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Newsnight's new look

Peter Rippon | 13:01 UK time, Monday, 22 March 2010

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In its 30 years Newsnight has had almost as many title sequences as editors. Here's the story so far:

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And tonight, we are introducing a new set of titles and studio backing on the programme.

Now I know messing with a national institution can be perilous, and this time round we have fiddled with pretty much everything, but I am very pleased with the results.

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It is striking how title sequences resonate differently with different audiences.

Newsnight has an incredibly passionate and loyal following, and viewers tend to love the titles sequence that was being used when they first discovered the programme.

The most frightening challenge for me this time was altering the music. We have changed it, but not a lot.

It was composed by the now legendary George Fenton as a favour to the first editor. I spoke to George about the titles and he confessed that he did go to bed sometimes slightly frustrated with parts of the old version.

He has re-worked it slightly to make it crisper and fresher. Hopefully he will now sleep more easily.

What spending would you cut?

Peter Rippon | 15:20 UK time, Friday, 24 April 2009

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From Peter Rippon, Newsnight editor

This week's revelations about the dire state of the public finances seem to be a political game-changer. Forget the old arguments about tax and spend, the discussion and argument now is going to be about how you raise taxes and how you cut public spending.

The main political parties have already started to set out some ideas. For the government it looks like the Titan prisons are gone . David Cameron sketched out his provisional thoughts on the Today programme this morning and Vince Cable was choosing from the Liberal Democrat menu soon after the Chancellor sat down.

We recognise on Newsnight though that it can be hard for politicians to be explicit about the uncomfortable choices ahead - there are going to be many losers. They are also burdened with political strategies, messages to control, images to project.

You though, dear viewer, have no such constraints. So what spending would you cut?

We are keen to hear your views, they can be as radical or counter-intuitive as you like. What could we do without? How much could you save? What is it you really resent having your money spent on?

There have been some really interesting online experiments where the public have helped law makers actually decide the budget, like this one in Minnesota.

We on Newsnight do not have such lofty ambitions but we are keen to hear new ideas and creative thinking about what is going to be one of the defining political questions for the next generation.

So let us know your thoughts. I realise this will prompt a lot of trolls to argue the first on the list should be the BBC. That's fine, but my challenge would be do not just say it, make the case.

End of the year...

Peter Rippon | 16:04 UK time, Friday, 19 December 2008

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From new Newsnight editor Peter Rippon:

Dear Viewers,

My Newsnight career is now three weeks old and we are about to disappear for a Christmas break. My arrival has come in the middle of a great run for the programme. We have delivered some record audiences. I have to admit it has little to do with me. The economic crisis has seen audiences to pretty much all BBC News programmes, on all indicators, spiking sharply in a way not seen since September 11th 2001.

If I had to pick one non-economic item we have done it would have to be Jeremy's film with returning British Soldiers earlier this week. The three contributors say they have had a huge response from friends and colleagues. If you have some iPlayer time I would strongly recommend it or you can read more here.

Newsnight Review is looking at the cultural highlights of the year this evening. Let us know yours or you can view the eclectic picks of people ranging from Nicole Kidman to George Osborne here. Personally on TV I would go for Mad Men or maybe Damages. At the cinema it will have to be Kung Fu Panda as it is the only thing I got to see.

Next year on Newsnight there will be more of this and possibly the return of Ethical Man. The website is also getting a revamp and over Christmas the technicians will be making a change to the Newsnight set. See if you can spot what it is...

Peter Rippon


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