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Channel 5 to axe OK! TV following news contract deal with ITN

By Hamish Mackay |

November 9, 2011 | 2 min read

Channel 5 is dropping its early evening entertainment news magazine show OK! TV as part of the move to switch its news contract from Sky News back to ITN.

Sky News-produced OK! TV, a spin-off from Channel 5 owner Richard Desmond's celebrity magazine, will be dropped in December after less than nine months on air.

The show, which was launched in February as a replacement for the teatime magazine show Live from Studio 5, also produced by Sky News, aimed to deliver a ratings boost to the broadcaster's early evening schedule.

However, it was beset with problems from the beginning when Denise Van Outen, who was to have been one of the main presenters, walked out days before the first broadcast.

ITN is expected to take over the 5 News production contract in February.

A spokeswoman for Sky has said there was 48 staff involved in the production of news and OK! TV. It is understood that ITN will take on almost all those news production staff. It is not clear how many staff worked on OK! TV or how they will be affected.

ITN also produces other programming through its ITN Productions arm, including observational documentary Fairground Attractions and a contract to produce entertainment news bulletins for digital station 5*, entertainment show 5* Access, and for Inside Hollywood for 5USA.

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