Friday, December 12, 2008

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Been to the Panorama website lately? Noticed anything different? If you have, you cannot have failed to notice that the website has changed colour, switching from white to glossy black.

But the changes are more than skin deep. We have changed many aspects of the site to give you the chance to delve deeper than ever before.

We've still got a few more tweaks to make over the coming weeks, but please have a root around and tell us what you like and dislike ahead of the website's official launch on January 5 2009. E-mail and put 'Website' in the subject heading.


One of the best things about the redesigned website is that we can keep you up to date on how stories we report are continuing to develop.

Monday's programme on assisted suicide was definitely an issue hitting the headlines this week as there was controversy surrounding the TV broadcast of a British man's assisted suicide at a Swiss clinic.

Craig Ewert died at the Dignitas clinic in September 2006 after drinking a mixture of sedatives and using his teeth to turn off his ventilator.

Also this week, it was announced that the parents of Daniel James, a 23-year-old paralysed former rugby star, would not face charges for their part in his assisted suicide at Dignitas.

Find out more about Panorama: I'll die when I choose, which sees veteran Scottish politician and Parkinson's sufferer Margo MacDonald examine the case for assisted suicide, and watch the programme in full via our website.


In other news the fallout following the Baby P child abuse case, which we reported on in What happened to Baby P?, continues with the sacking of Haringey's head of children services, Sharon Shoesmith, and the suspension of a number of other members of staff.

It also emerged in evidence to the Children's Select Committee that over the past 16 months, three children have died because of abuse or neglect each week in England, a figure which committee chairman, Barry Sheerman MP, described as: "The most horrific figures I've ever seen brought into the public domain."

Remember you can also watch What happened to Baby P? in full on our website.


Finally, in Monday's programme Jane Corbin, one of the foremost commentators on al-Qaeda, makes the hazardous journey to the frontline of the war on terror, the mountains along the Pakistan-Afghan border.

Jane meets those fighting on both sides of the border from soldiers to would-be suicide bombers.

She investigates how diehard elements of al-Qaeda and Taleban are using their base in this tribal area to foment unrest across the region - and the role they play in terror plots targeting the UK.

You can read about Jane's experience in her blog and be sure to watch her programme Britain's terror heartland at 8.30pm on BBC One on Monday 15 December.


That's all for this week. You can keep up to date with what's happening on the programme on our website.

And remember, if you have a story, suggestion or comment you'd like to send us about Panorama you can always email us

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