HC Deb 08 November 1999 vol 337 c395W
Mr. Baker

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with the ITC in respect of News at Ten and its successor programmes; and if he will make a statement. [97597]

Mr. Chris Smith

Programme scheduling and content are of course matters for the broadcasters and the Independent Television Commission. I have however expressed the hope that, when the ITC reviews next Spring the conditions laid down as part of its approval of the ending of "News at Ten", it will be robust in its analysis of whether those conditions are being met.