ITV At 50: Low Ratings, Lower Standards

Britain’s ITV channel, the country’s first commercial broadcaster, turns 50 this week, but not many in the UK view the milestone as worth celebrating. ITV’s ratings have plummeted in recent years, and so has the channel’s commitment to public service programming. “The days seem long gone when, in return for ‘a licence to print money’, it was made to produce an ambitious range of drama, documentaries, current affairs, religion, arts and children’s programmes.”