ITV’s news programmes will be tailor-made, accessible and comprehensible to a mass audience.
ITV Network will make room in the schedule for additional coverage of news events and unfolding stories when necessary.
In 2001 and 2002, ITV will offer news programmes in the early and late parts of peak time, currently 6.30 and 10pm, Monday to Thursday, with 52 exemptions when the news may be shown later.
An average of seven hours of national and international news will be shown each week between 9.25am and midnight, with an additional early morning bulletin.
A significant proportion of programmes will be produced in, and reflect, the nations and regions of the UK.
In current affairs, there will be on average about 90 minutes of programmes each week.
The main focus of ITV’s current affairs will be on the domestic agenda, but items on international subjects or explaining the effect of world events on Britain will also be shown.
ITV’s two main current affairs series in 2001 will be Tonight with Trevor MacDonald and Jonathan Dimbleby.
Current affairs programmes to start in peak time on one weekday for at least 40 weeks of the year.