The end of an era: Last night for Westcountry TV
ITV'S Plymouth news programme Westcountry Live will be broadcast for the last time tonight with current and former staff expected to mourn its decline with an off-camera party in the Langage studio.
The tea-time bulletin will be replaced by a new show called Westcountry Tonight, beamed from Bristol, from Monday.
That show will be fronted by Bristol-based newsreaders Steve Scott and Lisa Aziz.
The shake up follows the merger of ITV Westcountry and ITV West with the loss of 84 jobs.
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It is understood staff will raise a glass or two in the studio and conservatory once the cameras have stopped rolling.
They will reminisce about ITV Westcountry's 17-year run, during which it once employed about 180 people.
"One or two staff who have left over the years have been invited to the wake," said an ITV source.
The replacement show will include at least 15 minutes of dedicated news specifically for viewers in each of the ITV West and ITV Westcountry regions.
The Langage studio, which is rented from Plymouth City Council, will be vacated by April.
But ITV will retain a team of journalists, camera crew and editors in Plymouth, based at independent production firm Twofour's base in Estover.
That team will include journalists Jonathan Gibson, Claire Manning and Trina Lake.
Other well-known Westcountry faces are being retained at other bureau.
Seth Conway and Jacquie Bird will be based in Exeter, Steve Hardy and Kathy Wilshire will be in Cornwall, while Mark Tyler will be retained as a sports correspondent and weathergirl Kate Reeves will stay on a freelance basis.
However, main anchors Richard Bath, Alexis Bowater and Jemma Woodman have not been included on the ITV list.
Meanwhile, the future of the Langage building is unknown, with a city council spokeswoman saying: "We will not be in a position to start marketing the building until it is actually empty."