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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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