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ITN keep ITV News contract

(September 2001)

RA
Richard A
Apparently. Don't take this as fact, it's just something I've heard

So what does everyone think about this? Good? Bad? Couldn't care less?

Personally I'm glad that Murdoch is being kept firmly out of terrestrial TV. Oh well...
JA
james2001 Founding member
Good! I like ITN and I dont like the idea of C3N
IT
InTune Founding member
Its confirmed. Its just dropped on my newswires at work.
ITN keep the ITV1 contract, although will have to make cuts after the rival C3 News bid lower, forcing ITN to lower its price.
JA
james2001 Founding member
Im very glad! I thought I might have to put up with Murdoch News! Aaaaggghhhh!!
MM
Mr Me
I'm glad ITN have kept the contract for ITV News but am annoyed that because of C3 News they going to have to make cuts. With the current world situation they should be investing and not cutting in the news!
RA
Richard A
Exact figures: ITN has proposed a bid of 36m to match C3N's 32m. Looks like my source was correct! Wink
MI
Mich Founding member
james2001 posted:
Im very glad! I thought I might have to put up with Murdoch News! Aaaaggghhhh!!

And ITV news is good at the moment?
SE
Square Eyes Founding member
Yippee hooray for ITN !!!!! <breaking out the champagne>

Good news for ITN they have worked hard for it.
CA
cat
Why is this good for ITN? ITV are slowly ripping apart ITN's reputation. It would've been better if C3N got the contract because they haven't got a reputation to worry about.

As for the group being Murdoch dominated, please read a little about it before you make that sort of statement. BSkyB made up a small part of the group and this meant that Murdoch had a very tiny share in the entire contract.

It doesn't matter who wins the contract anyway. As long as editorial control of ITV News is retained by ITV and not handed back to ITN it will continue to slide downhill. A great shame considering ITN were once at the forefront of news. Now they're lagging behind.
SE
Square Eyes Founding member
Well it's good for ITN in that they wouldn't want to lose this contract, it's still there highest profile service.

I for one am very pleased, I like the presenters and correspondents and long may they continue working for ITV/ITN so boo-hiss to you.
CA
cat
The reporters and presenters would've remained whoever won it. You wouldn't have seen Sky presenters on ITV - I doubt whether they'd actually want to.

The only reason I wanted C3N to get the contract was because ITN have a stranglehold over commercial TV news, and that's not right. The average man in the street has access to just 2 sources of tv news. One pro-labour, one pro-tory. That's pretty pathetic.

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Hmm...

(Edited by c@t at 6:33 pm on Sep. 26, 2001)
RO
robert148
I'm sorry to see that Ch3 News did not get it. ITN are looking old and stale, and Ch3 News would have brought some new blood into the news.
Just look at the ITN News Channel, then look at Sky News, there's a lot of difference.
Ch3 News were made up of CBS News, Bloomberg, BskyB (Sky News) and Ulster TV, they could have brought in some new faces and ways of presenting the News in a brighter way.
Sad

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