Brilliant work as always Lee.
I love the subtle swipes and I like the lower thirds.
I do feel that the titles work better with the News At Ten music. Something like that could have been implemented to differentiate the programme whilst keeping it close to the ITV News branding.
I actually tried with both and felt the main ITV News music worked better, but uploaded the NAT theme for some variety. Having said that I do like the end of the titles on the NAT version.
With other comments regarding the lower thirds, I wanted to go as low as possible. I think the BBC News channel actually goes a little lower with it's ticker?
I wanted to scale back, de-clutter, simplify, etc. I wanted to remove a ticker from the equation and make use of that space. I know they do wheel out the ticker on occasion, but as a news programme rather than rolling news channel I didn't want to clutter up the screen with lots of information, I also feel the existing 2-line graphic does a good enough job on it's own.
I'll expand on this and do more if I can.