Click for larger image Westcountry Live - First Edition
4.1.1993
Click for larger image Presented by David Foster and Katy Haswell.
 
Westcountry Live, the new hour-long nightly news magazine for South West viewers, hit the airwaves on Monday 4 January. It promised (and delivered) a revolution in regional news, firmly sweeping out TSW Today and everything it stood for. Predictably, viewers were alienated by the new style and lack of familiar faces. David Foster, ex-TV-am and Central took the hot seat with Katy Haswell, previously a fleeting Spotlight newsreader. Mark Tyler continued to do the sports report and Ian Stirling settled into a new soaps feature.
 
The biggest surprise was the choice of weather presenter - a certain Ron Bendell. Until now Ron was known only to viewers of TSW Farming Week, the Sunday lunchtime agricultural round-up, and he admitted to having no knowledge of weather forecasting. But his new role was a masterstroke for Westcountry and Ron soon became a local legend. Unfortunately, his first forecast was tempered by computer trouble.
 
Sadly we don't have a recording of the first programme. This clip is from Westcountry's ITV50 celebrations.


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Westcountry Live
23.03.1993
First shown on 4th January 1993, Westcountry Live was Westcountry's replacement for TSW Today. Unlike its predecessor it ran for an hour every night but most of its presenters were unknowns.

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1993
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Westcountry Latest
1993
For the first 15 months, Westcountry named its lunchtime/late bulletins Westcountry Latest.

Westcountry Weekend Latest
1993
And on Saturday and Sunday the local news service was imaginatively titled - Westcountry Weekend Latest!

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1993
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Westcountry Live
04.05.1993
A relaunch for Westcountry Live after just five months. The original set was unpopular with the presenters - David Foster spoke of how his "heart sank" when he first saw the set, even though producers had talked it up as being something spectacular. So in came a more spacious set with pink backdrop in contrast to the oppressive greyish blue of before.

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1993
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1993
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Westcountry Update
1993
The weekly news round-up for deaf viewers continued the format of "The South West Week". Peter Wareham continued to sign the stories, accompanied by a Westcountry reporter.


Westcountry News Promo
1993
The presenters and reporters form a human map of the south west. This was used on a poster to promote Westcountry News in the mid-90s.

Westcountry Live
14.04.1994
Presented by Alison Johns and David Foster.
 
Westcountry Live used a simpler design for its titles from April 1994. The new sequence lacked the pizazz of the original.


Westcountry News
1994
Possibly in an attempt to be more down-to-earth, bulletins were retitled simply Westcountry News.

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1995

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Westcountry Live - Diana
1997
The death of Diana, Princess of Wales in late 1997 rocked the country and caused an unprecedented outpouring of public grief. Much of Westcountry Live was devoted to the unfolding situation in the week or so which followed. In line with other news programmes, presenters wore black and a special set was introduced. Here is a brief snippet from Westcountry Live that week, linking into the commercial break.


Westcountry Live
1997
Presented by Sharon Goble and Richard Bath.
 
A bold new look for Westcountry Live was introduced in November 1997, with a brand new set. The theme music was again remixed.


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1999
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Westcountry News - Solar Eclipse
11.08.1999
August 1999 and crowds flock to the South West to witness the total eclipse of the sun. James Dagwell presents Westcountry's lunchtime bulletin, the first following the event.

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1999
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