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week, Newsround is 40 years old. But is it still serving young


Welcome to NewsWatch. Later in the programme: Was he given the oxygen


of publicity? Does a 100-year-old event deserves a much time on the


news? And do they look cramped in a new home?


While we will off-air for Easter, another programme was celebrating


its 40th birthday. First, John Craven's Newsround. Back in 1972,


the idea of a news programme specially targeting children was a


radical one. Then, as now, he's round did not shirk from covering


the big stories. Even when they were potentially shocking or


distressing. But it has moved on from the days of John Craven and


his sweaters. Now it is several editions a day on TV including


specials on subjects like autism and domestic violence and a


significant online presence. Some take issue with the programme's


Good morning. Welcome to Newsround... Won 14-year-old told


me he enjoyed watching Newsround over the years, but identified a


programme. -- problem. It's a very good programme, it meets the remit


it needs to. It uses techniques to target the audience very well.


However, I've noticed a bit of a gap. There is the Newsround for the


six-12s and then there are programmes on BBC Three, like Young


Person's Question Time, for the older late teens and early adults.


But the 12-16 age range is not really getting catered for. Young


people of all ages today have a host of possible entertainment and


distractions providing competition which was unimaginable four years


ago. In a multimedia age, how can use round keep its audience and its


relevance? In a moment I will be put in some of those points to Joe


goblin, in charge of BBC services for children. First, let's hear


from one of the young people he is trying to reach, 12-year-old


Lachlann Hinley, in our Edinburgh studio. You are a Newsround viewer,


what do you make of it? I think it is good. But I think it is good and


Tony or 12. It doesn't really give you the in-depth news that a you


could expect if you were over 12, from 12 to 16. What would you like


to see and hear gender? What is missing that you want to see and


hear about? The sort of things which are on the main news, such as


politics, things that may be are not that interesting for six to 12


age range, like politics and economics. Maybe it should be more


focused on real, current news. about your school friends? Do they


feel the same as you? To some extent, do you think the Newsround


editors are may be underestimating their audience? Yes, I do. At my


school it is sort of half-and-half. Some people are interested in


reality TV. Popular music. But some people are interested in economics


and politics. So I think there needs to be... Newsround should


still be there, for half of the people. But there should be a new


one for those that want to find out more about politics, economics and


more real, current affairs. Stay with us. Joe Godwin, nobody is


saying it is an easy thing to please everybody with Newsround.


But here you have examples of people saying they should be more


serious news and not everybody is interested in the latest reality TV


show. In a way, Newsround has been accused of fulfilling its remit for


its target audience, which is quite hard to argue with, in Airwave. I


think one of the key issues of this is that Newsround fancied CDC --


and CBBC is aimed at that audience. I take a point about provision for


older teens. In reality, we know from research and the letters and


e-mails that I get that a lot of teenagers do still watch Newsround.


Over the years, has there been a gradual slide towards more


celebrity, more reality TV, more pop music and football? Has there


been a shift? The news agenda has not changed. The first Newsround of


April 1970 to lead with a story about Ospreys in Scotland. Let's


not kid ourselves that 40 years ago it was leading on the economy and


it was all hard news and now it is all pop. Newsround has already


talked about Syria, Ivory trafficking. It has had a piece


about The Voice and Britain's Got Talent and it's had some stories


about tiger cubs. But that is a very traditional mix. Tonight at


5pm they will be running on Syria. We talk to children of all ages


about Newsround and we know that they are very interested in the


serious issues going on in the world. What are the main things


that have changed since John Craven's day? Presumably the rise


of internet and social media, enormous competition for you as


programme makers? The main things that have changed are exactly that,


it is the competitive environment. A lot of grown-ups who don't still


watch children's television will be amazed to know that the UK is the


world's most competitive children's television market. There are 35


dedicated children's talents -- channels. 40 years ago there were


no PlayStations, no texting, no tweeting. As I sat down as an


eight-year-old to watch the first episode, by choices might have been


to watch that, watch something on ITV or go outside. The growth in


choice has been the most significant thing. That is why it


is remarkable that Newsround is still as important as it is. What


do you think about what you have heard? Is that a reasonable case?


Yes. But I still think there is a gap. On Newsround, it does mention


Syria. But it's a bit... It's like popular music is more important and


Syria. Which I think... I think it needs to get the same things that


the real news has. Thank you very Newsround's 40 it is not the only


anniversary around. In case you haven't noticed, and you probably


have, it is 30 years since the Falklands war and 100 years since


the Titanic set sail on its fateful voyage. News of the disaster


brought frustration and despair to the streets around the port. Day


and night, the crowds strange to read the casualty lists. Some


viewers felt that television was providing an ocean's worth of


documentaries, dramas and news There were more complaints last


weekend about this. What has happened? Cambridge have stopped!


We stopped rowing, there is a man swimming between the boats. A lone


swimmer, stop the race, narrowly avoiding injury himself. It emerged


he was protesting, apparently about elitism.


The disruption was certainly dramatic. But did BBC News give too


Tuesday morning saw the dawning of a new era for Breakfast, as it took


up residence alongside Newsround and some other programmes at the


corporation's new-ish base in Salford. The move has been


controversial. Some guests are found it quite convenient. Are you


mourning people? I am, but I only lead four minutes away from here.


Did you walk? I jog! Salford! Bill is moving to Salford. In two weeks


we will be discussing who has made the move, what impact it has had on


the programme and how it will look in its new studio. I know there is


still a red sofa, but other changes have not gone down well with some


Finally, fancy a job? The post of BBC director general was advertised


this week. Experience as a programme-maker or journalist was


described as desirable but not essential. Chairman Lord Patten


said the role will require the wisdom of Aristotle and the


striking power of Wayne Rooney. If you have an equally snappy summary


of the qualities you think the next director general needs, we would


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