What is ITV News at 10 like?

ITV News at 10 is the main news broadcast for ITV, with all of the days latest headlines in the world, bringing you live broadcasts as well as pre-recorded reports. But, how does ITV News at 10 compare to its competitors? And how do they go about reporting news?

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Are ITV one-sided? 
According to “The Media Blog”, 18.5 per cent of ITV News shows bias to pro-Conservative, and are behind only Sky News who show over 60 per cent.
BBC show the least bias.

I looked closely at ITV towards the end of the recent US Presidential Election. Looking at both how they reported on the eventual winner Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton. When reporting on Trump, it seemed that they only showed how he was getting into trouble while promoting his campaign. They showed him as if he was not right for the people and as thorough Trump was always causing controversy among the American people. With Hilary however, they showed how she had the support of stars like Katy Perry and Ellen DeGeneres. Hilary looked as though she was the “good guy” and Trump was the “troublemaker”.

Presenters 
ITV News at 10 only has one presenter in Tom Bradby. Bradby told The Media Show on Radio 4 that he wanted to put the show back on the map as for a while it was losing viewers to BBC’s News at 10. Bradby has been key in the revamp on ITV News at 10 and he told the Standard “we can’t get distracted by the BBC.”


Mark Austin is another one of the main anchors on News at 10 but he is set to leave at the end of 2016, leaving Mr. Bradby as the main man when it comes to presenting the show, although he probably already is that. Bradby became the shows presenter in 2015 and has been helping lead ITV News at 10 in the right direction since.

News Stories
Despite the studio being local, ITV News at 10 leads up to your regional news channel, so not all stories are going to be based at home. For instance, a kidnapping story in Sale may not reach the top of the news if there has been a terrorist attack in France or a bombing in Syria. It’s based on International issues and not just home issues in the United Kingdom. National News such as ITV News at 10 were definitely focussed on the US Election for around half a year in the lead up, it was almost expected to be on the news every night as the battle between Trump and Clinton continually gathered momentum and more drama.

This is certainly more interesting for the viewers also, it gives them what they want to hear, rather than what they need to hear. It can be pleasing to the ear and also make it much more exciting for the viewer. It’s unusual that you would get a regional hard news story, so they keep the softer side for their regional shows like Granada Reports, or UTV Live in Northern Ireland.

The Setting
The setting for any News Broadcast is very basic, a well lit up room, with a nice backdrop easy for the eye to see. It will always look professional, but the National News channels will always have a more serious feel about them. Regional News programmes seem to be more upbeat and lively, and even feature some lighter stories involving humour. ITV News at 10 has a really serious feel to it and we can see when watching that they are trying to make us pay close attention and be interested in what they are reporting.

The Sport
Sport is probably the most popular type of news, and it now pops up more at the front of the programme when the main stories are being announced, they could even come first if someone who is British has done something big, like Lewis Hamilton winning the F1 World Championship, Rory McIlroy capturing a Masters title, or Andy Murray sealing a Wimbledon victory. Sport would have the most excitement and is usually upbeat. However a few weeks ago when the tragic plane crash in Columbia happened featuring the Chapecoense AFC players it was a sad day for the world of sport so it was featured high up on the news. Sport is the most interesting piece of news and usually, key events are happening throughout the day. But I suppose you could say that for other pieces of news like Politics.

 

An upgrade needed at United?

Things have been frustrating recently for Manchester United fans, with 3 consecutive draws and just 2 home wins all season, there must be something missing at the Theatre of Dreams, but what? The side are playing extremely well but  it seems United can’t hold onto what they have in games, conceding late goals to Arsenal and Everton recently. 

So, if United need strengthening, where do they need to bring players in, and who could possibly be brought into the squad?

José Giménez from Atlético Madrid would be a great acquisition to the squad and would be a solid partner alongside Eric Bailly. Bailly came in this past Summer from Villarreal and has made an instant impact. Giménez has made his way into the Atlético side at 21 and could be a positive addition to the Red Devils.

