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      16.06.2009 16:43
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      Would recommend for good journalism

      Panorama is the current affairs programme that looks into news items and other subjects that are of current interest of the public. The show will normally take the format of the show being openned and closed by Jeremy Vein, and the actual substance of the show being presented by one presenter who has conducted the investigation. Originally the programme lasted for about 40 minutes or more, but since the move of the show to a new time the show has been shortened to about 30 minutes.

      The programme aired on a Sunday night, but do to the popularity of other programmes of the same nature, the BBC moved the programme back to its traditional Monday night slot and is currently aired at 8.30. One of the reasons for switch is the need for more BBC to show more factual programmes in their primetime scheduling.

      The most watched espisode of the new formatted series is John Sweeney's investigation into the Church of Scientology, when he famously lost control and started shouting at a member of the church, after he continously followed and confronted by member of the church. I believe that this was one of the best of the programme so far, as I did watch this episode when it first broadcast, as it showed how the church reacted when confronted.

      I enjoy watching the programme as it gives information in a impartial way, that is both in a entertaining way and informative way. Although I do not like watch some episodes, that do not interest, although this is more related to what the programme investigates.

      One criticism that I have of the show is that the show can seem a bit short sometimes when it is investigating an interesting topic, as it can all seem to be squashed in to fit the half hour show; when compared to other shows such as Channel 4's equiviant show that runs for an hour.

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        04.08.2008 15:26
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        Current affairs broadcasting, deservedly long-running.

        It has only been recently that I realised I have actually been watching Panorama for most of my life, it was that scary, serious program I used to sneak downstairs to watch if i couldnt make excuses to stay awake.

        Now, Panorama has a lot going for it and a lot to its name, it combines excellent current affairs reporting with a dash of investigative journalism and has done for many many years, longer in fact that any other program.

        Over the years Panaorama has had a number of highly influential broadcasts provoking a significant response from the public or the subject matter.
        The most recent of these was their look at an apparent $23 billion USD that has been 'lost' in iraq due to carless accounting, theft or embezzlement.

        The program has suffered from being relegated to late-night slots lately, but it is now thankfully featured on BBCi, which means if you are reading this review then you can likely go and watch it right now.

        Serious telly and serious issues, good stuff!

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          15.07.2002 06:33
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          More on Panorama. The season of panorama programs have finished at the moment,I find this a usually well compiled program,showing a fair and balanced report on different events and issues. I thought the program where they interviewed the *late Princess Diana* was very interesting ,a very misunderstood person at times ,and it was obvious the the strain she was going through at that time. some other recent programs were : The Hunt for Bin Laden The Housing Ladder A Licence to Murder Tony in Adland Fingerprints on Trial Please Help Me Die Damilola all these programs were well presented and researched,and often these programs have helped justice to be done . the one program I take exception to. Below: In last nights Panorama Jehovahs witnesses were accused of being soft on paedophilia ,(on the rare occasion this happens in there Faith,) ...untrue.They are bound by the same costraints as the Police and law...someone is innocent til proven guilty They were also said to be *controlled* ,.by their Headquarters 6 million of them ...untrue There faith is based on the Bible,and they use their free will to follow Christs example and The Bible. The number is correct and rising daily. They were described as being like a large, almost *Corporate* concern, Untrue.They are a registered Charity They do not solicit funds or take collections ,any money to hand is used to print literature ,and train Missionaries. When there is a disaster,anywhere in the world ,Witnesses are usually first on the scene, to help their Brothers, and others,providing food,and sometimes rebuilding homes .They have a literacy program in some Countries. In the Twintowers NY disaster they worked round the clock, helping ferry Police and Firemen back and forth from their headquarters ,to help them have showers ,and food and rest. Our Elders wer
          e accused of being negligent in reporting people that had apparently commited this abuse,untrue ,It is the responsibility of those directly involved to do this elders offer spiritual guidance,this is there role. My comments that follow explain more: I would like to say what I thought about tonights Panorama ,as one of Jehovahs Witnesses. Firstly you cannot present all the facts in such a short program.so I will be adding to this as I find out more myself. One very important piont is that paedophilia is a modern scourge that affects people in all walks of life. Not just Jehovahs witnesses. I would like to know the actual figure in relation to the general population . Anyone that perpetrates such a crime, certainly cannot call themselves,or remain a Witness while engaging in such conduct. Being one of Gods servants can only be fulfilled by someone keeping his laws,that is why Jehovahs witnesses remove anyone that unrepentantly, goes against the Bibles code from their ranks.We are well known for our high moral standards. The most important piont to confront is that Paedophiles are psychopathic personalities and lie to their back teeth,anyone that has to deal with this kind of thing, has great difficulty,whoever they are. Even the Police ,who I happen to know ,have, to have proof themselves ,they cannot act unless it is proven. I know this because I personally reported my suspicions that a child in a family that I was calling on ,was being abused (not a Jehovahs witness).The Mother confided in me this was Her fear . After calling the childline ,I made a statement to the police ,which I said I would sign when there was enough proof,the police did not act,(It has to be conclusively proved, )even though He had been in prison for abusing his own children.He was a very clever liar,and this is what society is up against,so I feel this should have been brought out in the program. Ano
          ther misrepresentation in this program was that the Elders were presented as ruling Witnesses lives ,this is untrue,they have their individual conscience,and learn to use this while being guided by the Bible. What I would like to know is why didnt those Mothers go to the police?They were the ones that had that responsibility,the trouble with a crime like this is everyone one goes into denial,because it is a hard thing to cope with,and this is so in all walks of Society . If you want to know the true longstanding stance by witnesses since 1993 read link :http://www.watchtower.org/library/g/1993/10/8a/article_02.htm This is accessable from the link on the top of my profile. The witnesses have done thorough research on this subject ,and state thatthis crime has now reached epidemic proportions,in every country in the world. The Panorama team didnt use hardly any of this information,maybe they could present some of this in another program. As far as talking generally about Panorama I have to write about things just after I see them,to remember them. This program went to great lengths to whip up *emotion* against witnesses ,putting the responsibility on our Elders in cases of unproven child abuse ,I have made quite clear in my opinion that the Police do not act until such things are proven. So Elders in our faith cannot either.We have had magazine articles for years that have told our children and their parents how to spot this problem,we are the only group to do this.Maybe panorama would like to deal with the Worldwide epidemic of this crime . * See link on my profile *Watchtower.org ,if you click on this it will bring you to the first page ,look under* protect your children.* click on those words and you will see the information we have had provided for our own people and readers for years. I have been looking at the headlines of that article in the link mentioned above this m
          orning ,It is so helpful, they are: *Your Child is in Danger * *How can we protect Our Children?* * Prevention in the home* and for those abused: *Consoling Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma* You can read these online ,I you ring the number given on that link they may be able to send copy.FREE. I will add other panorama comments later,I usually like their program.

