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How Tyne Tees’s main news programmes have changed over the years.
- 16 January 1959: North East Roundabout starts
- First news programme. A fifteen minute programme initially weekly on Friday nights. Later also broadcast midweek as Midweek Roundabout, and later moving to broadcast five
nights a week.
- 27 March 1964: Final edition of North East Roundabout
- Broadcast on Good Friday
- 30 March 1964: North East Newsview starts
- Nightly programme, 45 minutes long on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 55
minutes long on Wednesdays and Fridays.
- 1969: Today At Six starts
- Tyne Tees’s first news colour programme launched.
- 1976: Northern Life starts
- The longest running news programme on Tyne Tees. Initially 30 minutes
long, some hour long editions were run in the late 1980s.
- 2 October 1992: Final Northern Life
- Paul Frost and Pam Royle say goodbye. Until Monday…
- 5 October 1992: Tyne Tees Today starts
- A new era of branding sees Northern Life replaced.
- 31 March 1993: Network North starts
- The region is split into subregions with Tyne Tees Today broadcasting from Newcastle to the North, and Network North coming from Teesside, broadcasting to the South.
- November 1995: Tyne Tees News starts
- The two brands for the North and South are replaced, although separate programmes continue to be broadcast.
- January 1996: Tonight launched
- Tyne Tees News is joined by a new lifestyle programme called Tonight.
- 30 August 1996: Final editions of Tyne Tees News and Tonight
- Making way for the world of Channel 3 North East
- 2 September 1996: North East Tonight with Mike Neville starts
- All three programmes combined into one with new presenter Mike Neville, poached from the BBC’s Look North. Launched on the same day as the Channel 3 North East branding.
- 8 March 1999: Start of North East Tonight, with Primetime strand
- The Tonight lifestyle programme returns as a 25 minute segment of North East Tonight, called Primetime.
- 5 April 1999: Primetime dropped
- Primetime is unceremoniously dropped and regional opt outs are introduced into the programme.
- 21 May 2001: North East Today launched
- Lifestyle removed from North East Tonight and the programme reduced to 30
minutes long. Lifestyle moves to North East Today at lunchtime, with separate
editions for north and south.
- 20 December 2002: Final edition of North East Today
- Afternoon regional magazine programme comes to an end.
- 2002 (2 September): North East Tonight and North East Today.
- Late bulletin folded into News at Ten, and renamed North East Tonight.
New set introduced in Teesside.
- 2 February 2004: ITV generic look applied to North East Tonight
- North East Tonight re-branded to match revamped ITV News service.
- 1 July 2005: Final broadcast from City Road studios
- So long Newcastle
- 2 July 2005: First broadcast from Television House in Gateshead. Mike Neville’s final edition of North East Tonight.
- Having been off ill for several weeks, Mike returned for the start of the Gateshead era, for what would turn out to be his final edition of the programme.
- August and November 2005: Trials run of separate programmes for the north and the south of the region
- The absence of Mike Neville sees bosses try something different
- 16 January 2006: North East Tonight split into two editions full time
- North and South go their separete ways.
- 5 June 2006: Announcement made that Mike Neville would not be returning to North East Tonight
- The news was a principle story on the programme, taking up a significant amount of airtime.