:10am and 8:10am.
- A four minute lunchtime bulletin, following the ITV Lunchtime News.
- The main half-hour 6pm programme, before the ITV Evening News.
- A ten minute late-night bulletin, following ITV News at Ten.
- At weekends, a short five minute bulletin following the early evening ITV Weekend News.
Current notable on air team
ITV News London presenters, alternating
Good Morning Britain opts newsreaders, alternating
- Lunchtime newsreader, alternate
- ITV Weather presenter
- Amanda Houston (freelancer)
- Helen Plint (freelancer)
- Martin Stew (also Environmental Correspondent)
- James Wright (freelancer)
- News correspondents
- Genelle Aldred (newsreader; freelancer)
- Ria Chatterjee
- Robyn Dwyer (newsreader; freelancer)
- Duncan Gollestani (newsreader; freelancer)
- Charlotte Grant (newsreader)
- Luke Hanrahan
- Sangeeta Kandola (newsreader; freelancer)
- Rags Martel
- Sharon Thomas (newsreader)
- Warren Nettleford (newsreader; freelancer)
- Suzanne Virdee (newsreader; freelancer)
- Specialist correspondents
- Simon Harris – Political
- Amy Lewis – Sport
- Ronke Phillips – Senior News
Former notable on air team
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 June 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
- Tryhorn, Chris (17 October 2003). "Jobs go in ITV London news shake-up". The Guardian. London.
- Seventeen regions into nine: How the updated ITV local news services will run The Guardian, 16 February 2009
- ITN to axe 15 jobs on ITV London news Jake Kanter, Broadcast Now, 4 July 2012
- ITV launches rebrand on air and online, itv.com, 14 January 2013
- "Nina Hossain to host London Tonight". Mail Online. 2 June 2010. Retrieved 2 November 2010.
- Plunkett, John (19 August 2009). "More Mark Austin on News at Ten". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 19 July 2009.
- Robinson, James (21 April 2010). "Katie Derham leaving ITN for BBC". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 21 April 2010.
- Sweney, Mark (2011-08-03). "Natasha Kaplinsky takes ITV news anchor role". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2011-08-03.
- "Donal Macintyre to be Katie Derham's partner on London Tonight". This is London. 17 March 2010. Archived from the original on 9 April 2010. Retrieved 17 March 2010.
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