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Royal Bank of Scotland, all down. Now it is in for news what with the


Raymond Snoddy, and this week coverage of the Olympics build up


Welcome. On this week's programme... So many people have turned out here


at Land's End. Many people really proud that Cornwall should be the


place the talk starts. And they have loved it here, haven't you?


Not everyone loves watching the progress of the Olympic torch


around the UK. In a moment, we will be debating with the BBC News is or


should be a cheerleader for London 2012. First, a look back at the


arrival of some precious cargo. Safely delivered from Greece to


Cornwall, the flame at the cauldron last Friday with the assistance of


David Beckham. The following morning, the moment many but not


everyone had been waiting for. health the flame. The start of the


70 day journey dominated that day's breakfast, eliciting this response.


That, though, was the minority. Everything fell by the wayside in


favour of this torch relay on Saturday morning. Mike Hughes e-


Linda Hughes was equally Despite those views, it is safe to


assume the BBC has plenty more of that torch. We will hear plenty


more about that taught and the ceremony before the opening of the


Olympics. How much should any sporting event to displace the


normal news agenda? And his BBC News effectively acting as a


propaganda machine for the Olympics? To give me their views on


that, I am joined by head of the BBC newsroom and by two viewers.


First novel, Andy, what do you make of the Olympic coverage? -- first


of all. I would like a more balanced view, and in not accepting


view of everything the committee is and Seb Coe says as fact. I would


also like to know from Mary that can she guarantee that at some


point in the month during the Olympics and Paralympics, I would


like some haven of sanity where those millions of us that do not


like sport, who do not appreciate the Olympics coming to our cities


to retire to and actually have some sanity in the world? I am worried


and concerned and have been since January since we got the propaganda


rammed down our throats that there is going to be no haven for us, for


millions of us, who despise and absolutely do step -- that has the


obscene amount of money spent on it. I would like to go to Andrew. I


understand you are not so anti- Olympics per say, what is your


concern about BBC coverage? It is the balance between the Olympic


coverage, or the imbalance between the Olympic coverage and the news,


like on Saturday morning. They covered the breakfast programme


with the Olympic torch and very little else apart from some brief


mention of the military parade in winds. I got so fed up watching


that not knowing what was going on in the world, I swapped over to Sky


News and it was almost the BBC is the broadcast of the Olympics so


they see it as their job to promote it, which it clearly isn't. Plenty


there for Mary. Propaganda, too much, neglecting proper news


stories... The decision for breakfast on Saturday morning was


to recognise that in terms of live events, the torch and the beginning


of its journey was the live event of the morning with amazing


pictures and, crucially, an amazing turnout by the public. One of the


things I would like to focus on his you may be worried what we are


somehow promoting something because of the Olympics Committee or


whatever. We are responding to what has emerged as a big news event


with a really big participation by the British public. What about you


are providing propaganda and the BBC is setting about its proper


sense of scepticism? Whether you like it or not, and I accept you do


not like it, this is a big news event happening in Britain this


summer. You raise an important point about the range of coverage


and voices and the proper scepticism. We have done a lot of


reporting both on the Channel and on the bulletins around issues like


the cost and ticketing process. We have had an issue about the


Ukrainian Olympics official about ticket touting. We have looked up


security, transport, the possible destruction. We will continue to


air and look at those aspects. Let's get some reaction. Has Mary


convinced you? After -- I suppose, but you should stick to news. The


people want to watch sport, they can go and what other sports


channels available. For us to do not like the Olympics or any form


of sport, please keep the news to the news and keep sport to its


sections within the new spot. Andrew Taylor, what do you make of


Mary's answer? Why asked it was important to show the departure of


the torch from Land's End, that was probably enough. We didn't need a


present on the ground for an hour more talking about something that


had happened already. You could level the same argument at the


presenter at the airport the night before waiting for the plane to


touch down. But it is important, it is a national event. But that


national event comes to four at the opening ceremony. I would like to


move on to the news coverage around the time of the Olympics itself.


Can you assure viewers there will be half an hour of News at One


o'clock, 6 o'clock and 10 o'clock, and that programmes like Newsnight


will not disappear? I can absolutely assure you that news


will be a big part of the BBC's offer through the Olympics. BBC One


becomes, essentially, an Olympics and news channel, and most days the


news will be at the times you normally get it. There will be some


days it will be at different times because of a particular sporting


event, but everyone will know when the news will be. To your point


about a haven, I can reassure you up to a point, I think. I'm afraid


I am not able to tell you the news will be an Olympics reserve and,


because that would not be the right thing to do for a news point of


view. If you want an utter haven, you will not have to read a paper,


not put the radio on and not look at the television. I can assure you,


you will get a good dose of other news as well as Olympics news, and


they will be plenty of scope for mum Olympics programming -- thorn


on Olympics programming. Thank you took all of you.


-- thank you to all of you. Let's have some of the other issues.


The priority given to the deaths of pop stars and others and the


entertainment business is often controversial and so with the news


that Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees had died. These were the thoughts of


Patricia Latham. Absolutely appalled this morning.


In view of everything that is going on this morning. Somebody, a Bee


Gees had died at 61. A pop star. Most of us are appalled. This is


the main news the BBC is showing? . The reporting it be on the


ongoing saga of the eurozone's woes. The tone of that coverage has been


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