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see pandas. We are back at 9pm. Now it is time for Newswatch and a look


back at how some of the bigger stories were reported this year and


From welcome to the last Newswatch this year and what a year it has


been. We are looking back at how some of the big stories were


covered, what he thought and how editors and journalists talked


This is the man police have arrested. Christopher Jefferies, a


retired schoolteacher, Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator


and Jo Yeates's landlord. Has serious damage being done to his


reputation by the public, media and television reports like the BBC's?


I do not think we have said anything on television which has


done that. More tonight about the shooting dead of US congresswoman


Gabriel Giffords in Arizona. We have heard reports that according


to a hospital spokesperson, she is still alive in surgery. I regret we


got it wrong. We had many sources and some correspondence said on air


that they had been told it was true. I did not think it is any excuse


for getting it wrong. We are just In the early evening, more dead and


wounded. One listens to the radio and watches the television channels


and has the impression that we have got a duplication of effort taking


place. We have been getting the calculator out and we have counted


17 BBC reporters and presenters. Some for other outlets but at least


10 of them appearing on television. Delirious scenes of joy in Libya


where the opposition is in control. Much of the information was hard to


come by and pictures from anywhere were scarce. In the eyes of some


viewers, the footage that was used was just a substitute for proper


journalism. We are pretty relied on what people can shoot themselves


and delivered to us and that presents us with some problems. We


need to verify these pictures and be clear about when they were


shocked at what they are of. -- It was triggered by the earthquake


and reached the shore with terrifying speed. Bates broke away


from moorings, splintering like matchsticks. Buildings collapsed


into the water it. I think it is grossly irresponsible of the BBC to


have sent reporters and supporting teams at this place at a disastrous


teams at this place at a disastrous time will stop there will be in


What do you think of the coverage in the run-up to the Royal wedding?


Quite tiresome and obsession, to be frank. They have got an obsequious


attitude with correspondence and stay focused on the minor details


like the dress, family coats of arms and it is quite tiresome and


The United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin


Laden, the leader at Al-Qaeda. Laden, the leader at Al-Qaeda.


outside the White House, scenes of celebrations. I am astonished by


the celebratory nature of much of After MP John Hemming named Ryan


Giggs in the House of Commons, Sky News as the BBC followed suit. It


would have been a criminal act it repeated outside Parliament. For me,


the balance in this case came down to public service obligations to


report events in Parliament on this issue, even though it involved an


element of legal risk. With such pageantry and such an important


person, would you not expect the BBC to laddish its finest work on


this? Maybe not. The cottage had come in war and not edited but


undeterred, they stuck with these pictures for 14 minutes. -- footage.


It is absolutely disgusting and rather embarrassing. Always Look On


the Bright Side of Life... Rising energy prices, bigger the 80 and a


cut in government spending all contributed to a very weak economy


contributed to a very weak economy The grip was more dainty than her


husband. It was a very smooth and firm action. But that is not news,


is it. It is just grovelling and sycophantic drivel. For three weeks,


reservations, arrests and problems have gripped many and maddened some.


But how had they kept with the public figures on the spotlight?


public figures on the spotlight? According to Eileen, like a pack of


It has certainly been at a frenetic environment and quite often when


are these things calm down, you look back and think, maybe,


actually, things happened during Two police cars are set alight by


protesters at Tottenham in north London. We have got problems with


riot police. They threw petrol bombs and set fire to buildings.


The word protesters was used for too long for people taking part in


what was fundamentally criminal activity. These people partaking in


violent actions, they were not being protesters went the bricks


It was the day when the ruling of the courts collided with the


determination of the community. In the middle of the afternoon,


the middle of the afternoon, bailiffs marched to the entrance of


Dale Farm. It was an absolute Today, new footage emerged of


Colonel Gaddafi's idle moments. Here, he is led away on foot by


rebel fighters, quickly surrounding him. -- final. It was all more or


less every page of the Web site and for me it was not acceptable. They


meet me feel physically sick. We are not used to seeing these images.


We are not. The approach we made on television and online was to keep a


warning to viewers. To flag up that you are about to see something


Oh my God. Disbelief from motorists as they were driving past the pile


When the latest figures come out tomorrow... A study found that the


British public is still confused about the economic crisis in Europe.


That people do not think the media in general have helped them enough


to understand it. We go out of our way to instantly connect it back to


the UK so they can feel an immediate connection but we


understand they are very past conflicts issues, having said that.


-- past conflicts issues. -- complicated issues. Opinion he was


complicated issues. Opinion he was The French President was shipper. A


British Prime Minister managing a clenched smile as the relationship


This week, the BBC's director of This week, the BBC's director of


Thanks very much to all those dealers who gave asked their


opinions this year and to BBC staff for appearing on the programme. We


will doubtless hear more in 2012 about the relationship with Europe,


economic troubles in Europe and elsewhere and the problems with the


so-called Arab spring up risings. We have got presidential elections


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