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All change at the top of ITN

CEO in suprise departure after turbulent time

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Jonwo
I can't see ITN losing the contracts for ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 anytime soon.
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what
Jonwo posted:
I can't see ITN losing the contracts for ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 anytime soon.

I reckon Sky might come in with a killer offer next time C5’s contract comes up for renewal. Something they can’t refuse.
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JK08
'CBS/5 World News' anyone?
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GMc
Rachel Corp was permanently appointed as Editor of ITV News last month, so must be rated by someone at ITN.
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Brekkie
Some ridiculous conclusions being jumped to in the opening post on the basis of one exec leaving for what is likely a better paid position elsewhere.
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JAS84
Shocked Are they saying they might be about to go bankrupt? What would happen to ITV News, Channel 4 News, and 5 News if ITN closes down?
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Brekkie
C4 News hold the government to account, or would do at least if ministers were not boycotting their scrutiny. ITV News now also running a campaign stressing their independence.

Most PSB broadcasters are also far more optimistic about the future than they were back in the Spring.
Last edited by Brekkie on 10 November 2020 7:12pm - 2 times in total
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cityprod
If they did go in house, they would have to upgrade their UK news operation quite substantially. Yes, they could back it up with the resources of both Network 10 in Australia and CBS News in the US, but they would still need to do significant upgrade work on the UK news operation, which is currently just the CBS News London Bureau.
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Jonwo
Channel 5 wouldn't be able to go in house until 2023 as they already signed a deal with ITN this year for news and Jeremy Vine and I suspect it's more cost effective for them to have the news handled by a supplier.
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cityprod
Jonwo posted:
Channel 5 wouldn't be able to go in house until 2023 as they already signed a deal with ITN this year for news and Jeremy Vine and I suspect it's more cost effective for them to have the news handled by a supplier.


And that will probably continue to be the case, unless CBS wants to make a signifcant change to Channel 5 and increase the amount of news programming on the channel, and even then using a supplier will probably still be cheaper.
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chris
You’re catastrophising a lot in your posts. You make out that the pension deficit is something new - it’s an age-old problem that predates ITN Productions, which has since seen massive revenue growth. Even with the pandemic, that arm has done well. ITV has done better than expected and appears to value its PSB status, and C4 and C5 would struggle to get a better deal than it has now.

A departing CEO is not a sign of a company on the brink - simply a sign of an ambitious person.
I don’t quite get what you’re trying to achieve other than, forgive my French, sh*t-stirring.
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Inspector Sands
It's not really a case of upgrading what they have now, they'd effectively have to start from scratch. There would be a bit of crossover with what their bureau does for US audiences but not much and of course they still need to do that.

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