The West Tonight
|The West Tonight|
|Also known as||'Report West|
The West Today'
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Original network||HTV West/ITV West|
|Original release||1970 (as Report West) –|
15 February 2009
|Followed by||ITV News West Country|
The West Tonight is a regional news programme for the West of England, produced by ITV West.
The launch of Harlech Television in May 1968 led to the launch of a full half-hour evening news programme, Report, broadcast to south Wales and the West of England. Previously, TWW had provided short evening bulletins known as TWW Reports, presented jointly from studios in Cardiff and Bristol, where the station ran a joint news operation covering the two areas.
The opening of a colour service from the Mendip transmitter in May 1970 led to the creation of a separate HTV West service and the launch of a full evening news programme for the region, Report West. Up until the early 1980s, the first half of the programme also aired on HTV's 'General Service', followed by a full edition of Report Wales. During 1982, Report West was relaunched as HTV News.
For 28 years, the main anchor of HTV West's news programmes was former TWW reporter Bruce Hockin, who went onto become one of the longest serving presenters of any ITV news programme. He retired from the station in May 1996, shortly after his 60th birthday.
Shorter daytime, late night and weekend bulletins were gradually introduced - some of which were generally presented by HTV West's continuity announcers, and until 1987, were broadcast from HTV's Cardiff playout centre serving both Wales and the West.
The opening of a digital broadcast centre at HTV's Bristol studios in 1997 led to the relaunch of the main evening programme as The West Tonight. The branding was discontinued two years later but reintroduced in 2005 when Lisa Aziz rejoined ITV West from Sky News.
In February 2009, ITV West was merged with ITV Westcountry to form ITV West & Westcountry, a new dual-regional service with shorter opt-outs for both areas on weeknights. The West Country Tonight was launched on Monday 16 February 2009, although a full regional news service for the West was restored in September 2013.
- Lisa Aziz
- Alex Beresford (freelance with Good Morning Britain, ITV Weather & ITV News West Country)
- Michael Buerk
- Bob Crampton (ITV News West Country)
- Nazaneen Ghaffar (Sky News)
- Alastair Hignell (sports presenter)
- Alison Holloway
- Jackie Kabler (QVC)
- Jan Leeming
- Charlie Neil
- Kevin Owen (RT)
- Peter Rowell (jailed)
- Steve Scott (ITV News)
- Annie St John (deceased)
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