Meet the team at ITV Meridian

Meet the team
Meet the ITV News Meridian team Photo: ITV News Meridian

News from ITV News Meridian is available throughout the day on our website and on our broadcasts on ITV1:

They take place during ITV Daybreak at 6.10am, 6.30am, 7.10am. The next bulletin is at

1.55pm after the ITV News at lunchtime.

The award winning 'ITV Meridian News' is transmitted at 6pm every weekday - meaning we are always first with the news in this region. You can catch up with our late news update after News at Ten on ITV1 at 10.30pm. At present the Meridian Tonight (East) service is available on ITV1 HD and ITV1 +1 - the West edition is only available on ITV1 standard definition.

Fred Dinenage
Fred Dinenage presents Meridian's flagship programme 'ITV News Meridian' Credit: ITV Meridian

Fred is the longest-serving broadcasters on ITV. His career began with Southern Television in 1964 - and he's been trying to get it right ever since! He’s presented 'HOW?', the longest- running children's programme on TV, was "front man" for coverage of two Olympic Games, and has presented regional news in the South - Day by Day, Coast to Coast, Meridian Tonight and ITV News Meridian - for 25 years. "And", he says, "I still love it now as much as the day I started."

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Sangeeta Bhabra

HI, I was twelve when my school invited me for a career assessment. I loved talking, had no shame and was good at English. They said journalism could be an option. Fourteen years later, armed with my English degrees (my family are originally from India where two degrees are always better than one), some professional qualifications and invaluable experience gained at the Reading Chronicle and County Sound Radio - I was lucky enough to get a job at ITV Meridian. I've been a newsroom journalist, reporter and now find myself presenting the main programme with the legend that is Fred Dinenage. I'm so grateful to be doing a job I enjoy so much.

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Amanda Piper
Amanda Piper presents Meridian's early morning news Credit: ITV Meridian

I joined Meridian in 2001 and started out writing and producing news bulletins - but kept banging on the bosses door asking if I could step in front of the camera! Finally he relented and I now present the early morning bulletins five days a week. It means getting up at 4am - but when you get used to it, that's not as bad as it sounds - honest! I have lived in Hampshire since joining the company, but I was born in Kent - I am a true Margate girl and love going back to visit my parents whenever I can.

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Simon Parkin
Simon Parkin presents ITV Meridian's weather forecasts Credit: ITV Meridian

Simon Parkin is well known through his work with the Children’s BBC in the late 80’s and early 90’s. He was seen by millions when he appeared in the famous Broom Cupboard and went on to present Top of The Pops, appear on The Royal Variety Performance and Children in Need and was even 'Gotchered' by Noel Edmonds. Following 5 years with the BBC, he joined GMTV as one of their launch presenters back in 1992. This was the start of a long association with the ITV network which continues to this day through Simon’s role as Weather Presenter for ITV Meridian. A family man, Simon lives with his wife, Celina, his two unruly children Charlie and Emily and two even more unruly dogs!

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