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Television News | “Trustworthiness & Reliability”

Ben Frow and team nail most things on the channel to the right audience. I'm at a loss to understand how they let ITN run it as a training school for Channel 4 news rather than a popular mainstream service.

Or is it more a case of ITN just providing what the client wants? There's no evidence to suggest that ITN has gone rogue. I strongly suspect that the powers that be at 5 News are employed and directed by Channel 5.

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London Terror Incidents

Just a comment regarding the criticism of ITV News which I feel I have to defend. I cannot say this enough times - ITN no longer has the resources in place overnight to sustain all-night rolling coverage . It's as simple as that. How people can expect a team to stay all night at work having been there for a 12 hour shift already is beyond my comprehension. And people forget time and time again that it is not just the TV presenters and journalists, but also the directors, lighting directors, sound mixers, technical directors, production assistants, programme editors, MCR engineers....... these people will all have done very long shifts over the weekend and there is no plan for new staff to come and relieve them overnight because there is no 24 hour news channel or ITV Morning News anymore. The BBC and Sky have massive resources already in place - how you can expect ITN to compete with that operation at the drop of a hat is beyond me. ITN these days has a very skeletal staff in overnight to meet its usual obligations (e.g. NBC News, GMB etc.) and without planning beforehand cannot easily mount open-ended rolling coverage anymore. Even back in ITN's heyday of the 80s and 90s, they rarely went into open-ended coverage - they would usually do short newsflashes.

I'm sorry if that comes over as a bit of a rant, but I feel quite strongly about this. For what it's worth, I was watching when all this unfolded last night and watched excerpts of BBC News, Sky News, Al Jazeera, CNN - and when ITV News came on the air I thought it was easily the best of the bunch. The BBC had the same pictures for ages and were very cautious, Sky News was frankly scaring the life out of people - and for me, ITV News struck the right balance. It had enough urgency but you could tell it had been properly planned and resourced appropriately. I can't argue with that.