And so it begins…
Has it been 18 months since I wrote this?
‘….broadcasting on an analogue signal, all of the terrestrial channels have a certain public service remit. They’re all using large amounts of airwaves which belong to the public and in return they’re expected to provide us all with some news….
‘…But hark, on the horizon, the looming spectre of the digital switchover…and…a channel’s news remit will expire too. Some channels – likely ITV and Five – may well say “screw news – why should I waste my money on that?”’
Last week of course we had the sad announcement ITV’s local output was becoming regional.
And today, ITV boss Michael Grade says “we risk loosing national news bulletins.”
‘Grade voiced his concerns that national news might ultimately not be financially viable at a Royal Television Society London conference on Friday.
He said: “In a PSB world, you get guarantees in terms of privileges. In a non-PSB world you do things for as long as you [commercially] can.”‘
Well, news never was financially viable. I can’t believe that’s a surprise to Mr Grade.