ITV Evening News
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ITV Evening News

ITV Evening News
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ITV News opening sequence
Presented byMary Nightingale
StarringLucrezia Millarini
Ranvir Singh
Charlene White
Theme music composerDave Hewson
Opening themeGlobal Broadcast
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original English
Production location(s)ITN headquarters,
London, England, UK
Editor(s)Geoff Hill[1]
(Editor, ITV Network News)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production ITN
Original networkITV
Picture format1080i (HDTV 16:9)
Original release22 September 1955 (1955-09-22) -
Related showsITV Lunchtime News
ITV News at Ten
ITV Weekend News
External links

The ITV Evening News is the evening news programme produced by ITN on the British television network ITV. It broadcasts for thirty minutes each Monday to Friday from 18:30, covering British national and international news stories and is presented by Mary Nightingale.


On 22 September 1955 when the ITV television service was launched, ITN provided an early evening news service at 5:50pm. It was known as ITN News, and presented by Gordon Honeycombe. This simple bulletin made use of a single camera, and was intended as a round-up of the day's headlines and looking at stories to be covered in more length by that evening's edition of News at Ten.

On 6 September 1976, ITN News moved to 5:45pm and was renamed News at 545. The 545 marked a major departure in presentational style from the ITN News that had preceded it. Initially, the bulletins were broadcast from the Police Five studio, which enabled the producers to make extensive use of chromakey to display images behind the newscaster, several studio cameras, interviews with correspondents in the studio and on a TV monitor, and wide screen shots of the studio set at the beginning and end of the programme, and when handing over to correspondents.

Alastair Burnet was the original presenter of the News at 545. Michael Nicholson fronted the bulletin on Fridays, and was also a relief presenter. Immediately after the animated visual 'roll' and electronic theme music at the beginning, an announcer intoned in a hushed tone: "The news at 5:45, with Alastair Burnett/Michael Nicholson". Other relief presenters in the late 1970s included Leonard Parkin, who at the time also regularly hosted the News at One, and Martyn Lewis. In March 1980, when Burnet departed the 545 to present News at Ten, Nicholson replaced him as lead presenter, with Carol Barnes taking over as relief presenter. In September 1986, Nicholson left the 545 to return to war reporting, and was replaced by Alastair Stewart.

On 4 April 1988 the News at 545 underwent some cosmetic changes, with the animated visual 'roll' logo and electronic theme music being dropped in favour of a new computer-generated opening sequence and a more contemporary theme tune; the studio images were still inlaid using chromakey, although these were now also generated by computer. The programme was moved to the main newsroom within the ITN headquarters building, and full-length reports were now featured as part of the programme. ITN dispensed with the "main" presenter and relief host format, and instead a "team" of newscasters - Alastair Stewart, Fiona Armstrong, Nicholas Owen, Trevor McDonald, Sue Carpenter and Carol Barnes - began presenting the show on a "rotation" basis. On 13 February 1989, the introduction of a national weather forecast at the end of the programme led to the bulletin's timeslot starting earlier at 5:40pm, being extended in length and the title being changed to News at 540.[2]

Due to the Gulf Crisis of 1991, ITN were temporarily granted a full half-hour slot each evening; the continued change of time (and length) of the bulletin around this time led to the News at 540 being known simply as the ITN News.

On 2 March 1992, ITN News at 540 was renamed ITN Early Evening News. The new look made good use of ITN's impressive headquarters in London with opening sequence consisting of a camera panning across the building towards the newsdesk giving a panoramic view of the newsroom. John Suchet became the lead presenter, a role in which he continued until 1999. Barnes and Owen acted as relief presenters.

On 6 March 1995 all of ITN's news programmes on ITV were relaunched with a more unified look, with exception to News at Ten which maintained its separate identity. The new look, however, brought elements of News at Ten to ITN's other bulletins such as the use of the clockface of Big Ben and the News at Ten theme-tune, however the tune was rearranged differently. The studio at the time made heavy use of the colour blue - ITN's corporate colour at the time. The intro showed different images of Big Ben's clockface with the hands of the clock eventually striking the time at 5:40 - the time at which the programme began. Around this time, Dermot Murnaghan became the main relief presenter.[3]

The ITV Evening News was launched on the 8 March 1999. The launch coincided with major changes to the scheduling of news programmes on ITV. ITN's Early Evening News programme was moved from 5:40pm to 6:30pm and renamed the ITV Evening News. The programme was extended to become a 30-minute programme, effectively replacing News at Ten as the channel's flagship news programme which itself was also axed at this time and replaced with a shorter 20 minute bulletin at 11:00pm entitled the ITV Nightly News. Initially, the programme was fronted by Trevor McDonald, with Murnaghan and Kirsty Young the most regular relief presenters.

