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Tuesday, 28 March, 2000, 15:06 GMT 16:06 UK
Channel 5 cleans up its act

Channels 5 news was also commended by the ITC
Channel 5 has been praised by a broadcasting watchdog for reducing its reliance on "tacky" sex shows.

The Independent Television Commission (ITC) said the channel, which has previously been criticised for saucy shows like Sex And Shopping, had made strides with its programming.

Peter Rogers, chief executive of the ITC, said of Channel 5: "There is not the same quantity of tacky sex - with the exception of the wee small hours where there is a heavy diet of sexual portrayal."

The channel's news output was praised, as were its documentaries, films and religious programmes.

Low budget

However the ITC said channel 5: "Still suffers from the inclusion of a great deal of low-budget material of little distinction."


Ali G
Channel 4 comic Ali G was praised
In its annual report the Commission went on to congratulate Channel 4's output for its "freshness and innovation".

It's controversial gay drama Queer As Folk was singled out for praise, as was the acclaimed series 1900 House and comic Ali G.

But the report said Chris Evans's TFI Friday show was "no longer the attraction it once was".

Channel 4's news service was also praised as one of the station's continuing strengths.

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