ITV Thames Valley
was a non-franchise ITV
news region covering the Thames Valley
area of the United Kingdom
from 4 December 2006 until 8 February 2009. It served the south/south-eastern area of the legal Central franchise
and the north/north-western area of the legal Meridian franchise
. In its first year, its flagship news programme Thames Valley Tonight
won the Royal Television Society's Southern Centre Award for News Magazine Programme of the Year for its coverage of the 2007 summer floods.
The service began broadcasting 4 December 2006 merging the news assets of the two former sub-regions, and its newsrooms were officially opened on 26 January 2007 by ITV executive chairman, Michael Grade
It was operated by ITV plc
, and the main news programme in the area was Thames Valley Tonight
Initially, ITV Thames Valley was to be launched on 4 November 2006. However, due to transmitter realignment, the date was finally set to 4 December; four weeks later than planned. It was expected the merging of the two sub-regions was originally expected to make over 40 workers redundant
in editorial and production positions in Central South due to the favouring of Meridian's Whiteley
base for production. However this number was reduced to around 10 by re-organisation of staffing roles. Central South's old newsroom at Abingdon was retained as the main newsgathering base for ITV Thames Valley.
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