Virgil Van Dijk would also do a solid job at the back. Not many players come from Celtic to the Premier League actually do well, but the Dutchman has become one of the League’s most impressive central defenders and it seems a move to a bigger club is imminent as he has been playing extremely well with Southampton.

Aymeric Laporte is another talented centre back who plays with Athletic Bilbao. The young Frenchman turned down a move to Manchester City last year to sign a new contract with the Basque club setting a release clause of £52m.

Victor Lindelöf is another name that has regularly popped up. The Swedish International has made an impact at Benfica and has recently been compared to United legend Rio Ferdinand. Lindelöf burst upon the scene last season, and has been scouted by big clubs and has been heavily linked with a move to the Red Devils.

But what do some United fans make of what’s currently going on at United?

Some United fans will feel that the attack is solid, but some chances have been wasted this season which have cost United of lots of points so early in the season. Antoine Griezmann would be the ideal signing for United if they could find the right position for him, whether that be out wide, in  the number 10 or up front.  His brother Théo has even teased some United fans on Twitter.

However if the Red Devils were to go in for the Frenchman, they would have to break the world record transfer fee, which they already hold after they signed Paul Pogba for £89m in August.

United have been playing great football and to the relief of many fans, Henrikh Mkhitaryan has found his way into the squad and has shown promising signs with two Man of the Match performances in 4 games.

“Mkhi” has been left out of the squad for months since signing from Borussia Dortmund and when he started in the 4-0 win over Feyenoord, it felt like the fans were watching this man for the first time because it had been so long since he featured, which was the 2-1 defeat to Man City on the 10th September.

Steve Owens is on the way to the top

Local Derry fighter Steve Owens has a big future ahead of him after he sealed his second professional win at Akuma Fighting Championship with a 1st round TKO finish over Terry Doyle after his initial opponent Paul Lawrence withdrew.

Owens fights out of Straight Blast Gym Ireland under the leadership of John Kavanagh who has been key in the success of UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor. Kavanagh has been huge for Owens and was in his corner for his first pro fight at Real Fighting Championship in Derry back in September.

Owens said “He is the reason for the rise of MMA in Ireland, his knowledge as well, he’s just a wealth of knowledge.”

Owens’ aim is to become a UFC Champion, like his teammate McGregor, who last month made UFC history by becoming the Featherweight and Lightweight, the first man to hold two UFC titles simultaneously. Owens wants to conquer the world and wants to leave behind his own legacy.

“I’m aiming big, I’m going all the way with this. I plan on having big belts and a lot of money.”

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Photo credit: Jules Gallagher

Steve is looking to get back to Derry to fight again early next year, and there could be a fight already lined up with some early trash talk between himself and Joe McColgan. McColgan calls himself “The SBG Hunter”. McColgan reckons Owens is no match for him, and said this on twitter:

However, other fans would disagree with McColgan’s comments…

McColgan is also 2-0 in his professional career, with a notable win over SBG fighter Peter Queally at BAMMA 26 in Dublin in September. A fight with Steve Owens is appealing to any local MMA fan.

Owens is now looking to headline Real Fighting Championship 2 when it returns to Derry next year, and the Derry man only has a few words to say about it.

“It’s gonna be big” Owens said.

Owens has spent time training with McGregor, particularly in the lead up to the Notorious’ fights with Nate Diaz, and for Steve it’s great to have such a character as a teammate. He also trains with young Bellator star James Gallagher, who has a 3-0 record at 20 years old and the “Strabanimal” is also one of the next biggest prospects to have come out of SBG in Dublin.

With MMA on a severe rise in Ireland, Steve Owens is one of the names that continually pops up, and he can do it all. When moving from K1 to MMA, many were unsure whether Owens could handle the ground, bu the Derry man has plenty of experience when it comes to Jiu Jitsu as it’s where it began for him. Owens is excited about what the future holds, and is already a household name in his hometown. He became K1 European Champion back in June and has since burst upon the MMA scene in Ireland.

Catch the full interview with Steve Owens here: