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The welcome to NewsWatch. Later in the programme, was it responsible


to broadcast this interview, predicting financial Armageddon?


dream of another recession, another moment like this. Tuesday's speech


by the Labour leader at his party's annual conference was going fine,


until a quarter of an hour in, this happened. My message to the public


is simple... Ed Miliband, having a few technical problems... We are


having a few technical problems with our feet from Liverpool. I


think we are going to try to find think we are going to try to find


another link to pick up on that. It was five minutes before the


picture was restored, during which time, BBC Two went blank. The news


channel played some of the audio feed of the speech.


An absolute disaster for his media press team. Everyone seems to have


lost power with Liverpool, which means nobody is able to broadcast


this speech alive. All television channels were


affected by the problem, which stemmed from a generator failure in


the contract to's truck. Which was supplying a feat to broadcasters --


The new channel broke into a report by Nick Robinson. The government's


austerity plan is failing. You can sense the fear we have as we watch


the economic crisis that stalked our country in 2008. Apologies to


leave that, we will return a little later, but we are heading back to


Los Angeles, because proceedings have resumed in the case against Dr


Conrad Murray. What was, who was the cause of Michael Jackson staff?


One BBC interview caused a huge storm of protest. This is a man


described as an independent market trader, speaking to the news


channel on Monday. I am very confident that this particular


rescue plan, it doesn't matter how much money they want to put in, it


is not going to work. Because this problem cannot be solved. I am


fairly confident the euro is going to crash and fall pretty hard.


Because markets are ruled by fear. Foremost writers -- for most


traders, we don't really care too much, how they are going to fix the


economy or the whole situation. Or job is to make money from it.


Personally, I have been dreaming of this moment for three years. I go


to bed every night, I dream of another recession. If you could see


the people around me, jaws have collectively dropped at what you


have just said. We appreciate your candour but it doesn't help the


rest of us. I would say this to everybody who is watching this.


This economic crisis is like a cancer. If you wait and wait,


thinking this is going to go away, just like a cancer it is going to


grow, and be too late. Twitter users questioned his credentials?


Asking whether the news channel had been hoaxed. The BBC said it


carried out detailed investigations and couldn't find any evidence to


suggest the interview was a hoax. Was this trader is to double


interviewee anyway? It turned out he had never been authorised by the


Financial Services Authority -- was he a suitable interviewee? He said


he was an intention sika and he rebranded his YouTube channel as


trade on the BBC -- he said he was trade on the BBC -- he said he was


an entire -- he said he was an We wanted to talk to someone from


BBC News about why he had been chosen to appear on the news


channel, but mac got request was refused. We were referred again to


the statement saying there was no evidence he was a hoaxer. I am


joined by the journalist and preventer of Radio 4's radio show -


- presenter. Was he an appropriate person to have a national news


channel? The problem is, that in his own words, he is a self-


confessed attention seeker who describes financial trading as not


really a business, more of a hobby. You are left wondering how he


appeared on BBC News. Not in any old role, but as an expert on the


financial crisis. Should his credentials have been better


checked before he was suddenly thrust to national fame? I don't


know what credentials he has. The BBC could fairly say, the news


channel has lots of people on it, represents a wide range of views.


You go on the street and talk to people, you take what you get. In


this case, he was put up as someone who knew what he was talking about


the relation to the global financial crisis and business


matters. He is a self-confessed potential sicker he describes


financial trading, which was his designation... Self-confessed


attention seeker. He describes financial trading as a hobby. Is he


credible as a financial trader? Make your own mind up, but not as


credible as others. With markets so volatile and potentially influenced


by broadcasts like that, should the BBC have been more careful? On the


face of it, they did not represent -- did not misrepresent him. He is


technically a financial trader. But is the most credible voice, given


that if he happened to... If his views ended up representing a broad


opinion amongst financial traders, one would guess it was more by luck


than judgment. This apparently went through a general producer rather


than the specialist business unit. Is that likely to have been a


problem? I would be surprised if given the minor rumpus... It wasn't


a hoax and what is it doesn't appear to be that far out of kilter.


I would be surprised if BBC are not reviewing how they assess their


contributors in matters like this. Thank you.


There were more question-marks over guests election after Wednesday


night's Newsnight. Jeremy Paxman showed a discussion about the euro


which involved a spokesman from the European Commission and the


opinionated journalist, Peter Oban. These guys are in total and utter


denial. It is terribly frightening, listening to that idiot in Brussels.


Would you like to respond? No, I think these words speak for


themselves. This idiot in Brussels... Will you stop referring


to him as that. If you listen to the catastrophic quality... You may


think he is out of contact with reality... He is now walking out of


the studio. Well done, we can't even hold him to account, because


you have been gratuitously offensive.


Sarah Miller was one of a number of If I said we are currently in the


year 2011 C E, would you know what I was talking about? It stands for,


an era, and newspapers reported that the BBC had decided to use


that instead of AD, and B C E, instead of BC, or before Christ.


Many of you were furious about the Many of you were furious about the


The Andrew Marr showed discussed the story in its paper review, but


presenter and guests appeared to be off-message. According to the Mail


on Sunday, BBC turns its back on year of Our Lord, and we are going


to say, nearer, and before, era. I'm not. I say AD, and BC, because


that is what I understand. Good, I agree. What was going on? The Mail


on Sunday and Boris Johnson based their stories on a statement on BBC


religion's website, saying it used these C and C, instead of BC and AD.


Is there a corporation wide band? No, according to a statement we


No shortage of criticisms about BBC News this week, but there was a


reminder on Tuesday that other broadcasters are not all perfect.


ITV admitted that images used in its new current affairs series,


supposedly of the IRA shooting down a helicopter with weapons supplied


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