Dateline London was better in the early 2000s. It used to be presented from the set at Millbank and was hosted by Gavin Esler or Nik Gowing, pretty much without fail. It felt like something a bit different - I lost interest in it when it just became another debate from the regular BBC News Channel set. Back then it also used to run for pretty much a whole hour, minus a short news summary at the top of the hour. I think they used to edit it down for BBC World, if I remember correctly. Having a full hour really left plenty of time for discussion and debate.
I suppose it doesn’t really stand out any more. You can barely get by an hour of any news channel these days without them devoting too much time to various people of differing viewpoints arguing with each other.
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