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The future of ITN

and Channel 4 News and five news (January 2004)

IN
intheknow
ITV plc comes into creation early next month, and all the regional news operations are being merged, along with national news and the ITV News Channel into a single ITV News group. David Mannion, who is editor of ITV News for ITN, will also take up a position in the ITV owned ITV News group.

Within the next few years or so, it is inevitiable that ITN will become fully owned by ITV plc, and absorbed into the ITV News group.

This brings up what will happen with Channel 4 News and five news. Will they want their new effectively produced by ITV? five don't seem to want to; they have indicated they will look elsewhere for news if ITN becomes fully owned by ITV. In fact, the five news contract is up for renewal soon, and even though ITN hasn't been bought out yet, I would think that, given five's contract to show Sky News Sunrise in the mornings, they may well go for Sky News to provide their news.

five news would be a major boost to Sky, they would be able to boost their resources by quite far, and you never know, if they ever got Channel 4 News under their belt, they would become a true equal in terms of reach to the BBC and what will be ITV News.

I was wondering what others thought will happen to ITN, and the Channel 4 and five news services?
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A former member Anglia (East) Look East
I agree that, what with Five currently carrying Sunrise, it seems logical for Five to take Sky News as their provider in place of ITN. But, as for channel 4, who knows? Possibly Reuters? BTW do Reuters still provide GMTV's news (I know they did in the early days of GMTV Newshour), or do GMTV have their own distinct "GMTV News" department?
RO
rob Founding member Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
Alice NotCooper posted:
I agree that, what with Five currently carrying Sunrise, it seems logical for Five to take Sky News as their provider in place of ITN. But, as for channel 4, who knows? Possibly Reuters? BTW do Reuters still provide GMTV's news (I know they did in the early days of GMTV Newshour), or do GMTV have their own distinct "GMTV News" department?


I think that ITN provide the news to GMTV now, but I may be wrong.

*waits to be corrected...
TE
TELEVISION Central Reporting Scotland
GMTV have their own newsroom, because you can do 360 degree tour on their website, although I don't know where it is, The London Studios possibly?
FA
fanoftv Central (West) Midlands Today
I presume it is in the London Studios. Someone must provide them with pictures of news stories that their reporters can't get to, but I don't think it's still reuters.
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A former member Anglia (East) Look East
I think that Reuters provide help with GMTV News sometimes.

ITN stands for Independent Television News, so I think ITN should remain producers of Channel 4 and five News. However, Sky News could probably provide a better service to Five News. As five News have no foreign correspondents, and ITN are more dedicated to ITV and Channel 4 than Five it seems. So it would be a difficult decision, but one thing I would not want to see change is Channel 4 News. It would be a disaster, the Channel 4 News correspondents are some of the best out there, the programme provides top quality analysis and I don't know what would happen at ITN.
LU
Luke
ITN provide GMTV news.

I suppose ITN will create a spin-off news operation? IMO this country needs an independent news service, rather than Sky having an influence in terrestrial TV.
SP
Steve in Pudsey Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Don't forget that Sky provided the news on RISE on Channel 4
NW
nwtv2003 Granada North West Today
Altowers posted:
I think that Reuters provide help with GMTV News sometimes.


Up until recently Retuers used to provide the news from GMTV, as I think they did so from day one, as they always promoted from Retuers and don't forget there was 'The Reteurs News Hour' on GMTV. Though it has only been recent that ITN have started to provide the News on GMTV, which can make things easier, I think the Iraq War helped the situation as ITN and GMTV came to a deal to share reporters.

Don't forget as well that for a short period of time Sky provided the News on TV-am.
LU
Luke
Steve in Pudsey posted:
Don't forget that Sky provided the news on RISE on Channel 4


As well as co-producing the programme itself!
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A former member Anglia (East) Look East
intheknow posted:

This brings up what will happen with Channel 4 News and five news. Will they want their new effectively produced by ITV? five don't seem to want to; they have indicated they will look elsewhere for news if ITN becomes fully owned by ITV. In fact, the five news contract is up for renewal soon, and even though ITN hasn't been bought out yet, I would think that, given five's contract to show Sky News Sunrise in the mornings, they may well go for Sky News to provide their news.

five news would be a major boost to Sky, they would be able to boost their resources by quite far, and you never know, if they ever got Channel 4 News under their belt, they would become a true equal in terms of reach to the BBC and what will be ITV News.


I can't really imagine Sky producing Channel 4 News, they don't really have a reputation or history of the indepth/investigative reporting theat C4 demands.


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I was wondering what others thought will happen to ITN, and the Channel 4 and five news services?


Until contracts change (if they do at all) ITN will continue to produce the programmes in the way that channel 4 & 5 ask them to do so. Remember, 4 and five pay them for the programme, and the client is always right
NG
noggin Founding member
Yep - originally Reuters were GMTV's news suppliers. They were replaced by ITN a while ago though.

GMTV's studios are based at The London Studios (aka LWT) - in fact I believe the gallery is also used for ITV Sport on occasions? So whilst news material, and OB units etc., are provided by ITN the GMTV studios are not in the ITN building.

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