Welcome to our new blog, where we'll be covering all aspects of our 'Vision' output, so named because it includes the programmes you watch on our television channels, all our related online content and red button.

I am the director of BBC Vision and though I'm pleased to have written this first posting, this is not my own personal blog. Instead, this is a place for me and my colleagues in BBC Vision to talk with you about the creative processes behind programme making and the public debates that matter.

We'll aim to give you a sense of what we are really thinking on key topics as they arise and to set the record straight should a story get misinterpreted in the wider media. In short what we're opening up is a two-way dialogue with you, the viewers and us, the programme makers.

We will all be contributing to the blog in turn, so we won't all be here all the time. Personally I expect to write one or two posts a month and I would expect the same from other colleagues in Vision. Although I won't be able to respond to all your posts individually (if I did I doubt I would have time to do the day job) the blog editor, Fiona Wickham, will ask me now and then to respond to your really crucial and popular points.

Television is a fundamental part of popular culture - it matters enormously to so many people and for so many different reasons - so we're looking forward to you posting your comments and hearing what you think about all our output.

This feels like a very good time to be launching the television blog with so much going on across the BBC. The Winter Olympics have just kicked off with coverage on BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC HD. Also this month CBBC launches a new documentary series called My Life about the personal stories of extraordinary children, the World Of Wonder season continues on BBC Two with Wonders Of The Solar System coming next month and the launch of the new series of Doctor Who draws ever closer. Not forgetting this Friday which sees the 25th anniversary of EastEnders being marked by the show's first ever live episode.

EastEnders is much more than just a soap; it is a show that has held a mirror up to the UK over the last 25 years reflecting many of the toughest issues that have affected our society in that time, from Mark Fowler contracting HIV, to Little Mo's domestic abuse nightmare to, more recently, Stacey Slater's bipolar disorder.

The show has been instrumental in raising awareness of these issues helping them to become acceptable topics of conversation in homes across the country. The result is that not only have audiences been entertained but the show has helped millions of viewers grapple with difficult topics over the years.

Diederick Santer, the executive producer has written an insider post here about the 25th anniversary episode here and I would urge you to have a read. It will show you what a truly momentous effort has gone into making sure that Friday is going to be a really special night for the show.

So that's it for now. I am looking forward to returning here soon to blog about more programmes including Vanessa Engle's three-part documentary series, Women on BBC Four, which will coincide with International Women's Day.

Until then - enjoy reading and please do sign up and join in. The blog will be all the better with your input.

Jana Bennett is director of BBC Vision

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  • Comment number 50. Posted by GG

    on 11 Apr 2010 01:18

    If someone actually read the comments on some POV threads, they might get an idea of our viepoints. There is a wealth of opinion on there.

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  • Comment number 49. Posted by David Sumner

    on 10 Apr 2010 19:46

    I feel I'm in the wrong place,what are you all on about! all I want to do is complain about certain programmes that I feel are a waste of time and money. Please point me in the right direction.

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  • Comment number 48. Posted by Linda

    on 6 Apr 2010 22:18

    Amy pond is great - what is the fuss about!!

    My mum who is 80 thought Amy was great the same as we did - and if she doesn't think Amy is too sexy or tarty I can assure you she isn't.

    Carry on Amy you are a great companion to a super new Doctor

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  • Comment number 47. Posted by Smilie Minogue

    on 3 Apr 2010 09:51

    I'd be interested to know if the PTB think that the Television blogs are of benefit to them? It's just that there's not many comments on any of the blogs.

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  • Comment number 46. Posted by GG

    on 19 Mar 2010 15:34

    Never been on here before, and thought I'd have a look in. It doesn't actually seem as though a lot of tv chat is going on. More discussing the pros and cons of the blog itself.

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  • Comment number 45. Posted by Johnfrum

    on 17 Mar 2010 13:53

    I know it was a repeat last night, but nevertheless it was interesting
    to note that in Eggheads CJ had not heard of certain science fiction authors.

    One, Michael Moorcock, used to be a honorary member of Hawkwind.

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  • Comment number 44. Posted by Faye Tsar

    on 16 Mar 2010 18:36

    Message 12, esperanto, sorry now earlybird, any answer to the responses you've had to your post?

    Look forward to a link to one of your 'serious debates', they do exist don't they?

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  • Comment number 43. Posted by Johnfrum

    on 15 Mar 2010 14:06

    Re:39 I had a similar problem with the One Show blog.
    Certain invidviduals could take the mickey, insult and disparage as much as they like. A surreal satire answering the disparagement came under the banner of swearing, racism and that liable to cause offence.

    I am new to this blog, so accept the wait for moderation. I expect your infrequency did not help, but I cannot explain complete disappearance. There seems to be bewildering double standards.

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  • Comment number 42. Posted by Johnfrum

    on 15 Mar 2010 13:59

    I was sad to hear of the death of Peter Graves. I recall his pre-Mission Impossible days.

    This was when he starred in Fury and Whiplash.

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  • Comment number 41. Posted by Phil-ap

    on 12 Mar 2010 16:30

    I appreciate that 'Question Time' with an all woman audience was broadcast to commemorate International Women's Day but didn't anyone appreciate how patronising this was of women and insulting to men. To my mind it was a gimmick which added nothing to the progamme.

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