A local BBC news service from Manchester began from the Holme Moss transmitter in 1957, initially broadcasting to the whole of northern England. As time went on, the North East (1962), and Yorkshire & Lincolnshire (1968) began to transmit their own local programmes and the North West of England ultimately became a region in its own right.
BBC North West Tonight was launched in 1984 to coincide with the launch of the Six O’Clock News – previously the programme was known as Look North West, and before that Look North. The transmission area is Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire, south Cumbria, the Isle of Man and the north-west of Derbyshire. For a short while in the 1980s, the whole of Cumbria received North West Tonight, however all but the southern areas transferred back to the Newcastle service in 1989.
The main presenters of BBC North West Tonight are Roger Johnson and Annabel Tiffin.
A new look for North West Tonight was launched in 1992.
A new look for BBC North West Tonight was unveiled in 1995. The titles were modified in 1997 to accomodate the new BBC logo.
BBC North West Tonight updated its titles and graphics on 10 April 2000.
BBC North West Tonight updated its titles and graphics, along with most other English regions, on 16 September 2002.
BBC North West Tonight updated its graphics and opening theme on 8 November 2004
BBC North West Tonight introduced a new studio, titles, theme music and graphics on 10 September 2007. This look was short-lived however, as all BBC regional news programmes were updated and standardised seven months later.
BBC North West Tonight changed its titles and graphics on 21 April 2008, coinciding with the relaunch of BBC News.
On 28 November 2011, BBC North West Tonight began broadcasting from its Salford Quays studio at MediaCityUK. Titles were updated to coincide with the move, as well as a brand new set - which the progamme shares with BBC Breakfast following their move...