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Thursday, 31 August, 2000, 16:57 GMT 17:57 UK
Is the BBC right to move the news?

The BBC is to end 30 years of tradition by moving its main evening news bulletin from 9pm to 10pm, but not everyone thinks it's a good idea.

Some politicians have voiced concern that the BBC may be tempted to 'dumb down' the news in a bid to increase its ratings.

It follows an earlier controversy when ITN moved its flagship News at Ten, a decision that is being challenged by the Independent Television Commission.

But does it matter when the main news bulletin is shown, especially in the digital era when news is increasingly available around the clock? Is this an issue of concern or an example of media self-obsession? Is the BBC right to move the news?

This debate is now closed. Read a selection of your comments below.


Your reaction

Surely more important are the other measures announced. It appears that with the BBC changing the focus of the channels, and splitting them over 4 instead of 2, I, as a license payer, am going to be robbed of watching some of the better quality programs and left with soaps and fly-on-the-wall docu-soaps unless I fork out for digital TV. Fine, do this when analogue is switched off, but not before!
Nick Curtis, England

There are enough sources of news anyway - don't forget radio for those who don't get teletext or the Intranet - or even good old newspapers
Bob, UK


ITV dumped News at 10 because it would not fit in with a sensible programme schedule. Why should BBC be any different?

David Elliott, UK
BBC News from 9:00 to 9:30 is about right. It gives time afterwards for a 90-minute film or feature programme and still allows us to get to sleep at a reasonable time. ITV dumped News at 10 because it would not fit in with a sensible programme schedule. Why should BBC be any different?
David Elliott, UK

I never watched ITN's News at Ten, so I doubt that I will watch the new BBC Ten o' Clock News. 9pm is a convenient time to watch news for me personally, so I'll move over to the very good BBC News 24.
Paul R, UK

Greg Dyke is right to think what will happen to the BBC in the now near future when TV viewing is fragmented even more by the expansion of digital broadcasting. A few years ago even 5 channels were unthinkable; now we already have dozens and it will soon be hundreds, some of which will be the BBC, and one of which will be a news channel.
David Cook, UK

BBC has every right to move its 9 o'clock news forward. However, in doing so, has it forgotten to consider the convenience of viewers? For 30 years, it has dutifully brought the news to our goggle box on the dot of 9. We have all grown so accustomed to it that it would not be easy for us to make the switch.
Salome, Birmingham, England


It provides a breath of fresh air for the BBC schedules. ITV could try the news at nine if they felt there was demand.

Paul Rowden, UK
Does it matter that the news is being moved to ten? I don't think so. It provides a breath of fresh air for the BBC schedules. ITV could try the news at nine if they felt there was demand. At the end of the day there is another option: use BBC CEEFAX news! It runs 24h, is free, and is good enough for me when I want to check the news! Maybe people have forgotten that this service exists!
Paul Rowden, UK

Personally I think that it's a stupid idea to move the 9 O'clock news. There are few of the programmes that are broadcast after 10 that I particularly want to watch. However, I daresay that the 'powers that be' will do what they wish and have their own way regarding the move. I just hope that they don't end up calling it "Not The Nine O'clock News" - That would be TOO much!
Paul Carney, UK

Originality is not BBC's theme. It is simply cashing in on the controversy surrounding ITN's move and wants to, credibly, compete in a ratings war. Mr Dyke does not seem too concerned about the public's perception towards viewing programs.
Shairaz, England

What does this mean for the only news programme I watch: Newsnight? Will moving BBC ONE's news until later in the evening ultimately result in the demise of "serious" news analysis on BBC television?
Stuart Fotheringham, UK

No! At the moment the BBC has the advantage because the news at nine is a buffer for the watershed. If moved drama on BBC1 can only become dumbed down and less gritty...please BBC don't make that mistake!
Thom Lloyd, UK

Well done the BBC! 10 o'clock is the ideal time for an evening news programme: especially for those of us having a late finish to our working day.
Andrew, UK


