The ITV News at 1:30 is the weekday afternoon news programme on the British television network, ITV. It is produced by ITN.
The programme is presented by a single newscaster; however in the event of a major story, another newscaster will be on location. Alastair Stewart is currently the main newscaster. The programme features twenty-two minutes of national and international news as well as a weather forecast, followed by six minutes of regional news from the ITV regions at 1:55 pm.
On paper, the ITV News at 1:30 airs in its usual time slot and has its usual running time on Bank Holidays. However, in practice it doesn’t, as on working days the national news is scheduled to run from 1.28pm to 1.51pm, followed by a weather forecast, adverts and then regional news from 1.55 pm to 2.01 pm, then straight in to the next programme.
News at One was launched in 1981, replacing First Report which launched in 1972.
On 20 July 1987, the Lunchtime News was moved to a new 12:30pm slot.
On October 16th 1989, a comprehensive relaunch of the Lunchtime News took place
A new look for the ITN Lunchtime News launched in 1995.
ITV relaunched its Lunchtime News bulletins on 8 March 1999.
The ITV Lunchtime News was relaunched on 2 February 2004.
A new look to tie-in with the new on air branding of ITV was launched in January 2006.
On 9 February 2009, ITV News revamped their studio, with news programmes such as the Lunchtime News now adopting the News at Ten skyline on the virtual news wall.
As part of a 'brand realignment' programme, the ITV Lunchtime News received a new look and a new name on Monday 2nd November 2009.
A new look for ITV News programming was launched on Monday 14 January 2013, to co-incide with the rebranding of ITV.