...for running exploitative 'documentaries' about policemen chasing people in cars. It's called ITV4. There's a whole fucking channel devoted to car crashes, police chases, Sheriff John ('Do you think he might be?') Bunnell, Mancunian voiceovers chortling "Well this fella's got a bit of explaining to do down the station", people in cars, people chasing people in cars, coppers talking to each other in cars about chasing other people in cars... all that shit. It's there, in an easy one-stop shop, so you don't have to fucking go anywhere else for it.
Seeing as this - as opposed to local news, which apparently can be jettisoned like a fat man in a falling balloon - is what ITV has decided to focus its resources on, then let the fuckers do it. There's no benefit for the viewer other than to see a few cars crashing, a bit of crashporn with the added spice of a ridiculously hammy Bunnell linking sequence. Which I imagine is the best thing in the world if it's 5am and you're forcing down the remnants of a Vesta 99p curry (or is it your own sick? It's hard to remember, through the haze...) - but ordinarily, no.
There's no point. There's no justification. It's pure titillation, and everyone knows it. No point in the BBC pretending it's anything other than that, or trying to claim it's some kind of 'unique insight' into how the traffic police do their jobs. Well, er, I imagine they go round driving cars and arresting people - oh look, I'm right! How's about that then? I got it in one! Oh and look, that's what it looks like when a car crashes. Yes, not particularly pleasant, but then I had kind of guessed that already as well.
And for the BBC to pretend that a puff piece for its forthcoming Cops n Cars series is anything remotely approaching a news item is complete shite. I'm not a BBC basher: I've written recently about good things on the BBC website; this isn't one of them. This is utter bullshit dressed up as news, and it drags down the integrity of those useful, intelligent and insightful pieces elsewhere.