Media: Talk of the trade: More BBC bravery

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The Independent Online
THE BBC has decided to start making drama documentaries again, after seeing the success that Yorkshire and Granada have had, most recently with Fighting for Gemma. Charles Denton, the new head of drama, and Paul Hamann, head of documentaries, have set up a group to identify 'Page 1' topics: the research would be handled by documentary experts. Paul Hamann says: 'There is a climate in the BBC to do brave broadcasting, something that is shared by both channel controllers, Alan Yentob and Michael Jackson, and goes right up to the top, to John Birt.' Hamann is also starting the BBC's first series of television biographies.

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