I have only just heard the news that the Sunday morning GMTV politics show is beoing axed on 20 July and won't be replaced. This means that there is now not a single national politics programme in ITV's schedules. I also hear whispers that it is axing its General Election night programme. Last year it axed Andrew Rawnsley's Sunday Edition. All we are left with now is the increadingly ludicrous Tonight with Trevor McDonald. If that went any more down market it would meet Big Brother coming the other way.
I'm sad to see the Sunday programme going. Having appeared on it a number times I can honestly say it was one of the few programmes left where you could have a reasonably lengthy discussion without fear of beong cut off after the statutory three minutes. The programme, presented by Steve Richards and produced by the excellent David Mills, also punched above its weight in breaking stories and got GMTV serious news coverage it would never have got otherwise.
What a sad development in political broadcasting.