BBC Real Story to rival ITV's Tonight

The BBC has launched a new, populist current affairs series that aims to “give a human face to the week’s big stories” in a bid to rival ITV’s Tonight with Trevor McDonald.

BBC One’s The Real Story, edited by Dave Stanford and produced by Mike Lewis, will run as three series of 28 programmes, to be fronted by Fiona Bruce from 10 March.

The programme, produced by the BBC’s network current affairs unit in Manchester, will draw on BBC News and Nations and Regions for material and will focus on three stories per episode, with the flexibility to do single-issue stories if warranted.

BBC head of current affairs Peter Horrocks said the series would become a “valuable addition to the BBC’s storytelling capacity”.

By Wale Azeez

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