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ITV Tyne Tees & Border
Based in Gateshead
Broadcast area North East England,
North Yorkshire,
Scottish Borders,
Dumfries and Galloway
Cumbria
Launched 25 February 2009
Replaced ITV Tyne Tees
ITV Border
Website http://www.itv.com/local
Owned by ITV plc

ITV Tyne Tees & Border is a non-franchse ITV regional station covering the North of England/Scottish Borders and incorporating the former ITV Tyne Tees and ITV Border regions. The new service was launched on Wednesday 25 February 2009,[1] shortly after the broadcasting regulator OFCOM gave ITV plc the go-ahead to merge the two regions.[2]

The main regional news programmes are North East Tonight (covering the former Tyne Tees region) and Lookaround (covering the former Border region) with other bulletins branded Tyne Tees & Border News (covering news stories from both Tyne Tees and Border). The Tyne Tees regional political programme Around the House continues on the new service, incorporating the Border region. The pan-region covered the Isle of Man until Thursday 16 July 2009 when ITV Granada took over coverage of the Crown dependency.

As part of the merger, six reporters in the Border region were reassigned as district correspondents, working from Carlisle, Selkirk, Whitehaven, Kendal, Dumfries and Edinburgh.[3] Newsrooms in Carlisle and Edinburgh are retained while other district reporters work from home. In the Tyne Tees region, smaller newsrooms continue to be based in Sunderland, York and Billingham as well as London. The region was selected in November 2009 to be one of the pilot areas for the provision of the new Independently Funded News Consortia proposed by Ofcom.

The ITV Tyne Tees & Border regional director is Graeme Thompson with Catherine Houlihan as Head of News.

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