Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Success factor

The Panorama investigation into shaky witnesses and paedophile hunts attracted an average 1.9 million viewers in its late night Tuesday slot.

Indeed it was the most popular programme at that hour of the evening. Cast your minds back to the outrage amongst "serious tv journalists" when the current affairs flagship was moved from Sunday primetime to Monday at 8pm, then reduced to a mere corvette of 30 minutes.

BBC1 schedulers are more relaxed about the later, longer Tuesday slot. Audiences at 8.30 Monday have been dropping below 2m.

So 'winning' late at night with fewer viewers is hardly progress for Panorama. And must divert viewers from the ailing Newsnight. Director of News James Harding needs to sort his post 10pm offer pronto.

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