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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 August 2000, 09:59 GMT 10:59 UK
About Panorama
For the past 50 years Panorama has been scrutinising the use and abuse of power and making hard-hitting and thought provoking television. The programme has a distinguished history.

With the first episode being broadcast on November 11, 1953, it is the BBC's flagship current affairs programme and the longest-running public affairs TV programme in the world.

Panorama's job is to investigate and uncover stories about Britain and the world. The range of stories that the programme covers is wide but the guiding principles for Panorama are always the same:

  • To make programmes with authority which make waves and withstand scrutiny.
  • To report the world we live in with a depth of understanding often missing in many other programmes.
  • To scrutinise the use and abuse of power, both public and private.
  • To get to stories first.
  • To make the stories we tell relevant, accessible and engaging for the audience.
  • To treat fairly the people with whom we deal.



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