Thames Valley Tonight
was a regional news programme broadcast to part of the ITV
Network in the Thames Valley
area of southern England
. The Thames Valley
news region was launched on Monday 4 December 2006 and ceased to exist on 8 February 2009.
Like all regional news programmes on ITV1 in England and Wales and Channel Television
, it used the generic ITV font and idents.
The region was created by a merger between Meridian West
and Central South
's regional news services, and broadcast to the Meridian West sub-region from the Hannington transmitter
, and the Central South sub-region from the Oxford transmitter
. The Thames Valley operation covered Berkshire, Buckinghamshire (west including Aylesbury), Hampshire (north of and including Winchester), Oxfordshire, Surrey (west and including Camberley) and Wiltshire (east and including Swindon). In all the population of the patch was around 3 million people.
The main presenters were Wesley Smith
and Mary Green
(with Hannah Shellswell
co-presenting with Wesley on Fridays). Chris Maughan, Victoria Bennett and David Reilly presented the Sports News, either in the studio or from the newsroom. While the newsgathering arm of the operation was based at the old Central South location at Abingdon in Oxfordshire, the presentation studio (formerly used for Meridian West) was based at Meridian's headquarters in Whiteley, Hampshire. Bureaux offices were located at Swindon, Reading and Westminster. The view projected on to the screen behind... Read More