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Welcome. Since the extent of the phone hacking scandal started to


emerge, trusting journalists has plummeted to levels associated with


estate agents and politicians. In response, the Prime Minister has


set up the Leveson Inquiry which this week began to hear witnesses.


Prompted by the behaviour of the press, the inquiry looks certain to


impinge upon journalism. What impact might it have on the BBC


Quest --? I cannot for the life of me think of any conceivable source


except those voice messages. felt like such an intrusion into a


really, really private moment. parade of celebrities and other


victims or brought testimony to a widespread intrusion into people's


private lives. It was too much for some viewers such as Sam, who wrote.


Certainly for Milly Dowler's family it is disgusting. That is on a


personal level. The media like stories about its own industry.


This inquiry is not main news and the media need to start acting as


if it is the story of the year. Terry wanted to see more of it.


With so much interest in the live coverage, while worse Prime


Minister's questions being broadcast simultaneously on three


of your channels? Another viewer had a different perspective which


regards to the Leveson Inquiry. Do you not think the public is hugely


to blame? Journalists Blake -- break laws because they are --


because the public is voyeuristic. Would -- the judge's questions over


the limits of investigative journalism. How the media should be


policed and how to restore confidence. Ramifications for many


organisations including the BBC. To discuss what those might be I am


joined by the BBC's director of editorial standards, by a


documentary maker, and by a journalist and chief executive.


First of all, are you worried there might be some negative implications


flowing from the Leveson Inquiry that might affect BBC journalism?


Yes. Leavis and is entirely right to look at what he is doing. Their


answer of bullying and they need to be looked at very hard. There is no


another type of journalism. My


constant complaint is not this kind of journalism. It is not that it is


too strong. It is that it is too issues of the last 20 years, if you


look at the bankers, the weapons of mass destruction, ask yourself, did


journalists and find out too much or too little? David, is there a


danger that BBC journalism could be unbiased way in which you asked


always be better. It is very difficult to disprove. I do not get


there is a lack of robustness to the BBC's journalism. Yes, should


we do better? It was not the media's finest hour. Roger you are


a documentary maker. You are interested in high media standards.


Are you Werribee could be unforeseen consequences for -- are


you worried they could be unforeseen consequences? They could


be good. If he manages to quantify the laws, that would be a good


thing for ours. The one threat I could see that would be negative


would be that the cost of investigations remains high. The


legal threats are expensive. As the cuts for the next couple of years,


then there are more cuts in 2013, and it becomes a vulnerable target.


You do not know how much it will cost to when you're going to


deliver. Roger makes an important point. It is important that there


is not a reaction that goes beyond what is necessary to solve the


problems that it is addressing and th ths a chilling effect on


those doing investigative journalism in the public interest.


This is really good stuff. The public interest issues. We hope he


will introduce that into the next round of legislation. We need a


public definition of what public interest is. It's with our partners,


we have been leading libel reform. London has become a town called Sue,


leading the world. We have a small section harassing and haranguing.


In the BBC, there is a web of compliance. They're all of these


points that have come out of various mistakes in the past. I


worry that apart from programmes like Panorama and others, they is a


timidity at the BBC and there is no career progression for causing


trouble. Is there a danger, one that that is true, and that it


might get worse? It is a curious time to be criticising a web of


compliance when there is a complete lack of compliance at the moment


that has copped the tabloid newspapers into the situation where


they have to be investigated. In those areas we have got things


broadly right. Lord Justice Leveson may have recommendations. But where


we may have to think about what we do is in relation to the use of


private investigations, although we very rarely use them. If anybody is


doing something on our behalf, that they are adhering to the same


values we have. Roger, some of us made documentaries -- as someone


who has made documentaries for the BBC, do you agree that there is a


web of compliance that may limit the baldness of BBC journalism?


have had both experiences. I have had tremendous support. Compliance


has been terrific. There have been other times when I thought they


were a bit on the cautious type -- cautious side. Younger film-makers


without much experience need to know what the rules are. That is


missing a lot of the time because of the short deadlines. It means


that, for example, a lot of press releases just get recycled without


anybody thinking where the primary source is. I think the combination


of the lack of experience and the pressure of deadlines and falling


budgets could harm the future of investigative journalism. There has


been a bit of compliance around this table today. Roger, John and


David, Thank you. Parents were among the witnesses.


The name of Milly Dowler has been back in the news, which prompted


one viewer to write to us. Why did the BBC insist on prefacing any


mention of Milly Dowler with the words, murdered schoolgirl? We're


well aware of the case and I feel it is unnecessary to categorise her


in this way. Her memory should be treated with due respect.


Mrs Peters had another question. Why is Stephen Lawrence constantly


referred to as the black teenager. Surely this enforcers racial


differences. Everybody knows he was black and this is considered a


racial crime. And another of Yuletide these two


together. See if you can identify the following individuals simply by


the words used. One, murdered schoolgirl. Two, black teenager.


Are they for ever to be known in this way? The trial of two men


accused of murdering Stephen Lawrence also elicited another


complaint following an item on the news at six at the end of last week.


Dwayne Brooks wept as he recalled how the pair were attacked by a


gang who had hurled racial and Bruce -- abuse. He gave evidence


despite his father dying last night. This report contains racially


offensive language. The use of that racially offensive language


offended one viewer. Why was it necessary when quoting him to quote


the actual word when they would never quote the f-word. I was


astounded this was allowed to happen. Finally, Wednesday's


Breakfast had a couple of guests in to talk about a forthcoming series.


Here it is set in a cafe. It stars Michelle Perry who co-wrote the


show. The problem in the opinion of some viewers was revealed at the


end of a jolly discussion. In the Cafe tonight at nine o'clock.


Gray has pointed out many viewers do not have Sky Television and ask,


why advertise on BBC One something that most people are not going to


be able to see? If you're going to do an eight-minute feature on such


a programme why delay after seven minutes and 50 seconds into tell


your viewers that the programme being discussed is on Sky One?


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