The Independent Television Commission stepped up its criticism of ITV this week, slating the network's factual, arts, entertainment and comedy output in the year since News At Ten disappeared, writes Colin Robertson.
Summing up ITV output in the Annual Performance Review - delayed until the ITC had considered the impact of axing News at Ten - the regulator said ITV's factual output had improved, but was 'blurring the distinction between features, documentaries and current affairs' and must guard against 'homogeneity'.

While Tonight with Trevor McDonald showed 'some real signs of journalistic ambition', the ITC criticised its treatment of social issues saying they 'tended to provide insufficient depth' and 'little in the way of new information or insight'.

While praising ITV drama, sport, children's and religious programming, the ITC said the network had 'failed to hit top form with much that was new in arts, comedy and entertainment'. Despite effort, the regulator added, ITV's 'attempts to find long-running "bankers" were largely disappointing'.