3 July – News at Ten is launched as a 13-week trial of a nightly 30 minute bulletin. The programme is an immediate success with the audience and is soon made permanent.
1 October – The UK's first Sunday politics programme Weekend World is broadcast on ITV.
16 October – Following a law change which removed all restrictions on broadcasting hours, ITV is able to launch an afternoon service. As part of the new service ITV's first lunchtime news programme, First Report, is shown.
7 September – First Report is moved to a 1pm start time.
ITV's teletext service ORACLE launches with ITN providing the news pages.
ITV provides extensive coverage of the Falklands War with newsflashes supplemented by additional and extended news bulletins.
1 February – The launch of ITV's breakfast television service TV-am sees the introduction of news bulletins at breakfast time with bulletins on weekdays aired every 30 minutes. This frequency of weekday breakfast news bulletins continues to this day.
20 July – The lunchtime news programme moves to 12:30pm and is renamed accordingly.
7 September – ITV launches a full morning programme schedule, with advertising for the first time. The new service includes hourly five-minute national and regional news bulletins.
15 February – An early morning 60-minute news programme, ITN Early Morning News is launched but is only available in areas which have 24-hour broadcasting. The first 30 minutes of the programme includes a full broadcast of ITN's international news bulletin ITN World News. In addition, brief news summaries are broadcast at various points through the night.
15 February – The introduction of a national weather forecast at the end of national news bulletins results in the News at 5.45starting earlier at 5:40pm, being extended in length and the title being changed to News at 540.
16 January–2 March – ITV broadcasts extensive live coverage of the Gulf War, both in terms of extended news bulletins and special programmes, including a daily bulletin at 9:25am and an all-night bulletin during the initial stages of the War.
February – TV-am closes its in-house news service and contracts out news bulletins to Sky News. This is the first time that any output from Sky News has been seen on terrestrial television and continues until 31 December, TV-am's last day on air.
17 December – Ahead of the loss of its franchise, the final edition of the Thames Television produced current affairs series This Week is broadcast.
ITV News bulletins all carry the same look for the first time when ITN programmes are relaunched with a unified look.
31 August – Television schedules are dominated by coverage of the Diana, Princess of Wales's car accident. ITV cancels its regular programmes to provide non-stop rolling coverage until mid-evening. The following week sees ITV broadcast extended news bulletins and special programmes are broadcast.
6 September – ITV broadcasts live coverage of the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. It is watched by 2.5 billion viewers worldwide with 32.1 million watching in the UK, making it the biggest audience for a live broadcast ever. The ceremony's footage goes down in the Guinness World Records as the biggest TV audience for a live broadcast.
8 March – Major changes to ITV's news programmes take place, including different times for the channel's news programmes and the programmes were referred to as ITV News rather than ITN News. The main bulletin of the day is now considered to be the Early Evening News and is moved from 5:40pm to 6:30pm and the evening news is controversially pushed back to 11pm although the following year the ITC forces ITV to move the late evening news back to 10pm on three nights each week. Also, ITV's lunchtime news bulletin is relaunched as ITV Lunchtime News.
8 April – The first edition of ITV's new current affairs series Tonight is broadcast.
ITV provides live extensive coverage of the Iraq War with extended news coverage on ITV and rolling coverage on the ITV News Channel. News at Ten is moved to 9pm for the duration of the conflict and the ITV Evening News was extended to 60 minutes. A simulcast of the ITV News Channel aired from midnight to 5:30am every night on ITV1.
2 February – After several years of inconsistent scheduling of the late evening news, the bulletin moves to five nights a week with a 10:30pm start time.
23 December – The ITV News Channel stops broadcasting at 6pm. Poor ratings in comparison to BBC News 24 and Sky News and ITV's desire to reuse the channel's allocation on Freeview, were cited as the reasons.
4 September – The ITV Lunchtime News reverts to being a 30-minute programme and its start time is moved back to 1:30pm.
1 April – ITN announced that ITV had awarded it a 6-year contract to produce ITV News, at a cost of £250 million.
2 December – ITV News begins broadcasting in 16:9 widescreen.
14 January – ITV News at Ten returns to the schedules on four nights each week, the Friday edition remains at 11pm.
2 November – ITV News is rebranded. At the heart of the revamp is the removal of the famous image of the Big Ben clock tower from the opening sequence of ITV News programmes including News at Ten, ITV executives felt that after "months of deliberation" that the imagery of the landmark promoted London-centricity to viewers outside the capital. A clockface is remained as part of the studio backdrop and also appears within the opening titles and the headline bongs are also retained. New theme music is introduced which incorporates only a few elements of the previous ITV News theme.