Media: News 24 plans five new shows

BBC News 24 is launching five new shows to increase programming at weekends.

BBC News 24 is launching five new shows to increase programming at

weekends.



The changes come as ITN gears up for the launch of its 24 hours news

service, News Channel, on 1 August.



From 8 July, News 24 will screen five new programmes, between 6am and

9am, and 8pm and 10pm. News 24’s political editor Nick Robinson will

present One to One, an interview with a personality at the centre of the

week’s political developments. The show is edited by Caroline Howie, who

will also edit two of the other new shows: Agenda, a topical debate,

which will air on Sunday nights; and Storyline, a personal view of the

week’s news from an interested party, most likely a politician or

celebrity.



It’s Your Money is a weekly personal finance programme, presented by

Tanya Beckett, who fronts the money section on BBC1’s breakfast

programme.



Liquid News is an entertainment news review, edited by Bill Taylor.



The station has already introduced a restructured breakfast

programme.



Since 3 July Breakfast 24 has been offering a 30-minute cycle of the

latest news from 6 amto 9am, instead of its previous magazine format,

which featured longer interviews and reports. The changes will only be

temporary, however, because the show will be replaced by a new breakfast

service, to be broadcast simultaneously on BBC1. The simulcast show is

expected in October.



Moira Stuart has been brought in to present Breakfast 24, and will

continue to be a regular breakfast presenter after October. She

currently reads the news on Breakfast with Frost.



News 24 head Rachel Attwell said: ’These changes will boost our coverage

at weekends and ensure that breakfast viewers get a comprehensive

round-up of the day’s news every half an hour.’



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