ITV is to close its production business in Norwich, with 35 jobs at risk.

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ITV Studios - the production company arm of ITV - will close its base in Norwich, where it makes factual programmes such as Safari Vet School and Wild Britain with Ray Mears.

It will mean the only programme which will continue to be made in Norwich by the network is the Anglia news programme.

ITV Studios is one of the largest commercial production companies in the UK, making programmes like Coronation treet, Emmerdale, Dancing on Ice and Come Dine With Me.

However, it says that it is now not making enough programmes at Anglia House, in Agricultural Hall Plain, to be able to continue funding a base there.

A spokeswoman for ITV Studios said: “As part of the ITV Transformation Plan, ITV Studios is going through a period of change, including ensuring all of our operations are as efficient as possible.

“Unfortunately our production volume in Norwich is no longer at the level necessary to sustain the overheads and investment needs of this regional production office.

“This has led to the decision to close ITV Studios’ Norwich based production operation in the first half of this year. During the coming weeks we will be working with staff affected by this change to discuss potential opportunities elsewhere in the business.

“The Anglia news operation is not affected by this decision and we remain committed to regional production.”

There will also still be a commercial team based in Norwich selling advertising air time.

Consultation is due to start with the 35 affected members of staff next week, with ITV saying it will work to redeploy as many members of staff as possible.

13 comments

  • And this happens whilst there has been the green light given for a Comminity Television Station.

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    chebram71

    Friday, January 13, 2012

  • Inevitable - but very regretable. Once Granada got control of ITV the writing was on the wall.

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    biglingers

    Friday, January 13, 2012

  • I only watch anglia news at the end for the weather report. it seems focussed on Luton and Essex.Not a satisfying programme.

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    bookworm

    Friday, January 13, 2012

  • Yes very much inevitable, sadly. Ironically, having allowed "the market" to destroy our network of independent regional TV companies the gummint now encourages the setting up of a new breed of local stations. No doubt if these prove successful they will end up going the same way.

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    Chris Booty

    Friday, January 13, 2012

  • I have religiously watched Anglia News for as long as I can remember; so would I miss it if it was taken off the air? Probably not as it's only a shadow of its former self, with presenters now, who lack any character and a production that is continually interrupted by adverts, the forerunner of the main news and a snippet of weather, only just before the proper weather feature and the main news come on, and this all happens in about 25 minutes, yes it’s so rushed and generally mostly rubbish.

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    John L Norton

    Friday, January 13, 2012

  • Despite the soothing words, I can't see the Anglia news operation continuing for long in Norwich. Cambridge would be a better centre for the area that it now covers and as soon as local TV starts in Norwich fewer Norfolk people will switch over to ITV for news from Letchworth and Luton.

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    JCW

    Friday, January 13, 2012

  • Shameful waste of talent and resource by the blinkered and rudderless shower who run ITV. "We remain committed to regional production," would be a laughable statement if it wasn't such an insult to those who, for half a century made Norwich a centre of excellence in programme-making and broadcasting. Government just as culpable for aiding and abetting the degradation of an industry that was worth billions to the regional economy of the UK.

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    TPW

    Friday, January 13, 2012

  • Very sad to see skills and expertise of this kind leaving Norwich, but I don't think it is any great surprise to anyone involved.

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    Trevor Ashwin

    Friday, January 13, 2012

  • This decision marks the end of network television production at Anglia after more than 50 years. As the Sale Of The Century announcer might say: "And now, from Norwich................ absolutely nothing."

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    Ne Absiste

    Friday, January 13, 2012

  • When the Thatcher government auctioned all 16 regional ITV franchises to the highest bidder it spelt the death knell for regional television. The successful companies all overbid for their franchises and when advertising revenue slumped companies were eventually forced to merge resulting in a single company, ITV plc. What a sad end to over 50 years of outstanding television production in Norwich including award winning drama, documentaries, wildlife,current affairs and entertainment. How long I wonder before the remaining shrinking local news coverage ends ? Vic Birtles (retired employee)

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    Victor

    Friday, January 13, 2012

  • When the Thatcher government auctioned all 16 regional ITV franchises to the highest bidder it spelt the death knell for regional television. The successful companies all overbid for their franchises and when advertising revenue slumped companies were eventually forced to merge resulting in a single company, ITV plc. What a sad end to over 50 years of outstanding television production in Norwich including award winning drama, documentaries, wildlife,current affairs and entertainment. How long I wonder before the remaining shrinking local news coverage ends ? Vic Birtles (retired employee)

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    Victor

    Friday, January 13, 2012

  • ITV seems to be digging its our grave with a complete lack of imagination and understanding in current day programming. Just why do they run four Freeview channels, which just keep repeating programmes again and again. If its all about money, then why not have one good channel without all the repeats, and just one repeat channel. Yet again it would seem a case of the management not being up to the job.

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    COLD

    Friday, January 13, 2012

  • Does this mean no more episodes of Knightmare? Sad times.

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    deKay

    Friday, January 13, 2012

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