After a decade at the helm Jeremy Vine is departing Points of View, the show that lets audiences air their opinions on BBC television programmes.

Jeremy Vine is one of the BBC’s star names.

“I thought after 10 years hosting this wonderful show I should move on. It’s given me such a privileged position to look at everything the BBC does on TV – watching it all from your point of view. You’re the person who matters most in this place. Thanks for your company on Sunday afternoons. Thanks for all the comments, good and bad. Keep them coming!” – Jeremy Vine

Jeremy, who has also hosted Crimewatch, Eggheads and his own daily topical Radio 2 show for the beeb is set to take over The Wright Stuff on Channel 5. The live daily current affairs programme saw original host Matthew Wright announce his departure from the show in May. The series, which has been on air for eighteen years, tackles the biggest news, issues and stories from around the UK, transmitting for 120 minutes every morning. The Vine hosted version is to get an as yet un-announced new name with suggestions ranging from the easy The Right Stuff to the more creative The Grape Vine.

Wright said the early mornings had played a major part of his decision to quit, citing he would now spend more time with his wife. Speculation about his farewell from the series included suggestions of ‘backstage’ disagreements following the take-over of production by ITN in January from Princess Productions. The change of production company saw the show moved to a new studio, with a revamped set, and new production team. It has also been mooted Wright may be in the running to take over the hot seat on BBC One political discussion series Question Time, following his appearance on the edition as a panellist directly after his final Wright Stuff aired last month.

“Matthew Wright has built a brilliant show that’s a big part of the British TV landscape. I’m delighted to be carrying on all the conversations he has started, with all the guests he’s made me feel I know over the years. Radio 2 has a beautiful editorial overlap with the serious but accessible agenda of this show. I am proud to be Channel 5’s choice to front it.” – Jeremy Vine

Jeremy is taking over from Matthew Wright on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff.

Points of View will return to BBC One for a new series in the Autumn. The beeb are to drop in-vision presentation for the first time in the programme’s history in order, they note, ‘to refresh the series and allow more time for audience feedback’. It of course will also be greatly cheaper to produce without a personality fronting the series.

Robert Robinson launched the original Points of View in 1961 as a serious viewers opinions series which was commissioned as a filler programme in the schedules of BBC TV. The early shows ran for around five minutes and despite being viewed as schedule fluff by beeb executives it proved popular with much of Auntie’s audiences – although some were suspicious of the overly praising letters ‘received’ to the corporation with some viewers believing BBC staff were making up the plaudits. The success of the series saw a children’s version launch with Junior Points of View. Other hosts in the 1960s included Kenneth Robinson. The original production was axed in 1971 and wouldn’t return to screens for eight years.

Sir Terry fronted Points of View for a decade from 1997.

In 1979 with a more humorous approach the series was relaunched with Barry Took in charge of proceedings, again as a five minute offering covering viewers opinions of BBC output. During this run the programme became a permanent fixture in the Wednesday evening primetime schedules and was extended to a ten minute slot. Barry would remain in the hot seat until 1986 when a rota of guest presenters were introduced until Anne Robinson took over in 1987. Between Anne and Jeremy the late Terry Wogan oversaw proceedings, and during his tenure Points of View was relocated to an early evening Sunday slot.

In 1992 the BBC expanded its audience opinions output when BBC One launched a Sunday afternoon series BiteBaCk. Presented by Sue Lawley, the show filled a fifty minute slot and engaged with a studio audience of viewers. The series was, it seems, a response in some form to Channel 4’s Right to Reply which covered all broadcasters, not just its own network.

“With his dry sense of humour, warmth and familiarity, Jeremy has been helping to broadcast viewer complaints and appreciations for the last ten years. I’d like to thank him for all his work and commitment to the series and we look forward to Points of View continuing to offer a unique space for our viewers to have their say.” – David Brindley Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment BBC

Anne Robinson spent a decade on Points of View before leaving to host Watchdog.
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