Click for larger image Meridian Tonight (South)
January 4th 1993
A few days after Meridian began transmissions the new magazine programme, Meridian Tonight began. Fred Dinenage and Debbie Thrower present this first edition from Southampton.
 
Mike Debens was joined by Alison Holloway in Maidstone and a new sub-region was created on the Hannington transmitter with Mai Davies and Andy Craig presenting the programme there.

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Click for larger image Meridian Tonight
1993

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Click for larger image Meridian Late
1993
Click for larger image Kerry Swain presents the Meridian Late news after News at Ten.

Meridian News
1993


Click for larger image Meridian Late Trail
1994
Debbie Thrower previews the Late news headlines just before News at Ten. Meridian gave the late news broadcast greater prominance by getting one of the main Meridian Tonight presenters to introduce it each evening.

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1994
Click for larger image Debbie Thrower presents the Meridian Late news.

Click for larger image Meridian Tonight: D-Day 50
June 6th 1994
Click for larger image Fred Dinenage presented a special edition of Meridian Tonight on June 6th 1994 - the 50th aniversary of D-Day. The special programme opened with a specially adapted Meridian ident.
 
Right clip - Debbie Thrower presents the headlines in the South.

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Click for larger image Meridian Tonight: D-Day 50
June 6th 1994
Click for larger image The special programme continued with Andy Craig live from Southwick House in Hampshire. This included a look at the weather with Carl Tyler - not just today's forecast but a look at how conditions were 50 years ago during the Normandy landings.
 
On the right - Fred closes the programme. This was one of the rare occassions that Meridian Tonight closed with a copyright date.

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Click for larger image Meridian Tonight
1996
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Meridian News
1997


Click for larger image Meridian Tonight Opening Titles (Clean)
1999
Click for larger image Meridian Tonight was relaunched in 1999 with a bright new look. The theme tune was re-recorded and the orange and blues were replaced with a vibrant purple, yellow and red look based on the colours of the logo.
 
The following clips were all rescued from a skip at the Maidstone Studios and are presented clean and in full.


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1999
News Titles
1999
Welcome Back
1999
Live at Six
1999


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1999
Live at Six
1999
Promo Bed
1999
After Nightly News
1999


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1999
Results
1999
Football Review
1999
Promo
1999


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1999
Meridian Lifestyle
1999
Closing Titles
1999
News Titles
1999


Click for larger image Coming Up Bed/10 Second Promo
1999
Click for larger image The final two examples salvaged from the skip.

Meridian News
1999


Click for larger image Meridian Tonight (South)
May 19th 2000
Click for larger image Until ITV moved its main news programme to 6.30pm the Friday edition of Meridian Tonight had lasted an hour. After the changes Meridian created a new sunday programme to make-up the quota. It was usually presented by a B-team of presenters, here Peter Henley (usually a reporter) and Sally Simmonds (sports presenter), although Fred Dinenage did present one Sunday edition.
 
Previously the Sunday tea-time edition had included a news-review which moved to the Sunday lunchtime news instead.

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Click for larger image Meridian Tonight (South)
2001
Debbie Thrower returned to Meridian Tonight in the 2000s to sit back alongside Fred every weeknight. The programme relaunched a year earlier with a bright modern look and desk that resembled a hot tube.
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Meridian Tonight
2002


Click for larger image Meridian Tonight Promo
2002
A trailer for Meridian Tonight, in the style of the graphics used on the programme in the early 2000s - the final individual style to be used before a generic style was rolled out to ITV regions.

Click for larger image Carl Tyler Retires
June 28th 2002
Meridian's long serving weatherman, Carl Tyler retired on June 28th 2002. Meridian Tonight paid tribute to him with a special report by Fred and the programme closed with a specially compossed song.
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Click for larger image Election Special
2002
Click for larger image Fred Dinenage presents this local election special from June 2002. This was one of the final times that Meridian produced a local election programme.

Click for larger image Meridian Tonight
February 5th 2004
Click for larger image A seemingly ordinary start to a seeming ordinary edition of Meridian Tonight, now sporting ITV corporate news branding, but Fred gets the surprise of his life from Debbie during this edition (see right clip) as a special package to celebrate his 40th year in broadcasting is sprung upon him.
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Click for larger image Meridian Tonight
6th February 2004
Click for larger image The second special feature on Fred's 40 years of broadcasting on the day of the aniversary.
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Click for larger image Meridian Tonight Preview
2009
Fred Dinenage and Amanda Piper give a quick preview of tonight's edition of the programme.

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5th February 2009
Click for larger image Fred Dinenage and Amanda Piper present this edition of Meridian Tonight. This was the penultimate traditional South edition. From the following Monday a new programme began covering the former Thames Valley and Meridian patch, with a pre-recorded segment for the South East.
 


Ofcom relaxed the regulations on regional programming in 2009 which saw an end to regional documentaries and also meant that major changes to regional news could be brought in. For Meridian it would mean the three sub regions - Thames Valley, South and South East would be merged into one main programme with a pre-recorded segment for both the South and South East.
 
Fred Dinenage and Sangeeta Bhabra (from Meridian South East) were named as the presenters of the new programme. Debbie Thrower left without a fanfare on the 4th February and at the end of the final regular edition Fred paid tribute to his friend and co-presenter. The final edition also marked Fred Dinenage's 45th aniversary in broadcasting and as a final swansong the South edition had been awarded the RTS South news programme of the year the night before.


Click for larger image Meridian Tonight (South)
4th February 2009
Debbie Thrower says a final goodbye as she presents her last ever edition of Meridian Tonight.

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6th February 2009
Click for larger image The final moments of the traditional South and South East editions of Meridian Tonight. Debbie Thrower's departure gets a sombre mention from Fred and Ian Axton says a quick farwell for now to viewers in the South East.

Click for larger image Thames Valley Tonight
6th February 2009
Click for larger image Thames Valley Tonight was created from the merger of the former Meridian 'West' region and the Central South region in December 2006. Little over two years later and the final edition was broadcast.
 
Wesley Smith and regular friday presenter Hannah Shellswell presents alongside the other main presenter, Mary Green.


Click for larger image Thames Valley Tonight
6th February 2009
Click for larger image To conclude the final edition weatherman and former Children's BBC presenter Simon Parkin takes a look behind the scenes and there is just time for a final bit of nostalgia before the programme ends for good.
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Meridian News/Thames Valley News
8th February 2009
The final final seperate editions of Meridian News and Thames Valley News. In the South Gareth Evans says goodbye after 27 years, having joined TVS on their first day and Mark Lipscomb who had presented the final Central News South before Thames Valley Tonight was born also says his farewells.

Click for larger image Meridian Tonight Preview
9th February 2009
Click for larger image Two previews for the first edition of the new-look programme.

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9th February 2009
Click for larger image The first edition of the new 'pan-regional' programme. There are two editions with the first 17 minutes and the weather forecasts being independent, but one half of the region recieves a pre-recorded opening. The presenters for the programme are Fred Dinenage and Sangeeta Bhabra.
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