BBC director of television Mark Thompson told produxion.com that he was looking to make the switch following an 'increased appetite for news and current affairs'. He said he would be looking to secure a peaktime slot for programmes such as Midlands Today and would be taking the matter up with the BBC board of governors soon
He added that the move demonstrated that the BBC was not attempting to remove all public service programming from BBC1. 'People think we're just about moving our public service obligations from BBC1 to BBC2 but actually we're looking at ways of doing the opposite,' he said.
Thompson originally outline his intentions to beef up current affairs programming on BBC 1 in March , saying that he wanted to increase current affairs on BBC 1 and BBC 2 from 75 minutes to two-and-a-quarter hours during some weeks.
'We are currently working out ways of getting current affairs programmes in the peak schedule on BBC1,' he told Broadcast, adding: 'I'd love to see current affairs offering hour-long specials at 21.00 on BBC1.'