UK's Channel 4 renews ITN news contract after consultation process

Channel 4 has awarded the contract for Channel 4 News to ITN, which will continue to act as news supplier to the fourth UK terrestrial television channel post 1999.

Channel 4 has awarded the contract for Channel 4 News to ITN, which will continue to act as news supplier to the fourth UK terrestrial television channel post 1999.

The reappointment of ITN as news supplier brings to an end a month consultative period where Channel 4 invited independent producers to submit ideas.

As part of the new agreement there will be a new half-hour long edition of Channel 4 News on Saturday evenings, which will come on air in January 1999.

Michael Jackson chief executive and director of programmes at Channel 4, commented: "Unlike some other broadcasters who seem intent on marginalising their news services, Channel 4 is standing four square behind its highly regarded news service, and is expanding on Saturday's in a bold new initiative.



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