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JUDICIAL REVIEW SOUGHT FOR ROW OVER ITV EVENING NEWS SLOT

News, 31 July 2000


The recent unprecedented "legally binding" directive by the Independent Television Commission that ITV moves its 11pm news slot to an earlier hour [WAMN, 21-Jul-00], has triggered an equally vigorous response from the commercial TV consortium.

ITV announced last Friday that it will seek a judicial review of the watchdog’s directive – the first time that the watchdog’s authority has been tested in the courts.

The ITC ruling came after ratings research showed a 14% fall-off in news viewers following ITV’s rescheduling last year of the former News at Ten to 11pm. The ITC sees this as a failure by ITV companies to comply with their contractual remit to attract a “mass” audience for their two nightly news bulletins.

News Source: CampaignLive (UK)