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BBC's economic reporting is under attack, and just how difficult is


Welcome to NewsWatch. Later in the programme, many of you are critical


of the performance of BBC newsreaders. Could you do any


better? We set one viewer that challenge.


Before that, complaints about BBC News come from all quarters,


including Number 11 Downing Street this week. Here is George Osborne


speaking to Sarah Montague on the Today programme on Radio 4 on


Monday. I have not yet heard a single news bulletin that says


400,000 new jobs have been created over the last year. Last week there


was a disappointing manufacturing survey, it was on the news. There


is a more encouraging one today, not on the news. What I am asking


for is a bit of balance. It is certainly true there has been


plenty of bad economic news reported lately, so should the BBC


just, well, cheer up? # Something as in life are bad.


# They can always make you mad. The inflation rate has jumped to


4.4%, well ahead of average pay rises.


# Don't grumble, give a whistle! Today's figures show that total UK


unemployment is at its highest since 1994.


# Always Look On the Bright Side of Life.


Rising energy prices, higher VAT and a major cut in government


spending will all contribute to a very weak UK economy this year.


But are those stories a fair reflection of BBC output or a fair


reflection of the state of the economy? Many NewsWatch


correspondents seem to agree with the Chancellor that the


corporation's economics coverage concentrates too much on bad news


and negative statistics. A And Peter Ditchfield from nearby


The editor of BBC News' Business and economic unity Jeremy Hillman


wrote in response to the Now, it may not surprise you to


hear that we receive numerous comments about newsreaders and


presenters. How they speak, what they wear, whether they stand up or


sit down. Matthew Webb from Point taken. But on Monday's news


that six, Sophie Raworth took to her feet not just at the top of the


bulletin but in the middle. Scientists may be a step closer to


answering some of the big questions about the origins of the universe.


Steams you debt-equity misusing the giant CERN particle accelerators


say they have made a breakthrough in their study of antimatter.


Tricky and controversial business, clearly, and when you get onto news


Apology for the loss of subtitles for 77 seconds


presenters' delivery, the critics You may or may not be able to guess


which specific presenters were being referred to. Another viewer


who wrote to us with criticism was Anne Chadwick from Stoke-on-Trent.


So we asked her if she could do any better.


Thank you very much. I first contacted NewsWatch because


I watch a lot of news and I thought the presenters could probably talk


a bit more fluently than they do. They make it look so easy most of


the time, especially the really famous ones that everybody knows


who do the big bulletins. When things don't go as well as they


would like it shows up more. I think I would like to know exactly


how difficult it is. Lovely to meet you. She is joined by Ian Blandford,


who is that -- has coach knew was presenters on BBC News and


elsewhere and will give our novice some tips. -- who has coached in


news presenters. I make a living from helping presenters look as


natural as they do. We say and be yourself, but read the autocue,


sometimes they will get a glimpse and sometimes they will never have


seen it, but it needs to come -- sound like it is coming from their


heads and is their story. And they have all sorts of noise going on in


their ears. How do you cope having someone's voice in your ear when


you are trying to read of a screen and somebody is saying something


completely different? Can you do this? It is a bit like that. We set


her three tasks of the sort news presenters perform every bulletin.


Your first challenge is to take this script, read it yourself and


then read it took the audience. Hello, and welcome to this special


edition of the news with me, Anne Chadwick. It has been revealed that


prayers at -- presenting television news programmes is not as hard as


it looks. One anonymous presenter said, it is a doddle, anyone can do


it. The next thing we will do is I will go and be a foreign


correspondent somewhere in the Middle East, it is the kind of


story that happens a lot. I pop up, you will not know too much about


the story, you can find out what is going on. Now we will go to our


Middle East correspondent, Ian Blandford, in Syria. Can you hear


me? Good afternoon. What is going on where you are? The Middle East


seems to be like a set of toppling dominoes at the moment... Rather


cruelly, we are about to pretend a live link has gone down, which


always provides a challenge to a presenter. With the local people is


so strong... HIGH PITCHED NOISE. am sorry, we appear to have lost


Ian, but in the next lot of news, Ian -- Nick Clegg has said the Lib


Dems will be more muscular. Well done. Now I will play someone else,


we want you to read the script from the altar crew -- autocue and then


into the me. I am joined by the Liberal Democrat MP Ian Blandford.


Ask me a question. So how long have you been an MP, Ian? For the last


15 years. Really? What has your record in government been? Up to


now, as you know, not that successful. It is going rather too


well, so now we will test her skills further by giving her some


rather important breaking news by Our earpiece. I am afraid I have to


cut you off, apparently an election has been announced. Presenters


handling breaking news often have little to go on. In this case, we


have had the floor manager hand her some news agency copy to read, but


apart from that she has to a basket. 326 seats are needed for an overall


majority. -- she just has to busk it. Oh, so, this is the news that


the coalition has fallen, Nick Clegg and David Cameron are no


longer the best of friends. What did our expert think? I thought the


autumn cubit that you did was great, you had a lot of warmth and were


quite relaxed -- I thought the autocue bit. You did a good bit


interview me, a bit with the breaking news was probably


toughest? Yes, I had a script but I had to improvise to camera, which


is where the big pause came from. How has it made you think about the


job these guys do? It has made me think it is a lot more difficult


than I thought. It was not the most scientific


exercise, but Anne Chadwick has learned something from the


experience and maybe, despite her modesty, showing the professionals


a thing or two. Thanks to our guinea-pig Anne


Chadwick and her coach and guide Ian Blandford. Thanks for your


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