Letter: BBC evolution

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The Independent Online
Sir: Let me set readers' minds at rest following Rob Brown's piece about the future of Newsnight (11 August). There is no plan to make the programme "kinder" or "softer" as he alleges. This is not to say that Newsnight will not evolve. All programmes do over time. But it is a mistake to equate a broader agenda with a softer agenda. Newsnight will maintain its commitment to rigorous analytical journalism, whether achieved through crafted tape packages or searching studio interviews.

The suggestion that the viewing figure of 1.3 million for the Saturday editions of Newsnight during the election was about four times that of a "bad night" during the week is inaccurate. In the week of 20 July, for example, the programme averaged 1.2 million.

JOHN MORRISON

Editor, Daily News Programmes

BBC News

London W12

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