Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sad but Inevitable

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sad but Inevitable

Article excerpt

TODAY'S MERGER of Granada and Carlton, the twin giants of independent television, might be inevitable in business terms but that does not mean we have to like it. Indeed it has been a depressing part of the debate in the long months in which the Competition commission has mulled over whether or not the deal should be allowed, and if so under what conditions, that all the talk has been about the combined group's share of the TV advertising market.

There has been almost no mention of the thing the viewers care about - the editorial excellence and programme quality. This, though, is the heart of the issue. If any one thing has brought Carlton and Granada to their current sorry state it is that a decade of poor management put short-term cost cuts in front of long-term programme quality.

The desiccated accountants and deal makers effectively killed what was good about the ITV of old - which was its ability and willingness to make ground breaking television programmes that people wanted to watch. …

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