'Big Issue' series planned for BBC2

The BBC news and current affairs departments are planning a series of hour-long, monthly “big issue” programmes for BBC Two that will harness the corporation’s vast newsgathering and outside broadcast capabilities.

The weekday, primetime series -with the working title Insight – will seek to analyse themes such as pensions, immigration and demographics. The show will make ample use of

specialist correspondents, such as

economics editor Evan Davis, director of BBC News Richard Sambrook told Press Gazette.

The programmes will seek to provide a level of analysis not possible within the daily news bulletins.

“It’ll be a series that makes the most of BBC newsgathering resources,” he said. “Last year was about sorting out BBC One news bulletins. Now it’s BBC Two’s turn,” Sambrook added.

The series will come under the auspices of BBC head of current affairs Peter Horrocks.

“It is exciting to be given an opportunity to do thorough journalism in such a prominent part of the BBC Two schedule. It will enable us to do ambitious current affairs on complex subjects, in a way that no other UK channel will be able to rival,” he said.

The Money Programme is the only weekday peek time current affairs show on BBC Two.

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