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December 24, 2008

Frank Skinner to present Panorama one-off

By Rachael

Comedian Frank Skinner is to present a one-off special episode of Panorama, investigating taste and decency.

The programme is due to air in late January or early February, not long after shamed BBC presenter Jonathan Ross returns to our screens after he was suspended for three months for his part in the prank call to Andrew Sachs.

Skinner isn’t the first celebrity to host the programme – Blur bassist Alex James and author Bill Bryson have both made a Panorama documentary for the BBC.

In response to complaints that the use of celebrities being used to make the programme is diverting from its tradition of hard-hitting journalism, the BBC told Media Guardian that the 56 editions of Panorama screened each year are made by experienced reporters, and the programme is presented by former journalist Jeremy Vine.

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