Dare I say pilots for a full west opt?
I doubt it.
I'm sure that when they've dabbled with periods of full split in the past, it also coincided with elections (and/or other major local government-related news, such as sweeping cuts). Makes sense really, to ensure decent detailed coverage for the many constituencies/areas/councils that there must be in such a vast pan-region. That, and the occasional ad-hoc/one-off full split for other kinds of major news story in either/both sub-region(s).
I doubt that the inclination or budget exists for a routinely fully split main 6:30pm programme. And certainly not for any bulletins outside of weekday evenings.
I am the
viewer of ITV West News.