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List of ITV journalists and newsreaders

As the oldest commercial television network in the UK, Independent Television (generally known as ITV) has employed many journalists and newsreaders to present its news programmes as well as to provide news reports and interviews during its long history.

Since the ITV network started Independent Television News Limited (ITN) has held the contract to produce national and international news for the ITV Network. Meanwhile, the regional ITV stations have provided local news programmes tailored for their regional audiences.

A

  • Kaye Adams – journalist on Central Television and later presenter on Scottish TV.
  • Graham Addicott - former reporter/presenter on Thames Television. Now runs independent production company, First Freedom Productions
  • Sameena Ali-Khan – presenter on ITV Central and presented the ITV Weekend News on occasions in 2006
  • Jo Andrews – former Political Correspondent and Deputy Political Editor at ITN
  • Fiona Armstrong – presenter for Border Television's regional news programme Lookaround.and later a newscaster on ITN's News at Ten
  • Pamela Armstrong – She worked for ITN as a newscaster from 1983 to 1986.
  • Mark Austin – main presenter of ITV Evening News. Since joining ITN (on ITV) in 1986, he has specialised in a variety of roles including sports reporter, foreign correspondent, and then newscaster.
  • Ian Axton – main presenter of Meridian Tonight in the southeast region of ITV Meridian from 2007–2009. Also presented ITN programmes London Tonight and the ITV News at 5:30
  • Lisa Aziz - Former co-presenter for ITV Westcountry and news presenter on TV-am.

B

  • Zeinab Badawi – first presenter of the ITV News at 5:30 and co-presented Channel 4 News for several years, before joining BBC News
  • Llewella Bailey
  • Faye Barker - Main newscaster for ITV News London at 5:30 from January 2009 until December 2012. She continues to work with ITN across ITV London & ITV News output.
  • Carol Barnes – Worked for ITN from 1975 to 2004 as both reporter and newscaster. She died in March 2008.
  • Gaynor Barnes - Presenter and journalist currently employed by ITV Yorkshire since 1991.
  • Felicity Barr - First ever female sports correspondent for ITV News in 2001.
  • Martin Bashir – Left BBC in 1999 to join ITV, working on special documentary programmes and features for Tonight.
  • Seán Batty - Meteorologist, currently working for STV.
  • Andrea Benfield - Journalist and presenter, ITV News: Wales at Six.
  • Sangeeta Bhabra
  • Sally Biddulph - Reporter and newsreader at ITV News Central and Political Correspondent for Thames Valley Tonight in Westminster. Joined ITN in 2009 as News Correspondent, Political Correspondent and Presenter on ITV News at 5:30, ITV News at 1:30 and ITV News Saturday primetime bulletins. Since 2014 Newsreader for ITV News London.
  • Reginald Bosanquet – best known for presenting ITN bulletins in the 1970s. He joined ITN at its start in 1955 as a sub-editor. He later reported from many parts of the world and was the diplomatic correspondent for four years. He also held the 'head anchor' title at ITN between 1974 and 1976, in the absence of Alastair Burnet. He died in 1984.
  • Tom Bradby – ITV News' political editor since July 2005. He joined ITN as an editorial trainee in 1990 and subsequently became producer for Michael Brunson, ITN's political editor, in 1992. He spent three years (1993–96) as Ireland correspondent. From 1999 to 2001, he was ITN's Asia correspondent. Following this, he became Royal correspondent for ITV News, and subsequently became UK editor before taking up the post of political editor.
  • Colin Brazier - Reporter on ITV.
  • Fern Britton - Television presenter, best known as co-presenter for ITV magazine programme This Morning from 1999 - 2009.
  • Michael Brunson – served as Washington correspondent and diplomatic editor of ITN. He is best known for serving as the political editor between 1986 to 2000 and as an occasional ITN newscaster.
  • Lynda Bryans
  • Andrea Byrne
  • Sir Alastair Burnet – main presenter of News at Ten and ITN election programmes from the early 1960s until his retirement in 1991. Burnet held the 'head anchor' title at ITN from 1967 - the year News at Ten was launched - until 1991, except between 1972 and 1976 when he presented for the BBC and become editor of the Daily Express. He was knighted as a Knight Bachelor in early 1984. He died in July 2012.

C

  • Andrea Catherwood – former main presenter for ITV's weekend news bulletins. She joined ITN in April 1998, starting as a newscaster and senior reporter. In these early years, Catherwood also presented the ITN Morning News and filed special reports for News at Ten. Following this she became medical correspondent. She left ITN in September 2006 to front the short-lived political programme, The Sunday Edition.
  • David Chater – Award-winning former ITN international correspondent. Joined Sky News in 1993.
  • Ros Childs
  • Geoff Clark – presenter of Meridian Tonight
  • John Clements – Crime Correspondent (2011–present)
  • Stephen Cole – reporter for Central Television, Anglia Television's About Anglia and ITN.
  • Dominic Cotton
  • Sarah Cullen – Former ITN Home Affairs Correspondent

D

E

F

  • Peter Fairley Science Editor for Independent Television News and TV Times magazine the late 1960s and early 1970s.
  • Anna Ford – initially worked as a researcher, news reporter and later newsreader at Granada Television. She became a newsreader with ITN, and later helped launch ITV's first breakfast television service, TV-am.
  • Fiona Foster

G

H

I

  • John Irvine – ITN's Washington correspondent. Irvine, before joining ITN in 1994 as a Northern Ireland correspondent, worked for UTV News.

