Also known asITV News Lookaround
Presented byAmy Lea & Ian Payne
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersMichaela Byrne
(Head of News and Programmes)
ProducersITV Tyne Tees & Border
ITV Border
Production locationsThe Watermark,
Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England[1]
Harraby, Carlisle
EditorCatherine Houlihan
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Original networkITV Border
Original release1961 (1961) –
Related showsITV News
ITV Weather
External links
[Border News at itv.com Website]

Lookaround is the evening news programme produced by ITV Tyne Tees & Border and broadcasting to Cumbria, Dumfries & Galloway and the Scottish Borders. It broadcasts for thirty minutes each Monday to Friday from 18:00, covering regional news stories, features, sport and weather. It is presented by Amy Lea & Ian Payne. Shorter bulletins air at other times (as ITV News Border).


See also: ITV Tyne Tees & Border

The news service is produced and broadcast from studios at The Watermark, Gateshead with reporters also based at offices in Carlisle and Edinburgh. Both regional services (I.e ‘’ITV News Tyne Tees’’ and ‘’Lookaround’’) utilise exactly the same presenter(s) and studio/set, therefore one of the two programmes - depending on the day's news - is pre-recorded 'as live' shortly before broadcast.[2]

The “Lookaround” news service transmits to a vast area – central and northern Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway, parts of South Ayrshire, the Scottish Borders and overlap areas of Northumberland. The Isle of Man was also served by ITV Border until 2009.


ITV Border

ITV Border's regional news service began on 1 September 1961 from studios at Harraby, Carlisle. Initially producing short evening bulletins and a topical magazine programme called Focus, Lookaround would become the station's flagship daily programme later on in the decade. Shorter bulletins were known as Border News. Meanwhile, the ITV Tyne Tees region had its own wholly separate news services. Lookaround is also known locally in Cumbrian dialect as "Border Crack an' Deekabout"[3]

In 1989, Border began providing a sub-regional news service for viewers served by the Selkirk transmitter, consisting of a short opt-out during Lookaround each weeknight. In April 1999, the opt-out was extended to cover Dumfries and Galloway and a dedicated Scottish news bulletin was introduced on weekday lunchtimes. Border also opened an Edinburgh bureau to provide coverage of the Scottish Parliament.[4]

ITV Tyne Tees & Border

Proposed merger

In September 2007, ITV plc announced that ITV Border news operations would be merged with ITV Tyne Tees, subject to the approval from the regulator Ofcom.[5]

On 24 April 2008, a campaign to save the ITV Border news operation arrived in London with a petition of 9000 signed by viewers. This was ahead of MPs meeting with industry regulator Ofcom.[6]

Ofcom authorises ITV's plans

On 26 September 2008, Ofcom authorised ITV's plans to save £40m a year by making regional programming cutbacks. These include axing mid-morning bulletins on weekdays and lunchtime bulletins at weekends, plus merging a number of regions and halving the number of non-news regional programmes.

On 30 September 2008, it was announced the number of ITV Border employees would be slashed from 64 to 13.[7][8]

Following a survey of Isle of Man viewers in autumn 2008,[9] coverage of the Isle of Man was transferred from ITV Border to ITV Granada in July 2009.[10][11][12]

Lookaround begins transmitting from Gateshead

Lookaround retains an office in Carlisle where the news editor, planning and online teams are based along with correspondents, but as of February 2009, the programme is transmitted from ITV Tyne Tees' studios at The Watermark, Gateshead. The lead presenters were announced as the then North East Tonight South edition presenters Ian Payne and Pam Royle.[13] Then Lookaround presenters Tim Backshall and Helen Carnell were redeployed as a news reporter and early presenter respectively.[14][15] As part of the merger, six district reporters were appointed – working from home unless based in Carlisle or Edinburgh. The district reporters announced were Victoria Hoe in Kendal, Hannah Lomas in Carlisle, Lee Madan in Selkirk, Stuart Pollitt in Whitehaven, Olivia Richwald in Dumfries and Kathryn Samson in Edinburgh.[14]

ITV Tyne Tees & Border was formed on 25 February 2009, with Lookaround and North East Tonight titles retained for the 6pm programme and late bulletin each weekday, whilst shorter bulletins were known simply as Tyne Tees & Border News.[16][17]

The then remaining sub-regional elements were:

On 14 January 2013, the news service was relaunched and rebranded as ITV News Lookaround.

Southern Scotland coverage reviewed

On 23 May 2012, ITV announced proposals for further changes on its regional news programming, with "some content replaced with aggregate of news from several regions" and an expansion in sub-regional coverage.[18] In November, upon the renewal of ITV's licences for a further ten years, Culture Secretary Maria Millar asked Ofcom to look into proposals for the Border region which would leave Southern Scotland viewers without "the same level of Scottish programming as viewers elsewhere in the country", covered by STV.[19]

In a consultation document, Ofcom set out two potential options, with any changes coming into effect in 2015 at the latest.[20][21] ITV proposed re-introducing a full news service exclusively for the Border region, including the return of half-hour editions of Lookaround and short news bulletins, as well as introducing a weekly current affairs programme for the region. The second option was to enforce ITV Border to broadcast 90 minutes a week of non-news programming, including programming from STV.

Press reports indicated a political split in opinion on the issue. In April, the Borders Chamber and members of the local authority at Newton[22] and the Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce[23] publicly supported the second option – with the Chamber calling for a national ITV service for the whole of Scotland.

