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ITV Calendar (December 2007).png
Also known as Calendar News
Genre Regional News
Presented by Duncan Wood
Christine Talbot
Producer(s) Yorkshire Television
(now branded ITV Yorkshire)
Running time Main edition: 30 Minutes
Original channel Yorkshire Television
(now branded ITV1 Yorkshire)
Original run 29 July 1968 – present
External links
Official 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 West Norfolk. The programme is usually broadcast at 6pm every weeknight, with short Calendar News bulletins airing seven days a week.

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




1968 to January 2007

Calendar studios in Leeds

Calendar has always been produced at ITV Yorkshire's main facility at Kirkstall Road in Leeds (originally from Studio 2) but from 1989 onwards in a specially converted centre opposite the main studios.

Upon gaining the Belmont transmitter in 1974 from Anglia Television, which served south Lincolnshire and north Norfolk, the programme developed a small regional opt-out for the area within the main programme. At the same time, YTV inherited the Anglia news office in Grimsby, Lincolnshire and opened a further newsroom in Lincoln.

In 1977, YTV launched a six-week breakfast television experiment, Good Morning Calendar. Good Morning Calendar is credited as being the UK's first breakfast television programme, six years before the launch of TV-am. [1] The programme ran concurrently with a similar Tyne Tees programme, Good Morning North, for North East viewers.

During the 1970s and early 1980s, Calendar's output consisted of a main evening show and 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 9:25am and 11am, 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.

By around 1990, daytime Calendar News bulletins had been split to cover three sub-regions: Calendar East Hull was broadcast to east Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk; Calendar South (Sheffield) was broadcast to south Yorkshire and north Derbyshire; Calendar News was broadcast to the rest of the region (west and north Yorkshire). There was also a 5-minute opt-out within the main Calendar programme. The separate East and South services continued until December 2006.

January 2007 to February 2009

On 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 brodcast from ITV Yorkshire's Leeds studios.

January 2009 to present

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 6pm 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 GMTV bulletins respectively.[1]

Calendar airs seven days a week:

  • Three short breakfast bulletins during GMTV
  • A lunchtime bulletin after the ITV News at 1:30, airing between 13:55 and 14:00
  • The main half-hour evening edition of Calendar at 18:00
  • A late sub-regional bulletin after ITV News at Ten, airing between 22:25 and 22:35
  • Two early evening bulletins at the weekend: one on Saturday and one on Sunday

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

The team

Main presenters

  • Duncan Wood (Calendar/weekday short bulletins)

Other presenters

  • Frazer Maude
  • Lisa Walton
  • Kate Webster (Friday 6pm and late newscaster)

Weather presenters

District Correspondents

  • Victoria Beedham (Leeds)
  • Sarah Clark (Hull)
  • Charlie Garforth (Leeds)
  • David Hirst (Sheffield)
  • Carolyn Hodgson (Leeds) ~
  • Sally Simpson (Lincoln)
  • Kate Webster (Leeds) *
  • Martin Fisher (Sheffield)

News Correspondents

  • Lisa Adlam
  • Jon Hill ~ *
  • Chris Kiddey ~
  • Julie Lockwood
  • Gail Mellors
  • Anne-Marie Tasker ~

Specialist Correspondents

  • John Shires (Sport) *

Note: Reporters marked with a * next to their name also act as stand-in newscasters occasionally. Reporters marked with a ~ also appear on ITV Tyne Tees & Border as they and ITV Yorkshire are neighbouring regions.

Notable former staff

Calendar spin-off programmes

  • Calendar Calling
  • Calendar Carousel
  • Calendar Commentary
  • Calendar Countdown
  • Calendar Fashion Show
  • Calendar Forum
  • Calendar Friday
  • Calendar Goes Pop
  • Calendar Kids
  • Calendar Lunchtime Live
  • Calendar People
  • Calendar Profile
  • Calendar Question
  • Calendar Tuesday
  • Calendar Sport
  • Calendar Sunday
  • Calendar Survival
  • Christmas Calendar
  • Country Calendar
  • Election Calendar
  • Good Morning Calendar


External links


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