Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Ofcom looks the other way

ITV may be 'washing its face' to quote Michael Grade with its proposals over slashing local and regional news, but Ofcom is washing its hands of the affair. While the company continues to make changes which assume they will be given the green light on their proposals to cut local and regional services from 17 to 9, Ofcom is doing precisely nothing about it. Ofcom say they can only be concerned about 'outputs' not 'inputs' while ITV gears up to cut hundreds of jobs and tells its journalists that picking up video cameras is the future. At a meeting with Ofcom today it was confirmed that they will not act to stop ITV carrying on as though their plans have already been agreed. You have to ask, who is in charge in this process? Is it the regulator or is it ITV?