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Panorama is a long-running current affairs documentary series on BBC television, launched in 1953 and focusing on investigative journalism. The concept inspired the Australian ABC documentary series Four Corners. Richard Dimbleby was the original presenter, during the 1950s and 1960s. His son, David Dimbleby, went on to present the programme in later years.

Probably the most famous Panorama programme of all time was the interview of Diana, Princess of Wales by Martin Bashir, which occurred after her divorce and in which she admitted that many of the rumours about her private life were true.

One of the most controversial broadcasts of recent time was the "Who bombed Omagh?" programme, which named those suspected of involvement in the Omagh bombing. It is belived that the Real IRA attack on BBC Television Centre was a revenge attack for the broadcast.

The programme was also responsible for the famous Spaghetti trees hoax, broadcast on April Fools Day, 1957.

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BBC NEWS | Programmes | Panorama | Wi-Fi: a warning signal (0 words)
The Government insists Wi-Fi is safe, but a Panorama investigation shows that radio frequency radiation levels in some schools are up to three times the level found in the main beam of intensity from mobile phone masts.
Panorama visited a school in Norwich, with more than 1,000 pupils, to compare the level of radiation from a typical mobile phone mast with that of Wi-Fi in the classroom.
Panorama spoke to a number of scientists who questioned the safety limits and were concerned about the possible health effects of such radiation.
13th International Panorama Conference (0 words)
However, instead of employing the traditional technique of paint on canvas, this panorama would be constructed of hundreds of television screens displaying units of video content, which comprise a larger thematic whole.
The historical panorama was defined by a certain epic quality in its scale, cost and subject matter—built several stories high and having the diameter of a football field, it often depicted subjects, such as battle scenes, with historical significance and mass appeal.
The invention of the traditional panorama came at a particular point in European history: an era defined by travel, scientific discovery, the industrial revolution, and the rise of the middle class.
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