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26/05/2012

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Welcome to news watch. So many people have turned out here at

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Land's end, many people really proud that Cornwall should be the

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place that the torch starts this relay, they have loved it here. Not

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everybody loves watching the progress of the Olympic torch

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around the UK. All the rest of the build-up to the Games. Soon will --

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we will do Beijing, whether the BBC News should be the cheerleader for

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London 2012. -- BBC. Safely delivered from Greece to Cornwall,

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the flame that the cauldron with the assistance of David Beckham.

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The following morning, the moment many but not everyone had been

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waiting for. The start of the 70- day journey dominated that day's

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breakfast, eliciting this response from these two viewers. The only

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story of the day was the Olympic torch relay. What incredibly

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leafier coverage was delivered by That was very much a minority view.

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Most other news items and programmes such as news watch fell

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by the wayside in favour of this first leg of the torch relay. Mike

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Hughes e-mailed : Linda Hughes was Despite those views, and you will

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see plenty more of the torture and hear plenty more about the Olympics.

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How much should any sports event even one as big as this displace

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the normal news agenda? Is BBC News effectively acting as a propaganda

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machine for the Olympics? To give me their views on that, I am joined

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by the head of the BBC new rooms - by the head of the BBC new rooms -

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a news room and two viewers. What do you make of the Olympic coverage

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and the build-up to the Olympic Games as the BBC is telling it?

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would like a more balanced view. A non- excepting view of everything

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that the committees and Sebastian Coe says as fact. I would like to

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know from Mary, can she guarantee, at some point in the month or so

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during the Olympics, I would like some haven of sanity, where there

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is millions of us who do not like sport, do not appreciate the

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Olympics coming to our fair cities, to retire to and have some sanity.

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I am worried and have been since January 1st, when we started

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getting the propaganda rammed down our throat by the BBC and other

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outlets, there is going to be no haven for us people who despise and

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detest the obscene amount of money the Olympics makes. Before we go to

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Mary, I would like to go to our other viewer. You are not so anti-

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the Olympics, what is your concern about BBC coverage? Principally, it

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is the balance between the Olympic coverage and the news. On Saturday,

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for example, the Breakfast Programme was the Olympic torch and

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nothing else except for a brief mention of the military parade in

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winds are. I got so fed up watching that, not knowing what is going on

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to the world, I swapped over to Sky news. The BBC is the host

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broadcaster of the Olympics and see it as their job to promote it,

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which hit is not. Plenty beer from our viewers. Propaganda, too much,

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be collecting proper news stories? The decision for breakfast on

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Saturday morning was to recognise that in terms of world events, the

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torture and the beginning of its journey was the live event of the

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morning, with amazing pictures. And the was an amazing turn out by the

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public. That is one thing I would like to focus on. You may be

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worried that we are promoting something because of the Olympics

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Committee, we are responding to what has emerged as a big news

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event where they have big palpitation by the British public.

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One of our viewers is claiming that this is propaganda? We do you like

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

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summer. He raised an important point about the range of coverage

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

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the Channel and the bulletins around issues of the ticketing

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process, the cost, reappeared the issue of a Ukrainian Olympics

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official being accused of ticket touting, we have looked at the

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transport issues, the security issues, the possible destruction,

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we will continue to look at those aspects. Has Mary gone any way to

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convince you, and the? After a fashion. But you should stick to

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news items. People can go and watch other sports channels. For us, who

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do not like the Olympics or any form of sport, keep the news to the

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news and keeps bought to its sections within the news spots.

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What is your response, Andrew Taylor? It was a important to show

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the departure of the torch from Land's end, but there was enough.

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We did not have to have a presenter on the ground for an hour talking

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about something that had already happened. The club level the same

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criticism at the previous night, when a reporter was waiting for a

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British Airways Airbus. As far as the Olympics are concerned, it is

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important, it is a national event, but I think it comes to the fore at

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the opening ceremony. Moving on, to the news coverage around the time

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of the Olympics. Can you assure viewers that they will be half an

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hour of news at one o'clock, six o'clock and ten o'clock and the

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programmes like Newsnight will not disappear? I can assure you that

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news will be a big part of the BBC's offered through the Olympics.

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BBC One becomes an Olympics and a news channel. Most days, the news

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will be at the time so you normally get it. One or two days, it will be

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a different fires because of sporting events. Everybody will

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know and see when the news will be. You point about a haven, I can

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reassure you, up to a point. I'm not able to Tully that the news

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will be an Olympics resign. They would not be the right thing to do

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from a news point of view. If you want to complete haven you will

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have to not read a paper, not to look at the television. Power, -- I

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can assure you you will get a good dose of other news and there will

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be plenty of scope for none Olympics programming across the

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portfolio of BBC channels at the time. Thank you. And thanks to our

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viewers. Let us look as some of the other issues that have been

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concerning news Watch fears this weekend. The priority given to the

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deaths of pop stars and others in the entertainment business is often

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controversial. So it proved last Sunday, with the news that Robin

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give from the BG's had died. This is our view. I was appalled that a

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pop star was all over the news. That this was the main news of the

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BBC. He plenty of reporting on the eurozone wallows. The tone of the

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coverage ING has been bothering this viewer. He said he was

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appalled by the sensationalist has been you put on the Greek euro

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Eight trend that has been annoying Here is another viewer : Neil

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