Two members of the UK Government – Scottish Secretary of State Michael Moore and deputy David Mundell (both MPs in the Border region) – backed ITV's proposal for a Border current affairs programme while the Scottish Government called for STV programming (including Scotland Tonight) to be simulcast.[24]

On 16 May 2013, the first televised Scottish independence debate was broadcast on STV's Scotland Tonight across northern and central Scotland, however viewers in the south of the country were unable to see it as ITV Border took the decision not to broadcast it, leading to further criticism from politicians in the region.[25] Michael Jermey, ITV Director of News and Current Affairs, pledged some programming from STV would air on ITV Border.[26]

On 23 July 2013, OFCOM announced it had approved the second option of Scottish non-news programming. The regulator also ordered ITV to reopen the former Border Scotland service previously utilized for split news bulletins and simulcasts of select STV programming. The opt-out service was launched on Freeview in January 2014 and consists of a thrice-weekly political programme, Representing Border, and a weekly feature series, Border Life.[27] The bespoke local programming is not seen in Cumbria, where network programming continues to air.

Lookaround fully restored

On 14 June 2013, it was reported Lookaround would be restored to a full 30-minute programme along with ITV recruiting journalists for an Autumn launch.[28]

A month later, Ofcom approved ITV's plans to restore Border's news service. All short bulletins – including daytime and weekend updates – are now exclusive to the Border region, however with the minutage decreased.[29] The changes came into effect on 16 September 2013.[30]

2020 - present

From March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ITV Tyne Tees & Border services were impacted. Running times of all short bulletins were reduced. The main 6pm programme was now fronted by a single presenter instead of two.

On 23 November 2020, it was announced the main 6pm programme would return to two presenters from that night, with a slightly modified studio to allow for social distancing.[31]

On 28 March 2021, ITV Tyne Tees & Border announced that Amy Lea would be the new co-presenter of the main weekday news programme alongside Ian Payne as of 29 March 2021, taking over from Pam Royle who left ITV on 26 March 2021.


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  2. ^ Seventeen regions into nine: How the updated ITV local news services will run Caitlin Fitzsimmons, The Guardian, 17 February 2009
  3. ^ The GonMad Cumbrian Dictionary, archived from the original on 30 October 2013, retrieved 10 February 2013
  4. ^ Memorandum submitted by Border Television Limited, parliament.uk, 23 November 2001
  5. ^ "ITV to merge regional newsrooms". BBC News. 12 September 2007. Retrieved 12 September 2007.
  6. ^ Border TV comes to London BECTU, 24 April 2008
  7. ^ Fifty one jobs to be axed at Border TV[permanent dead link] Cumbria Life, 30 September 2008
  8. ^ Fight for 429 jobs – and for ITV regional news The Journalist
  9. ^ Response to Ofcom’s Second Public Service Broadcasting Review Phase Two: Preparing for the digital future Archived 16 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Viewers want to receive Granada TV news Archived 22 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine, iomtoday.co.im, 5 December 2008
  11. ^ Island set for Granada services, news.bbc.co.uk, 21 January 2009
  12. ^ Isle of Man moves ITV news region Archived 2 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine, www.iomtoday.co.im, 21 January 2009
  13. ^ Tyne Tees news presenters axed in cost cuts Archived 6 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine, ChronicleLive, 3 December 2008
  14. ^ a b Full Border TV Lookaround line-up revealed Archived 19 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine, News & Star, 17 January 2009
  15. ^ ITV Border: Meet the team, itv.com, 12 December 2013
  16. ^ ITV reveals the faces of Lookaround re-design Archived 9 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine Eskdale & Liddesdale Advertiser, 21 January 2009
  17. ^ "Revamped Lookaround set for broadcast on February 25" Archived 11 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine News & Star, 7 February 2009
  18. ^ ITV proposes cutting back on regional news content Mark Sweney, The Guardian, 23 May 2012
  19. ^ ITV and Channel 5 'may have to increase programming commitments' John Plunkett, The Guardian, 21 November 2012
  20. ^ Ofcom sets out Borders TV options Jamie Mclvor, BBC News, 21 February 2013
  21. ^ Views being sought on news and current affairs coverage in the Scottish Borders All Media Scotland, 21 February 2013
  22. ^ Scottish Borders Council leader already tunes into STV Peeblesshire News, 29 April 2013
  23. ^ Borders Chamber demands all-Scotland ITV Service Archived 30 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine Border Telegraph, 30 April 2013
  24. ^ Political split over south of Scotland ITV services Jamie McIvor, BBC News, 15 July 2013
  25. ^ 'We're left Indy dark' Magdalene Dalziel, Dumfries & Galloway Standard, 17 May 2013
  26. ^ ITV gives independence debate coverage pledge Archived 28 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine DnG24, 17 May 2013
  27. ^ OFCOM sets out licence terms for ITV, STV, UTV and Channel 5 Archived 26 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine, OFCOM, 23 July 2013
  28. ^ Border to restore full Lookaround TV news bulletin Archived 12 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine James Johnson, News & Star, 14 June 2013
  29. ^ Ofcom announces plans for ITV service overhaul in southern Scotland BBC News, 23 July 2013
  30. ^ Ofcom announce changes for ITV's coverage in Cumbria and southern Scotland ITV News, 23 July 2013
  31. ^ "https://twitter.com/itvborder/status/1330899092352983046". Twitter. Retrieved 23 November 2020. External link in |title= (help)
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