The former Border Television region, now ITV Border, has had its half-hour local programme restored.
People in the Borders would have seen a return to a Border-only news service as of today as all ITV Regional news for them covered stories solely on Southern Scotland and Cumbria, similar to pre-Tyne Tees merger in February 2009.
The 6pm Lookaround programme tonight was still presented by Pam Royle and Ian Payne (who also present ITV News Tyne Tees) but the opts of one programme live and one recorded is split until near the end of the show before a live closing minute on both programmes.
All other bulletins have now returned to be called ‘ITV News Border’. However the more regional focused news will see a cut in the near future to bulletin time length as further ITV local news policy changes.
Since the 2009 merger with Tyne Tees people have been outraged in the Border TV area, especially recently with Scottish Independence coverage and debates shown on STV being ignored in Southern Scotland.
This is set to change with OFCOM ruling 90 minutes of non-news programming for the Border area. Fiona Armstrong returned to ITV Border screens with the first of a two part programme on independence on both sides of the region which aired earlier this evening and continues next Monday.
Here is tonight’s Lookaround in full with presenter Pam Royle welcoming us to “half hour of news for Cumbria and Southern Scotland.”
Also the first late bulletin to be titled ‘ITV News Border‘