ITV News West Country

ITV News West Country is the evening news programme produced by ITV West Country and broadcasting to the West and South West of England. It broadcasts for thirty minutes each Monday to Friday from 18:00, covering regional news stories, features, sport and weather. It is presented by Jonty Messer or Kylie Pentelow. Shorter bulletins air at other times.

ITV News West Country
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Title card for the west sub-region, depicting Smeaton's Tower
Presented byJonty Messer
Kylie Pentelow
Country of originEngland, United Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Ian Axton
(Head of News)
Production location(s)Bristol, England
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)ITV West Country
Original networkITV West Country
Picture format576i (SDTV 16:9)
Original release16 February 2009 (2009-02-16) –
Preceded byThe West Tonight,
Westcountry Live
Related showsITV News
ITV Weather
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The nightly regional news programme was launched on 16 February 2009 as The West Country Tonight, following the merger of two regional news services – The West Tonight (ITV West) and Westcountry Live (ITV Westcountry).[1][2]

ITV News West Country is broadcast from studios in Brislington, Bristol, with district reporters and camera crews based in newsrooms at Plymouth, Exeter, Truro, Taunton, Swindon and Gloucester.

From 24 November 2016, ITV News West Country began broadcasting in HD to the ITV West and ITV Westcountry regions on Sky and Freesat only. At present, Freeview and Virgin Media carry the ITV News Central region on ITV HD in the West and Westcountry, requiring these viewers to use the standard definition ITV channel for their regional ITV News West Country service.


When the programme launched, it was presented by ITV West presenters Lisa Aziz and Steve Scott (formerly of The West Tonight).[3] ITV West weather presenters Alex Beresford and Bob Crampton were both retained. Beresford left the programme to present the weather for Good Morning Britain in 2017; Crampton has remained in his role.

However, Aziz was suspended in June 2009 from her position and left ITV in February 2010, with former Westcountry Live freelancer Vanessa Cuddeford taking over.[4] Scott left his position to become Sports Editor for ITV News in May 2010,[5] and was replaced by former Meridian Tonight presenter Ian Axton.

Bristol-based district correspondent Cordelia Lynch became a stand-in main presenter for Cuddeford from May 2012 when she went on maternity leave. Both Cuddeford and Lynch announced their departures from ITV West Country a year later. Kylie Pentelow of BBC East Midlands Today replaced Cuddeford from July 2013.[6]

On 3 March 2017, it was announced that former Sky News presenter Mark Longhurst would be taking over from Ian Axton, following his promotion to Head of News for ITV West Country in January 2017.[7] Longhurst left the programme seven months later.

On 22 January 2018, it was announced that interim presenter Jonty Messer had become Longhurst's replacement.

Kylie Pentelow moved to Wales at Six on 4 February 2019,[8] for a one-year secondment.

Notable on air staff include Alex Beresford (weather presenter) and Ben McGrail (Somerset correspondent).

Notable former on air staff include Lisa Aziz, Bob Crampton, Mark Longhurst, Peter Rowell and Steve Scott.

Sub-regional serviceEdit

As part of The West Country Tonight's launch in February 2009, two opt-out services were retained, incorporating the first half of the main evening programme on weeknights at 6pm, the full late bulletins after News at Ten on weeknights, and sports news on Mondays and Fridays.[9] These are known as East and West respectively.

On 5 September 2011, separate weekday daytime bulletins for the two sub-regions (at breakfast and lunchtime) were reintroduced.

In July 2013, proposals for a more localised Channel 3 news service were approved. ITV News West Country extended the East and West opt-out services to at least 20 minutes of the 6pm programme, in addition to separate weekend bulletins for the two sub-regions, effectively restoring full services for the two areas.[10] The changes came into effect from 16 September 2013. Both sub-regional services utilise the same presenter(s) and studio/set in Bristol, therefore one of the two opt-outs – depending on the day's news – is pre-recorded 'as live' shortly before transmission.

In March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sub-regional services were dropped. Running lengths of all short bulletins were reduced. The main 6pm programme is now fronted by a single presenter instead of two. In June 2020, sub-regional services were reintroduced.


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