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Long-running Rough Justice to end
Kirsty Wark
Kirsty Wark joined the Rough Justice team in February 1998
Rough Justice, the long-running BBC series which investigates alleged miscarriages of justice, is to end after 27 years.

The move to discontinue the programme comes weeks after the BBC said it planned to spend less on factual shows as part of BBC-wide budget cuts.

Since it was first aired in 1980, Rough Justice has taken up 32 cases, leading to 15 convictions being quashed.

Presenters have included Martin Young, John Ware and Kirsty Wark.

Conviction challenge

The BBC said it would continue to look into possible miscarriages of justice in other factual programmes.

"Rough Justice has not been on the air since April and the strand will not continue," the BBC said.

"But news and current affairs will continue to investigate potential miscarriages of justice, for example the recent Panorama on Barry George and current affairs investigations into the Webster family and Angela Canning."

Rough Justice has also been credited with contributing to the establishment of the Criminal Cases Review Commission in 1997.

This week the Court of Appeal is due to hear a challenge against the conviction of Barri White, who was convicted in 2002 of the murder of his girlfriend Rachel Manning.

Rough Justice gathered evidence which suggests that White and Keith Hyatt, who was convicted of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, were not involved.

A programme about the case was broadcast in 2005.



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