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JKDerry2,564 posts since 15 Oct 2016
UTV Newsline
Can anyone determine when the fall in quality of ITV News started? Was it in March 1999 when they scrapped News at Ten or did it started to happen earlier than that?

ITN News used to be admired and respected in the 1960s and 1970s, with even the BBC fearing their influence. In September 1955, the BBC knew ITN were going to have in vision news readers, and so jumped in quick to do the same before the launch of ITV.

ITN pioneered the first regular, full half hour news on a main channel with News at Ten, with the BBC jumping and following suit in 1970 with their Nine O'Clock News.

Newsreaders such as Alistair Burnet, Sandy Gall, Reggie Bosanquet, Andrew Gardener, Leonard Parkin all had class and trust.

Why does it seem that this has all changed now in 2020. Is it just rose tinted glasses, and the 1960, 70s were just as crap quality of news on ITV as is now?
Andrew14,512 posts since 27 Mar 2001
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I’m sure this sort of discussion has been done a million times before. TV and indeed life in general has changed massively in 20 years, it’s best if you look at stuff in that wider context than just looking at ITV News in a little bubble.
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Newsroom2,103 posts since 2 Mar 2005
I’m sure this sort of discussion has been done a million times before. TV and indeed life in general has changed massively in 20 years, it’s best if you look at stuff in that wider context than just looking at ITV News in a little bubble.



Basically when the idiots at ITV deemed it essential it drop ITN (probably on the most authoritative brands in news).
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marshmallow390 posts since 4 Nov 2015
Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
Interesting to look back at ITN News on ITV 30 years ago and see how in 2020 the cut backs to ITV News especially in regional news has been severe.


I don’t think that’s fair at all. The fact ITV reversed their 2009 cuts to regional news in 2013 and still provide so many opts-out when they had no requirement to do so is very amicable of them. If anything, the mostly fully split programmes they provide today are an improvement on their coverage 30 years ago, when some of those sub-regions would get a 5 minute opt-out, if that.
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Ne1L C1,815 posts since 11 Sep 2011
Right now the fact that there are so many opt-outs keeping us up to date about what's going on is a good thing. The national bulletins have been superb but the likes of Calendar have been equally important because they're reinforcing the fact that were all in this together.
cityprod2,091 posts since 3 Oct 2005
Westcountry Spotlight
Cut backs vs rationalisation.


You can make any damn thing you want seem rational, but the facts are the facts. ITV's regional news service these days is little more than a tick-box exercise for the regulator, where as in the late 80s and early 90s, it was something that ITV companies were damn proud of, especially when compared to the BBC, who had much more in the way of local news resources to draw from.

For example, BBC South West in Plymouth, could see everything that both Radio Devon and Radio Cornwall were doing in the early 90s, and both radio stations could also see what Spotlight was working on. TSW in comparison just had their own newsroom staff, and there was no sharing with Plymouth Sound or Devonair.

When you think about it, the fact that TSW and Westcountry were able to put on the news bulletins they did, with far less than the BBC had, it makes their current output look quite lamentable.