ITV today announced changes to the Evening News.
From March 2022, the programme will air for a hour from 6.30pm to 7.30pm every weeknight, with even more focus on reporting from outside of London feeding into the programme, to reflect the whole of the UK.
The programme will be solely hosted by Mary Nightingale.
“The expansion of the network evening news programme and the investment in new roles is an enormous vote of confidence in ITV News’ journalism, which has continued to deliver strong exclusives and insightful reporting year after year, with 2022 so far being no exception,” said ITV’s Director of News and Current Affairs, Michael Jermey.
“ITV’s news on television and digital platforms informs millions of people every day. It sits alongside strong current affairs output such as the Tonight programme, Peston, The Martin Lewis Money Show and the Bafta and Emmy award winning Exposure strand. ITV’s impartial, independent journalism makes an enormous contribution to public service broadcasting in the UK”.
ITV also announced today that ITV’s flagship continuing dramas are to move to new optimal time slots as ITV reconfigures its pre-9pm schedule.
Coronation Street is to move to three hour-long episodes, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm, and Emmerdale will move to a 7.30pm slot.