BBC North West Tonight covers the Northern North West of England rather more than ITV Granada Reports

16th October 2021

If you live in Lancashire you should always pick BBC1 North West Tonight over ITV1 Granada Reports if you want geographically- appropriate coverage. On Thursday evening, BBC1 North West Tonight had two news-features about Cumbria- one about raw sewage getting into Lake Windermere and the second about Moorside, next to Sellafield in west Cumbria being the proposed site of nuclear fusion power generation. There was also a mention about high Covid-19 cases in Barrow-in-Furness. There has also been two to three items of news-coverage about Lancashire each night of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday last week on BBC1 North West Tonight. Meanwhile, ITV1 Granada Reports has not had this amount of coverage of places north of Wigan- and South Cumbria only received one mention on this Regional News programme last week.

It is as consistent as the rain-bearing systems associated with depressions that always push in from the west at this time of year- or the Sun which rises above the east-southeast horizon at 7.30 to at this time of year: BBC1 North West Tonight inevitably covers Lancashire and south Cumbria in output better than does ITV1 Granada Reports. Thus, if viewers in the more northern areas of North West England (except northern Cumbria) want more geographic-appropriate news-coverage they should choose BBC1 North West Tonight over ITV1 Granada Reports every time. Meanwhile viewers in South Manchester, Liverpool and Cheshire should watch ITV1 Granada Reports because the metropolitan south of North West England and Cheshire are consistently heavily-covered by ITV1 Granada Reports.

However, for South Cumbria and North Lancashire, viewers should try and get ITV1 News Border Lookaround followed by BBC1 North West Tonight to get the best all- round local news-coverage. If you cannot get a signal for ITV1 News Border (parts of Lancaster and most of Morecambe can in fact get it), you can usually find a link to the most recent main evening bulletin on their website (here: This is because, although BBC1 North West Tonight usually covers Lancashire fairly well the programme does not always have news about Cumbria- and sometimes their coverage does not get north of Preston. If you feel you have to watch ITV1 News Border’s Lookaround – to get better coverage of areas just north of your community do drop an e-mail to BBC1 North West programmers at and explain why you feel it necessary to do this.

Published by northwestisnorthwest

I live near Alston in north -east Cumbria (and yes, it is in North West England). I have friends who live in the middle part of North West England - near Lancaster (which is where I went to University and used to live until 14 years ago). A big problem is that the Regional Television Bulletins for the North West covers the southern third of the Region about 90%,(plus a part of Derbyshire which is NOT the North West of England), covers the middle third of North West England poorly and covers the northern third of North West England not at all! People living in the westernmost part of North West England (around St. Bees Head) have local BBC news on their televisions which is 90% about North East England!!

2 thoughts on “BBC North West Tonight covers the Northern North West of England rather more than ITV Granada Reports

  1. If in Isle of Man BBC & ITV not good for you

    So no cover to any of the big news and sport and politics stories

    even over last cup month of election was no election debate snow no live interviews and not even a live television / online election night

    have use manx radio and 3fm and Energy fm and social media pages and Manx radio and newspaper


  2. Yes so on to bbc and working on get bbc Isle of Man output and as only week 1 of new government hopefully get there help bbc sort it out I. this new government

    lol Energy fm had live online steam of house of keys chief

    same for manx radio on AM so Chef minister election

    ween bbc not even live steam big thing on Isle of msn the Isle of Man General Election night and swearing in members of Isle of Man House of keys and Election of chef mister so yes bbc not even Be live News and Sport and politics


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