Crimewatch axed by BBC after 33 years

Image caption Jeremy Vine and Tina Daheley have fronted the display since its relaunch last year

Crimewatch, one of the BBC’s longest-running shows, has been axed after 33 years.

The programme, which requests viewers for help to track down crooks, is hosted by Jeremy Grape vine and Tina Daheley.

The BBC said in a declaration: “We are incredibly proud of Crimewatch and the great work it has performed over the years.

“This shift will also allow us to create area for new innovative programmes in top time on BBC One. inch Daytime series Crimewatch Roadshow can continue.

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Press caption Former Crimewatch speaker recalls his famous ‘Don’t have got nightmares’ line

“We believe the particular successful Crimewatch Roadshow format within daytime is the best fit for the brand name going forward and we will increase the number of shows to make two series a year, inch the BBC said.

The Sun, which first broke the storyplot, said ratings had suffered since it had been scheduled against Cold Feet plus Broadchurch.

3 episodes have aired this year : in February and March : watched by an average of almost 3 million viewers. That is down through 14 million who watched in its peak.

Nick Ross on Crimewatch’s ‘huge impact’

Image caption Jill Dando and Chip Ross

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, former Crimewatch speaker Nick Ross said: “I’m surprised that it’s gone on for such a long time. And it’s a tribute to the group they’ve kept it going.

“When it began, it was revolutionary. Up to that point, tv and radio basically talked on the audience. There was no internet, few phone-ins, this was a programme in which the audience could talk back and can actually influence the end of the program.

“This kind of revolutionary thing then had a massive impact on television generally and has held going for 33 years despite all of the changes in technology. ”

Image caption Michelle Ackerley and Rav Wilding present Crimewatch Roadshow

Ross mentioned falling ratings had had an effect on crime-solving.

“If you will get 15 million people watching the programme and you have an appeal, the opportunity of finding somebody, that one witness whom saw something they had no idea had been connected with the crime… they can band in.

“Once your own audience starts plummeting, you go to two million, one million, the chance for finding that person are so remote. inch

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Image caption A Crimewatch appeal helped to catch Dorothy Payne’s murderer, Roy Whiting, within 2001

Other previous Crimewatch presenters consist of Jill Dando, who was murdered it happened in 1999 – with her own case becoming featured on the show.

Dando, one of the BBC’s best-known TELEVISION personalities at the time, was shot deceased on her doorstep in west Greater london.

Barry George had been convicted of her murder within 2001 but was acquitted of the eliminating at a retrial in 2008 right after doubt was cast on the dependability of gunshot residue evidence. The girl killer has never been found.

Other Crimewatch hosts over the years consist of Sue Cook, Kirsty Young, Fiona Bruce and Rav Wilding.

Famous cases the display has featured and helped resolve include the James Bulger murder, the particular killings of Lin and Megan Russell and the murder of schoolgirl Sarah Payne.

BBC Today programme presenter Nick Johnson tweeted a tribute to the display, which gave him his initial job 30 years ago.

Jeremy Grape vine and Tina Daheley – who seem to also reads the news on the Stereo 1 breakfast show – had become the hosts of Crimewatch in Sept 2016.

The head from the Metropolitan Police described the program as “public service broadcasting in its best”.

Cressida Dick said: “Criminals are at the rear of bars right now because witnesses have experienced the show and come ahead and I would like to thank the Crimewatch team for their professionalism in using the appeals to life. ”

The Police Federation said it was the “shame” that the programme was closing, and that it had shown “the complex side of policing plus solve crime”.

Claire Kempton, the Police Federation’s head associated with operational policing, said: “For all those wider appeals which needed nationwide coverage it was great and there is nothing else that has been able to give instances such a wide reach, but if right now there aren’t the audience figures and individuals aren’t watching it then you have to proceed with the times. ”

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