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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