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
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.