Daybreak Northern Ireland
Daybreak N. Ireland's CSO set, September 2012 (pictured is presenter, Jane Veitch)
Also known asGMTV Northern Ireland
(1994 (1994)-2010 (2010))
Country of originNorthern Ireland, United Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
Production locationsBelfast,
Northern Ireland
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time2 minutes
Production companiesMacmillan Media (2005-2012),
ITN (2000-2005),
Reuters (1994-2000)
Original networkITV Breakfast
(via UTV)
Picture format576i (SDTV 16:9)
Original releaseJanuary 1995 (1995-01) –
21 December 2012 (2012-12-21)
Preceded byUTV Live
Followed byUTV Live
Related showsDaybreak,
Daybreak Scotland
External links

Daybreak Northern Ireland (previously GMTV Northern Ireland) is the regional news strand for Northern Ireland provided for the ITV breakfast station ITV Breakfast.

Unlike the ITV plc-owned regions, UTV - the ITV contractor for Northern Ireland - did not provide regional news broadcasts during Daybreak (previously GMTV). This was due to a dispute between UTV and GMTV which dates back to 1994 when UTV opted out of the national breakfast contractor in breach of their broadcasting licence to provide live coverage of the breaking news of the Combined Loyalist ceasefire.

GMTV Northern Ireland was rebranded as Daybreak Northern Ireland in September 2010, when GMTV was replaced by new breakfast programme, Daybreak. Regional bulletins aired three times each weekday, and included a look at the days main headlines, a travel news update, and a weather forecast.


In January 1995, GMTV contracted the service out to Reuters, who then provided the GMTV national news service. The service was produced by ITN from March 2000. Macmillan Media, a company founded by former ITN and BBC correspondent Michael Macmillan, won the contract to provide news bulletins in 2005.

Macmillan Media took over from STV as the regional breakfast news provider in the Central Scotland and Northern Scotland regions in 2007.[1]

The Daybreak Northern Ireland service by Macmillan Media ended on Friday 21 December 2012, with UTV resuming production of the breakfast news opt-outs from January 2013 onwards.

The team


  1. ^ Sheppard, Fergus (7 April 2007). "Irish firm to provide news as GMTV pulls plug on STV". Edinburgh: The Scotsman. Retrieved 1 August 2007.