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BBC1 axes 'Real Story' for 'One Show'

BBC One is axing Real Story With Fiona Bruce to make way in Monday night primetime for the return of current affairs show The One Show.

The show has enjoyed a successful four-year run, but is to be replaced in 2007 by the nightly series which was well received during a run last August. It attracted an average audience of 3.34 million - and a 19% viewer share.

It will utilise both in-house and independent producers and give regions a "central role", with reports from around the UK, according to channel controller Peter Fincham. He added: "The One Show brings something special and distinctive to the audience throughout the UK – a programme which truly reflects their lives."

Peter Salmon is chief creative officer at BBC Vision Studios, which will be responsible for combining incoming reports into a unified series. He said the show would be "the biggest ever BBC Production commission" except for soaps.

In tribute to the outgoing predecessor, Fincham said Real Story "has done a great job bringing current affairs to an early evening audience". Its team "will continue to play an integral role in BBC One's current affairs output, supplying reports to The One Show and editions of Panorama," he added.
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