Granada Reports


Granada Reports

Infobox Television
show_name = Granada Reports


caption =
show_name_2 = "Granada News"
genre = Regional News
runtime = Granada Reports: 30 Minutes
Granada News: Varies
creator =
presenter = Lucy Meacock
Tony Morris
(Main anchors)
channel = Granada Television (ITV1)
country = UK
first_aired = 1957 (as "Northern Newscast")
last_aired = present
producer = Granada Television

"Granada Reports" is the flagship news programme of ITV franchisee 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 October 2001.

On Air

"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, Liverpool and Lancaster. Reporters were also based at newsrooms in Blackburn and Chester until 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.

The team

Currently, the "Granada Reports/News" on-air team consists of the following:

Main anchors

*Lucy Meacock
*Tony Morris

ports presenters

*Chris Hall
*Mike Hall
*Andrew Lindsey
*Alastair Connolly

Weather presenters

The weather presenters are based at the ITV Yorkshire studios and also present weather for the ITV Border and ITV Tyne Tees regions.
*Jo Blythe
*Kerrie Gosney
*Debbie Lindley

Reporters

District correspondents
*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)
*Ashley Derricott
*Kate Giffard
*Jasmine Said
*Rachel Gwilliam
*Gamal Fahnbulleh
*Matt O'Donoghue
*Tim Scott
*Rob Smith
*Mark Tattersall
*Caroline Wareham

Former presenters

*Beverley Ashworth (Bulletin presenter until 1992)
*Hazel Barrett (late 1980s - 1999)
*Andrew Brittain (1988-2002)
*Pattie Coldwell (1970s)
*Judy Finnigan (1980-1988)
*Charles Foster (Bulletin presenter until 1992)
*Bob Greaves (1963-1999)
*Richard Madeley (1981-1988)
*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)

Awards

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 BAFTA Television 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.

External links

* [http://www.itvlocal.com/granada/news ITV Granada News] at itvlocal.com


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