Conclusion

Most of those who have made their views known to the Authority, in the working party or in the consultation, in discussion or through the Press, will find some of what they said reflected, or at least considered, in parts of this submission. But it is not to be expected that any of them will endorse all of what we have written. The Authority has tried to weigh and to balance different ideas, and to come forward with the proposal which it believes the best one in the public interest. Its view, in summary, is as follows:

(i)

there is a strong case for a second ITV service;

(ii)

it should be complementary to and not competitive with ITV 1;

(iii)

its introduction should provide greater opportunities for producing companies both within and outside Independent Television, and in particular for the regional programme companies;

(iv)

its introduction would call for greater involvement by the Authority in programme planning;

(v)

there are substantial arguments for an early decision being taken.

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