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Welcome to news watch. 100 days of build up to a certain sporting


event and 100 years since the Titanic went down. Criticism that


BBC went overboard on the anniversary. Complaints are now


back, a news channel sticking with a big story for too long, and too


much graphic detail been given about crimes and the natural


disasters. And another another charge that the BBC provides a


place for criminals to justify their actions. We got all four


accusations on Monday about the same event. The trial of the man


who killed 77 people last July was always going to attract worldwide


attention. But by mid-morning on the first day, many people had had


enough. A woman who died instantly, a 30-year-old who died instantly.


What information of relevance to be gained from this ceaseless barrage


of death delivered monotone by a translator. Has nothing of note


happened in the last 24 hours. Although some of the distressing


detail on his testimony was not broadcast, I was subjected to


repeated use of the far-right salute and the coverage served as a


propaganda machine for the kill. It was impossible to escape the face


It was acknowledged in the conversation, that you get the


impression he is relishing this. He is thinking, this is exactly what I


want. We are giving him the microphone that he wants. On the


lunchtime news, he had another interviewee. His colleague Matthew


price. Lynne Francis wondered, cannot he not introduce information


Two discussed the trial I am joined by the control of the BBC News


channel. Colin Russell what did you make of the coverage of the event,


you contacted us by the mouth. Aynho it is no fault of you as the


transmitter of what has been pervading the court, it is the


prosecution case has put forward and it is explaining in graphic


detail the entry and exit wounds inflicted by the killer on his


victims. I felt it went too far. It was repeated time and again. Each


victim was named and they went through the same procedure. I


thought the coverage was too graphic. It was too much in terms


of the volume of coverage. I understand this is a big news item.


You have a present outside the court building. I would have


thought it may have been better, once we have had to will three


descriptions of the injuries on the victims, may have been better,


better production to move to the outside presenter so he could have


finished off with a summary of what was going on in the courthouse. Too


much graphic detail about the injuries, necessary detail? I think


Mr Russell has a point. The details were upsetting. They were is laid


out by the prosecution as pretty straightforward medical details.


The story of each victim was a very sad. The difficulty was, for us, we


did consider this during the reading out of this, his comedy you


look like you are devaluing some of the victims by coming out and


saying we have had enough of that. Because each individual story and


face we have to understand what he carried out. Do you think there is


a danger that by giving so much attention that you are giving this


fairly dreadful person the oxygen of publicity? I think that is a


danger. You are fuelling his desire for the oxygen he requires to put


his perverted agenda across. He feels he is acting in a deluded way


and the best countries of his countrymen. Another viewer has


complained to us about you taking a still image of the right-wing


salute. Turning it into an iconic image. We did not create the iconic


image. The killer did it in court for the first two days. It was


picked up by every media organisation because it was one of


the iconic images of the day. The viewers in the audience are


extremely well informed and intelligent. They can listen to the


accounts of what he did and see the way you behaved in court. We have


confidence they can make their own judgments. Another viewer has


complained about the BBC reporters interviewing each other. They are


surprised this goes on. In such financial times for BBC news.


had three reporters there. He was wondering all the live coverage. By


having him there, presenting our coverage meant we could to a joint


service for BBC World. Matthew Price was turn the television news


packages. That means he cannot do live coverage. We would not have


been able to do the same coverage. John socle a cover the original


events. He has been back to Norway to talk to families and groups who


have an interest in it. He has an ongoing interest and understanding


in the story. I was keen that his understanding should be bought on


that story. What have you made of the case Kevin Black Hirst has put


in how would you like the BBC liked to cover the rest of this trial


which could last ten weeks? appreciate Kevin's explanation as


to the coverage. I am concerned as well as his mention -- of him


covering the iconic image of the killer. He should be consigned to


the bins of history. He does not need, it is the sort of attention,


that is why he went to create his notoriety about such a callous act.


He knew this was how the media would react. We are feeding that


desire to achieve his aims. Thank you. This week saw the analogue


signal being turned off in London and the surrounding areas. One of


the last in a series of switch-over is across the country. One


consequence is that that viewers will no longer be able to source of


information. It is a source of nostalgia for many. It is called


Ceefax. Have you wrote to us with this belief. Can somebody


reconsider the abolition of Ceefax. I am housebound. There are


thousands of people like me. No paper deliveries in this area.


Please reconsider the abolition of this because I rely on it so much.


No chance of the decision being reversed. But there may be some


words of comfort from a block written by the editor of the BBC


News website. He says although we will not be saying goodbye to


Ceefax until later in the year, I wanted to send a note of


reassurance. You can get a digital technical service providing this


news. Are you trying to get tickets to see Usain Bolt, you cannot be


unaware the Olympics are looming. On Wednesday, BBC news reported


their 100 days to go until the extravaganza. This is one of a


number of viewers who has written to us along these lines. For those


of us without any interest in the event, can we expect any break from


the torrent of propaganda from east London. We will be returning to


this subject. It asked Weavers at one of last week's topics. Several


viewers felt there was too much coverage marking 100 years since


the Titanic went down. On Sunday, the anniversary of the sinking, it


emerged that Andrew Marr agreed with the objections. We have had it


cruises everything, will we be doing this for fatally crashes


during the future? I think it has been sordid and tasteless and dull.


Have after today we hear nothing about this story except from the


driest of dry historians. No, you are not alone. Not a call for help


this time, but the sound of remembrance. A number of the has


contacted us on Sunday objecting to what they saw as a flood of Titanic


related items. This woman e-mailed, no more about the Titanic. I am


sickened about the way the event has been transformed into a media


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