ITV News London is a regional news programme for the ITV London region (previously Carlton/LWT), produced by ITN.
The flagship programme launched on Monday 4 January 1993 as London Tonight, and was supplemented by shorter ”London Today” bulletins, launched on New Year’s Day 1993 (LWT discontinued its own local news service over the weekend)
LNN come about after Carlton Television won the London weekday franchise from previous holder Thames Television. London Tonight was originally produced by London News Network – a joint venture between Carlton and LWT designed to provide a sole ITV regional news service for the London area, broadcasting seven days a week. Its creation established a continuity between the once separate services and presentation of weekend and weekday news, weather and sport in the region, previously provided by Thames News and LWT News.
In 2004, ITV London owners Carlton and Granada merged, forming ITV plc with LNN being dissolved soon after. Production for all ”ITV London News” programming remained at The London Studios (formerly known as the LWT South Bank Centre) until 29 February 2004, when it was taken over by the national Channel 3 news provider ITN and moved to their headquarters in Central London, making the region the only operation not to produce its own news programmes in-house. Around 40 jobs were lost with the closure of LNN, although the programme retained its own editorial team.