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Granada Reports

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Granada Reports
ITV News Granada Reports.png
Also known asITV News Granada Reports (2013–present)
Good Morning Granada (2014–present)
GenreNews, Sport
Presented byLucy Meacock (1988–present)
Gamal Fahnbulleh (2021–present)
Country of originEngland, United Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerLucy West (Head of News)
Production locationsMediaCityUK,
Salford Quays,
Greater Manchester, England
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production companyITV Granada
Original networkITV Granada
Picture format4:3 (1956–2007)

16:9 Widescreen (2007–2010)

16:9 HDTV 1080i (2010–present)
Original release1956 (1956) –
Related showsITV News
ITV Weather
External links

Granada Reports is the evening news programme produced by ITV Granada and broadcasting to North West England and the Isle of Man. It broadcasts for thirty minutes each Monday to Friday from 18:00, covering regional news stories, features, sport and weather. It is presented by Lucy Meacock and Gamal Fahnbulleh. Shorter bulletins air in Good Morning Britain, on weekday lunchtimes, after News At Ten and at weekends.


Granada Reports previous title card
Granada Reports previous title card

Granada Reports is produced and broadcast from studios in the Orange Tower at MediaCityUK in Salford Quays.[1]

Before this, the news service was based at Granada's Quay Street studios in Manchester city centre. Reporters are also based at newsrooms in the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool, Lancaster and on the Isle of Man. News staff were also based at district offices in Blackburn and Chester, until they were closed in 2005.


When Granada began broadcasting in May 1956, coverage of regional news and sport featured regularly within its programming, including the station's Travelling Eye outside broadcasts.

Within a year, Granada established its first regular bulletin - Northern Newscast - followed by a topical magazine programme, People and Places,[2] noted for featuring some of the earliest television appearances by The Beatles.[3]

In 1958, Granada broke further ground with three Travelling Eye programmes covering the Rochdale by-election.

Up until 1962, the station was also producing topical output in the Welsh language, primarily for Welsh-speaking viewers in North Wales, including daily news bulletins and a magazine programme, Dewch i Mewn (Do Come In).[4]

People and Places was succeeded in January 1963 by the nightly Scene at 6.30. The programme was the first on British television to break news of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, following a tip-off from CBS News.[5]

Granada continued to experiment with its regional news coverage, including late night editions of Scene, and from 1964, a new strand known as Granada in the North (later On Air), which replaced continuity junctions with national and local news summaries, features and programming previews.[6][7]

Following changes to the company's franchise, including a new brief to solely cover the North West, Scene was axed in 1968 and replaced by six self-contained regional programmes, preceded by a Granada News bulletin.[8]

Granada reverted back to a nightly magazine programme, under the name of Six-O-One, and latterly Newsday, until settling on the Granada Reports brand in 1973. During its early years, the programme spawned a number of spin-offs, including the social action series Reports Action and the North West political programme Reports Politics.

On 20 September 1978, Joy Division made their television debut on by performing Shadowplay during the "What's On" segment of Granada Reports.[9]

In April 1986, most of Granada's regional news operation was relocated from Manchester to a computerised news centre at the former Traffic Office building in Liverpool's Albert Dock, eight years after the company had first established a news base in the city, based at Exchange Flags.

The flagship evening programme was relaunched as Granada Tonight in January 1990, before returning to the Manchester headquarters in 1992. The Albert Dock news centre continued to produce and broadcast bulletins until 1998 – the studios were finally closed in July 2006.

For much of its run, Granada Tonight placed a greater emphasis on non-news features and entertainment content, with its studio set consisting of sofas and armchairs. On 1 October 2001, the main evening programme reverted back to Granada Reports, while short bulletins continued to air as Granada News.

As of 2013, most bulletins now air under the joint branding of ITV News and Granada Reports with breakfast updates entitled Good Morning Granada.

The programme was unaffected by cutbacks to ITV regional news in early 2009.[10] The only major change saw ITV Granada take over coverage of the Isle of Man from ITV Tyne Tees & Border on 16 July 2009.

On 27 September 2012, it was announced technical staff had been invited to volunteer for redundancy as part of national job losses affecting ITV News services. The timing coincided with production moving from Granada Studios to MediaCityUK.[11] The first bulletin from Salford Quays, presented by Tony Morris, aired on Sunday 24 March 2013.

Current notable on air team

Lucy Meacock has been a main presenter of Granada Reports since 1988.[12]

Former notable on air team


  • BAFTA Television Awards
    • Best News Coverage: 2007, 2013
  • Royal Television Society
    • Best News Coverage in the Nations and Regions: 2007, 2008
    • Best Regional News Programme – North West: 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
    • Best Regional Story – North West: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
    • Best Regional on Screen Talent – North West: 2011 (Rob Smith), 2012 (Clare Fallon)
    • Best Innovation in Multimedia – North West: 2012 (Adam McClean)


  1. ^ ITV News Granada Reports to start broadcasting from MediaCityUK Prolific North, 18 March 2013
  2. ^ Seen at 6.30,, 4 December 2020
  3. ^ Getting People and Places Together,, 25 January 2021
  4. ^ Tonight's Granada TV in 1960,, 11 April 2018
  5. ^ Seen at 6.30,, 4 December 2020
  6. ^ Seen at 6.30,, 4 December 2020
  7. ^ Tonight's Granada TV in 1965,, 30 November 2016
  8. ^ This is New Granadaland,, 29 July 2018
  9. ^ "40 Years ago Today Joy Division Made Their TV Debut on Granada Reports". 20 September 2018. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  10. ^ Fitzsimmons, Caitlin (17 February 2009). "Seventeen regions into nine: How the updated ITV local news services will run". guardian. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  11. ^ Redundancies at Granada Reports Manchester Evening News, 27 September 2012
  12. ^ Granada Reports moves to new home at MediaCityUK ITV News, 25 March 2013

External links

Preceded by BAFTA: Television Award
News Coverage
(The Morecambe Bay Cockling Tragedy)

Succeeded by
Preceded by RTS: Television Journalism
Nations and Regions News Coverage
(The Morecambe Bay Cockling Tragedy);
(The Lesley Molseed Trial)

2007, 2008
Succeeded by
Preceded by BAFTA: Television Award
News Coverage
(Hillsborough – The Truth at Last)

Succeeded by
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