Letter: News audiences

Sir: Your report (27 October) is wide of the mark in claiming that the BBC North West's regional news programme Northwest Tonight is in "the only region in the whole of Britain where the BBC out-rates its ITV rival".

Last month, BBC regional news programmes outperformed their ITV competitors in five out of the 10 English regions in terms of audience share, and overall the BBC share of the available audience for early evening news in September was 38 per cent compared with ITV's 33 per cent share.

NIGEL CHAPMAN

Controller

BBC English Regions

Birmingham

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