Tonight is a British current affairs programme, produced by ITV Studios and ITN for the ITV network, replacing the long-running investigative series World in Action in 1999. Airing twice-weekly, on Monday and Friday evenings at 8.00pm, the show runs the gamut from human interest-led current affairs to investigative journalism. Tonight has conducted interviews with a plethora of political and public figures, including U. S. President George W. Bush, Prime Minister Tony Blair and former U. S First Lady Hillary Clinton. From 1999–2007, the programme was known as Tonight with Trevor McDonald; the programme airs in the Thursday night timeslot at 7.30pm, with Julie Etchingham as host. The format of Tonight consists of a number of long-form news stories which present an angle on a major development following up on an investigation instigated by a national newspaper or news network; the stories are introduced by Julie Etchingham. Many topics centre on allegations of wrongdoing and corruption on the part of corporations and other public officials.
The show features profiles. The profiles are of celebrities and offer a biography of the figure, followed by a sit-down interview. Rather than offering a simple publicity platform, a celebrity will feature after a period of intense media scrutiny, such was the case when the model Naomi Campbell appeared after there were claims she had a substance abuse problem. Non-celebrity profiles feature a person who has accomplished an heroic action; the programme's format differs to newsmagazine Panorama, which airs on the BBC, as it remains focused upon a sensationalist and human interest-led agenda, rather than political or world affairs. Many of the topics are follow-ups to stories from tabloid newspapers, chosen for their level of public interest; the show gained greater public attention for its high-profile interviews, such as with the parents of murdered schoolboy Damilola Taylor, the five suspects in the Stephen Lawrence murder case and Trevor Rees-Jones, the sole survivor of the crash which killed Princess Diana.
Following the September 11 attacks in New York City in 2001, the show shifted its focus to more "heavyweight" topics such as the impending war and featured numerous reports from Afghanistan and Washington with Trevor McDonald interviewing U. S. Secretary of State Colin Powell in December of the same year. In an charged and controversial episode, airing on 30 October 2001, Martin Bashir interviewed the television star Michael Barrymore for the first time about the events that led to a man dying in the swimming pool at his home; the entertainer said he felt responsibility, igniting a tabloid backlash. The edition was the most-watched in Tonight's history. In recent years, the show's ratings have dropped a result of airing against the perennially popular EastEnders on BBC One. Tonight will react to major news stories as they happen, with scheduled ITV shows pre-empted. Notable major events in recent times have been "Terror in London - A Tonight Special" after the terrorist attack in London and "The Manchester Attack - A Tonight Special" after the Manchester Arena bombing.
Reacting to the shock announcement of the 2017 United Kingdom general election 2 months previous, Tonight programmed special'Leader Interview' specials - which gave each of the major political parties their own respective programmes via an interview with Julie Etchingham. Family and friends of the party leaders were interviewed, it was after "The Leader Interviews: Theresa May" programme when the Prime Minister Theresa May went viral for revealing the naughtiest thing she had done was'running through fields of wheat’ as a child in her interview with Julie Etchingham. While the show features interviews with global newsmakers, Tonight sometimes makes global headlines itself. Living with Michael Jackson A 3 February 2003 episode featuring Martin Bashir interviewing Michael Jackson led to the singer being charged for sexual molestation. An interview with Jackson was special, for it had been rare for Jackson to allow such access to his personal life, or indeed to talk so about his childhood; the special two-hour episode was criticised, with numerous claims that the documentary had presented the singer in an unfavourable light.
After the episode aired on U. S. network ABC, a follow-up "rebuttal" interview with Jackson was broadcast, featuring a surplus of material Bashir had omitted from his film. Charles Ingram In the same year, the magazine aired segments from the 2001 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Episode in which Major Charles Ingram was accused of cheating, it was the first time outside of court that the clips had aired and the edition was promoted throughout the week, airing after a rated episode of Coronation Street. Again, the programme was criticised for its bias, with Charles Ingram claiming in an interview with Diane Sawyer for US network ABC that Tonight refused to allow him to defend the allegations on air; this episode would air in the US as a special episode of Primetime on 8 May 2003. The above episodes attracted 16.1 million viewers respectively. Sir Trevor McDonald presented links for the programme. During this time the programme was known as Tonight with Trevor McDonald, he left in late 2007, with the return of News at Ten on Monday, 14 January 2008 which McDonald co-presented, along with Julie Etchingham, until November 2008.
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The International Antarctic Centre is located in the suburb of Harewood, New Zealand, close to Christchurch International Airport. It is one of the major tourist attractions of the city; the Centre is home to the New Zealand, United States and Italian Antarctic Programmes and comprises administration offices, warehousing, an American/New Zealand clothing store, a post office and travel agency, the Antarctic Passenger Terminal and the Visitor Centre, now called'The Antarctic Attraction'. It is for this last item that the centre is best known, as it forms a significant tourist attraction.'The Antarctic Attraction' consists of Antarctic exhibits, a café, bar. The centre operates a Hagglund Ride around the centre's land; this is aimed at children, however is an educational tool for all ages, to display the mobility of the Hagglund. The Hagglund is an Antarctic Vehicle, still in operation. Among other attractions, there is an Antarctic snow storm room, an audiovisual display, little blue penguins at the NZ Penguin Encounter.
The centre is set up for taking in penguins from the wild that are in need of help, with one of those penguins nicknamed'Morgan' getting media attention for refusing to swim. On 24 September 2009, at the prestigious Canterbury Champion Awards Dinner, it was announced that the International Antarctic Centre had been judged the overall winner in the Champion Host – medium, large enterprise category; the International Antarctic Centre was recognised as the Champion Host Winner and shared the finalist category along with Whale Watch Kaikoura and Canterbury Museum. The International Antarctic Centre was bought by tourism company Real Journeys in October 2015 from Christchurch Airport. International Antarctic Centre website