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League Two Table

  PGDPts
1Luton142230
2Notts County14929
3Exeter14629

4Wycombe14726
5Accrington Stanley14626
6Newport County14824
7Stevenage14124

8Coventry14623
9Lincoln City14323
10Swindon14222
11Grimsby14-221
12Mansfield14120
13Cambridge Utd14-120
14Colchester14018
15Carlisle14-118
16Cheltenham14-117
17Crewe14-517
18Yeovil14-815
19Crawley Town14-414
20Barnet14-213
21Morecambe14-813
22Port Vale14-511

23Forest Green14-199
24Chesterfield14-158

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The Bell Tolls for ITV Digital

By: Rob Sedgwick
Date: 30/04/2002

ITV DIGITAL are to switch off their pay-TV channels at 7am on Wednesday morning, and the firm is set for liquidation, the administrators of the troubled broadcaster have confirmed.

The move comes after insufficient interest from prospective purchasers to justify continuing screening had been shown.

The firm's broadcast licence will be handed back to the Independent Television Commission (ITC). Meanwhile ITV will have to find another slot on their network to televise the Football League play-off matches, which take place over the coming two weeks, in order to avoid being in breach of their contract for this season as a whole.

The administrators, who had hoped that a buyer would come forward to take over the troubled company, said "strenuous efforts" to cut costs had failed, while prospective purchasers, rumoured to include Microsoft and Sky, had shown "insufficient interest... to justify a continuation of the operation."

The ITC hopes to find a new broadcaster within six weeks to take over ITV Digital's broadcast frequencies. Applicants have two weeks to express an interest, and a further two weeks to submit their application.

Meanwhile the issue of compensation for the Football League clubs, who are owed £178.5m by the parent companies (Carlton and Granada) of an organisation, which was in effect part of the ITV network, looks set to continue, although the league are now free to start negotiations with another company for the rights to show their games over the next two years.

All that the ordinary fan can do to register their dissatisfaction with the ITV companies is to vote with their feet and not to watch any of their stations, until a fair deal is reached that may help to avoid some the nation's smaller football clubs disappearing from the landscape.



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