ITV News London
|ITV News London|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Production locations||ITN Studios, Grays Inn Road, London, England|
|Running time||29 minutes|
|Production companies||London News Network (1993–2004)|
|Original network||ITV London|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||4 January 1993 –|
|Preceded by||Thames News|
London Weekend Television News
|Related shows||ITV News|
The London Debate
London News Network
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 the 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 4 January 1993 (LWT discontinued its own local news service the previous weekend). The main evening programme was reduced to 30 minutes a year later, while from 25 November 1996 to September 2002, 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.
Former notable lead presenters include Katie Derham, Fiona Foster, Nina Hossain, Natasha Kaplinsky, Anna Maria Ashe, Donal MacIntyre, Mary Nightingale, Alastair Stewart and Matt Teale.
Notable on air staff
- Faye Barker: Newsreader (2005–)
- Sally Biddulph: Newsreader (2014–)
- Lucrezia Millarini: Presenter/newsreader (2013–); Entertainment Correspondent (2010–2012)
- Geraint Vincent: Occasional presenter (2017–)
- Suzanne Virdee: Relief newsreader (2016–)
- Charlene White: Presenter/newsreader (2008–)
- "ITV News London". Retrieved 2 December 2019.
- 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
- Robinson, James (21 April 2010). "Katie Derham leaving ITN for BBC". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 21 April 2010.
- ITV News selects Nina Hossain as lead presenter of Lunchtime News Amy Wilson, Response Source, 30 May 2019
- Sweney, Mark (3 August 2011). "Natasha Kaplinsky takes ITV news anchor role". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
- "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.
- Plunkett, John (19 August 2009). "More Mark Austin on News at Ten". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 19 July 2009.