Blue Peter Response To Darren Shan

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ACHUKA received today the following response to Darren Shan's announcement (blogged January 13th) of his withdrawal from the Blue Peter Wolrd Book Day show:

RESPONSE FROM BLUE PETER: I'm sorry Darren Shan feels that Blue Peter isn't embracing World Book Day and that he mistakenly feels that he had originally been booked for the main programme, as no booking had as yet been confirmed.

An interview on our website is by no means a slight on any author, you may be interested to know that 1 and a half million viewers log on to our website every week. We now do all our book club chats on the website because we can devote far more time to children's questions than in our busy 24 minute programme. Over 1000 questions are normally sent into authors taking part in a web chat. Our last online book club with Terry Pratchett drew thousands of children into the webchat. This is not skipping back to the past.

Blue Peter has always been committed to promoting children's literature - most prominently with our annual Blue Peter Book Awards, 24 minutes of NEW BOOKS: Child judges choose the best children's books of the year. Michael Morpogo's Private Peaceful was the 2005 Book I couldn't Put Down. We also have a thriving monthly book club which has an extended life online where children expect to find it. This is not skipping back to the past.

WBD is indeed a fantastically exciting day which is why we decided not to run our usual studio but to dedicate our entire 24 minute programme to one of the best loved authors of all time. We did not take the decision to show our programme about Roald Dahl lightly. His work is still as relevant to children today as when he was writing - the enormous success of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory film gives some indication of this. It's a shame Darren Shan no longer wishes to engage with our audience on that day, we'll miss the chance to promote his book to young readers.

Karen Ackerman
Forward Planning Producer Blue Peter

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