Nobody ever talks about the bongs anymore. Ever since News At Ten was evicted kicking and screaming from its rightful place in the schedules in 1998, it has been like one of those fading political party leaders whose influence isn’t what it used to be. (“I used to get more viewers than the BBC, you know.”)
Now, after five years of aimlessly wandering the streets, it has been given a new permanent home at 10.30pm. But will its landlord, the new-look ITV network, really look after its tenant this time? And if it doesn’t, will new regulator Ofcom have the teeth to do something about it?