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Welcome to the programme. The term rubbernecking was coined to


describe the habit of driver slowing down to stare at the


aftermath of an accident. But is there such a thing as televisual


rubbernecking? Here is just one of many reports of the crash on the M5.


Disbelief from motorists as they drove past the pile up. More than


30 cars, vans and articulated lorries mangled and compacted, some


of them exploding on impact. Unbelievable. And unbelievable was


what some news which viewers thought of the BBC's use of mobile


Meanwhile, I woman objected to some more footage shown on the BBC


Another concern about the coverage of the crash centred around


reporting such as this. motorway may now have been cleared


of debris, but away from public view, this investigation is very


much active. Its primary for -- focus is a local firework show and


its role it may have played. This amateur video shows the scale of


the event. The response of a woman, speculation of the cause of the


I had been putting those points to a reporter from the BBC News


Channel. I asked if he thought the BBC News channel got the tone of


the response to the crash right? Overall, I think we did. It was a


horrific crash. Really upsetting for people involved, for people who


knew people who were involved. One of the worst motorway crashes we


have had for many years. I think that because we are a news channel,


the audience, to an extent, can expect to see some quite strong


images. If they are out of the way, potentially distressing, then we


will warn people before we shall it. Some viewers certainly think you


should more than they wanted to see. We come up to this dilemma every


day in the news business. We are in a completely different era to say


even ten 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 soon anybody who wants to go and find it. I am


aware of the accusation of rubbernecking. I hope it does that


sound crass, but our job is to rubber neck on behalf of the public.


-- does not. It is our job to report on behalf of the UK and the


world. It was a major incident and we needed to tell it as best we


could. When you're actually accuses the BBC of showing, in effect, a


snuff movie. That is possibly the most difficult decision that we


have to take. As you well know, we have a general policy in BBC News


not to show the moment of death of any individual. The pictures that


we showed of the fireball were from the other side of the motorway. I


think they were not specific enough for anyone to be able to say that


is the moment that a person died. We just do not know. Some viewers


think the BBC does too much speculation before the full facts


are known. I think, not just as a journalist, but as a human being,


having heard about this awful crash in once you have had the initial


reaction of your hard going out to the people involved, surely, as you


need being -- as a human being, your first reaction would be how on


earth could this happen? I think we're responsible in the way we


tried to get to the causes. The police were talking quite soon of


the wet road and fog, possibly smoke from the fireworks display.


That was what people wanted to know Now for some of your thoughts on


the week's output. Tuesday night's late news had a breaking story to


deal with. Michael Jackson's doctor is found guilty of manslaughter it.


Dr Murray is convicted after a six- Outside the court, fans welcomed


the verdict they had been demanding for two years. A woman in now us to


Well, we were given a statement in response to those complaints.


Michael Jackson was a major figure in popular culture. The conclusion


of the trial was a newsworthy moment it. We reflected this in a


measured way, with a report from the court shortly after the verdict


was announced. This was one of a number of stories covered on the


day. Namer, a main contractor of us On Thursday, David Cameron were


shown on the news channel making a speech about the economy in London.


Let me say this, we are not going to do that with a permanent state


of warfare between the banks and the politicians. So we sat down


with the bankers and said, if you land war to small and medium-sized


businesses... We will meet the Prime Minister there now. But right


now, time for the weather. Now, audiences for news bulletins


at the BBC and elsewhere tend to be older than the average for general


television viewing. Does that suggest that young viewers simply


are not interested in news? Or does it suggest that the BBC is not


catering to them? One of them who thinks the latter is the case is


this woman. Here are her views. am 17, but when I was younger, he


watched things like news around. I was able to understand what was


going on in the world. I think when I watch the news now, although I


get most of it, there are things that I still do not get. If I want


to find out things, I think it is important that the news is this


kind of information. So I think the news is more for the older people.


I do not think there is anything targeted above the age of younger


children. It assumes that you watch it every day. I wish I could watch


it every day, but I think if you do not, you do not know the whole


story in the good bits of pieces of it. -- and you get. I was watching


St Mawes processed and I did not understand why they are protesting


outside it. -- St Paul's. Many think that there are the young


people out there who do not understand about the Stock Exchange,


or politics. I think it is definitely true of economic stories.


Unless you have had the teaching in economics, you would not


necessarily understand it. You need it explain the year. Unless you're


following a story for the whole time, you would not necessarily


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


Finally, some BBC broadcasters will be making fools of themselves in


aid of children in Need. This year, strip become chanting -- strip


The BBC monitors the news channel 41-day and donate �10 for every arm


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