ITV launches new programme Newsweek Wales

ITV News Cymru Wales is launching its new programme Newsweek Wales this Sunday.

Newsweek Wales will feature special guests offering a fresh perspective on the week's biggest stories.

There will also be a regular 'week ahead' feature, a look at the most popular news online, plus a weekly archive item recalling key events from Wales’ past.

The first guest will be Wales' First Minister, Carwyn Jones AM, who will be reviewing the main stories of the week and looking ahead to the Labour Party Conference.

Also appearing will be journalist and observer of Welsh rugby, Carolyn Hitt.

This is an exciting new addition to our news service in Wales. Newsweek Wales is a brand new weekly show for Sunday lunchtime that combines the latest news of the day with informed analysis and high-profile interviews with the people who make a difference in Wales.

We think Newsweek Wales will be valued by viewers who have long appreciated ITV’s distinctive contribution to Welsh life.

– Phil Henfrey, Head of News and Programmes at ITV Wales

The programme launch follows the announcement in July by media regulator Ofcom that it has accepted the majority of ITV's proposals for new terms for a 10-year licence.

Under the proposals, ITV News Cymru Wales will continue to provide four hours of news per week, with some reconfiguration in the duration of weekday lunchtime and weekend bulletins

The 6pm news programme will continue to provide 30 minutes of Wales news every weekday, with the late bulletin after News at Ten also remaining unchanged.

Our website will provide up-to-the-minute news about Wales straight to smartphones or tablets.

ITV Cymru Wales will also continue to broadcast 90 minutes per week of non-news programmes, including current affairs programme Wales This Week and political show Sharp End, as well as producing programmes including Y Byd Ar Bedwar and Cefn Gwlad on a commercial basis for S4C.

Newsweek Wales starts this Sunday 22 September at 12.30pm.