Why move something that seems to work

Martin Everitt, UK
Although it ought not matter what time the news is shown, I thought that the reason ITV moved from the 10pm slot was to enable them to show a greater range of films after 9.00, if the BBC are to move the news is it also the plan to show films on BBC2 so that they do not need to be split across a news programme? I do not remember ITV covering a vast amount of US news at 10.00, so the argument that the 10.00 slot is good because it is at the close of the 'Old world's day, and the close of New world's business day' didn't seem to affect the news. Why move something that seems to work.
Martin Everitt, UK

9pm is still early evening and should be for non-news and drama or sport. I normally change channels at 9pm so as not to see another news. It is after all only 2 hours after the finish of the early evening news in Scotland. Too soon for another news. I think it should be moved.
John Sime, Scotland

What possible difference does it make if the BBC move the news? The proposals are for after the analogue switch-off, when every active television set in the country will be able to receive BBC NEWS 24 free of charge 24 hours a day for no extra charge. The real question is, why would the BBC waste our licence fee broadcasting news on BBC ONE at a time when, as I have already said, we will all be paying for NEWS24 24/7?
Bertie Hull, Yorkshire

I feel that moving the 9 o'clock news is a dreadful idea. When I am living in England I find that it is the perfect time to hear the evening news. Now we must wait until 10pm to see our news.
Andrea Jude, USA

Playing the field, Glasgow Kiss, Fish, Dangerfield, Love Hurts, The Royale Family, all quality BRITISH dramas, starting that bit earlier opens them up to a wider audience. If you want news, and you don't have digital or internet, go and buy a newspaper! And also Newsnight is often not just a news bulletin but an in-depth discussion
Ange, UK

The elderly are penalised again! I am sure will not want to wait up until ten o'clock for the latest news and probably can't afford or cope with the technicalities of digital services.
Trevor G. Bone, UK


I for one will welcome the chance to end my 'working' day with a serious news programme

James, UK
The moving of the news to ten o'clock is a great idea. The present time is too early in the evening and many people are still busy working and miss out on indepth news and comment. I for one will welcome the chance to end my 'working' day with a serious news programme.
James, UK

The 9 o'clock news has grown to be the watershed between family viewing and adult viewing. 10 o'clock is a much better time to draw that divide.
Stewart, USA

Why move it? Most evenings these days it's about the only programme worth seeing - unfortunately. Now we have to wait until 10pm.
LONDON, UK

It's interesting that so many in this forum cite the availability of internet and digital news channels as justification for their view that the timing of the BBC news does not matter. Personally, movement of the news program would not concern me, as I have access to these alternative channels. However, if I was living on a state pension and could only just afford the license fee, I might think very differently. Given that everyone participating in this debate must at least have access to the internet, I would question whether a truly balanced view is being presented here. Maybe the BBC should poll a representative sample of license holders for a true view.
Steve D'Arcy, UK

This is very encouraging, Dyke had a shaky start but seems to be showing he is no-ones puppet and that he is not a political appendage. He is realistic about the actual value of household names and the need for high grade drama.
Valerie, UK

I know several older viewers in their seventies and eighties for whom the Nine O'clock News is an esssential part of the day. They usually go to bed afterwards: if the BBC decide to move the news on BBC1 they would need at least a short bulletin on BBC2 for viewers like these who also do not have the alternative of satellite television.
Alison, Britain

And there goes the BBC, finally downhill, the last bastion of civilisation. Why can a movie not be interrupted for a news bulletin? Next there will be commercials to pester us and in a few years nothing will distinguish the BBC from the trash broadcast in most of the world. Stop trying to please everyone all of the time, remember standards. Not for tradition's sake, but because it makes sense, if only to educate the young.
B.P. van Leeuwen, the Netherlands


If it ain't broke don't fix it... enough said.

