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There will be more from us at 9pm. Right now it is time for news watch.
This week, he asks what was Fiona Welcome to news watch. Later and
the programme... The leader of the party...
BBC journalists forget the name of the Labour leader.
And the importance of staying on the ball at all times.
First, the appearance of newsreaders in locations far from
their normal studio. Last Friday saw Fiona Bruce then Athens.
The world is watching as Greece prepares to vote in her election.
Other BBC correspondents were also on the spot covering Greece's
election. This led some viewers to question the point of Fiona Bruce's
point of being there. This is what Joining the now from a Coventry
City at -- studio are to guests. Bill, did you on a's presence at
you connect with the story? No, I am afraid she did not. I got the
impression that she was being shipped to end as some eye candy
for the majority of the viewing public. I believe that the
reporters that you had based their had agreed to a depth of knowledge
of the situation, which was of course very important to all of us.
Brenda, what did you make of it? agree absolutely. I think Fiona
distracted me from concentrating on that the programme, as why was she
there? And she was spending time worrying about that! Yes! We have
had these people out there for quite some times. They have been
reporting, we have been understanding everything, and all
the sudden Fiona Bruce pops up. Was she on holiday? What she getting
her jollities? No, I do not think that was necessary. Bell, as a
licence payer what you think of the cost. It is not a huge cost but
inevitably it is extra cost. would like to see perhaps the BBC
give us some indication of the actual costs of doing this. I am
not for it -- not sure how much sprays travel out there but I am
expecting it was not steerage class. I guessed she did not have a night
in a budget hotel. It was probably a better establishment in Athens. I
cannot see that the cost of that added one iota to the presentation
of the programme. I have seen this so many times in the past. I
thought it had been avoided and that the BBC were not going to
continue to do this so much. But it seems to be very prevalent at the
moment. To be fair, she did to do a story which I saw myself with the
family of a taxi driver, a human story about what life is like for
Greek citizens at the moment. Perhaps she added a bit more than
just standing in front of the news. Not really. You shale a programme
that says that when a story is breaking that you have people on
the ground. -- trail a programme. So why do you have to ship people
in? These people on the ground and have more -- more knowledge. I
think it is a waste of money. you find a brief message to the BBC
editors? I believe that they should take their a deep consideration of
these sorts of views and avoid sending these... These sort of
prestige, highly paid news readers who would be well better spent
stopping at home and reading the news. Thank you very much.
There have been plenty of health stories around this week, including
Apology for the loss of subtitles for 52 seconds
one on the news of website are Another health story this week
brought a more favourable reaction. If what you think is the critical
problem in the way that the NHS treats people with mental illness?
I think it is reflected in The BBC launched its very own
college of journalism seven years ago, designed to train its own
staff and also journalists and made a -- media students elsewhere. On
Tuesday any lodged its website. -- its relaunched its website. With me
is the editor of the website. Why are you relaunching it and what are
you trying to achieve? The existing website had been sitting on some
quite old technology and the design and feel and look and tone of the
website was quite old fashioned. The content and credibility and
authority of that material was terrific, but we needed to move it
on to rig platform that was stable and it -- and robust and bring it
into that BBC design field, so it looks like the BBC website. Can you
trained journalists on line? Isn't there a danger that they go through
it in a mechanical way? The website is about informal learning. What we
know is that a lot of journalists learnt by chatting to their friends
in the newsroom. Asking questions. What we're trying to do with the
whips the -- website is replicate that the will and say, here is some
useful information, have a look at it at home perhaps and you can find
out how it the best of the BBC do their job. But should the BBC
licence fee be paying for not just the training of BBC journalists but
media students and to journalists on commission? The BBC has a remit
to train and share its training across the whole of the industry.
This is exactly what we're trying to do. How much does all this cost?
The Academy has a training budget of about �27 million. That covers
every bit of training that the BBC does, from health and safety to
broadcast engineering, technology, production, journalism... It is a
huge responsibility. It seems like a lot of money. Are you good value?
I think we are incredible value for what we do within the BBC and I
think the BBC has an important role and we recognise that in
maintaining certain standards across the whole of the industry.
The website itself, outside of the UK, is behind as clubs -- behind a
subscription will, so in other countries they are paying to access
this material. Members of the audience in the UK who would like
to see the sort of issues and values that art hopefully being
given it to journalists can look in. Absolutely. I think that is what is
fantastic. People can see how the best BBC journalists do their jobs.
Insights from Jeremy Paxman, John Humphrys, some of our leading
producers. These guys are offering their skills and expertise on this
website. Thank you very much. Before we go, despite all the
training, BBC journalists have do sometimes get it wrong. Twice
before, viewers have spotted the Labour leader being named on air as
Des Burke -- David Miliband. This week it happened again. The leader
of that Labour Party David Miliband has made an outspoken attack on
David Cameron, calling him a tainted Prime Minister. Brian Duffy
Perhaps the presenters of breakfast also need a reminder. Here is
Susanna read. He recorded his are bomb at the famous Abbey Road
studios here end... Ought not here Finally, one golden rule of
broadcasting, look like you are interested. A joint investigation