Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Tight Budget for Newsnight's Birthday Party; Londoner's Diary

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Tight Budget for Newsnight's Birthday Party; Londoner's Diary

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NEXT January sees Newsnight, the BBC's esteemed current affairs programme, reach the grand old age of 30. But with the recent embarrassments over BBC executives' indulgences on expenses, any anniversary celebration might be a subdued affair.

Newsnight was first aired back in 1980 with not much enthusiam, as Sir John Tusa, a pioneeer presenter of the show, told me last week. "I was speaking to Peter Snow, who was one of the original presenters, and he pointed out it was 30 years this January," said Sir John, who was recently made Chair of the Clore Leadership Programme. "When we started, Brian Wenham, who was then controller of BBC2, wasn't so sure it would last beyond a year, but it did. And then another, and now here we are."

But hopes that the old gang can have a jolly knees-up to celebrate this landmark anniversary might be stymied by the BBC watching its purse strings. "It has been mentioned in a meeting," says a Newsnight spokesman, "but we've been too busy to do anything about it. …

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