Howard, Canada
Why will the BBC not consult on the proposed change of the evening news? Is it afraid of the answer?
Simon Lord, UK

Mr Dyke is very much mistaken if he thinks people don't care about when the New is broadcast. I, for one, will be less than delighted if it is moved from its regular spot at 9 pm. In fact I think I will sign myself Livid from Liverpool!
Angela Davies, UK


As a family we sit to watch the news at 9pm every evening. If it is to be on at 10pm, there is no way that we shall watch it

Crossley Family, England
As a family we sit to watch the news at 9pm every week day evening, then our local news and the weather. If it is to be on at 10pm, there is no way that we shall watch it. Fortunately we have recently acquired Sky Digital so no doubt our allegiance will switch to there at 9pm. We do think that as we have no choice in paying the television licence that you should really reconsider this move and whether it is what the viewers want.
Crossley Family, England

All other things being equal, and as long as ITV does not move to 10.00pm, I think the change is a good one. Whilst I have digital cable and DTT, the vast majority of UK viewers only have access to 4 or 5 channels and their needs should be more important than the wishes of those of us with EuroNews, CNN etc. However, I think that the BBC could also use the two or three minutes between programmes on BBC One, BBC Two , BBC Choice/3 and BBC Knowledge/4 for headline news, rather than, as at present, promotions for BBC products.
Martin Curry, Europe


It is essential that there is a good news round up at a time when we are able to involve our growing children in world politics and issues

Chris Wigram, U.K.
Please don't move the 21:00hrs news slot. It is essential that there is a good news round up at a time when we are able to involve our growing children in world politics and issues. 22:00hrs is too late. The only alternative is to make BBC news 24 available to all licence payers so that we can tune in on the hour as we did with BBC world when overseas.
Chris Wigram, U.K.

Here in Australia the late night news is anywhere from 10.30pm-11.30pm. Far too late for most people who have a an early start the next morning. Although I have been away from the UK for a number of years, do the right thing and keep it at 9.00pm.
Tony Photiou, Australia

How quaint. In multi-channel households we have a proper choice of news on the hour, every hour. British Sky Broadcasting news has set the pace in Britain and are now piloting 'interactive' services so headlines are always available. People don't watch 'channels' anymore - they choose programme types.
David Paul Morgan, UK


Who CARES if the news moves from 9 to 10? It's only the news for heaven's sake.

George Andrew, UK
There is 24 hour TV news available from News 24, Sky and CNN. You can also find out what's going on at any time from countless radio stations, websites. And then there are newspapers (remember them). Who CARES if the news moves from 9 to 10? It's only the news for heaven's sake.
George Andrew, UK

Sorry, but the only way the Beeb are going to be able to fully compete and deliver quality programmes and provide more channels is by adopting advertising in place of the licence fee
Rod, UK

Although we can get news 24/7 nowadays, I still like a nice wrap-up of the news where I can simply sit back and watch. And as a teenager, that time for me is 9 'o' clock.
Christopher Paton, Scotland

The Nine o'clock News can only be at nine o'clock, any other time is just not on. The planners and programme makers in an organisation like the BBC should realise we the viewers are free to switch to another channel, and we do flick from channel to channel in order to select our choice of programmes. For people without cable network or satellite dishes, and they do exist, the nine o'clock slot is perfect for the daily intake.
Povl Thim, Ireland


If they move the news to 10pm then what rubbish are they going to show to fill the slot?

Steven Douglas, Scotland
If they move the news to 10pm then what rubbish are they going to show to fill the slot? The BBC struggle to fill the evening with decent programs as it is. I guess we will have to suffer with more mind-numbing docusoaps or perhaps more hospital programs with sick animals and people to entertain us.
Steven Douglas, Scotland

Apart from the arguments over moving serious programmes to the margins of the schedule, surely moving the 9 O'clock news to 10 pm would present the BBC with the same scheduling problem that ITV faced - i.e. on the basis that an 'adult' film is shown after the 9pm watershed, there would have to be a (up to 45 min ?) break half way through the film. Wasn't this a major factor in the ITV news being moved to 11pm? I also fear the current slot will be filled with a programme about people re-decorating each other's toilets or some such trash as is currently used in the obsession to fill our screens with 24 hrs of television no matter what the content.
Gareth Lloyd, UK

