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UTV Live
UTV Live 2016.jpg
Presented byPaul Clark & Rose Neill
Original languageEnglish
Production locationsBelfast, Northern Ireland
EditorChris Hagan
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time29 minutes
(18:00 broadcast)
Production companyUTV
Original networkUTV
Picture format1080p (HDTV 16:9)
Original release4 January 1993 (1993-01-04) –
Preceded byRoundabout
UTV Reports
Good Evening Ulster
Six Tonight
Related showsITV News
ITV Weather
View From Stormont

UTV Live is a British television news service broadcast and produced by UTV.


The main edition of UTV Live airs from 18:00 to 18:30 every weeknight, covering the day's news, current affairs and sport from across Northern Ireland.

The 18:00 programme (known on air as UTV Live at Six) is broadcast from UTV's headquarters in City Quays 2, Belfast.[1][2] UTV also has studio facilities at Parliament Buildings, Stormont[3] and news bureaux in Derry[3] and Dublin[3] with an intention to open a further bureau in Omagh.[4] The station also makes use of video journalists based in Coleraine, Enniskillen and Newry.[5]


UTV Live was introduced in January 1993 as a new name for Ulster Television's existing news programmes; Six Tonight, the station's half-hour evening news magazine,[6] and Ulster Newstime for shorter bulletins.[7]

Following the introduction of the ITV Evening News in March 1999, the programme was brought forward by half an hour to start at 17:30. The first half-hour saw feature reports, light-hearted stories and the weather forecast branded as part of a separate programme, UTV Life, which ran before the main evening news, started at 18:00 and kept the UTV Live name.[8] UTV Live and UTV Life were merged into one hour-long programme, running from 17:30, in 2002 and were split into separate programmes again on 3 September 2007, with the original titles in use from 1999 to 2001.[citation needed]

Mid-morning weekday and lunchtime weekend UTV Live bulletins were axed in February 2009 when the station was permitted to reduce their weekly news output from five hours and twenty minutes to four hours by regulator Ofcom following a lengthy review of the viability of PSB content across the whole UK.[9] A separate sports bulletin, Sport on Sunday, was broadcast following the Sunday evening bulletin from September 1999 to early 2007. This bulletin was separate from the Sunday evening news as it was sponsored by the Daily Mirror.[citation needed]

Between February 2007 and April 2009, only the main weekday evening programme was branded as UTV Live, while all other bulletins were branded as UTV News.

UTV Live broadcast its final edition from Havelock House on 29 June 2018 and began broadcasting from UTV's new headquarters at City Quays on 2 July 2018.[10]

UTV Live Tonight

On 27 April 2009, UTV launched a 30-minute late evening news and current affairs programme, UTV Live Tonight, which aired after News at Ten on Monday – Thursday nights and incorporated the station's late news bulletin alongside extended political and business coverage.

On 10 August 2016, it was announced that UTV were axing the programme at the end of September 2016 and replacing it with a ten-minute late news bulletin, airing each weekday after News at Ten.[11][12]

The final edition of UTV Live Tonight aired on 29 September 2016.[11] The station introduced a weekly hour-long Monday night current affairs programme called View from Stormont in October 2016.[citation needed]

UTV Life

UTV Life, a separate live magazine programme concentrating on features and light-hearted stories, was broadcast at 17:30 on weekdays. This programme had its own editor[13] and presenting/reporting team.

UTV Life originally began on 8 March 1999[8] as a stand-alone programme with features reports, light-hearted stories and an extended weather forecast. The programme ran from 17:30, preceding UTV Live at Six until the two programmes were integrated into an hour-long UTV Live programme in April 2002.

The UTV Life branding for the features section of UTV Live returned to on-air use in September 2007.[14] The features element of the became a separate programme to accommodate a sponsorship deal.[citation needed] The relaunch of UTV Life saw the programme gain a different theme tune, opening title sequence and graphic design, with a similar presenting, reporting and editorial team as the former features segment of UTV Live.[14]

As part of cost-cutting measures and a reduction in regional programming at the station, UTV Life was axed shortly after the broadcasting regulator OFCOM gave UTV the go ahead to reduce its non-news output, with the final programme airing on 6 February 2009.[15][16]

The series returned in January 2016 in a weekly 30-minute timeslot on Friday nights, following the late UTV Live bulletin and presented by Pamela Ballantine. The programme returned to a weekly primetime slot at 20:00 in September 2016.[11]

Notable current on air team

Former notable on air team

In October 2008, UTV announced its intention to cut 13 jobs in the news department due to corporate restructuring.[18] The station declared it was offering staff a voluntary redundancy package.[19] Staff who were reported to have accepted the redundancy package were:


  1. ^ "UTV moves to new City Quays home". ITV. 3 July 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  2. ^ Ivan Little (3 July 2018). "And that's all from Havelock House: UTV say farewell to long-time HQ". Belfast Telegraph. Independent News and Media. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b c UTV Annual Programme Statement 2008 and Programme Review 2007 Archived 29 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine UTV Media
  4. ^ UTV Annual Programme Statement 2009 and Programme Review 2008 Archived 29 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine UTV Media
  5. ^ UTV Annual Programme Statement 2006 and Programme Review 2005 Archived 29 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine UTV Media
  6. ^ UTV Six Tonight opening titles 1988 YouTube, 25 February 2007; accessed 22 June 2008
  7. ^ Ulster Newstime opening titles YouTube, 19 May 2007; accessed 22 June 2008
  8. ^ a b "UTV unveils shake-up for news"[dead link] Belfast Telegraph, 26 February 1999
  9. ^ "UTV Life may face axe" Belfast Telegraph, 8 October 2008; accessed 18 January 2009
  10. ^ UTV to relocate from Belfast's Havelock House,, 14 October 2016
  11. ^ a b c ITV axes UTV Live Tonight in network revamp, Belfast Telegraph, 10 August 2016
  12. ^ No job losses resulting from scrapping of UTV Live Tonight, The Irish News, 10 August 2016
  13. ^ "Fan power wins back live show"[dead link] Belfast Telegraph, 22 February 2004; accessed 17 June 2007
  14. ^ a b UTV Life: Info Archived 6 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine UTV Today, accessed 18 January 2009
  15. ^ "UTV stars fear for jobs as bosses swing axe" Belfast Telegraph, 17 October 2008; accessed 18 October 2008
  16. ^ "A poignant finale for popular UTV show" News Letter, 7 February 2009; accessed 7 February 2009
  17. ^ "Lynda Bryans makes dignified farewell to UTV", Belfast Telegraph, 1 July 2010; accessed 23 July 2010
  18. ^ "Stars under threat as UTV cuts jobs" News Letter, 15 October 2008; accessed 27 February 2009
  19. ^ "UTV stars fear for jobs as bosses swing axe" Belfast Telegraph, 17 October 2008; accessed 27 February 2009
  20. ^ "Ivan itch for change" Sunday Life, 18 January 2009; accessed 27 February 2009
  21. ^ "Claire calls time out" Sunday Life, 22 February 2009; accessed 27 February 2009
  22. ^ "Another news veteran to leave UTV screens" News Letter, 24 January 2009; accessed 27 February 2009
  23. ^ "Two popular faces leaving UTV news" News Letter, 20 January 2009, accessed 27 February 2009
  24. ^ "Angry Logie quits UTV" Belfast Telegraph, 24 April 2009, accessed 24 April 2009

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