The ITV News Channel has closed. Launched on August 1, 2000 (as ITN), the channel broadcast its last programme today at 17:30 with Alistair Stewart presenting a look back at the channel's history.
23 December 2005
19 December 2005
Following a consultation with staff, the ITV News Channel will close on Friday, December 23. Understandably, the doomed-channel's employees were not prepared to work over Christmas in the knowledge that a) their jobs were at risk and b) no-one would be watching anyway.
14 December 2005
The ITV News Channel is expected to close at the end of next month. Recently forced to broadcast for only 12 hours a day on Freeview to make room for ITV4, the channel was facing no carriage on Freeview at all from February when ITV plan to launch their new kids channel. The channel has also had to contend with being off-air for much of last year in various regions across the country and low ratings compared with BBC News 24 and the recently-relaunched Sky News.
A little later than expected, More4+1 has launched on Freeview channel 31. Viewers will need to rescan their boxes to receive the channel; meanwhile, Men & Motors has moved from channel 38 to 35.
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