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For the BBC Northern Ireland's weekly current affairs programme, see Spotlight (BBC Northern Ireland TV programme)
Also known as BBC Channel Islands
(Channel Islands opt-out)
Format Regional News
Presented by Victoria Graham
Justin Leigh
(Main anchors, Spotlight)
Clare Burton
(Main anchor, BBC Channel Islands)
David Braine
(Weather presenter)
Producer(s) BBC South West
Running time Main bulletin:
30 minutes 8pm bulletin:
30 seconds
Original channel BBC One South West
Original run 1961 (as South West at Six) – present

Spotlight is the BBC's regional news programme for the southwest of England, covering Cornwall, Devon, West Dorset, and Somerset. There is also a special version of the programme for viewers in the Channel Islands. The main version of the programme broadcasts between 18:30 and 18:58 on weekdays, with shorter bulletins at other times. The programme can be viewed anywhere in the UK (and Europe) on digital satellite channel 987/988 on the BBC UK regional TV on satellite service. Its main competitors are ITV South West's main evening programme The West Country Tonight in Devon, Cornwall, South Somerset and West Dorset and ITV Channel Television's main evening programme Channel Report in the Channel Islands.

Spotlight is broadcast from BBC Broadcasting House in Seymour Road, Plymouth - this is the main headquarters for all BBC South West programming, on TV, radio and online. There are also smaller studios in Truro, Exeter, Paignton, Barnstaple and Taunton.

The programme originally began as South West at Six in 1961. [1]

A lighthouse motif has been in use within the programme's title sequences for many years until in May 2000, when Spotlight adopted the generic BBC regional news design. The motif returned in May 2006, and the use of a lighthouse in the titles remained with the latest BBC News relaunch in 2008.


The team

Currently, the Spotlight/BBC Channel Islands on-air team consists of:


Main presenters


  • Natalie Cornah
  • Victoria Graham
  • Justin Leigh

BBC Channel Islands

  • Clare Burton
  • Gwyn Garfield Bennett

Sports presenters

  • Natalie Cornah
  • Andy Breare

Weather presenters

  • David Braine
  • Helen McKenzie
  • Emily Wood

Other presenters

  • Rebecca Wills
  • Clare Casson
  • Carol Madge
  • Lucie Fisher (married to output editor Simon Read)
  • Carys Edwards
  • Aysha Iqbal
  • Amy Cole
  • Hamish Marshall (also East Devon video journalist)
  • Julia Peet (married to weatherman David Braine)
  • Jenny Walrond

Spotlight reporters

District Correspondents

  • David George (Cornwall)
  • Philip Loat (North Devon)
  • Mark Patterson (Somerset)
  • Clinton Rogers (Somerset)

Specialist Correspondents

  • Scott Bingham (Defence)
  • Adrian Campbell (Environment)
  • Neil Gallacher (Business and Industry)
  • Simon Hall (Home Affairs)
  • Sally Mountjoy (Health)
  • Martyn Oates (Political Editor)

General Reporters

  • Marcus Wraight
  • Louise Walter
  • Eleanor Parkinson
  • Jonathan Hudston
  • Leigh Rundle
  • Johnny Rutherford
  • John Henderson

BBC Channel Islands team


  • Amy Harris (Videojournalist/bulletin producer)
  • David Earl (Alderney correspondent)
  • Suzy Steer-Fowler (Bi-media journalist)
  • Emma Conroy (Bi-media journalist)
  • Christie Tucker (Bi-media journalist, Jersey)
  • Edward Sault (Video journalist, Jersey/occasional presenter)
  • Alex South (Guernsey video journalist)
  • Mike Wilkins (Guernsey video journalist)
  • Janey Doyle (Multimedia journalist)

Production Staff

  • Studio Director/Senior Technical Operator: Emma Chambers (also reporter)
  • Technical Operator: Chris Harrison
  • Producer/Assistant News Editor: Ian Kelly

Past presenters

BBC Channel Islands

BBC Channel Islands News' Current Look

BBC Channel Islands is the dedicated opt-out service for the Channel Islands. Until April 2008 it had been known as Spotlight Channel Islands. The news service for the islands is a relatively new innovation and is based at the studios of BBC Radio Jersey in St Helier. Although the programme's ITV rival, Channel Report, is arguably better known to islanders and more established, a recent BBC survey (made available on the BBC Jersey website) claimed that BBC Channel Islands News wins a 50% audience share for the 6:30pm opt-out, compared to the 40% who watch Channel Report at 6pm.

The opt-outs are presented by Gwyn Garfield Bennett or Clare Burton and produced by a team of multi-skilling journalists who write, film and edit their own stories, as well as producing and directing the three bulletins for the islands on weekdays. The main opt takes up the first twelve minutes of the nightly 6.30pm programme with a full opt at 10.25pm after the BBC News at Ten and a short 30-second update at 8pm. No opt-outs are broadcast during the day and at weekends, except for special programmes such as the local election coverage or major sporting events such as the Island Games.

Like other BBC enterprises in the Channel Islands, funding comes primarily from television licence fees collected within the Channel Islands themselves.[2][3]


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