It was a really emotional ending. And as Spotlight mentioned, Westcountry won so many awards for its coverage of events like Boscastle... what a waste of good awards.
I will give the new West Country Tonight a chance, but as has been said many times, there is no way that they will ever top Westcountry for coverage of local big news stories... stil, at least we have Spotlight, but then Spotlight doesn't have the sub-opts with news from right on your doorstep, so that is one thing that I will definitely miss.
It is also sad to think that with the studios closing, this will mean that Westcountry will not have a presence at events like the Devon County Show (although the BBC do cover this as well).
I am wondering what Richard, Alexis and the team being made redundant will move on to now... I know Richard used to present on ITN, so hopefully he can move back to something like that, but I hope for all their sakes that nobody gets relegated to presenting on these low budget satellite channels.
A nice package at the end of the programme, some old faces and a few classic clips (including Linda Ward's famous on-air proposal). Lovely to see some of the behind-the-camera staff too. It's a crying shame to see so many talented, skilled and professional people lose their jobs, and an equal shame to see us losing a valued service.
I'm sorry, but I won't be watching the new show. I've watched the ITV regional news over the years because it was local... I've never even been to Bristol.