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News at Ten 'will return to ITV1'
Sir Trevor McDonald
Sir Trevor McDonald left ITN in 2005 after 32 years
News at Ten will return to ITV1, presented by Sir Trevor McDonald, nine years after it was first moved, it has been reported.

He will present the bulletin with Sky newsreader Julie Etchingham, according to reports unconfirmed by ITV.

News at Ten was replaced with a 2300 bulletin in 1999 to let ITV show movies and sport uninterrupted, but the channel lost viewers as a result.

News at Ten was revived in 2001 but then replaced by a 2230 bulletin.

News at Ten was ITV's flagship news programme before its replacement in 1999.

Ratings for ITV news subsequently dropped by one million, 14% of the available audience.

HISTORY OF NEWS AT TEN
1967 News at Ten begins
1999 News at Ten replaced with a 2300 bulletin. Channel loses 14% of its news audience
2000 BBC One moves its 2100 news bulletin to 2200
2000 After Independent Television Commission pressure, ITV revives News at Ten for at least three nights per week
2003 ITV moves bulletin to 2100 during Iraq war
2004 News at Ten replaced again as ITV gives bulletin a regular 2230 timeslot
2005 Sir Trevor McDonald leaves ITN after 32 years
2007 Reports that News at Ten will return in 2008

Its replacement bulletin was occasionally moved from its 2300 timeslot as sports events over-ran, leading to it being referred to as "News at When?"

ITV executive chairman Michael Grade recently called the replacement of News At Ten "a shocking mistake" that "damaged ITV more than anything".

Sir Trevor, 68, left ITN in 2005 after the revived News at Ten was moved once again.

But he continued to present current affairs programme Tonight With Trevor McDonald. He also recently hosted satirical show News Knight.

Reports of News at Ten's return follow BBC newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky's departure to Five.

Last week the BBC announced that her co-presenter George Alagiah would present BBC One's early evening news bulletin alone following her departure in the New Year.

VOTE RESULTS
Should News at Ten return to ITV?
Yes - it's back where it belongs
 46.17% 
No - what difference does it make?
 53.83% 
15212 Votes Cast
Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion

SEE ALSO
Sir Trevor reads final bulletin
15 Dec 05 |  Entertainment
From News at When? to certainty
02 Feb 04 |  Entertainment
Newsworthy career of Sir Trevor
15 Dec 05 |  Entertainment

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