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ITV News Central and Coronavirus: What we're doing differently

We've changed the way we work at ITV News Central during these unprecedented times. Credit: ITV News Central
  • By Liz Hannam, Head of News

ITV News Central is a trusted broadcaster and we're proud to be delivering our programmes and online news service at a time when accurate and impartial information is more important than ever before.

Like many other organisations, we’ve had to adapt how we work to ensure we get the balance right between staying on-air and online, looking after our staff and contributors and observing the social distancing advice.

Which is why our reporters are getting creative with how they use their equipment!

The Government has designated ITV News Central staff as key workers – as a public service broadcaster they see us as essential to getting their announcements, messages and decisions out to the public quickly and accurately.

That’s why we’re still at work when other businesses have been asked to close. That’s why you’ll occasionally see our reporters and crew out and about as they continue to tell stories across the region.

Here’s how we’ve adapted what you see on air:

  • Our 6pm programme now covers both the East and West Midlands. You’ll see news for a larger geographic area than usual.
  • Our 6pm programme is now fronted by one presenter instead of two.

As our very own Sameena Ali-Khan explains, it's all looking a bit different in the studio!

  • The duration of our lunchtime and weekend news bulletins is shorter than normal.

Behind the scenes there’s change as well. Many of our reporters are now working from home, news gathering at their laptops and interviewing people over video call.

Our reporters are also turning their front rooms into technology hubs...

Things have changed when it comes to discussing the day's plan and how we want the programme to look - as Matt Teale explains.

We’ve also reduced the number of people we bring into our studio and newsroom each day - and those who are in, are social distancing.

And the final word has to come from Bob Warman.

The much-loved face of ITV News Central has been self-isolating for three weeks in accordance with Government guidelines for people aged over 70.

These are difficult times for us all and I hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe and well.

There are lots of ways for you to get in touch with the ITV News Central team:

  • Telephone: 08448 814 122
  • Email: centralnews@itv.com
  • You can also get in touch through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • If you would like to send weather pictures, the email address is: centralweather@itv.com