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Welcome to Newswatch. Coming up: De website story that appeared before

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the events it describes. Allegations of political bias made

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by London's mayor. Are we obsessed with murder?

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Be for that, the most thrilling Day in the history of English club

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football. Manchester City snatching the Premiership title from their

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local rivals. More importantly, the Queen's car come -- Queen's Park

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don't know what I'm talking about, More complaints followed on Monday

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when the victory parade was shown that life on the news channel for

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At least with the Premiership over, we will be football free until the

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end of summer. We? Know it. Over the rest of this week, BBC News has

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been sacking the manager of -- following the sacking of Liverpool

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manager. It looks like there will be plenty more soccer to come in

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the next few weeks. So why all of this football on the news? I am

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joined by Richard Burgess, the head of sports news at the BBC. I

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confess I was actually at the game on Sunday. For those of us there,

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it was a very exciting occasion. But what do you say to the millions

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of viewers who either hate football have no interest? We understand

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that not all of the audience are sports fans. But I think this was

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certainly an event in football that almost transcended sport. For a

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number of reasons. The dramatic last-minute nature of the win. He

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was against their nearest rivals. They had not won the title in 44

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years. And they are owned by wealthy bonus. It was a combination

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of factors which made it a very good story. One that would appeal

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to none sports events. A number of US say that we don't object to the

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coverage of such events in the news bulletins, but that you only did it,

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in a series age, it should not lead the news. I think we still continue

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to cover those very serious issues. But sport is an important part of

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the fabric of our society. The millions of people spend money on

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argue that the scenes you saw on Monday, the celebration scenes,

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were great to see. People were so happy. News should not just be

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about bad news. It also has to be about reflecting on the joy of

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people. But was the news channel right to show more than two hours

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life on Monday evening of those victory celebrations? I think it

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was a big live event. Certainly the audience figures reflect that

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audiences of the Channel enjoy watching big life events. You saw

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the newspapers the following day. We don't judge ourselves by them,

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but there were pictures all over the front pages of that Parade.

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don't you think sport should stay in the sports section of the news

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rather than overriding things like potential collapse of the euro?

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think it does. I work in sport and we understand that we have to know

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our place in the general scheme. thans

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than sport often. But it is something that excites the nation.

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A large part of the nation enjoying it, a passionate about it. It's

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number of complaints on a slightly different topic, the new set. The

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comments range from it too much distracting moving images,

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reflections on the table of the presenters, some people find it too

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dark. Have you got the setting right yet always there a need to

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tweak it? We are very pleased with the new said. It is quite modern.

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And we have had a lot of quite positive feedback. We take on board

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change change sets, they would be to

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everybody's taste. We understand that and we listen to the feedback.

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Thank you. One source of information about

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Manchester City's parade was the BBC News website. But it may have

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 42 seconds

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been a bit too eager to get the We are told that a version of the

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story had been prepared to run at 6pm and was inadvertently made life.

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Also provoking reaction among viewers was a run of stories on a

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Breakfast. Police arrest a second person on suspicion of murder after

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a house fire kills five children. Jennifer had son has fend

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prosecutors after her former brother-in-law was convicted of

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killing three people in her family. John Baxter rang us with these

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thoughts. I have been watching this morning's news. The two leading

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items are long stories about murder. And then we have a Sirte story

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about a murder. Why on earth is the BBC spending so much time on

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murder? The most high-profile complaint about the news this week

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came from the recently re-elected mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

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During the mayoral campaign, he wrote, he sometimes felt his chief

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opponent was the local BBC News. He described the prevailing view in

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the newsrooms as corporate us, defeatist, NT business, Euro-phile,

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and biased to the left. Corporations -- he added that we

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need a Tory end no mucking about. Typically colourful views, and not

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 42 seconds

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isolated ones. Several viewers Our research suggests that

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audiences continue to trust our journalism. Whatever the outcome, a

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commitment to impartiality poor remain. On Wednesday, the BBC Trust

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announced its inclusions on plans to save money. The strategy known

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as delivering quality first. Following a public consultation,

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some planned cuts such as those to local radio, have been scaled back.

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But some news summaries are to disappear. That will be no great

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Finally, most parts of the UK have seemed more rain this week. That

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may bring a groom for many of us but maybe it shouldn't.

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headline for today is drier and brighter. That will be welcome

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