Calendar (TV programme)

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Calendar
ITV News Calendar.png
FormatRegional News
Presented byChristine Talbot
Duncan Wood
Country of originEngland, United Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)Margaret Emsley
(Head of News)
Location(s)Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
(main 18:00 show)
Production company(s)ITV Yorkshire
Broadcast
Original channelITV Yorkshire
Picture format576i (SDTV 16:9)
Original run29 July 1968 (1968-07-29) – present
Chronology
Related showsITV News,
BBC Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire),
BBC Look North (Yorkshire and North Midlands)
External links
Website
 
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Calendar
ITV News Calendar.png
FormatRegional News
Presented byChristine Talbot
Duncan Wood
Country of originEngland, United Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)Margaret Emsley
(Head of News)
Location(s)Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
(main 18:00 show)
Production company(s)ITV Yorkshire
Broadcast
Original channelITV Yorkshire
Picture format576i (SDTV 16:9)
Original run29 July 1968 (1968-07-29) – present
Chronology
Related showsITV News,
BBC Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire),
BBC Look North (Yorkshire and North Midlands)
External links
Website

Calendar is a regional television news and current affairs programme, produced by ITV Yorkshire at its studios in Leeds, serving Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and parts of the North Midlands and north western Norfolk areas of England.

District reporters and camera crews are based at newsrooms in Hull, Lincoln and Sheffield.

Contents

History [edit]

1968 to January 2007 [edit]

Calendar studios in Leeds.
Former YTV Calendar office on Charter Square roundabout in Sheffield.

Calendar first aired on the launch day of Yorkshire Television - Monday, 29 July 1968. Since its launch, the programme has been produced at YTV's main studios in Kirkstall Road, Leeds. Calendar first presenter was Jonathan Aitken. In the past, Calendar has been hosted by the late Richard Whiteley (until 1995, alongside his duties on Countdown, earning him the nickname "Twice Nightly Whiteley"), Austin Mitchell (until he became a Labour Member of Parliament in 1977) Marylyn Webb from 1972 until 1989 who covered the entire five years of the Yorkshire Ripper murders and subsequent month long trial at the Old Bailey and Mike Morris.

Since 1989, the programme has been broadcast from a specially converted centre opposite the main site. The main programme at 6pm was split into two regions from its inception until 18 February 2009. In the North/West, Duncan Wood and Christine Talbot presented the programme, while in the South/East, it was presented by John Shires and Gaynor Barnes. On 19 February 2009, Calendar became pan-regional and is presented by Duncan Wood and Christine Talbot. Gaynor Barnes is now the presenter for the Calendar News bulletins at 6.35am, 7.10am and 8.10am during Daybreak on weekdays although she is still a stand-in presenter for Christine Talbot.

Upon gaining the Belmont transmitter in 1974 from Anglia Television, which served south Lincolnshire and north Norfolk, the programme developed a regional opt-out service for the area within the main programme. At the same time, Yorkshire Television (YTV) inherited the Anglia news offices in Grimsby and Hull and opened a further newsroom in Lincoln. For several years until the early 1980s, viewers served by the Belmont transmitter also received a localised weather forecast produced by the weather department at Anglia.

On 28 March 1977, YTV launched a six-week breakfast television experiment.[1] Good Morning Calendar is credited as being the United Kingdom's first breakfast television programme, six years before the launch of TV-am. The programme ran concurrently with a similar Tyne Tees programme, Good Morning North for North East viewers.[2] Both series ended after nine weeks on 27 May 1977.

During the 1970s and early 1980s, Calendar's output consisted of a main evening programme alongside lunchtime and late night bulletins on weekdays; weekend bulletins were not introduced until the late 1980s. When ITV Schools programming was moved to Channel 4 in 1987 and daytime programming introduced to ITV, national ITN and regional bulletins were introduced at 09:25 and 11:00, along with a mid-afternoon bulletin. In the latter part of the 1980s, Calendar expanded its lunchtime bulletin into a half-hour magazine show, Calendar Lunchtime Live. The programme was scrapped in early 1988 but reintroduced for a short period during 2001.

