Sir Trevor McDonald, in the ITN Headquarters, central London. The BBC and ITV were set to make television history as their evening news bulletins went head-to-head for the first time. *...The clash of bulletins at 10pm was set to spark a ratings war as ITV moved its main evening news bulletin back to its regular slot. 19/03/02 : Sir Trevor McDonald, in the ITN Headquarters, central London. The Veteran newscaster is the most popular news and factual programme presenter on television, according to a survey Tuesday 19 March, 2002. Viewers also prefer qualities like professionalism and intelligence over beauty, according to research by the Independent Television Commission. * 24/01/2003: Veteran newsman Martin Bell took a swipe at fellow journalist Sir Trevor McDonald, Friday January 24, 2003, by branding his fronting of the Tonight programme sad . Former war correspondent Bell bemoaned the quality of TV news and singled out ITV1 s Tonight With Trevor McDonald for particular criticism. I think it is rather sad that Trevor has had to give his name to the Tonight programme. It slavishly follows the US news formula.