Just been announced via RXTVlog
that Ofcom has approved the appointment of ITN as the Channel 3 news provider until 2024.
I don't get it. Why would Ofcom get to decide that? I thought it's up to ITV to decide whom they wan to select as their news provider (or, as they case may be, if they want to produce their own news.)
I believe that it is because it is a public service broadcaster. In exchange for benefits (good position on EPG
etc.) they have to meet extra requirements surrounding the quality and quantity of news coverage. As such, I imagine Ofcom would want to rubber-stamp the news provider to make sure they are up to the job (financially and journalistically).