On Monday, 24 September 1990, a third sub-regional opt-out for south Yorkshire and north Derbyshire was introduced - Calendar South from Sheffield initially aired at lunchtime and within the main 18:00 programme while Calendar East (Hull) aired in east Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk and Calendar News was broadcast to the rest of the region (west and north Yorkshire). The separate East and South services continued until December 2006.

January 2007 to February 2009 [edit]

On Monday, 8 January 2007, Calendar's main 18:00 programme was split into North and South editions for the region. All other bulletins (weekday and weekend lunchtime, weekday late, and weekend early evening) were pan-regional. The previous East and South regions were merged to form a larger South area.

Calendar North: (north, west, and south west Yorkshire; north Derbyshire)
Calendar South: (central and east Lincolnshire; east and south east Yorkshire; east Nottinghamshire; north Norfolk).

The regular presenters of the North edition were Duncan Wood and Christine Talbot; two other long-standing Calendar presenters, John Shires and Gaynor Barnes, became the main regular presenters of the South edition. Both editions of the programme were broadcast from ITV Yorkshire's Leeds studios.

February 2009 to present [edit]

Cutbacks in ITV regional news coverage in early 2009 meant that its seventeen regions would be cut down to nine to "save costs", and regional news programmes would become pan-regional. The final sub-regional editions of Calendar aired on Wednesday, 18 February 2009 with a new pan-regional programme launching the next day.

Short opt-outs are retained for the North and South sub-regions within the 18:00 programme and after News at Ten - either the North or South opt is pre-recorded depending on the day's news. Calendar North presenters Duncan Wood and Christine Talbot now present the new programme, with Calendar South presenters John Shires and Gaynor Barnes moving to sports coverage and Daybreak opts respectively.[3]

Calendar airs seven days a week:

As with many ITV regional news programmes, some areas of the ITV Yorkshire region overlap with neighbouring ITV regions. For instance; Newark is covered by both Calendar and ITV News Central; similarly, north Norfolk is covered by both Calendar and ITV News Anglia.

Current on air team [edit]

Presenters [edit]

PersonTitle(s)Related note(s)
Christine TalbotMain presenterLunchtime/late bulletin newsreader (alternating)
Duncan Wood[4]
Sally SimpsonDaybreak opts newsreader
Kerrie Gosney[4]Weather presenterFreelance contract
Jon Mitchell[4]

Correspondents [edit]

PersonTitle(s)Related note(s)
Sarah ClarkHull Correspondent
Martin FisherSheffield Correspondent
David HirstNewsreader/stand-in presenter
Kate WalbyLeeds Correspondent
Victoria WhittamNewsreader
Lisa AdlamNews CorrespondentNewsreader/stand-in presenter
Gaynor Barnes[4]
Michael BillingtonNewsreader
Adam Fowler
Jon HillNewsreader/stand-in presenter
Chris Kiddey
Julie Lockwood
Frazer MaudeFreelance contract
Gail Mellors
Matt PriceNewsreader
Anne-Marie Tasker
Lisa WaltonNewsreader, freelance contract
James Webster
Paul BurlandSport CorrespondentNewsreader
Chris Dawkes
John ShiresNewsreader/stand-in presenter
Ben ErlamPolitical Correspondent
Tina Gelder[4]Consumer Affairs CorrespondentNewsreader/stand-in presenter

Former on air team [edit]

References [edit]

  1. ^ Yorkshire's forthcoming experiment in breakfast viewing may sound the ... Fiddick, Peter The Guardian (1959-2003); 21 February 1977;
  2. ^ Piercy, Robert. "Yorkshire TV News". TVARK. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Fitzsimmons, Caitlin (17 February 2009). "Seventeen regions into nine: How the updated ITV local news services will run". guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Meet the team | Calendar - ITV News at itv.com

External links [edit]

Preceded by
Lookaround
RTS: Television Journalism
Nations and Regions News Programme

2012
Succeeded by
Incumbent