BBC gears up for news clash with ITV

- The BBC has confirmed that it will go ahead with its plan to move its main evening news from 9pm to 10pm, despite a clash with ITV which is moving its news back from 11pm to 10pm for at least three nights a week.

- The BBC has confirmed that it will go ahead with its plan to move its main evening news from 9pm to 10pm, despite a clash with ITV which is moving its news back from 11pm to 10pm for at least three nights a week.

The BBC's Board of Governors approved the new scheduling plans on Monday and the BBC will move its news slot from October 16.

Sir Christopher Bland, chairman of the BBC, said: "The Governors believe that 10pm is a better slot editorially. It allows the BBC to provide better coverage of Parliamentary votes and the business markets, breaking stories in America which, with a US Election coming, will be vital to our international coverage."

Greg Dyke, the BBC's director general added: "The recent ITC and ITV compromise of a news at 10pm, three or so nights a week, is confusing for viewers. All the evidence shows that viewers want to know when news is being played. They welcome certainty and the BBC is offering them a main evening news proposition that is coherent and clear."



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