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Magazine of the Chartered Institute of Journalists

News at when?

The Chartered Institute of Journalists has expressed concerns over ITV’s decision to move its iconic News At Ten programme to make way for “entertainment and trivial programming”. This is the second time the programme has been moved within ITV’s schedule. The first was in 1999. ITV claimed then that it would boost ratings but it had the opposite effect.

“The 1999 decision was a disaster and the same will happen again”, said CIoJ President Mark Croucher. “All it will do is to further diminish the audience for high-quality television news. ITV lost millions of viewers to the BBC 18 years ago when they decided entertainment was more important than news at 10pm. There is a public interest in quality broadcast journalism and in the Institute’s view the ITV network should be supporting investment and scheduling that promotes this.”