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Fang Q. -- thank you. Was there BBC's coverage of the M5


crash guilty of televisual Will continue his watch. The term


rubbernecking was coined to talk about drivers who slowed down to


hang her neck out of the window to look at an accident. But is there


such a thing of televisual rubbernecking? Despair if from


motorists as they drive past the pile up.


Some of these cars and lorries were exploding on impact. And an


believable was what some viewers thought of the BBC pause might use


There was an objection to some more Another viewer by the name of Paul


Another concern about the coverage of the crash centred around some


reports like this. It be have been no clear the debris, but this


investigation is very much active. Its primary focus is a role that


the fireworks display at a local rugby club played. This amateur


footage showed the scale of the I have been pursuing those points


to Our Correspondent from the BBC news channel. I asked whether the


BBC got the tenor of its coverage right. Overall, I think we did.


was a horrific crash, very upsetting for people involved. It


was one of the worst of motorway crashes for many years. I think


that, because we are I news channel, the audience to an extent can


expect to see some quite strong images. If they are out of the way,


potentially, distressing, we will warn people before we show it. We


come up against this dilemma every day. We are in a completely


different here are to say, even 10 years ago. Everybody has a mobile


phone. Everybody has access to the Internet. There is a lot more


material out there and available to us and to anyone who wants to go


and find it. I am aware of the accusation of rubbernecking. I hope


it does not sound crass, but our job is to rubber neck on behalf of


the public. It is our job to explain to the UK and the rest of


the world. It is our job to tell the story using the pictures


available - not all, I have to say. One reviewer compares it to a snuff


movie. That is the most difficult decision we have to take. We have a


general policy in the BBC which is not too sure the moment of death of


any individual. The pictures that we showed of the firewall from the


other side of the motorway were not specific enough for anyone to be


able to say, that is the moment that that person died and we just


don't know. Some people would say the at the BBC indulged in too much


speculation before the fact were known. I think that, not just as a


journalist but as a human being, once you have got over it and had


the initial reaction of your hard going out to the people involved,


surely, as a human being, you very first responses, how on Earth could


this have happened? What could have caused such a horrendous crash? I


think we are responsible in the way in which we tried to get to the


causes. The police were talking quite soon about the wet road, the


fog, the smoke from the fireworks display near by. That was what


people wanted to know about. How did it happen? Now for some of your


other thoughts. Tuesday night's late evening news.


And a late breaking story to go with it. Tonight at 10, Michael


Jackson's Dr or is found guilty of manslaughter.


He was convicted during a six-week trial in which she refused to


testify. Outside the court, Jackson fans welcomed the verdict they had


been demanding for two years. Are you utterly unaware of what is


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We were given a statement in Meanwhile, we were contacted on


On Thursday, David Cameron was shown on the news channel making a


speech about the economy in London. We're not going to do that with a


permanent state of warfare between the banks and politicians.


We sat down with the bankers and said, if you lend more to small and


medium-sized businesses... We will leave the Prime Minister for now.


More or at the top of the hour. Now, time for the weather. The


Audiences for news bulletins at the BBC and elsewhere tend to be older


than the average for general television viewing. Does that


suggest I young viewers are not interested in news? Or does it mean


that the BBC is catering less well for them. One of those two things


the latter is the case is this person. I and 17, but when I was


younger I used to watch Newsround which I used to love, because it


was simplified but I could understand what was going on in the


world. Now, when I watch the news,


although I get most of it, there are things I still do not get and


if I want to find out things it is important that the news gives me


this kind of information. Then uses for a slightly older people, there


is nothing targeted specifically at people around the Newsround age. It


assumes that people watch it every day. I wish I could watch the news


every day, but if you do not know the whole story, and you get bits


and pieces, baby start assuming stuff and you get the wrong idea. -


- maybe you start assuming staff. I was watching the St Paul's protest


and I did not understand why they were protesting outside St Paul's.


It made me think that there might be young people out there who do


not understand about stock exchange and politics. It is definitely true


of economic stories, because unless you have had teaching on economics,


he would not be able to understand it. Unless you are all there and


you have had it explained to you. What is actually happening in


Libya? Unless you are following up the whole time, you would not know


exactly what is happening. That is the sort of thing I would like to


see. Next Friday, some BBC newscasters will be making fools of


themselves in aid of Children In Need. This year, and dancing


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