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Now it's News at 10.30.

ITV is to axe News At Ten and move its late evening bulletin to 10.30pm.

The programme currently goes out at 10pm around three days a week and later on other days,leading critics to dub it ``News At When''.

From next year it will have a permanent slot at 10.30pm from Monday to Friday.

David Mannion, editor of ITV News, said: ``The new schedule presents an exciting opportunity to produce a new and reinvigorated programme.'' The varying time slot has meant poor ratings for the ITV bulletin, with some viewers switching to the BBC.

In March News at Ten was down to 2.2 million viewers, compared with 6.6 million for BBC1's 10pmbulletin.

Nigel Pickard, ITV director of programmes, said: ``This decision is absolutely in the public interest.''

The Independent Television Commission gave the go-ahead for the move yesterday.
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