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Monday, 16 October, 2000, 10:32 GMT 11:32 UK
News move sparks ratings battle
Michael Buerk fronts the new-look bulletin
Michael Buerk has played down the importance of the move
BBC One's main evening news moves to 2200 from Monday - setting the scene for a huge ratings battle with ITV.

The nightly bulletin has gone out at 2100 for thirty years, but has been moved following a decision announced by director-general Greg Dyke in August.

New series of some of the corporation's most popular programmes have been brought in to fill the vacated hour-long slot.

It's a change but I don't think it's that big a change. I don't think it's one of those epoch-making moments

Michael Buerk

But ITV is preparing to put up a fight by pitting some of its steady favourites against the corporation.

Ultimately, the move will result in a head-to-head clash with ITV's Nightly News, which returns to the old News At Ten slot in the New Year on at least three nights each week.

The BBC's Ten O'clock News will be little different from its predecessor, retaining its regular presenters Peter Sissons and Michael Buerk.

Buerk said: "As far as I'm concerned it's going to be the same programme but an hour later.

"It's a change but I don't think it's that big a change. I don't think it's one of those epoch-making moments."


However for viewers, deciding which programmes to watch could cause a dilemma.

Comedy hit One Foot in the Grave will be the first programme to replace the Nine O'Clock News in BBC One's new evening schedule.

Richard WIlson as Victor Meldrew
Richard Wilson will bow out in the final series of One Foot in the Grave

The last series of the 10-year-old sitcom - which ends in the death of irascible pensioner Victor Meldrew - goes out at 2100 from Monday.

It will be followed at 2130 by a new series of The Royle Family, featuring the arrival on the couch of baby Dave - the son of Denise and Dave who was born on Christmas Day.

However the two sitcoms will have to compete with an hour-long edition of ITV's crowd-pulling quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

On Tuesday, BBC One will screen the TV premiere of Will Smith's blockbuster movie Men In Black against a repeat of ITV's drama series A Touch Of Frost with David Jason.

Other BBC highlights in the coming weeks include satirical news quiz Have I Got News For You, which moves to BBC One from Friday.

David Jason in a Touch of Frost
David Jason returns in a repeat of A Touch of Frost

Sir David Attenborough's groundbreaking new series The State of the Planet is also likely to be a big hit, starting in November.

A number of ambitious new drama series are also on the agenda including The Sins - starring Pete Postlethwaite - which starts on 24 October.

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