What do you want in Wednesday's programme?
- 31 Oct 07, 10:37 AM
You can tell our editor’s just returned from a blogging conference. Fresh faced and with fists clenched, he’s pushing another Newsnight experiment in audience participation. It’s quite simple – opening up the Newsnight running order to the people who watch us.
Before each morning meeting the programme’s producers are sent an e-mail suggesting the stories we might like to think about before getting together, with plenty of scope to bring new ideas to the meeting.
How about we share that morning e-mail, and open up our blog for your ideas as to what we should seek to include in the programme?
Let us know if you think this is useful – or if you think it’s a desperate attempt to appear engaged with our audience. We can take the criticism!
The experiment begins today: here’s the e-mail from today’s output editor, Dan...
Had Brown gone ahead with calling an election earlier this month, today would be the eve of polling with frenetic last minute appeals to voters. Let's just imagine a parallel universe where an election had been called, would Labour now be struggling to keep their majority? Would Cameron's changed stance on immigration, tax and Europe have dramatically altered the campaign, and would the Lib Dem's have recovered simply because of the greater coverage given to their party, or could they only have recovered without Ming? It's a good chance to see how dramatically the British political scene has changed in the last three weeks. We can disco with our wise panel of political grandees or do you have better suggestions for guests?
Child Labour and Cotton
We're very keen to follow up last night's extraordinary film by Simon Ostrovsky into the cotton industry in Uzbekistan. The film showed child labour picking cotton for very little money. Some of the cotton is eventually used in clothing sold by major retail outlets in the UK. Today we ask them for their response to our report, and what they are going to do about it.
A restored version of the classic Hammer film Dracula is out in time for Halloween. Steve Smith looks at the film that dramatically changed British cinema and the horror movie, and considers how the genre has changed since those innocent days.
Other stories to watch are the Fed decision on US rates this evening, reports of a new monks protest in Burma and the Competition Commission report into supermarkets.
Any other stories you'd like us to cover? Suggested treatments? Guests?