Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Panorama to Dumb Down?
Panorama has been the BBC's flagship current affairs programme for more than 50 years. I even published a BOOK on the programme to coincide with its fiftieth birthday. In recent years it has been sidelined in an unpopular Sunday night slot. Next year it is being restored to a primetime weekday slot which ought to be a cause for rejoicing. Instead, many people are fearing the worst - that the programme will become a carbon copy of Tonight with Trevor McDonald. Jeremy Vine will be presenting the new revamped Panorama, but already veteran reporter John Ware has announced he wants nothing to do with the new programme. He fears it is being 'dumbed down' beyond all recognition. Let's hope he is wrong. It would be very sad indeed to see a national institution reduced to covering current affairs tabloid fashion. Richard Dimbleby and Sir Robin Day would be turning in their graves.