There is growing speculation inside the BBC hothouse that the public broadcasting service plans to boost its stagnant ratings with the move of its nightly flagship news bulletin, Nine O’Clock News, to the 10pm news slot vacated last year by rival network ITV.

Moles say that new director general Greg Dyke has already given the green light for the move, although the programme’s extant news format is likely to be preserved. Dyke is acutely aware of the furore and loss of audience that followed ITV’s shift in timing of its News at Ten bulletin to an hour later.

It is believed that the BBC will retain the present 9pm news slot until autumn 2001.

News Source: CampaignLive (UK)