BBC News: The Editors comes to BBC One this spring

The Editors will provide audiences with a deeper, more comprehensive look at world issues and reinforces the channel’s commitment to high quality journalism and analysis."Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One
Date: 01.02.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.00
Category: BBC One; News
BBC News: The Editors, a new monthly news programme commissioned for BBC One, is to launch in spring 2013.

Presented by John Simpson, the BBC’s World Affairs Editor, the programme will showcase the journalistic skill on offer from the BBC’s on-air editors, all of whom have a wealth of editorial experience in their specialist area.

The monthly, half-hour programme will comprise a selection of short and engaging films on a variety of topics, including arts, sport and science alongside business, politics and foreign affairs. Each informative report will focus on one editor’s particular area of expertise and will strive to answer a specific question, such as ‘has the welfare state had its day?’, or ‘what’s wrong with football?’

The programme will ask the editors to draw on their experience and expertise to explore some of these big questions. On occasion, a contributing editor will also feature; they will be experienced correspondents with an in-depth knowledge of a specialist subject.

John Simpson, World Affairs Editor and presenter of BBC News: The Editors, said: "I've been a BBC editor for 30 years, and I know how much knowledge and experience my fellow editors have amassed, yet can't always fit into a traditional news report. The point of 'The Editors' is to free us up to think about the big questions of the day in more depth and to provide answers to the questions which our audience has about the world around them.  Our aim is to make it challenging, and really exciting.”

The BBC is unrivalled in providing challenging, impartial and informative news and current affairs output and BBC News: The Editors will add to the stable of programming on BBC One, which includes the daily news bulletins, Panorama and Question Time.

Danny Cohen, Controller of BBC One, said: “The Editors is a really exciting addition to BBC One’s News and Current Affairs programming. This new monthly Monday night series presented by John Simpson will provide audiences with a deeper, more comprehensive look at world issues and reinforces the channel’s commitment to high quality journalism and analysis."

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