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That looks like a really good movie. Now on BBC News it is time for


Welcome to Newswatch. Coming up shortly, it is almost goodbye to


one old friend, 100 more days of built up to a certain sporting


event, and 100 years since the Tanit when -- since the Titanic


went down, more criticism that the BBC went overboard on the


anniversary. Some types of complaint keep recurring, the


perceived tendency of the news channel to stay with one big story


for too long to the exclusion of all others, and the allegation of


too much graphic detail being given about crimes and natural disasters.


A third objection is that BBC News provides publicity for criminals


justifying their actions. Another charge is that of too many report


has been sent on location, sometimes interviewing one another.


On Monday, or four accusations were being levelled about the same event.


The trial of the man who killed 77 people in Norway last July was


always going to attract worldwide attention. It is likely to last 10


weeks, but by mid-morning on the first day many viewers had had


enough after the prosecution lifted -- listed the victims and how they


Andrew Taylor asked, what information and relevance to we


gain from this ceaseless barrage of death delivered monotone by a


translator? Has nothing of note happened elsewhere in the last 24


hours? Although some of the most distressing detail and testimony


was not broadcast, others subjected to the repeated use of the far


right salute seen in court and be in the wake of coverage served as a


It was a danger acknowledged in a conversation on Monday between Jon


Sopel and Oslo and one of his guests. The get the impression that


he is relishing this, that this is exactly what he wants, to be able


to stand up in court. We are giving him the microphone that he wants.


On Monday and Tuesday's lunchtime news, Jon Sopel had another


interviewee, BBC colleague Matthew Has BBC News devoted too many


resources Adalat too much airtime to the trial of Anders Breivik? --


and allowed. And joined by the control of the BBC News Channel,


and in our studio in Jersey is one of the viewers who contacted us


this week. What did you make of the coverage of this event? Why it


concerned me greatly, and it is no fault of you as the transmitters of


what is being purveyed in the court, but it is the prosecution case has


put forward in its explaining in graphic detail the entry and exit


When's of all the injuries inflicted by Anders Breivik on his


hapless victims. -- war wounds. I felt it went too far when it was


repeated time and again. Was too graphic. And was it too much in


terms of the sheer volume of coverage as well? Well, the total


coverage, I understand it is a big news case, and you have got a


present outside the court building. I would have thought it may have


been better, once we had two or three descriptions of the injuries


inflicted on the victims, it may have been better to move to the


outside presenter so that he could have finished off with a summary of


what was going on in the court house behind him. Kevin Bakhurst,


too much detail about the injuries, and necessary detail. I think Mr


Russell obviously has a point. I think the details were quite


upsetting. However, they were as laid out by the prosecution, pretty


straightforward medical details, although the story of each


individual victim is obviously incredibly sad. The difficulty was,


for us, we did consider this during the reading out of this, is to you


look like you are devaluing some of the individual victims by coming


out after three or four and sane, we have had enough of that? Each


individual story, you know, adds to the understanding of what this


killer carried out. Colin Russell, you think there is a danger that by


giving so much attention that you are actually giving this dreadful


person the oxygen of publicity? Well, I think that is a danger that


you are fuelling his desire for the oxygen that he requires to actually


put his very perverted agenda across that he feels he is acting


in his own deluded way in the best interests of his country. Another


viewer has complained to us about you taking a still image of the


right-wing summit and, as he says, turning it into an iconic image.


did not create an iconic image. He did that in court for the first two


days, and it was an image that was picked up by almost every media


organisation, because it was one of the iconic images of him in court.


The viewers and the audience are extremely well-informed,


intelligent. They can listen to the accounts of what he did, they can


see the way he behaves in court, and I have confident they can make


their own judgment about what kind of individual he is. Another dealer


has complained about BBC reporters interviewing each other. -- another


viewer. They are surprised it is still going on in straitened times.


Well, we have three reporters there, Jon Sopel, Matthew Price and Steve


Rosenberg. Jon Sopel was doing all the live coverage for the news


channel and BBC World, and by having him presenting it meant we


could do a joint service for BBC World, so that was the most


efficient way of doing it. Matthew Price was doing the packages for


the news bulletins, which means he cannot do live coverage and after


hour. We would not have been able to do the same the original events.


He has been back to Norway to talk to families who had an interest in


it, and he has an ongoing interest and understanding of the story


itself and good relationships with many of the people involved and


affected. I was keen that his understanding should be brought to


the story. Colin Russell, what have you made of the case that Kevin


Bakhurst has put, and how would you like to see the BBC cover the rest


of this trial, which is expected to last as much as 10 weeks? A Well, I


mean, I appreciate Kevin's explanation as to the coverage, but


it still goes down... I am also concerned that he is talking about


an iconic image. It is dangerous to have an iconic image of the likes


of Anders Breivik. If anything, he should be consigned to the bins of


history, because that is where he belongs. He does not need this...


It is this sort of attention, this is why he went to create his


notoriety about such a callous act. He knew that this is how the media


would react, and we are feeding that desire to achieve his aims.


Colin Russell, in our Jersey Studio, thank you very much. Also thank you


to Kevin Bakhurst. This week's of the analogue signal being turned up


in London and the surrounding areas, one of the last of the switchover.


One consequence was that those affected will no longer be able to


use Ceefax, broadcast on the analogue signal. It has allowed


viewers to see facts since 1974. It is a source of nostalgia for many,


and Kevin Wright called us with this play. Will somebody reconsider


the abolition of the Ceefax pages? I am housebound, there are


thousands and thousands of others like that, no paper deliveries in


this area, so please, please reconsider the abolition of it,


because I do rely on it so much. chance of the decision being


reversed, I am afraid, but then maybe some words of comfort written


by the editor of the BBC News It is still produced by the


editorial team which has long provided Ceefax and the BBC News


website. Whether you are still trying to get tickets to see Usain


Bolt or have booked your summer holiday to avoid the whole thing,


it can scarcely be aware that the London Olympics are looming. On


Wednesday, BBC News reported there were just 100 days to go and tell


the sporting extravaganza. Andy Smerdon is one of a number of


viewers who have written to us It is a subject I am sure we will


be returning to. Before we go, let's revisit one of last week's


topics. You may remember that several viewers felt they had been


too much coverage marking 100 years since the Titanic set sail. On


Sunday, the anniversary of the sinking, it emerged that Andrew


Marr agreed with those objections. We have had films, mini-series,


cruises, pop art magazines. We have been treating this like a national


celebration. Are we going to be doing is for fatal air crashes in


future? I may be alone in his, but I think it has been sorted and


tasteless and very dull, and I hope that after the day we hear nothing


more about this sad story except from the driest of dry historians.


Do you are not alone, Andrew. call for help this time, but the


sound of remembrance. A number of viewers contacted us on Sunday, I


objecting to what they saw as a deluge of Titanic related items.


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