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26.03.03

IRAQ CRISIS
BBC NEWS


The War This Week


Thursday 27 March 2003, BBC THREE, 9.00pm


BBC THREE has launched a new programme - The War This Week - a specially commissioned news special looking at the war in Iraq from the perspective of international broadcasters.


A week into the war in Iraq this half hour programme looks at all the major developments day by day to ensure viewers are fully briefed on all aspects of the war.


Narrated by Dermot Murnaghan it cuts between footage from the different broadcasters - BBC TV, Al Jazeera, Iraqi TV, Kuwait TV and ABC - to highlight nuances in reporting style and propaganda.


Stuart Murphy, Controller of BBC Three, said: "The War this Week will guide the BBC THREE audience through the major events of the past week using television footage from around the world.


"This is an important part of BBC THREE's commitment to news and current affairs and will be a chance for the audience to take stock of events in the war in what we hope will be a relevant and accessible way."


Executive Producer Colin Savage added: "In a climate where viewers are being bombarded with information from many different sources in a constantly changing news environment, The War This Week aims to give an accurate overview in an in depth but easily digestible form."


The programme starts with a look at the three main stories of the week.


Providing background and a timeline to the war it takes a look at five or six of the main stories for each day of the week.


At the end viewers will be shown the most significant image of the week.


The War This Week is part of the BBC's commitment to continue to offer the broadest range of coverage across all its services - television, radio and BBCi - catering to all its audiences.


It reflects the commitment of BBC THREE to produce news specifically for its target audience.


Notes to Editors


Blair and Brown, crack cocaine and the AIDS epidemic get The Third Degree on BBC THREE (05.03.03)


THREE is the magic number (23.01.03)


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