Friday, December 19, 2008

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This Monday's Panorama will be the last programme of the year and it should come as no surprise that we like to go out with a bang.

The programme will focus on the biggest story of the year, in fact one of the biggest stories of many years, the global economic meltdown.

And who better to fill you in than the man the nation has relied on through the year to keep them up to date with every twist and turn? The BBC's business editor Robert Peston.

Speaking exclusively to key players, including Chancellor Alistair Darling and leading regulators and bankers, Robert will tell the untold story of the crisis and reveal just how close we came to financial Armaggedon.

Robert also talks frankly about his role in the meltdown, answering critical questions about whether he made the situation worse.

The year Britain's bubble burst will be on Monday 22 December at 8.30pm on BBC One.


Of course another issue which continued to grab the headlines in 2008 was the continuing threat of Islamist militancy.

This week, while on a visit to Islamabad, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown said that three-quarters of the most serious terror plots being investigated by UK authorities have links to Pakistan.

Timely indeed then was our report this week from the tribal areas along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

In Britain's Terror Heartland, Jane Corbin visited the remote and dangerous region - a place too dangerous for most Western journalists - to find out more about efforts to defeat the Taleban and al-Qaeda-linked militants operating there.

You can read Jane's personal take on the trip - including the moment she came face to face with two would-be suicide bombers - on her blog.

And you can watch video highlights and an interview with Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik on our website now.


In other news, this week a former Rwandan military commander was found guilty of instigating the 1994 Rwandan genocide by a UN tribunal.

Theoneste Bagosora is the first person to be convicted by the tribunal over the massacre in which an estimated 800,000 people died.

In 1998, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the signing at the United Nations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Panorama investigated why the international community stood by and watched the genocide happen in the film When Good Men Do Nothing.

Panorama web team member Eamonn Walsh was involved in the making of that film and has written a blog entry about it, which you can also read on our website.


It seems that every week we have an update for you which relates to the horrific Baby P abuse case, and this week is no exception.

On Wednesday it was reported that the number of children's services in England deemed inadequate at keeping children safe has doubled in one year.

Ofsted, which came under fire over the death of Baby P, said in its annual assessments of 147 councils that the number of inadequate councils had risen from four to eight.

Among them was Haringey, north London, where Baby P died.


That's all from us for this week, but in the meantime do remember that we are keen to hear what you think about our revamped website ahead of its official launch on January 5 2009. E-mail and put 'Website' in the subject heading.

The Panorama Team
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