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Thursday, June 10, 1999 Published at 09:53 GMT 10:53 UK


Vanessa 'will be back' on BBC

Vanessa Feltz: Told viewers she will be back in the autumn

Talk show host Vanessa Feltz is to work on new shows for the BBC after the scrapping of her daytime programme.

The BBC's Daniela Relph reports on the programme's recent troubles
The Vanessa Show was at the centre of a row over fake guests earlier this year, after allegations that actors were booked to appear as genuine guests.

Four production staff are no longer with the BBC and another was given a formal warning after the show was accused of featuring bogus models, actresses and strippers, and two total strangers posing as sisters.

Now the BBC has said it is developing other programmes for Feltz, who began her broadcasting career with the corporation's London radio station GLR.

BBC One controller Peter Salmon said the decision to axe The Vanessa Show was "a tough one" and said the bad publicity surrounding the show had effectively killed it off.

"The problems with the show were quickly acknowledged and we took swift action to resolve them, but while the current production team have worked incredibly hard to revive the situation the programme never recovered.

'Time to learn the lessons'

[ image: Trisha Goddard: Feltz's successor on ITV]
Trisha Goddard: Feltz's successor on ITV
"We tried something new and it did not work. It is now time to learn the lessons and move on. While The Vanessa Show will not be coming back, Vanessa Feltz certainly will be."

BBC Production chief executive Matthew Bannister added one new show under development was Talking TV, which would give viewers a "unique and immediate" chance to contribute to what they saw on their screens.

The 36-year-old presenter was hired in the autumn in a reported £2m, two-year deal just days after she was dropped from her ITV show, Vanessa.

Anglia Television, which made Vanessa, said she had made a "completely unrealistic" pay demand of £2.75m.

The company signed up Australian Trisha Goddard to fill Feltz's shoes - and Trisha promptly trounced The Vanessa Show in the ratings.

On Thursday's show Feltz said she would be back on BBC One in the autumn, and a statement issued by her said she was "looking forward to the new projects ahead of me".

Larger-than-life persona

The BBC's Torin Douglas: Vanessa was hired in a reported £2m, two-year contract
Few pundits predicted her BBC show would have taken such a beating by Trisha. Her talents for self-promotion and her larger-than-life persona have made her one of the decade's most prominent TV personalities.

After reading English at Cambridge, she moved from temping work to writing for the Jewish Chronicle, and then the Daily Mirror.

She initially specialised in sex advice - even writing for top-shelf magazine Men Only.

But she gained a show on GLR, then moved into television, succeeding Paula Yates on the interviewer's bed on The Big Breakfast on Channel 4.

She also started hosting her own spin-off from the BBC's Watchdog show, Value For Money.

After falling out with Anglia, her BBC One show was hit by low ratings - often less than half that of Trisha on ITV, as well as ITV's veteran daytime show, This Morning, hosted by Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley.

The Vanessa Show is broadcast on BBC One at 1015 on weekdays. It is due to end on 23 July.

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