Does moving the news mean the watershed will also be moved? I predict a knock-on effect on children's bedtimes...
Jo, UK


It is convenient for people with busy lives that want to have an informed unbiased summary of the days events at the end of their day

Michael O'Leary, Ireland
The Nine O'clock News should remain exactly that. Not because of tradition or anything like that, but because it is convenient for people with busy lives that want to have an informed unbiased summary of the days events at the end of their day.
Michael O'Leary, Ireland

I have become attached to the reliable, distinctive sound of the nine o' clock news opening. If they move it, who's going to remind us when its time to go out to the pub?
Andy, Britain

The existence of so many media outlets each giving different versions of the same news makes reliable bulletins designed to be wide-ranging in appeal all the more essential. By creating a period of three and a half-hours with no mainstream news the BBC will seriously reduce national awareness of world events. Especially at present when it is highly likely that ITN's news bulletin will return to 10pm, it is ludicrous for the BBC to suggest that both main channels should broadcast simultaneously, a move guaranteed to lower news viewing figures (as well as harming Newsnight) to no great end.
Thomas Ableman, UK

Most terrestrial TV stations over in the States have a sort of tabloid news at 10 or 11pm. Unfortunately the 9pm slot tends to be filled by trash. Lets hope that if this new controller really decides to break with tradition and upset a lot of loyal viewers who haven't switched to satellite/cable news, that the slot will be filled with something worth watching.
Tony Cook, USA


It's coming to the point where the licence fee cannot be justified any longer

Michael McConnell, UK
Don't move it! 10pm is too late (11pm is ridiculous) We already pay our licence fees, and if we're going to have to watch it on digital that's an extra payment to Sky or OnDigital for the privilege. It's coming to the point where the licence fee cannot be justified any longer.
Michael McConnell, UK

I think 10pm is a much better slot. It will allow the BBC a similar 2 hour slot to the one ITV uses for programmes such as a Touch of Frost and Morse. The only thing that worries me is whether the BBC can make programmes of that calibre. Whenever it seems to make a show of high quality it is quite often poorly advertised and so left to die a death in the ratings war ... 'Fish', the drama about a lawyer is a perfect example. Great TV, but the BBC didn't tell me about it until I stumbled over it AFTER the 9 o'clock news.
Michael Amherst, UK

So what does Mr Dyke propose to replace the 9 O'clock news with. More American rubbish, docu/soaps or football. The news, although its becoming more and more biased towards the current Govt, represents one of the few worthwhile programs on the BBC. I certainly will not watch it at 10.00am.
David Curtis, England

Why are television companies so obsessed with themselves. Does it matter if the news is on at 9pm or 10pm? This is another example of TV executives believing that our lives are ruled by television.
Tony Fitzpatrick, UK

I am a working mother and don't often get the chance to watch the 6pm news. I often make a point, however, of watching the 9pm news as I can watch it in peace. A 10pm bulletin is too late - I'm quite often in bed by this time! Why don't viewers get a say in this matter? We do pay our TV licences after all.
D Ross, Scotland

The BBC News at Nine, I believe, is the best news program on the planet and this shift does more to convince me even more that the BBC is moving to a more commercial front. What next? An advert break for News at Six?
Chris Grant, UK


It's interesting that most of the objections to shifts in the timing of news on the major channels appear to come from politicians

Iain Rowan, UK
It's interesting that most of the objections to shifts in the timing of news on the major channels appear to come from politicians. I suspect that it has more to do with their vanity and desire to strut about like peacocks for the camera for the benefit of the general public, than a serious concern about public awareness of current affairs.
Iain Rowan, UK

The arrogance which chief mandarins at the BBC exhibit is simply astounding. Why move the Nine O'clock News? Its been where it has been for so many years because people like it there. There is no justification to moving it. What is the motivation? Increased ratings? The BBC tends to forget its role as a public service broadcaster. Whilst there is a remit for BBC programmes to remain consistently watchable, high quality and attractive, whatever their genre, they shouldn't be treated as moveable feasts which can be shifted at the whim of Mr Dyke. The BBC is there for its viewers, not the other way around.
Mathew Parry, Wales, UK

