News archive 2003
Panorama comes to King’s16 Oct 2003, PR 72/03
Panorama, the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme and the longest-running public affairs TV programme in the world, filmed its forthcoming programme at King’s College London.
Examining proposals to allow universities in England and Wales to charge up to £3,000 a year for a course, it will be shown on Sunday 19 October on BBC 1 at 10.15 pm.
Taking part were Education Secretary, Charles Clarke, Damian Green, Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Phil Willis, the Liberal Democrats Education Spokesman.
Filmed in the Weston Room of the Maughan Library, the programme takes the format of University Challenge with two teams of four: the ‘Against tuition fees’ team and the ‘For tuition fees’ team.
Gavin Esler, the Newsnight presenter, chaired the quiz putting starter and bonus questions to the teams on issues including student debt, top up fees and university funding. He interspersed this with questions to the Minister and two other MPs.
The programme was filmed in front of an invited audience that included staff and students from King’s.
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 and is regularly awarded with the British television industry's top awards - the RTS and BAFTA. They have also won prestigious international honours including an Emmy, the George Peabody award, and the Monte Carlo awards.
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King's College London
King’s is one of the oldest and largest colleges of the University of London with some 13,400 undergraduate students and some 5,000 postgraduates in ten schools of study. The College had 24 of its subject-areas awarded the highest rating of 5* and 5 for research quality, demonstrating excellence at an international level. It is in the top group of five universities for research earnings and has an annual turnover of £320 million and research income from grants and contracts of some £90 million (2001-2002). King’s is a member of the Russell Group, a coalition of the UK’s major research-based universities.
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