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( The panorama was launched on 11 November 1953 by the BBC and is the world's longest-running television news magazine program.

Panorama is a British BBC Television current affairs documentary programme. First broadcast in 1953, it is the world's longest-running television news magazine program.

Panorama has been presented by many well-known BBC presenters, including Richard Dimbleby, Robin Day, David Dimbleby and Jeremy Vine. As of 2022, it broadcasts in peak time on BBC One, without a regular presenter. The program also airs worldwide through BBC World News in many countries.

The panorama was launched on 11 November 1953 by the BBC; it emphasizes investigative journalism. Daily Mail reporter Pat Murphy was the original presenter, who only lasted one episode after accidentally broadcasting a technical mishap. Max Robertson then took over for a year. The program originally had a magazine format and included art features.

Panorama set an example for the German magazine series of the same name, which is produced by Norddeutscher Rundfunk, and broadcast by Das Erste. Panorama started there in 1961 and is one of the leading political magazine shows.

The scheduling of Panorama has, since the 1980s, often been a subject of media debate and controversy, due to the duties of the BBC to provide both, on the one hand, entertaining programming that appeals to a mass audience, and on the other serious journalism that might have a narrower audience. In February 1985, with the program being watched by an average audience of just 3.5 million viewers, Controller of BBC One Michael Grade moved the program from its traditional prime time 8.10 pm slot on Monday evenings back to 9.30 pm. In January 2007 Heggessey's successor, Peter Fincham, moved Panorama back from Sunday nights to a prime time Monday evening slot at 8.30 pm, reduced to half an hour. This decision was at least partly in response to a demand from the Board of Governors of the BBC for the channel to show more current affairs programming during prime time.

A series of Panorama transcripts, dating between 1958 and 1961, are housed at the British Library. The papers can be accessed through the British Library catalogue.

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