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ITV Evening News

The ITV Evening News is the early evening news programme on the British television network ITV1. It is produced by ITN.

The main presenters are Mark Austin and Mary Nightingale. The bulletin is a thirty minute news broadcast covering British national and international news stories, broadcast at 6.30pm, from Daily. In the event of a major news story, one of the programme's presenters will front the first ten to fifteen minutes of the programme from the scene of the story. The other presenter will remain in the studio and read the day's other news.


The chronology of the programme begins in 1976 with ITN News at 545. Michael Nicholson was the original presenter, and continued as a regular host until September 1986. Other presenters in the early days included Leonard Parkin, who at the time regularly hosted the ITN News at One, and Martyn Lewis. Initially, the bulletins were broadcast from the Police Five studio and intended as a round-up of the day's headlines and looking at stories to be covered in more length by that evening's edition of News at Ten. In 1988, the News at 545 underwent some cosmetic changes, being given a new look and a computer-generated opening sequence for the first time, with Alastair Stewart replacing Nicholson as the main anchor and the programme being moved to the main newsroom within the ITN headquarters building, and with full-length reports now also being featured as part of the programme. In 1989, the introduction of a national weather forecast at the end of the programme led to the bulletin's timeslot being extended in length to 20 minutes and the title being changed to ITN News at 540.

Due to the Gulf Crisis and subsequent war in 1991, ITN were temporarily granted a full half-hour slot each evening; the continual change of time (and length) of the bulletin around this time led to the ITN News at 540 being re-branded as the ITN Early Evening News, with John Suchet as the main host. In 1992, the bulletin went back to its 5.40pm timeslot, but retained the Early Evening News name, until it was cancelled in 1999. The 6:30pm ITV Evening News was then launched, with Trevor McDonald as its main presenter. He left to present the revived and short-lived News at Ten in 2001 and subsequently became main presenter on the ITV News at 10.30 (and later on, a third incarnation of News at Ten). Following McDonald's departure from the ITV Evening News in 2001, Dermot Murnaghan and Mary Nightingale became the programme's main presenters. Mark Austin replaced Murnaghan following the latter presenter's defection to BBC News in 2002.

The ITV Evening News is currently the RTS news programme of the year.


Main presenters

Relief presenters

Former presenters

Guest presenters

Between 19 September and 23 September 2005, former ITN newsreaders returned to present the ITV Evening News alongside either Mark Austin or Mary Nightingale as part of ITV and ITN's 50th birthday celebrations:

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