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BBC One's Real Story with Fiona Bruce series comes to end in 2007


As a result of the commission of The One Show, in which current affairs content will play a major part, BBC One's early evening series Real Story with Fiona Bruce is to come to an end in 2007.

 

Peter Fincham, Controller, BBC One, said: "Real Story with Fiona Bruce has been an important series for BBC One and has done a great job bringing current affairs to an early evening audience.

 

"I'd like to thank Fiona Bruce for her first class presenting on Real Story - Fiona remains a key face for BBC One.

 

"I'd also like to thank the talented team for their commitment to Real Story - and I'm delighted they will continue to play an integral role in BBC One's current affairs output, supplying reports to The One Show and editions of Panorama."

 

Real Story with Fiona Bruce, which launched in 2003, covered a wide range of topics during its run, from undercover reports into the state of care in British nurseries, prisons and homes for the elderly, to challenging the costs ordinary people pay for bank loans.

 

The series also delivered an Royal Television Society award-winning series of investigations by reporter John Sweeney into cases of mothers falsely accused of abusing their children - including the case of Angela Cannings.

 

The programme's Editor Dave Stanford said: "Real Story with Fiona Bruce has changed the law and championed the rights of the individual.

 

"It is part of a fine tradition of investigative journalism based in Manchester, one of which the team are rightly proud.

 

"We all look forward to continuing that tradition for current affairs on BBC One in the future."

 

George Entwistle, Head of BBC Current Affairs, said: "Real Story has delivered some exceptionally strong TV journalism over the last few years, and justly won awards for it.

 

"The series also deserves profound credit for taking issues of public interest to the courts when necessary - changing the rules about what the media is allowed report.

 

"The successful court battles behind When Satan Came To Town and The Battle for Brandon have made it easier for all journalists to do a better job. And that's a legacy of which everyone on the show should be very proud."

 

Real Story will continue being broadcast on BBC One until March 2007.

 

Notes to Editors

 

Real Story is the winner of five Royal Television Society awards including a National RTS Journalism award for Best Home Current Affairs.

 

When Satan Came to Town (a Real Story special) was broadcast in January 2006 - it covered the story of 16 children from Rochdale, wrongly taken into care when their families were accused of ritual satanic abuse. The children - now grown up - had never before spoken of their ordeal because of a court gagging order. The BBC, on their behalf, successfully challenged Rochdale Council and the family court to enable them to tell their side of the story - and for key video evidence to be revealed.

 

The Battle for Brandon (November 2006) told the story of the Webster family, who had three children taken away from them under allegations of abuse, although the family point to a history of brittle bone disease. BBC One's Real Story, backed by the Websters and The Mail On Sunday, succeeded in lifting the strict anonymity of care proceedings, citing the public interest.

 

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Category: News; BBC One
Date: 15.11.2006
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