ITV Tyne Tees and Border
On 26 September 2008, Ofcom (the Office of Communications, the UK's broadcasting regulator) authorised ITV's plans to save £40 million a year by making regional programming cutbacks. These include axing mid-morning bulletins on weekdays and lunchtime bulletins at weekends, merging a number of regions and axing most non-news regional programmes.
Up until Tuesday, 24 February 2009, ITV Tyne Tees and ITV Border regions were entirely separate. Border Television was based in studios in Carlisle, Cumbria.
During this era, North East Tonight was the name of the Tyne Tees region's main weekday evening programme only, with all other bulletins branded as "North East News". Meanwhile, the Border region received a fully regional version of Lookaround along with daily Border News bulletins.
As part of major ITV regional news cuts, taking place from November 2008 to February 2009, around 50 staff were made redundant or accepted voluntary redundancy at ITV Tyne Tees. On 16 December 2008, Press Gazette leaked that journalists were told that leaving collections were banned, along with leaving presentations and on-screen goodbyes. In a staff memo, head of news Catherine Houlihan cited the ban was because of the large number of staff being made redundant at the station. One worker told Press Gazette that "morale is at rock bottom".
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