ITV Closes Down News Channel

16 December 2005

The UK's biggest commercial broadcaster, ITV, has pulled the plug on its rolling news service.

The ITV News Channel, set up two years ago to compete with 24-hour services offered by the publicly-funded BBC and Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB, has been axed to make way for a new children's channel on the Freeview digital platform next year.

The company says that £2 million ($3.5m; €2.9m) of the money saved by the closure will be ploughed back into its main newsgathering operation. It says it is investing in new technology and creating a news bureau in Beijing.

Comments Simon Shaps, director of television at ITV: "Increasingly, viewers will want news on demand via a number of different platforms and we are investing in the technology and expertise to deliver that."

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