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Snow doubts news channels' future
Jon Snow
News presenter Jon Snow won the 2005 Bafta Richard Dimbleby award
Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow has claimed the UK's TV news channels do not have "a tremendous future".

He said viewing figures were "pitifully small" and coverage needed to be "more bound up with web access" as more people were getting news from websites.

"In the long-term there isn't a great future for 24-hour television news," he told the Independent newspaper.

The Royal Television Society journalist of the year said axing the ITV News Channel had been "the right decision".

Snow said: "Increasingly, if there's a major news development you are going to the web first to find out what's happening there and then.

"In the long-term there isn't a great future for 24-hour television news."

Snow also said he did not think there was "any evidence of a huge hunger for BBC News 24".

But a BBC spokeswoman said the channel reached "11m viewers a month".

She said: "When it comes to the big stories, viewers turn to the channel in huge numbers to find out the latest news, for example nearly nine million in the week of the London bombings."


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