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            08.07.2002 05:36

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            Panorama is generally not worth watching. Newsweek and Channel4 news are more accurate. - Advantages: Good programme on the security services in Northern Ireland, but only because they had the support of certain people within the British government. - Disadvantages: Its programmes on the USA/CIA/Attacks on America are generally CIA propaganda. Panorama is part of the Establishment and is no longer independent.

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            02.11.2000 00:36

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            This is the BBC’s flagship documentary program. Although McIntyre uncovered showed us just who it is who makes up the Stamford bridge faithful, Panorama covers a wide range of issues effecting today’s society, ranging from the corruption of Tory MP’s, to incompetence in the health service. This is the type of program that a supposed public service broadcaster should be spending its budget making. Although you could put forward the accusation that the program makers are simply muck-raking, in my opinion they are providing an essential public service, informing the public of things they need to know.

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            15.08.2000 04:12
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            Funny, I always liked Panorama and thought that it gave an unbias view of a particular situation. However, since it covered an organisation which I worked for I now know how one sided it can be. During interviews things were cut out and basically what was suppose to be showing the general public both sides did not. I still do watch Panorama if the subject content takes my interest but remember it is only one side of the story and the producers will write to influence you the way they want to.

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            08.07.2000 16:53
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            That fateful evening we were uncerimoniously dumped out of Euro 2000, BBC changed the advertised program after the news from a film to a Panorama special about the thugs of Euro 2000. Panorama is a good current affairs program, usually presenting facts with a neutral perspective and equal balances, but the rescheduling and subject of this particular Panorama special infuriated me. We were out of Euro 2000, fine we can deal with that, but to give these thugs airtime immiediatly after the match winds me up.Had we qualified for the next round this program would have been put on the shelf and no doubt more added to it as the idiots continued their tour of terror. There will always be a tribal warfare in football, I wish the media would stop glamorising these attention seekers that obviously have no respect for anything.

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              04.07.2000 06:00

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              What a fascinating insight into the sick minds of theses sad people. The "Cult of the Dead Cow", an infamous group of american hackers, showed just what they are, a bunch of mindless idiots who have no regard for anyone but their own fame and notierity, going under the guise of highlighting the flaws in your computer programs and security. The guy who obtained thousands of credit card details, then published them on his website was beyond belief. I could see nothing to be proud of, he justified himself by saying he was highlighting the security flaws in online stores. If that was so, why did he publish the card numbers, which were used fraudently? An excellent program, which could well scare a lot of home users. To me, the program left the feeling that yuo must take preautions when spending online, sending emails or just surfing. The big companies do not seem to be really bothered, as long as you buy their products

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