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.
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.
Are you watching a different 5 News to everyone else? The 5 and 7 are virtually identical in the running order, the only difference is blokey is replaced by one of Desmond's babes, with the weather which is the same as the 5 repeated which is presented by another attractive woman.
Now I like Matt and Emma, yet is it really cost effective to have two presenters with two bulletins so close to each other, while the rest of the bulletins are considerably limp in comparison?