ITV plots new time for late-night news

ITV is considering a plan to air its main nightly news at 10.30pm instead of 11pm in a bid to stem criticism about the axing of News at Ten.

ITV is considering a plan to air its main nightly news at 10.30pm

instead of 11pm in a bid to stem criticism about the axing of News at

Ten.



Another plan under consideration is to air the news at 10pm whenever

there are key political events unfolding.



The plans follow last week’s condemnation by the Independent Television

Commission of the performance of the broadcaster’s nightly news since it

moved from 10pm.



The ITC has ordered ITV to come up with proposals by 18 May. The plans

are expected to involve more than scheduling, however. The ITC is also

said to be concerned about the falling audiences for regional news

bulletins.



ITC figures show that audiences for ITV’s news at 6.30pm and its 11pm

news have fallen by 13.9 per cent. Audiences for the main regional news

programmes have fallen by 16.4 per cent.



Media Spotlight, p22.



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