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ITV axe 200

(November 2004)

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A former member Anglia (East) Look East
According to Broadcast this morning, 200 more ITV regional jobs to go. Anyone know any more?
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russnet Founding member
I assume that Broadcast put more than that on their page! Wasn't there anything else on their page that might give you a clue?
LO
Londoner London London
I have just posted the article in the 'Ofcom plan public service TV' thread
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Uncle Bruce
James Hatts posted:
I have just posted the article in the 'Ofcom plan public service TV' thread


A truely sensible place to put it.
LO
Londoner London London
Uncle Bruce posted:
James Hatts posted:
I have just posted the article in the 'Ofcom plan public service TV' thread

A truely sensible place to put it.

I think you'll find that that thread had been discussing the plans to reduce ITV's regional obligations, and this thread had not been started at the time.
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A former member Anglia (East) Look East
The Broadcast headline was an email service they provide daily. You have to pay to see the substance of the story.
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A former member Anglia (East) Look East
200 More jobs to go in ITV regions.
By Paul Revoir – Broadcast Magazine – 4th November 2004

ANOTHER 200 jobs are set to be axed from the ITV regions as a result of Ofcoms’s proposals to cut the broadcaster’s regional programme commitments.

In its recent PSB report, Ofcom suggested ITV could halve its non-news regional news output from three hours a week to 1.5 hours in 2005 and eventually phase out such content altogether.

The plans are likely to mean most non-news regional ITV departments will be wound up and the 1.5 hours per week divided up between regional newsrooms and local production companies.
In regions where there are few indies, a skeleton ITV staff could remain.

It is believed the 200 job cuts which come on top of the estimated 1,000 jobs cut since the merger will be across the regions.

The current levels of staff employed in non-news regional output is understood to be 30 at Anglia, 28 at Central, 40 at Granada, 23 at Tyne Tees, 18 at Meridian, 15 at Yorkshire, 15 at Westcountry,13 in London 12 in ITV West and a handful in Border.

Some regional non-news departments claimed they have already stopped production.

Staff are expecting to hear their fate by Christmas.

However one senior ITV insider said it would probably be nearer March when the cuts actually happen.
One Meridian insider said: “The clear indication is that we won’t have jobs and that it won’t be that long.” The source added:
“We all feel doomed anyway. The frightening thing is that this is not known and, once it’s gone, it’s gone.”

National Union of Journalists father of the chapel at Granada David Nolan said: “The impact potentially is the end of Granadaland. This is the home of regional programmes and regional news.”

An ITV spokeswoman said:
“It’s too early to say what the implications of Ofcom’s proposal will be in terms of job losses.”

The proposals cap a miserable year for the ITV regions, whose numbers have already been hit by the merger of Carlton and Granada.

This time last year Broadcast revealed that Meridian was to loose 170 posts and it later emerged that 400 were to go at Central.


PLUS
Up to 30 jobs could be affected by ITV’s decision to axe repeats channel Plus and hand its digital satellite slot to its new ITV3 channel.

Plus disappeared on Monday 1st November after ITV took full control of GSB by buying out joint-venture partner BskyB for £10m
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tvarksouthwest
What does Ofcom think it's doing cutting ITV's regional commitments further? The very thought makes little sense at a time where regional TV is more important than ever. What Ofcom should be doing is cutting the crippling annual franchise payments so this money could go back into programme making.

Yet ITV plc, in one of its press PDFs, is still happy to trumpet ITV as being "Britain's truly regional channel". Why throw away the station's biggest marketing advantage?
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Adam London London
So this means that basically that the whole regional schedule could end up in one night. Tyne Tees has 1.5h of non-news tonight.

Tyne Tees
7.30: For Valour
11.30: Soccer Night (1h)

In fact, the other regions don't even strech this far (Orange Playlist at 12am instead) so it pretty much cancels out that argument.
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russnet Founding member
tvarksouthwest posted:
What does Ofcom think it's doing cutting ITV's regional commitments further? The very thought makes little sense at a time where regional TV is more important than ever. What Ofcom should be doing is cutting the crippling annual franchise payments so this money could go back into programme making.


If Ofcom did cut the annnual franchises payments then I wouldn't have any faith in Granada on how they would use that money. It would either go one of two ways...

a) shareholders pockets
b) More programmes to feature Ant and Dec
AJ
A.J.A.
...and to think they say on their website that they're "the UK's regional channel". Obviously not for much longer then.

http://www.itv.com/page.asp?partid=1088
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Adam London London
russnet posted:
tvarksouthwest posted:
What does Ofcom think it's doing cutting ITV's regional commitments further? The very thought makes little sense at a time where regional TV is more important than ever. What Ofcom should be doing is cutting the crippling annual franchise payments so this money could go back into programme making.


If Ofcom did cut the annnual franchises payments then I wouldn't have any faith in Granada on how they would use that money. It would either go one of two ways...

a) shareholders pockets
b) More programmes to feature Ant and Dec


I read somewhere that the payments would be cut when switchover is complete anyway. Can't really imagine there will be any regional TV by that point in time.

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