Cutbacks in ITV regional news coverage in early 2009 meant that its seventeen regions would be cut down to nine to “save costs”, and regional news programmes would become pan-regional. The final sub-regional editions of Calendar aired on Wednesday 18 February 2009 with a new pan-regional programme launching the next day. Short opt-outs are retained for the North and South sub-regions within the 6pm programme and after News at Ten – either the North or South opt is pre-recorded depending on the day’s news. Calendar North presenters Duncan Wood and Christine Talbot now present the new programme, with Calendar South presenters John Shires and Gaynor Barnes moving to sports coverage and GMTV bulletins respectively.
The titles for the main 6pm programme remain separate for the North and South programmes, as with the December 2007 refresh.
Programme Preview and Titles
Studio and Presenter Shots