March 28, 2013

BBC postpones Panorama television show

The BBC has postponed a broadcast of its Panorama television show that was to have included a look at Harlequin Resorts and Hotels, which is developing the Buccament Bay Resort, here in St Vincent and the Grenadines.{{more}}

The Panorama show, which was billed as “The Great Savings Wipe Out” was supposed to have been broadcast on BBC1 on March 25.

Reporters from Panorama visited SVG last month, while gathering information for the show. While here, they are said to have interviewed Leader of the Opposition Arnhim Eustace.

On February 17, the reporters from the BBC are also said to have “accosted” Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves on a LIAT flight which had just landed in Barbados. Gonsalves reported to the nation that the reporters asked him about a briefcase of money which was allegedly brought to his office by Harlequin Chairman David Ames.

Panorama subsequently submitted to Gonsalves, in writing, nine questions about issues they were “likely to raise” in the programme, to which they invited him to respond.

These questions, Gonsalves said, were responded to on March 12, the deadline he had been given.

A BBC spokesperson is quoted on the International Adviser, an online news source, as saying that the broadcast had been postponed because “we received information late in the production process of this film.

“It is hoped the film will be shown sometime in the near future,” the spokesperson is quoted as saying.

The television show had been advertised as a look at the UK pension investment market.

SEARCHLIGHT emailed the show’s producer Matthew Chapman on Monday, seeking information on the postponement, but up to press time, he had not responded to our enquiries.