BBC North West Tonight

BBC North West Tonight
North West Tonight
BBC North West Tonight titles.jpg
Programme titles since 2008.
Also known as North West Today
Format Regional News
Presented by Roger Johnson
Ranvir Singh
(Main anchors)
Running time 30 mins
Production company(s) BBC North West
Original channel BBC One (North West)
Original run 3 September 1984 –
(&1000000000000002700000027 years, &1000000000000008100000081 days)

BBC North West Tonight is a nightly regional news programme covering the North West of England. Produced by BBC North West, the programme airs at 6.30pm and at 10:25pm every weekday evening and is currently broadcast from the BBC Manchester studios at New Broadcasting House on Oxford Road, but is due to come from the new MediaCityUK studios at Salford Quays from Monday 28th November 2011.


BBC North West region

The BBC North West region covers Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire, southern parts of Cumbria, the Peak District, northern Staffordshire and the Isle of Man. It is also the preferred region on Deeside and in Flintshire. Transmitters in the extremes of West Yorkshire, covering towns like Todmorden previously broadcast this regional version but now are covered by BBC Look North. The programme can be watched in any part of the UK (and Europe) on digital satellite channel 978 on the BBC UK regional TV on satellite service.


BBC television news from Manchester began on 30 September 1957 with a nightly programme entitled News from the North, broadcast to the whole of Northern England (incorporating the current BBC North West, Yorkshire & North Midlands, East Yorkshire & Lincolnshire and North East & Cumbria regions).

The programme was relaunched in 1962 as North at Six (latterly Look North), extended to 20 minutes and re-focused to cover the North West and Yorkshire areas following the launch of a separate North East & Cumbria programme entitled Home at Six.

On 25 March 1968, the Manchester edition of Look North was again re-focused to cover the North West area only following the launch of a third Look North programme from Leeds. The programme was renamed in 1980 as Look North West with News North West introduced for shorter bulletins. On 18 May 1981, Look North West moved from small studios at Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester to its current home at New Broadcasting House on Oxford Road in the city.

North West Tonight was introduced on 3 September 1984 to coincide with the launch of the BBC Six O'Clock News. Between 1986 and 1989, the programme also covered parts of Cumbria previously served by the Newcastle edition of Look North and provided a news opt-out for the area at lunchtime. Following viewer complaints, Cumbrian news coverage was switched back to Newcastle's Look North.

The programme is due to begin broadcasting from the BBC's MediaCityUK studios in Salford Quays on Monday 28 November 2011.

Broadcast times

North West Today

On weekdays, breakfast bulletins air as part of BBC Breakfast at 26 and 56 minutes past the hour, between 6:26am and 9:00am. The 15-minute lunchtime programme airs at 1:30pm, following the BBC News at One. A three-minute mid-afternoon update is broadcast just after 3pm. Short bulletins are also broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays after national news summaries.

North West Tonight

The main edition of North West Tonight is broadcast every weeknight between 6.30pm and 7.00pm. A short 30-second headline update airs just before 8pm and the six-minute late bulletin is broadcast each weeknight at 10:25pm, following the BBC News at Ten. North West Tonight also airs short early evening bulletins on Saturday and Sunday evenings, although times usually vary. A late night bulletin is also broadcast on Sundays, following the BBC News at Ten.

Current team

Currently, the North West Tonight/Today on-air team consists of:

Main newscasters

  • Ranvir Singh (also late bulletin presenter, Monday & Tuesday)

Other newscasters

  • Eleanor Moritz (Breakfast, also reporter)
  • Carol Lowe (Breakfast)
  • Charlotte Leeming (Late bulletins, Wed-Fri)
  • Annabel Tiffin (Late bulletins and stand-in main anchor)
  • Elaine Dunkley (Various bulletins, also reporter)
  • Mark Edwardson (Breakfast/Weekend bulletins)
  • Jacey Normand (Relief)
  • Graham Liver (Relief)

Sports team

  • Richard Askam

Weather presenters

  • Dianne Oxberry (Chief forecaster)
  • Eno Eruotor (Late bulletins and weekends)
  • Heather Stott (Breakfast and lunchtime)


District correspondents

  • Naomi Cornwell (Manchester, also occasional presenter)
  • Andy Gill (Merseyside, also occasional presenter)
  • Peter Marshall (Lancashire & South Cumbria, also occasional presenter)
  • Stuart Pollit (South Cumbria)
  • Kate Simms (Cheshire, also occasional presenter)

Specialist correspondents

  • Jayne Barrett (Economics, Liverpool)
  • Abbie Jones (Investigative)
  • Colin Sykes (Environment/Transport)
  • Laura Yates (Health, also occasional presenter)
  • Arif Ansari (Political Editor)
  • Gill Dummigan (Political, also occasional presenter)

General reporters

  • Stuart Flinders (also occasional presenter)
  • Dave Guest (Chief Reporter)
  • Natalie Hancock
  • Lisa McAllister (freelance)
  • Alison Wood

Former presenters/reporters

External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

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