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Right now on BBC News it is time for news watch. This week, coverage


of the Oscars is under the Welcome to newswatch. Later, what


does speeded-up footage add to news reports? First, it was that time of


the year Again, last Sunday night, the Blitz, the frocks, the glamour


of the Oscars. Viewers of Breakfast on Monday morning were given a run-


down of the result with reports from the red carpet. Comment first


was last year's winner of the best actor award and presented Meryl


Streep with her award. It be my Streep with her award. It be my


mind. The first few frames. Clark was unimpressed. -- June


The programme was interrupted again 20 minutes later. This is something


special as guest lists go. We have seen Tom Cruise, David Beckham. The


At least Tim if it was well positioned to grab celebrity


arrivals at the post-show party. A we hope that most of the winners


and others will come to the Vanity Fair party to talk to us. So far,


of the main winners, only the best supporting actress has arrived, and


she walked straight in and didn't talk to anyone, so fingers crossed


the other winners will be here before the programme ends at 9:15am.


And are later, the search for interviewees was flagging.


Pat Chris Stewart is here. -- Patrick Stewart. I am so sorry!


A real actor, Ben, but not the actor he thought it was. It was by


now a late night in Los Angeles. In the absence of any real surprise


results, or much British interest, had the focus on the Oscars been


worth it? We asked the programme to respond to these comments. They


refused our invitation to be interviewed but gave us this


I am joined by another viewer who contacted us after Monday morning's


programme. Welcome to Graham Birch in our Salford studio. What did you


in our Salford studio. What did you make of the Oscar coverage?


thought it was over the top. It is the breakfast news programme, and


the word is in, news. I would have been happy to see a reasonable


amount of coverage and details of who won and so forth, but the over-


the-top coverage, having a presenter presenting, another


presenter, and simply giving us who went to which party and so on, I


don't think that is used. Was there simply too much of it for your


liking? -- a I don't think that is news. I think there was too much.


The reply from the BBC has referred to all the news stories going round,


but I think the coverage of the Oscars was out of proportion to the


importance of the event relative to other stories around on the day.


Tim if it is a London-based reporter. Was it right for the BBC


to have him standing outside the parties? Absolut the not, I think


this is the point that tipped me over to make no comment --


absolutely not. There have been many comments on your programme in


recent months about having reporters, news anchors, flown out


to Egypt, etc, and in those cases, it has been questioned, whether


that was necessary and appropriate. For what is still a relatively


lightweight news event such as the Oscars, I really can't see the case


for jetting in a presented to present at a perfectly, a perfectly


experienced presenter who was on the spot. D you think the statement


from BBC Breakfast meats or answers the concerns of you and a number of


other viewers? -- meets. I do and think it does. -- I don't think it


does. It is -- to find its judgment in the way it handled it, but I


don't think it is taking on board my views and the views of what


appear to be a number of other viewers who have written in to you.


Thank you. We have had a rash of complaints or read this year about


football stories dominating news bulletins. Last year -- week it was


football delaying it. Millions met -- the Carling Cup final going into


extra time caused the Schedule to overrun. Other work -- other people


Apology for the loss of subtitles for 47 seconds


were waiting for the early evening We put those points to BBC One, and


There were more rejections last weekend about this story. There are


printing more than 3 million copies tonight of Britain's first new


Sunday paper for nearly a decade. Oh no Rupert Murdoch was at the


printing plant just north of London Meanwhile, the state of the Greek


economy continues to exercise economy continues to exercise


European leaders and news editors. Before we go, viewer Phil Bolton


has a bee in his bonnet about... Here he is to explain. I am getting


fed up with the disproportionate use of eye candy on news film, by


that, I mean, the sort of, irrelevant, gimmicky, poorly


produced bits of film you used to One particular example is this


insane use of speeded-up film, and it gets worse when you show some


graphics against a background of speeded-up film, because of course


the eye follows motion much more, and therefore the speeded-up film


distracts you from the graphics and the message we are trying to put


across. It is insane. The news is there to portray information. You


presumably send correspondence out to report stuff, and you want us to


pay attention to the correspondent, not the background, otherwise there


is no point in showing the correspondent at all. It's was


mainly weak spending here at home. Story is about the economy are


generally complex messages to get across, so if you try to make it


interesting by distracting people from the story you were trying to


convey, I suspect it is counter- productive. Other stories about


retailing are often accompanied by pictures of feet walking down the


street. Think about the message you are trying to put across, and stop


the indiscriminate use of eye candy. Better speed on to the end of the


programme. Thanks to Phil Bolton and all of you for your comments


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