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Will ITV’s new news agenda cause a problem for Newsnight?

There’s not much going on at the moment. Or at least that’s what brains over at ITV appear to think. Although the broadcaster revamped its News at Ten to much fanfare last year, the bulletin has now been pushed back to the 10.30pm slot to make way for the Nightly Show, a new series modelled on celebrity-fuelled US talk shows.

This marks a victory for the BBC’s rival news bulletin, which — in the first three months of its rival’s News at Ten revival — pulled in an average of 4.8 million viewers to ITV’s 2.2 million viewers. However, it’s another Beeb newsman that Mr S is now worried about. Step forward, Ian Katz.

Thanks to the later slot, the Newsnight editor will now see BBC2’s flagship current affairs programme go directly up against ITV News for viewers. With Newsnight averaging in around 570,000 viewers per episode, this is hardly ideal news. What’s more, Katz had been widely-tipped to be the new editor of the Today programme but this role was today given to Sarah Sands — so it looks as though he is not going anywhere anytime soon.

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