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BBC Panorama presenter Vine to step down

Vine will continue to be involved with the current affairs show, presenting specials and other repor

Regular presenter of the BBC1's flagship current affairs show Panorama, Jeremy Vine, who hosted the show for four years, is to step down at the end of this year, the Guardian has revealed.

However, Vine will continue to be involved with the current affairs show, presenting specials and other reports, as Panorama editor Tom Giles, who took charge of the show earlier this year, looks to revamp the show.

Vine would be handed over other responsibilities, including presenting the lunchtime show on Radio 2, which has more than 6m listeners weekly, the BBC said.

Panorama, which was launched in 1953, has seen presenters such as Richard Dimbleby, Robin Day, David Dimbleby and Fiona Bruce. The show bagged a peak-time Monday evening berth, moving from its late-night Sunday slot, four years ago and Vine was made presenter.

Giles said the show has gone through an evolutionary process in its 57-year history, during which it had been broadcast both with and without a presenter, adding that they were now looking to revamp the format of the show.