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WW Update3,531 posts since 6 Feb 2007
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For ITN, however, the deal presents the chance to supply news for all three terrestrial commercial broadcasters once again.


Is it really healthy for a single commercial company to be in such a position? It certainly doesn't strike me as a very compertitive environment -- but maybe that's not entirely a bad thing when it comes to TV news. Confused
London Lite6,812 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
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For ITN, however, the deal presents the chance to supply news for all three terrestrial commercial broadcasters once again.


Is it really healthy for a single commercial company to be in such a position? It certainly doesn't strike me as a very compertitive environment -- but maybe that's not entirely a bad thing when it comes to TV news. Confused


ITN have proved they can supply the three commercial terrestrial channels who all have differing editorial agendas.

The old London (Showbiz) Tonight format would be perfect for the new streamlined 5 News.

On the other hand, where are the cuts going to come from? They don't really need two anchors for the 5 and 7 and showbiz reporters could also work on OK! TV as now. With a greater emphasis on showbiz, they could have a senior correspondent, a couple of general reporters and showbiz shared with OKTV. Sian Welby who currently presents the weather and a weekly slot on OKTV, could also be used more often.
ginofish644 posts since 7 Feb 2010
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For ITN, however, the deal presents the chance to supply news for all three terrestrial commercial broadcasters once again.


Is it really healthy for a single commercial company to be in such a position? It certainly doesn't strike me as a very compertitive environment -- but maybe that's not entirely a bad thing when it comes to TV news. Confused


ITN have proved they can supply the three commercial terrestrial channels who all have differing editorial agendas.

The old London (Showbiz) Tonight format would be perfect for the new streamlined 5 News.

On the other hand, where are the cuts going to come from? They don't really need two anchors for the 5 and 7 and showbiz reporters could also work on OK! TV as now. With a greater emphasis on showbiz, they could have a senior correspondent, a couple of general reporters and showbiz shared with OKTV. Sian Welby who currently presents the weather and a weekly slot on OKTV, could also be used more often.


Well there's no need to do any of that because Channel 5's deal with Sky News seen them having to pay them 9 Million a year, with ITN it's half of that so they've already saved close to 5 Million. Plus Matt and Emma along with Jeff and Jenny are all employees of Channel 5 so in paticular the last three have all joined this year so I'll doubt there deals will be running out anytime soon so to get with of one or more of them would cost them money. Add to the fact the 5 and 7 pm often feature different running orders/reports/stories so are very different the current system works fine. Plus the amount of staff ITN have they'll save on reporters.

Unless you want Sian Welby to give us a shipping forecast there's not much more in the Weather Presenter's remit. Apart from perhaps when theres a weather related story giving a interview to the presenter/in the report.

The old London Tonight showbiz format would not work as 5 News tend to report on showbiz rather than have guests in the studio and that would also sort of be doing OKTV's job.
Inspector Sands10,449 posts since 25 Aug 2004
On the other hand, where are the cuts going to come from? They don't really need two anchors for the 5 and 7 and showbiz reporters could also work on OK! TV as now. With a greater emphasis on showbiz, they could have a senior correspondent, a couple of general reporters and showbiz shared with OKTV. Sian Welby who currently presents the weather and a weekly slot on OKTV, could also be used more often.

What you have to remember is that there's a lot more to it than just the people you see on screen. Presenters and reporters are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to costs

Sky's deal was with the old owners for the amount of news they wanted to do, so they'll be paying too much for what they need now. C5 seem to want to do the bare minimum 'proper' news and more showbiz news and programming. That can be done far cheaper with a new or renegotiated deal that gives them just what they require now.

In terms of 'proper' news they can use what it already has in terms of ITN branded content and agency material to provide a very cheap, basic news service. ITN already supplies showbiz news too, in fact according to http://corporate.itn.co.uk/content.php?content_id=31 they already supply showbiz bulletins to 5USA, 5* and Channel 5.

It could be that they'll take OKTV in-house to Northern & Shell and just let ITN get on with the 'news'. It would make sense seeing as they have a team producing the magazine
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