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Steve Williams1,859 posts since 1 Aug 2008
Why did Viacom ask OFCOM to be allowed to increase the amount of hours of news they had to provide based on their license earlier this year? I've seen it mentioned a lot in articles talking about the new look and strikes me as a strange move in a world of cutting back on news.


They were already exceeding the quota in any case, so it was presumably considered worthwhile to have that reflected in the licence.
Rkolsen1,183 posts since 20 Jan 2014
BBC World
Why did Viacom ask OFCOM to be allowed to increase the amount of hours of news they had to provide based on their license earlier this year? I've seen it mentioned a lot in articles talking about the new look and strikes me as a strange move in a world of cutting back on news.


They were already exceeding the quota in any case, so it was presumably considered worthwhile to have that reflected in the licence.


I would have kept the quota as is so that way they could say they were doing more than the bare minimum. Just to make it look good on paper.
London Lite7,071 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
Will 5 news tonight return?? It's slightly disappointing of channel 5 to decrease its news output so early before Christmas, especially with the increasing their news quota with ofcom.


The specials count towards their news quota. In any case, it's an annual event where they replace a bulletin that hardly anyone watches for pre-recorded current affairs output.