ITV To Start Charging For Crap!

#1
Looks like their viewing figure's will drop even further when they start charging for the crap they show..

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/news/article.html?in_article_id=494639&in_page_id=2

New ITV chairman Archie Norman is expected to charge millions of viewers to watch all but the broadcaster's main channel.


The ending of ITV's days as a free-to-air broadcaster is likely to happen soon after the former Asda boss joins as non-executive chairman in January to replace Michael Grade.

As well as being likely to introduce pay-TV for digital channels ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4, Norman is set to cut costs, which could mean big job losses, said City sources close to him.

ITV has already axed 1,500 jobs and aims to save £155 million this year.

'ITV is not very profitable, it does not pay a dividend,' said a source close to Norman. 'There is some way to go in improving business efficiencies. ITV needs the spring back in its step.'

Norman is also set to reorganise the ITV board after its failure to choose a chief executive and its delay in appointing a chairman.

A new chief executive is unlikely until well into the New Year.

'The board has become the story, but it will become a deeply professional board,' said a City source.

The move to pay-TV is likely to come sooner rather than later. Despite outperforming rivals with hits such as The X Factor, ITV has suffered and expects advertising revenue to be down 12 per cent this year.

Subscription television businesses such as BSkyB have proved much more resilient. City sources said Norman believed it was imperative ITV changed from a free-to-air business.

ITV1 is likely to remain free-to-air as it offers advertisers a means of reaching a mass audience with a single programme.

The X Factor had 16.5 million viewers last weekend. ITV's digital channels attract much smaller audiences - ITV2 peaked at 2.7m for Britain's Got More Talent - and less advertising revenue.

Norman is also likely to retain programmemaking arm ITV Productions, which makes shows such as I'm A Celebrity and Coronation Street. ITV has been under pressure from investors to sell this business.

But he is understood to want to develop ITV Productions' international sales, said a City source.

'If shows are produced through ITV's owns studios, ITV owns the rights globally and that is going to be a fundamental part of the strategy,' he said. The X Factor is produced by independent Fremantle Media and impresario Simon Cowell.
 
#2
It seems a bit of an odd thing to do, charge for channels that are essentially repeats of the channel they aren't going to charge for, do the other channels actually show any new content? probably showing my ignorance as I don't tend to watch the drivel ITV produce any way.

If you're going to charge logic would say you'd charge for something worth paying for.
 
#5
What do I watch ITV for

Local news and weather - Can go to the BBC for that

News and political comment? Got ARRSE for that or read the papers

Plays and the like? - no time to watch them

X factor/Jungle/chav TV- Not bl**dy likely


A quick check shows the other ITV stations (and plus 1 versions) churn out re runs of Morse/Wycliffe/Darling Buds/Kavanagh/Time Team etc

Miss ITV if it went?

Nah!!
 
#6
A better idea, get rid of the other 3 channels and put the few half way decent programs onto the main one. We might get one channel with some decent programming then.
 

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#7
Nuts to them. It's bad enough that every program or film is littered with brain-dead, pointless, annoying adverts without asking me to pay for the privelage of watching dross programming too.

Like the idea of pay-per-view sky news online - byeeeeeee!
 
#8
archer said:
What do I watch ITV for

Local news and weather - Can go to the BBC for that

News and political comment? Got ARRSE for that or read the papers

Plays and the like? - no time to watch them

X factor/Jungle/chav TV- Not bl**dy likely


A quick check shows the other ITV stations (and plus 1 versions) churn out re runs of Morse/Wycliffe/Darling Buds/Kavanagh/Time Team etc

Miss ITV if it went?

Nah!!
Now there's an idea. 24 hour TV pap with focussed adverts for the lottery/scratchcards/Iceland/Argos etc.


... or have I just described ITV 1?
 
#9
and why not? The fvcking BBC has been doing it for years.

The worst with the BBC is that are into overdrive with their 'we must keep Brown and Mandelswine in power for as long as possible' - doing this with my fvcking licence fee!
 
#10
Bonzo_Dog said:
archer said:
What do I watch ITV for

Local news and weather - Can go to the BBC for that

News and political comment? Got ARRSE for that or read the papers

Plays and the like? - no time to watch them

X factor/Jungle/chav TV- Not bl**dy likely


A quick check shows the other ITV stations (and plus 1 versions) churn out re runs of Morse/Wycliffe/Darling Buds/Kavanagh/Time Team etc

Miss ITV if it went?

Nah!!
Now there's an idea. 24 hour TV pap with focussed adverts for the lottery/scratchcards/Iceland/Argos etc.


... or have I just described ITV 1?
hahaha yes buddy, you have lol
 
#11
Fuck freeview. I've got freesat, it's now up to 66 channels and climbing, not including music channels and I can't be arsed to watch any of them.
 
#12
Commercial TV, meaning anything other than BBC, has dug itself, deservedly IMHO, into a cavernous hole, :omg: , and not least because it treats it’s audience like juvenile mong shite. They gambled with ‘supply and demand’ and no doubt repeatedly sited Septicville as examples. ‘More channels means more advertising slots means more revenue for us’. But, #1 will the viewing audience increase commensurately to watch the new transmissions? #2 Will advertisers increase commensurately and/or increase their budgets to fund all the new slots? #3 Are there enough quality programmes and/or are/will there be funds to make new ones? Overwhelmingly the answer is ‘NO’ with a possibility in some cases there just might be.

