Fundraising: BBC Lifeline show gets a makeover

Lifeline, the BBC's monthly charity appeals programme, is set to be revamped after 20 years.

The new format, which aired for the first time on Sunday, and is repeated tonight, dispenses with studio presenters - the first of whom were Maggie Philbin and Cliff Michelmore. The show will now feature celebrities on location and will concentrate on a single charity appeal each month, followed by charity news items.

"We'll be asking more charities to get in touch about news stories, and asking them to contact the BBC's charity appeals office to apply for future appeals," said a spokeswoman for the show.

There are also plans to upgrade the show's website to accept donations on behalf of featured charities.

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