Jeremy Vine to present Points Of View
The BBC is delighted to announce that Jeremy Vine is to present Points Of View. He will front the series when it returns later this spring on BBC One.
Jeremy Vine comments: "This is a prime slice of BBC real estate and I'm so pleased to be handed the keys.
"For as long as I can remember I've watched Points Of View doing the sort of thing that other programmes have only just stumbled on – letting the viewer take the reins.
"As a kid I remember watching Robert Robinson host the programme then Barry Took and, of course, the Togmeister himself.
"I'll make sure we continue to hold the people at the top of the Beeb to account in the same way I've always done with politicians on Radio 2 and Newsnight and we'll keep the twinkle that Terry gave the show – the viewers have all the great lines!
"I am thrilled and can't wait to get going. What a treat, a job where you have to watch TV, laugh at some of it, get angry at some, and enjoy the rest."
Jeremy is the new presenter following Terry Wogan's decision to step down after eight years at the helm.
With Jeremy's arrival, the series will be filmed in a new location – the BBC's Media Centre in London – but, as always, the show will be airing audience's views, criticisms, praise and quirky observations on BBC shows.
Nick Patten, Head of Studio at BBC Birmingham, commented: "We thank Terry for his marvellous work on Points Of View, he's been a stalwart for the series and an enormous pleasure to work with. We wish him all the best and, of course, welcome Jeremy Vine on board."
Points Of View was originally designed as an occasional five-minute show. It began in 1961 with Robert Robinson presenting viewers' letters. Kenneth Robinson took over in 1965, though Robert Robinson took over once again in 1969.
The show was dropped in 1971 but returned in 1979 with Barry Took and The Beatles' When I'm Sixty-Four as the theme tune – courtesy of the line "send me a postcard, drop me a line, stating point of view" – which has continued to this day.
Various presenters followed Took, including Tony Robinson, Alan Titchmarsh, Chris Serle, and Anne Robinson. Terry Wogan has presented the show since 1999.
The show is more interactive than ever – viewers can make their opinions known via letter, telephone, email, the online messageboard and by sending in short videos.
The content of each episode reflects statistically the amount of correspondence received on a given topic and some viewers are invited in to be filmed putting their questions directly to programme-makers.
In the past couple of years Point Of View viewers have secured a number of wins, such as Monster Café being removed from the CBeebies schedule, as it was felt to be too frightening for young children, and Shaun The Sheep being scheduled on weekends as adults wanted a chance to see it too.
In addition, a feedback initiative was run to find out which elements of programmes annoyed viewers and how they would like to use red button technology to shape shows. The results came back strongly against background music on nature shows.
The producers and technologists immediately set to work creating a special edition of Alan Titchmarsh's The Nature Of Britain which was broadcast with the option to "switch off music" via the red button. This great example of people power won widespread praise including commendations from the RNID (Royal National Institute for Deaf People).