We are constantly bombarded with news via Ceefax, Internet, THREE 24-hour news channels via cable. If I want the news I can find it 24 hours a day - move it to 2.00am for me, I won't miss it. Get rid of news on BBC1 and make News 24 available to all.
Dave, UK

As a digital viewer, this move is irrelevant to me. Currently, I can get updates from Sky, BBC, ITN, CNN etc every 15 minutes. Moving the news to 10pm does give the BBC more time in the crucial middle evening slot though it will clash with Newsnight.
Andrew Long, UK

I am sure that there are many people, like myself who miss 'News at Ten' on ITV. I often miss the '9 O'clock News' because I'm doing other things at that time. I would personally welcome this change to what will surely become: The '10 O'clock News'.
Rob Reynolds, Scotland

The arguments for keeping the 9 O'clock slot are mainly based on nostalgia for the good old days of TV news. We would be better off focusing our attention on maintaining and even improving the quality and depth of the reporting (particularly international news).
Chris, Tokyo, Japan

I think it is crazy for the BBC to even consider moving the nightly news to 10pm. The BBC has enough problems holding onto sports coverage and being competitive in a fast and shifting marketplace for it to make a serious blunder like ITV did when they moved the news to 11pm and got stung by the Broadcasting Commission.
Paul Jonas, UK


Let's just leave program timings to market forces - if we the viewers don't like what's on, we'll just go channel-surfing!

Pete Morgan-Lucas, UK
Does anyone really care? The days of the BBC and ITV news being national institutions are (thankfully) gone - now we get our news when we want it - from CNN, Sky or MSNBC. So let's just leave program timings to market forces - if we the viewers don't like what's on, we'll just go channel-surfing!
Pete Morgan-Lucas, Wiltshire, UK

News at 2200 is too late! Some of us like to go to bed a reasonable hour and 2230 (when it'll finish) is too late for me!
Alan Browning, England

Not all of us have access to 24 hour news channels. Paying for my licence is enough. I have access only to the terrestrial channels, and news at 9:00 is perfectly timed. 10:00 is far too late - bedtime and all that.
Clare, UK


I rarely watch the main news on BBC or ITV, when I do I invariably have seen or heard all the 'news' via the internet, radio or teletext

Kevin Parker, UK
Why have news on BBC1 at all? BBC News 24 should be made free to air (it is licence fee funded) and everyone can catch up with the news whenever they want to. I rarely watch the main news on BBC or ITV, when I do I invariably have seen or heard all the 'news' via the internet, radio or teletext.
Kevin Parker, UK

I'm 29 and have grown up with news at 9pm. It forms a pivotal role in how I use my evenings. If the news is going to be moved, please don't use it as an excuse to put out more mush - soaps, lame game shows or sick animals/children.
Richard Crossley, UK

I don't think that it matters when the BBC or ITV news is on. The same news can be seen on all stations being repeated again and again without regard for us the viewers. The internet appears to be the only way to keep abreast of developments in the news.
Ian Bailey, England

Great idea! We will be able to finish our dinner in peace not having to rush it for the old 9 o'clock spot!
Peter and Jane Kelly, UK


As Martin Bell says, it is essential that the BBC news should be prime-time and not dumbed down, like ITe

Paul, UK
I'd like to say that I would support the moving of the 9 o'clock news to 10pm. Both times are still fairly peak, and if anyone desperately wanted to get news at 9pm, there is a plethora of other stations, including News 24. Also, the internet and digital TV mean that people don't have to go far to suit themselves as to when they get their fill of the day's events. As Martin Bell says, it is essential that the BBC news should be prime-time and not dumbed down, like ITN and even the once great Channel 4 news. As long as these two conditions are satisfied, we should not be unduly concerned.
Paul, UK

At the end of the day, does it really matter what time a television programme is shown? Its only TV after all, and not that important surely!
Lisa, UK

