And here is the earlier piece that was carried on the Press Association, about the same matter:
ITV has been warned against massive job cuts of journalists
ITV warned on ‘regressive’ job cuts
Nov 8, 2008
ITV has been warned that it was heading down a “dangerous road” by deciding to shed hundreds of regional journalists.
The Green Party said ITV’s intention to cut more than 400 editorial jobs from local news programmes was a “regressive step for the fourth estate”.
Rupert Read, Green Party Lead Euro candidate for the Eastern region, said ITV was becoming dependent on shareholder profit instead of providing local communities with an option to the BBC.
“It is a dangerous road to be on,” he said. “This is a dangerously regressive step for the fourth estate, and further jeopardises ITV’s role as an important local news outlet.
“There is a greater, not lesser, need for regional media in today’s 24 hour news world.
“Local news, like Anglia News, scrutinises local and regional politicians and political bodies and covers regional issues in a way that national organisations can’t.
“Anglia News is an absolutely invaluable part of the broadcasting world, here in the East – our public life would be much worse off without it or with the scaled down regional news provision that is proposed.”