If it was for any other pre-recorded programme I would agree, but this drama is something else and I think when it comes to this one I think we can let it slide.
The trouble in 1999, was all down to Carlton TV.
I'd say the total opposite, if the drama doesn't fir the hour (or half hour) slot preceding the news, then it shouldn't be there. A pre-rec entertainment show that delays the news is acceptable IMO.
I get the feeling alot of people would highly disagree with you. on this point.
IMO, a drama can be written for a slot. An entertainment show, live or pre-rec, can be given a slot but interviews/performances etc can run on and on, delaying the next programme. A drama has no excuse to delay anything, especially the news.