ITN has unveiled the line-up for its London Tonight, which will relaunch on Monday.
Anchor Alastair Stewart will be joined on the ITV regional news programme by former ITV News presenter Katie Derham, on a new set based at ITN’s Gray’s Inn Road headquarters.
Joyce Ohajah, a former London Tonight reporter and ITV News transport and travel correspondent, will present the regional news slot within the ITV News at 10.30, giving the slot a regular presenter for the first time.
Former Big Breakfast news presenter Phil Gayle will front the Sunday news bulletins.
ITN has also named London Tonight’s team of dedicated specialist correspondents.
Keir Simmons, a former LNN transport correspondent, is now the bulletin’s “London life” correspondent; Simon Harris is political correspondent; Jonathan Wills is sports correspondent and Tamzin Sylvester – poached from BBC Three’s Liquid News, where she was “Beckham correspondent” – will do entertainment.
A reporting team of Ronke Phillips, Phil Bayles, Marcus Powell and Liz Wickham will provide additional coverage. An additional reporter is being recruited.
Stuart Thomas, the recently appointed editor of the London news service, said the bulletins would take “a more questioning approach to what it’s like living in the capital”.
“We will examine all the issues that really matter to Londoners, whether it be the housing market, the price of cabs or what’s going on in the worlds of sport and entertainment.”
By Wale Azeez