- Granada Reports
show_name = Granada Reports
show_name_2 = "Granada News"
genre = Regional
runtime = Granada Reports: 30 Minutes
Granada News: Varies
channel = Granada Television (ITV1)
country = UK
first_aired = 1957 (as "Northern Newscast")
last_aired = present
"Granada Reports" is the flagship news programme of
ITVfranchisee Granada, presented by Tony Morris and Lucy Meacock, and serving the North West of England. Short bulletins are known as "Granada News". Prior to its launch in 1973, the nightly news programe had been known under several titles such as "Northern Newscast", "Scene at Six Thirty" and "People and Places". The "Granada Reports" brand was originally scrapped in 1990 and replaced by "Granada Tonight" before the former name was revived on 1 October2001.
"Granada Reports" and "Granada News" is produced and broadcast from
Granada Television's studios in Quay Street, Manchester with reporters also based at newsrooms in the Royal Liver Building, Liverpooland Lancaster. Reporters were also based at newsrooms in Blackburnand Chesteruntil both offices were closed in 2005.
"Granada News" airs on Granada seven days a week. Granada Television provides three news bulletins during
GMTV. The mid-morning bulletin airs immediately after an ITV News Summary, during "This Morning", this update airs for around 10 minutes. The lunchtime edition of the programme follows on from the " ITV Lunchtime News", giving a five minute round-up of the days developments between 1.55pm and 2.00pm. The main evening edition of "Granada Reports" begins at 6.00pm, and ends at 6.30pm. The late news update from Granada follows the " News at Ten", airing between 10.30pm and 10.45pm, Mondays to Thursdays, and between 11.30pm and 11.45pm on Fridays, after " The Late News".
"Granada News" airs four bulletins at weekends: two on Saturday, at lunchtime, and late afternoon, and two on Sunday: at lunchtime and the evening edition at 6.25pm.
Currently, the "Granada Reports/News" on-air team consists of the following:
The weather presenters are based at the
ITV Yorkshirestudios and also present weather for the ITV Borderand ITV Tyne Teesregions.
*Andy Bonner (Merseyside, also Capital of Culture Correspondent)
*Ann O'Connor (Merseyside)
*Steven Douglas (Lancashire/Cumbria)Specialist correspondents
*Claire Ashforth (Politics)
*Paul Crone (Features, freelance)
*Sarah Elliott (Consumer Affairs)
*Caroline Hacking (Entertainment)
*Fred Talbot (Features, freelance)General reporters
*Ralph Blunsom (freelance)
Beverley Ashworth(Bulletin presenter until 1992)
*Hazel Barrett (late 1980s - 1999)
*Andrew Brittain (1988-2002)
*Charles Foster (Bulletin presenter until 1992)
*Rob McLoughlin (early 1990s - 2002)
*Jessica Naden (early - late 1990s)
*Mark Owen (1991-2001)
Jim Pope(Bulletin presenter until 1992)
*Bob Smithies (1970s - early 1990s)
Colin Weston(Bulletin presenter until 1992)
Tony Wilson(1973-1986, 2002-3)
*Anna Thomas (2001-2005)
In 2007, Granada Reports won the Royal Television Society awards for best news coverage in the Nations and Regions. This was followed by the Best News Programme at the 2007 Broadcast Awards and finally, Best News Coverage in the 2007
BAFTATelevision Awards - the first regional news programme to be nominated and the first and only regional news programme to win a Bafta. All three awards were won for their coverage of the trial of four men and one woman, charged with manslaughter during the 2004 Morecambe Bay cockling disaster. Elaine Wilcox produced much of the programme's coverage. Judges described the coverage as "bold, brave and a tribute to regional news at its best".
Granada Reports went on to win the North West regional RTS award for Best Regional Programme in November 2007, this time for its coverage of severe weather in the region. They retained the National RTS award for Nations and Regions news coverage in 2008, for coverage of the end of the trial into the murder of Lesley Molseed - the first time any regional news programme in Britain had won the award in successive years.
* [http://www.itvlocal.com/granada/news ITV Granada News] at itvlocal.com
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