The axing of News at Ten proved unpopular at the time and caused outcry from politicians and the general public, and ratings for ITV's news programmes fell. ITV News at Ten returned on 22 January 2001, with McDonald once again at the helm; Murnaghan and Young became the lead presenters of the dual-headed Evening News. Mary Nightingale replaced Young a few months later when Young decided not to return following maternity leave. Mark Austin replaced Murnaghan following his defection to BBC News in late 2002.

The programme relaunched on 2 February 2004 in what was then a state of the art virtual studio set dubbed the Theatre of News along with the other ITV News programmes. The move saw the ITN newscasters standing (or walking) in front of a news-wall and presenting graphics to viewers. The Theatre of News was scaled back following a relaunch on 9 February 2009, with a return to a more traditional style of presenters sat behind a desk.

On 3 August 2009, it was announced that after 16 years co-presenting London Tonight, Alastair Stewart was to leave the regional news programme to become lead co-presenter of the ITV Evening News. Mark Austin would focus on ITV News at Ten, but continue as a relief presenter for the 6.30pm bulletin.[4]

On 2 November 2009 the programme was retitled as the ITV News at 6:30. The studio set was virtual, using a new green screen electronic compositing system known as 'Ultimatte'. Virtual sets can be created instantly and at low cost.[5] Unlike traditional Chroma key systems, Ultimatte allows for such things as full camera movement and can generate artificial reflections on glass and metallic surfaces.

It was announced in June 2015 that, as part of a wider restructure at ITV News, Mark Austin would return to the programme full-time, alongside Mary Nightingale from October 2015. Alastair Stewart continues to appear on the programme as a relief presenter, alongside his duties on the ITV Lunchtime News.[6] Coinciding with the main presenter line-up, the programme is once again being referred to as the ITV Evening News.[7]

After thirty years with ITV News, it was announced on 26 October 2016 that Austin would leave at the end of the year.[8] It was later confirmed on 13 December 2016 that Nightingale would become the sole presenter of the ITV Evening News from January 2017 onwards.[9] Austin presented his final bulletin alongside Nightingale on 22 December 2016.

Theme music

The opening title music has been composed by Dave Hewson since 1992. The current title sequence was designed by Lambie Nairn and the music is called "Global Broadcast".[]

On air staff

Current presenters

Former presenters


  1. ^ "Geoff Hill appointed as Editor of ITV Network News". ITN. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ "ITV News - Evening (1980s)". TV Ark. Archived from the original on 21 May 2012. Retrieved 2012.
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  4. ^ Plunkett, John (19 August 2009). "More Mark Austin on News at Ten". MediaGuardian. Retrieved 2010.
  5. ^ "Chroma Key For Virtual Sets and Virtual Studios". Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "Tom Bradby set to become main presenter of ITV News at Ten". ITV News. 25 June 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ "ITV Evening News". DigiGuide. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ ITV News presenter Mark Austin to step down after 30 years with ITN Dominic Ponsford, Press Gazette, 26 October 2016
  9. ^ Mary Nightingale to be sole anchor of ITV Evening News in 2017 Jasper Cox, Press Gazette, 13 December 2016

External links

Preceded by
Tonight with Trevor McDonald
RTS: Television Journalism
News Programme of the Year

Succeeded by
BBC News at Ten
Preceded by
BBC News at Ten
RTS: Television Journalism
News Programme of the Year

Succeeded by
BBC News at Ten
Preceded by
Channel 4 News: Leak of Attorney General Advice on Legality of Iraq War
RTS: Television Journalism
News - Home
(Selly Oak - A Soldier's Story)

Succeeded by
Channel 4 News: The Crevice Trial: Links To 7/7

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