J

  • Catherine Jacob – Editorial trainee at ITN from September 2000 and news presenter for Granada Reports and ITV News Tyne Tees in 2013.
  • Becky Jago

K

  • Natasha Kaplinsky – joined ITV to present ITN News in 2011.
  • Robert Kee – anchor for ITN's first lunchtime bulletin First Report from 1972 until 1976. He died in 2013.
  • Martin Kelner
  • Lucy Kite - News presenter and producer on Central Tonight for ITV Central from 2002. Entertainment correspondent from January 2006. From November 2008appointed relief presenter on West Midlands edition of Central.

L

M

N

  • Jennifer Nadel - ITN’s Home Affairs Editor from 1994-1999.
  • Shereen Nanjiani
  • Nina Nannar
  • Bill Neely – Joined ITN in 1989 as international correspondent. Covered many events including the fall of the Berlin Wall, breakup of the Soviet Union, both Gulf Wars, September 11 attacks and many more. Left in 2014 to join NBC News.
  • Mike Neville – Joined Tyne Tees Television in 1959 as a young reporter. Later became presenter of regional news programme before leaving for the BBC. Returned to ITV in 1996 with his own programme on Tyne Tees until 2005.
  • Gary Newbon
  • Jeremy Nicholas
  • Michael Nicholson – former ITN senior foreign correspondent and newscaster. He was the original host of the ITN News at 5:45 when it was introduced in 1976.
  • Nicol Nicolson
  • Mary Nightingale – co-presenter of the ITV News at 6:30 and relief presenter on ITV News at Ten. She joined ITV News in January 2001 and has since presented both the 6:30pm bulletin as well as special ITN programmes on ITV.

O

P

  • Leonard Parkin – a reporter and newscaster with ITN from circa 1973 to 1987. Between 1976 and 1987 he was one of the main presenters for ITN's [News at One, and often hosted the News at 5:45 in the early 1980s. He occasionally presented News at Ten, and retired in 1987. He subsequently presented documentaries for Yorkshire Television until his death in 1993.
  • Roger Parry
  • Kylie Pentelow
  • Fiona Phillips – Main anchor on GMTV, presenting GMTV Today from 1997 to 2008.
  • Eve Pollard
  • Louisa Preston

R

  • Gaby Rado – a journalist who died in Iraq during the 2003 invasion. He joined BBC News as a radio reporter, then ITN in 1985 as a writer for ITV bulletins, before transferring to ITN's Channel 4 News in 1988.
  • Jeff Randall
  • Phil Reay-Smith – general correspondent for ITV News until August 2010. Now Consumer Editor on ITV Breakfast show Daybreak since its launch in September 2010.
  • Pam Rhodes
  • Steve Rider – an English sports presenter and the anchorman of ITV's football coverage.
  • Angela Rippon
  • Nick Robinson – Political Editor for ITV News between 2002 and 2005.
  • Tim Rogers – First Wales Correspondent for ITN, joining from the BBC in 1997. Moscow Correspondent from 2001–2002, then North of England Correspondent from 2002 - Jan, 2008. London based until late 2008. Now Head of Training for The Thomson Foundation—a charitable foundation supporting media development and training journalists across the world.
  • Chris Rogers – presented and reported for ITV News.
  • Pam Royle
  • Sonia Ruseler

S

  • Selina Scott – a presenter of Grampian Today who in 1980 moved to ITN to replace Anna Ford on News at Ten. Left to present the BBC's Breakfast Time and later co-hosted The Clothes Show.
  • Steve Scott
  • Chris Ship – Deputy Political Editor for ITV News and occasional weekend news presenter.
  • Peter Sissons – Joined ITN in 1964 and Industrial Editor after being wounded covering the Nigerian Civil War Became alternate presenter of the News at One in 1976 and presented the first edition of Channel 4 News in 1982. Left in 1989 to join BBC News.
  • Jon Snow – Journalist and presenter for ITN, best known for presenting Channel 4 News.
  • Julia Somerville – joined ITN in 1987 to co-presente the Lunchtime News and also deputise as presenter of ITV News at Ten until it ended in 1999. She remained at ITN until October 2001, presenting the ITV News at 1:30 and was the launch newscaster for the ITN News Channel.
  • Owen Spencer-Thomas – Senior reporter on Anglia Television's regional magazine programme About Anglia from 1978 until 1995 and presenter of Reflections.
  • Alastair Stewart – Relief presenter of ITV News at 1:30, co-presenter of ITV News at 6:30 and relief newscaster on ITV News at Ten.
  • Janet Street-Porter – joined LWT in 1975, working as a reporter on The London Weekend Show from 1975 until 1979.
  • John Suchet – a newsreader for ITN from 1972 until 2004. He was a reporter from 1972 until 1982, when he became a weekend news presenter. He became the main lunchtime presenter from 1987 to 1992, but became best known for his presenting the ITV News at 6:30 between 1992 and 1999. During these years he was also a relief presenter for News at Ten. He retired from ITN in 2004. He is the brother of the actor David Suchet.

T

V

  • Geraint Vincent – Political correspondent for HTV's Wales Tonight, joined ITN in April 2002 as a news correspondent for ITV News, presented ITV News at 6:30 and ITV News at Ten, Middle East Correspondent for ITV News.

W

Y

  • Kirsty Young – in 1992, she joined STV to present the main evening news programme, Scotland Today. She moved to join ITV in 1999 and briefly became a co-presenter of the ITV News at 6:30 with Dermot Murnaghan in 2001, as well as the Channel 5 News.
  • Yao Chin – video journalist reporting on the ITV Morning News between 2009-12. He joined ITN as an Assistant News Editor and Westminster Producer having won a scholarship from ITV News for his post graduate journalism qualification

References

  1. ^ http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/BBC-breakfast-host-quit/story-11276945-detail/story.html
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