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BBC Points West

Points West
Presented by Alex Lovell
David Garmston
(Main anchors)
Theme music composer David Lowe
Country of origin England, United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Editor(s) Neil Bennett
Location(s) Broadcasting House, Bristol,
England, UK
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
(main 6:30pm programme)
Production company(s) BBC West
Original channel BBC One West
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
Original release September 1957 (1957-09) – present
Related shows ITV News West Country
External links

BBC Points West (known as News West from June 1991 until May 2000) is the BBC's regional TV news programme for the West of England, covering Bristol, the majority of Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, northern and eastern Somerset and North Dorset.


  • History 1
  • The team 2
    • Programme presenters 2.1
    • Weather presenters 2.2
    • District Correspondents 2.3
    • Specialist Correspondents 2.4
    • News Correspondents 2.5
  • Producers 3
  • Former presenters 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Regional television news in the West of England began in September 1957 with the start of daily short bulletins. Around this time, news bulletins for the West shared a 5-10 minute timeslot with Welsh news bulletins as the Wenvoe transmitter on the western outskirts of Cardiff was serving viewers in both south Wales and the West of England. The West's regional bulletins were relaunched in 1962 as Points West but still had to share the new 25-minute timeslot with Wales Today.

The launch of a dedicated BBC Wales television station in February 1964 allowed Points West to become a full-length regional news programme broadcast only to the West of England. Between 1991 and 2000, the programme was known as BBC News West.

The team

News Correspondents

Person Related notes
Liz Beacon Newsreader
Sarah-Jane Bungay
Sally Challoner
Sabet Choudhury
Will Glennon
Fiona Lamdin
Amanda Parr
Andrew Plant Newsreader and network reporter
Imogen Sellers Newsreader
Madeleine Ware


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