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No job losses resulting from scrapping of UTV Live Tonight

Paul Clark, host of UTV Live Tonight
Paul Ainsworth

NO job losses will result from the axing of UTV's nightly news programme, the channel has insisted.

UTV Live Tonight, which is broadcast at 10.30pm from Monday to Thursday, will be replaced in September with an 11-minute local bulletin following the main ITV News at Ten.

The move to ditch the current affairs show, anchored by UTV veteran Paul Clark, follows the purchase of UTV's television division by ITV last October.

A spokesperson for UTV said: "UTV Live Tonight will return on August 22 and run until the end of September when it will be replaced with a new UTV Live news and weather bulletin after News at Ten every week night.

"A new one hour political series View from Stormont, presented by Paul Clark will be introduced on Monday nights in October further enhancing our current affairs offering for viewers.

"UTV Live Tonight has performed very well over the past seven years but we believe the time is now right to refresh the schedule and look forward to announcing more details on our new programming for viewers in September. No jobs are affected as a result of these plans."

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