Its what is on in-between the news which is important and there is little doubt that the non-news contents of the BBC is becoming worse.
Marc Sheppard, UK

What is Greg Dyke proposing to show between 9-10pm? Recent BBC1 output has been so poor that I doubt their ability to produce a quality programme 5 days a week to fill that slot.
Simon C, England

The news should be there to cater for and inform - and what better opportunity is there than for each news provider to spread their coverage out through the evening? This way, everybody gets the information they want. I tend not to watch the news on TV any more, it's not in depth enough. BBC News online is the future and I'll keep using that.
Russell, UK


The BBC is the BBC. It has the right to do whatever it thinks it's the best, it hasn't reached this decision for nothing

Moataz Abou-Eita, Cairo, Egypt
In case you haven't noticed, the BBC is the BBC. It has the right to do whatever it thinks it's the best, it hasn't reached this decision for nothing. The main aim of the BBC is to present truth and nothing but the truth; time has nothing to do with the whole issue. Politicians, please step back, BBC isn't yours as much as it is all the people's. I'm a million miles away, and I fully support the BBC's wise decision.
Moataz Abou-Eita, Cairo, Egypt

In short, no. We all live in the real world, and like it or not, are affected by current affairs. It is therefore important that major news bulletins be presented in the middle of prime time, to encourage people to watch and consequently to be informed about the world they live in, and not be pushed to the margins. At the end of the day, people will watch what they want to, but by pushing flagship news bulletins until later in the day, fewer people who might have watched, will watch. The so-called ratings war shouldn't come in to it. As a public service broadcaster, it should matter not a jot.
Steve Boreham, UK

For a 16 year old viewer without digital television, the Nine O' Clock news is an important part of my evening viewing and keeping track of the latest news. I think the answer is that the ITC should make ITV restore News at Ten or a news at 10.30pm. It is not the BBC's responsibility to take on the job of trying to mop up the mess left behind by the ITV network.
Iain Smith, UK

It's bad enough that the BBC organises it's schedules competitively so that people without video recorders have to miss one programme or another on the rare night that the BBC has something worth watching. But the plan to move the news in order to make way for "entertainment" is an insult to us all for which the decision-makers at the BBC should be flogged, live on the 9 o'clock news.
Paul B, UK


I think it will allow better usage of the Prime-time slots between 7 and 10pm

Stephen, Scotland
I have to support the BBC's decision to move the news bulletin to 10pm. I think it will allow better usage of the Prime-time slots between 7 and 10pm and the later news broadcast will round up an evening's viewing with the ability to report on midweek football games (such as Champions League giving a full-time and not just the "latest scores". The BBC has to change to adapt to the digital world with Sky and OnDigital offering more channels targeted to different audiences.
Stephen, Scotland

It would be nice to have an independent news service rather than one owned by Tony Blair and his spin doctors. But aside from that I personally feel that 10pm is not an unreasonable time for the main evening news. The important thing though is that the news should be unbiased especially when it's a service provided at public expense. I regret to say that I now get my news from foreign sources, as I no longer feel as though I can trust the BBC to be honest in its reporting.
Andy Davies, UK

If ITV cannot have their news at ten, then why shouldn't the BBC have news at ten. Can they not be at the same time.
Carol Woodall, UK

I watch BBC News over the net. And because our time is one hour ahead it's getting very late to watch the last BBC One News. Sky News also offers News at ten as a flagship program so there will be no main news at nine o'clock.
Daniel Bouhs, Germany


The 9 o'clock programme was always overshadowed by News at Ten in the political arena due to the House of Commons voting procedure

Simon Ward, UK
A BBC main bulletin at 10pm should be welcomed. The 9 o'clock programme was always overshadowed by News at Ten in the political arena due to the House of Commons voting procedure. The move will also allow BBC 1 schedule better across the evening and allow many viewers who regarded News at ten as their last viewing of the day to return to a normal sleep pattern
Simon Ward, UK

