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Thursday, February 25, 1999 Published at 19:32 GMT


Vanessa show trimmed

Vanessa: Daytime fixture

The Vanessa Show is to be cut in length following revelations that it has featured fake guests.

At a meeting on Thursday the BBC board of governors was told that the programme is to be shortened to 45 minutes as part of changes "allowing it to be strengthened editorially".

Originally planned to last 55 minutes, The Vanessa Show had been extended to 70 minutes to fit in more items.

A BBC statement said: "Vanessa Feltz and the programme team support this decision."

It added that investigations had so far failed to uncover any evidence that BBC staff had knowingly booked bogus guests, although five people were still being interviewed under BBC disciplinary procedures.

Poor standards

The board of governors also issued its own statement on Thursday saying it was "a matter of serious concern and regret" that some BBC daytime shows had not met the standards expected from the organisation.

It added that fakes masquerading as facts would not be tolerated.

The concept of daytime talk shows had also been considered, the statement said.

"Governors concluded that, while there was a role for well produced and well considered popular programmes which tackled family and personal issues in a responsible and enlightening way, there should be no place on the BBC for the sensational and voyeuristic."

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