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Need info about TV newscasts in UK

 2:30 pm on Apr 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

Anyone know the top 3 players and their respective market share?

I just need rough figures.



 9:00 pm on Apr 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'd bet two out of three start with the letters "BBC". hehe


 9:21 pm on Apr 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

SKY is big

as is ITN

not sure I understoof the question 100%

quite happy to do some digging around if you want



 9:31 pm on Apr 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

>>I'd bet two out of three start with the letters "BBC". hehe

Pretty accurate figures, so who are the 2 next loosers? Thanks mivox.

>>not sure I understoof the question 100%

I would like to know wich are the top 3 news channel in UK and their approximated market share. Maybe the question does not make sense locally. I just have a few blanks to fill for some rough equation.

quite happy to do some digging around if you want

Hey, you know I am cheap! :)


 10:27 pm on Apr 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

There are only five terrestrial TV channels in the UK, supplied by two news organisations: BBC do their own and ITN supplies news to ITV, Channel 4 and five. I think Sky is the biggest supplier of news from satelite.

Don't know market shares. But the competetition is not really between the channels as such but between their news and current affairs programmes. That's what I originally thought you meant. I'm not sure how you could calculate market share of channels, although you could get share of viewers watching, say, Newsnight.

(Second thoughts: does ITN supply five with news?)


 12:49 am on May 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

I think market share of the top three news shows, and which channels/networks they're from is the angle he's headed...

I'd forgotten about SKY. I had a manager at a London Dixon's try to pitch me on SKY network. I told him I didn't think their coverage area extended to Alaska. Still not sure how, after talking to me for five minutes, he thought I lived in the UK. hehe.


 10:46 am on May 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

I would guess:


Or are we talking about actual 24 hour news channels, like:

BBC News 24
Sky News
ITV News Channel


 12:20 pm on May 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thanks a lot to all of you. This info helped quite a bit.

I found this page :


Would you say the figures are acurate?


 3:57 pm on May 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

they look pretty much on the money

however there's another factor here...the three main news providers have very different briefs, and that may be relevant

Sky is populist and generally does expanded sound bites more than news...think Fox News and then look at who owns both :)

the BBC range from short high impact item bulletins through to detailed investigations of a single subject and regional coverage...they also have good science and technology and foreign correspondents

ITN fit in between...they provide a range of news coverage but not as wide as the BBC


 4:34 pm on May 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

>>and that may be relevant

You bet it does!

Thanks a lot Eric_Jarvis.

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