So, instead of biting the bullet and knocking out realistically unsustainable channels, with the exception of ITV2+1 which was KO’ed, they carry on regardless squandering more money on feckless retards who know f’ck-all about real life but have pieces of paper stuck on the wall above their desk (or really know how to retrieve a thrupenny bit ;) ), and troll out selected repeats ad nauseum and offer advertisers so many pointless slots their ads actually become a total disincentive to buy.

And the viewing public? Well f’k you pal, you’ll f’king watch what we f’king show you and be grateful for it. You’re too thick to remember anything so if we show you the same episode of Frost 27 times in a month, you’ll think it’s a new episode every time. ‘Trust us, we’re experts in retard TV’. :slow:

ITV are going to charge to view? Well this time it’s f’k YOU pal because I do not pay to be shown adverts. If YOU can’t cut it with the ad revenue you get, cut your costs by cutting your channels. With fewer ad opportunities you can/should charge more for the ones you have. ‘Why would advertisers pay more?’ Because your quality programmes deliver the appropriately high viewing figures. They don’t? Well start transmitting quality programmes.
You want to charge for a programme? Fine, I’d pay handsomely for a caged blindfolded tag-team match between Ant & Dec and Ross & Brand. All parts of the cage (including the floor) to be randomly electrified and all contestants to have a running chainsaw Superglued to their hands with no off switch, and Gordon ‘f’king’ Ramsay as the in-cage Ref. :twisted:

No.9 - cheque book in hand

 
#14
Tossers!

BBC & ITV are the only stations that won't allow themselves to be viewed outside of the Good Old U.K. Footprint...
 
#15
For every top brand item that's purchased off the shelf or elsewhere that has been advertised on ITV/SKY etc, in some cases 30% of the mark up is because of advertising by said channels.
In other words ITV aint free! we pay at the till probably 3 times more than by TV licence!
If ITV wish to start charging directly then that is an indication of their own problems in the advertising market.
(Spell checker U/S )
 
#16
Gundulph said:
Tossers!

BBC & ITV are the only stations that won't allow themselves to be viewed outside of the Good Old U.K. Footprint...
Don't kid yourself, I pay for BBC Canada, BBC World News and 5 other channels that I don't really need only because they are "bundled" into Cable TV packages that hose you for said "Bundle" instead of charging for individual programs.

I must admit though they do pick the crop of the best BBC Dramas.

Also, TV Ontario picks up Channel 4 and ITV Documentaries and Drama Shows. Although TVO must be akin to BBC Channel 4 with the dross Left Wing, Do Goody Good crap it puts out.
 
#17
No.9 said:
with the exception of ITV2+1 which was KO’ed
Still going mate, Sky 131. Just in case there's a repeat (for the 14th time) of Ricki Lake that you missed an hour ago...

I agree with you though, there's no way I'd ever pay for the dross that ITV turn out for 90% of the time. Luckily I'm a Liverpool fan so I don't even need them for the Champions League for the rest of the season...

The only thing they have worth watching is football for the majority of the week, and I can watch that on internet streams. And the Chinese commentary is better than the retards ITV have.
 
#19
Thank the Gods for Sky plus, record the decent bits and watch at my leisure. Mind you we mainly watch Sky Sports, Euro Sport and Channel 5 these days. BBC/ITV is mainly crap with their dumbed down Soap/Reality b0llocks, scaremongering Panorama or whatever the ITV equivalent is.

Channel 5 is only watched for CSI and NCIS the rest of that is crap.
 
#20
Todays Schedule

GMTV - Not really ITV, however is in reality an organ to promote the crap that follows it.
The Jeremy Kyle Show - Are you the father of my mums baby, which makes you my stepdad and my brother? And you do acid?
ITN News and Weather - Episode one of the daily propaganda fest.
This Morning - Inspect your tits, wear some make up, enter a crap competition etc. etc.
Loose Women - Inspect your tits, wear some make up, enter a crap competition etc. etc.
ITV News and Weather - Episode two of the daily propaganda fest.
Dickinsons Real Deal - Bring out your old stuff and flog it to a non-specific gender dealer.
The Alan Tichmarsh Show - FCUK OFF
Midsomer Murders - Middle class shenanagins, in Middle England, with middle class, middle aged actors.
Goldenballs - FCUK OFF
Local News and Weather - Local shyte. Cat up tree etc....
ITN News and Weather - Episode three of the daily propaganda fest.
Emmerdale - Ficticious shagging in the North Yorkshire CQB Village
Coronation Street - Ficticious shagging in the Manchester CQB Village
I'm A Celebrity - Where are the celebrities then?
ITN News and Weather - Episode four of the daily propaganda fest.
Martin Clunes Islands of Britain - A trip on a boat to look at a vast expanse of fcuk all.
October Road - American shyte about retards and pizza delivery girls.
Motorsport UK - The latest round of the Morris Minor Grand Prix from an old airfield in Northumberland that no-one went to.
The Cosby Mysteries - American shyte about black american retards and ethnic pizza delivery girls.
Loose Women - More tits and tears from the team of old munters.
Nightscreen - We've got fcuk all to put on so heres a few powerpoint slides we knocked up.
ITN News and Weather - Episode five of the daily propaganda fest just before Penny Smith turns up all matted in spunk from the night before.

If that is the product of intelligent programming, I will gladly show my arrse in Harrods window for the duration of the festive season.
 

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