MEDIA: C5 hits the road for morning news

Channel 5 is to launch its new weekly current affairs programme on Friday 24 March.

Channel 5 is to launch its new weekly current affairs programme on

Friday 24 March.



Hosted by the channel’s News at Noon presenter, Rob Butler, the show

will travel the country asking the man on the street about the national

and local issues of the day.



The one-hour show, which has yet to be given a name, goes on air at

9am.



It was commissioned by Channel 5 controller of news, current affairs and

documentaries Chris Shaw.



It will be made by ITN’s new production arm, Visual Voodoo, headed by

Mike Gooding. Gooding was an executive producer at ITN Factual, the

production arm which makes programmes like Equinox and Despatches.



His credits include being series producer of BBC2’s Rough Guide to the

World travel series and ITV’s current affairs programme Straight Up.



Gooding will executive produce the programme, and the producer is Simon

Greenwood. Each show will take place in a different city, with Butler

presenting live from, say, a local shopping centre, train station or

market-square. People will be given a chance to confront those

responsible for the problems in their area.



The programme will team up with a local paper or radio station each week

and make this an integral part of the format. The show will initially be

weekly, but there are plans to make it daily.



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