Political and security issues continued to dominate the news agenda. This was the decade of the Hunger Strikes, the Brighton bombing, the Anglo-Irish Agreement, and the Enniskillen bombing. The BBC made headlines again, this time when the Board of Governors banned an edition of a programme in the Real Lives series - which featured Martin McGuinness and Gregory Campbell. The Government also introduced the Broadcasting Ban.
There was also considerable programme development. Newsnight went on air for the first time, Scene Around Six was replaced by Inside Ulster and Breakfast Time began. New satellite technology meanwhile enhanced the range and reach of BBC newsgathering.
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