I don't have a problem with the news being moved to 10, unless it affects Newsnight in any way, in which case I would be dead against the move. I also regret it if, as ITV claims, it strengthens their case for not bringing forward the ITN news.
R.G.Stafford, UK

I believe that the BBC is being forward thinking in making this move. 10.00pm is still peak time and arguably more appropriate for watching the news. I would like to see the 9.00pm slot filled with innovative programming - nature, comedy/drama and documentaries. However, I would not support this move if even more animal docu-soaps are planned as the alternative!
Andrew Wardlaw, England

I think News at Ten makes more sense. It means you have time to show an early movie without splitting it around the news, it means more news is available (especially breaking news from the US). Also, I prefer to watch the news rather than video it and watch it later, and moving it to 10pm means I get to watch more often.
John B, UK

DO not move the Nine o'clock news !!! Not everyone was sorry to see ITV's News at Ten go. I never watched News at Ten because for those of us who commute long distances, 10:00 is bed time! Still, if the BBC go ahead I guess I will just watch Sky News which is on every hour on the hour - very sensible.
Trudi Mount, England


The 9 o'clock news is on at an ideal time for the many of us who retire to bed around 10pm because of an early start the following day

Bill Hudson, England
The 9 o'clock news is on at an ideal time for the many of us who retire to bed around 10pm because of an early start the following day. With the BBC'S introduction of NEWS 24 on its digital channel -it is in effect competing against itself for a news audience, and the news of the day is always the same irrespective of how its "dressed up" or by which channel chooses to broadcast it. I would have thought that by having the news at 9pm the BBC has its first "grab" at the viewing public who are interested in news.
Bill Hudson, england

I think the BBC is wrong to move the news to 10. The argument that the 10 o'clock slot was very popular when ITV had it is valid, but only in the context of also having an earlier one at 9. As regards 24 hour news availability on digital etc, if you turn on at any given time there is no guarantee that you will get all the main stories in one go, as you do in a scheduled service.
Nan, UK

The BBC should not move the news time slot. A group of people will stop watching the program. I get up for work at 5:30 in the morning. I also work in the city. The BBC News is important to me, however at 22:00 I will be going to bed, not watching the news
Adam, UK

I would be very sad to see the BBC new change from 9 pm to 10 pm as it would mean that overseas viewers couldn't see it until 11 pm (our time) - well past my bedtime.
Burnaby, Belgium

No, I don't want the news to change time. It is convenient for me to watch until 9.30 pm and then go to bed with a book for an hour. Especially I leave before 8 am on weekdays. I always watch the BBC news rather than ITN. I don't watch ITN at all now it has moved. I expect I'll get more information from teletext when it does move. I just think it's inconvenient and too late, especially if I've missed the 6 o'clock bulletin.
Sheila Knowles, UK


Why bother to change a format that works!

Chris, England
This just goes to prove the old adage 'If it isn't broke, best Jump up and down on it until it is, then say that it wasn't you who wanted it like that but was the 'customers', who have now changed their minds and are kicking up a stink about it being broken'. Why bother to change a format that works!
Chris, England

As a public broadcast service the BBC has a responsibility to those who either choose not to, or cannot afford Digital/Satellite coverage (we all pay a licence fee for that privilege). Is anybody currently complaining about BBC News at 9pm? Seems to me another example of "If it ain't broke...don't fix it!"
Trev, UK

This is not a matter for politicians. If market research shows that consumers want the news moved back to 10pm then this is a non-issue.
Miles Hunter, UK

Greg Dyke is very cunning. Where is ITV going to put it's news if they don't win their court ruling. So things will almost certainly go back the way they were 2 years ago, just swapped over.
Martin R, UK


I can't see what all the fuss is about as we can see the News 24hrs a day through digital

Emma, UK
Why shouldn't the BBC move the News to 10pm, surely it is up to them. I can't see what all the fuss is about as we can see the News 24hrs a day through digital, Internet, radio, newspapers.
Emma, UK

In the modern World of 24 hour News Channels does it really matter what time the news is on the BBC or ITV?
Simon Bradshaw, UK

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Greg gets to grips with BBC


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