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


the events it describes. Allegations of political bias made


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


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


football. Manchester City snatching the Premiership title from their


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


rather than overriding things like potential collapse of the euro?


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


our place in the general scheme. thans


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


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


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


comments range from it too much distracting moving images,


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


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


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


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


change change sets, they would be to


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


Thank you. One source of information about


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


Apology for the loss of subtitles for 42 seconds


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Apology for the loss of subtitles for 42 seconds


isolated ones. Several viewers Our research suggests that


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


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


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


as delivering quality first. Following a public consultation,


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


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


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


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


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


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