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Now it is time for NewsWatch with Welcome to NewsWatch. Coming up in


a few minutes, one fewer objects to the way ITV News portrays the older


generation. It sort of suggests that people, once they are past 60


cot all they are fit for is the bowling green or bingo parlour. Why


are pensioners, over-sixties, subjected to this stereotyping


imagery? Before that, on Tuesday the chief executive of Barclays,


Bob Diamond, fell on his sword in the wake of the interbank scandal.


Some would say this is a soap opera. The BBC's business editor Robert


Peston was called on to shed light on the resignation on that night's


News at Ten but they did not seem to be much lighter round. Several


wags took to Twitter, including For some NewsWatch view was that


the problem was not one of lighting but the familiar charge of


excessive coverage. One would think the way the BBC is covering the


news that Barclays Bank was the only game in town and that Syria


and all the rest of it no longer exists. ITV News is absolutely full


of Syria and other things, of wider interest, but all the BBC thinks it


is interesting is Bob Diamond, on and on and on. Bob Diamond, Bob


Diamond, Bob Diamond. I have had the television on for a couple of


hours and I have heard nothing but Bob Diamond, Bob Diamond, and


gobbledegook about firewalls and smoke screens. Please, get the


reporters out there and give us some news, not just one item to


death. Bob Diamond may have lost a job but George Entwistle gained one


this week. He has been chosen to run Britain's biggest broadcaster.


The BBC has announced the corporation's new director general


will be George Entwistle. Is currently the head of BBC vision


but will take over from Mark Thomson in the autumn. Memo to the


News at One, it is a good idea to spend -- to spell the name of your


new boss correctly. That is and whistle without a letter H. Yes,


that is it. At that very moment that name was being announced, not


-- Mark Ronson was sitting at the new catch-up TV platform YouView


together with Lord Sugar. Where do you want to start? The idea is to


combine the channels currently available on Freeview was on demand


content from the internet. The BBC has invested �10 million with ITV,


Channels four and five, BT, Arqiva and Talk Talk chipping in, but


critics wonder if the service first announced in 2080 under the name


Project Canvas and delayed from two years ago has missed the boat.


YouView's chief executive Richard Holt enjoys been out. What is in


this for viewers? Why should they buy your box and what will they get


if they do? We think it is a fantastic product. It is an easy to


use box that gives you live television for the channel's you'd


get today and combines them with the catch at services of the


broadcasters who you have just mentioned, the BBC, ITV, Channel


Four. And on demand material from the internet if you choose? That is


right and now a TV from Sky and STV will be on the platform as well.


Say I want to see last Thursday's Newsnight, can I still it with your


new box? Yes, the great thing about YouView is it is on your main


living room TV, but it is very simple. The same guide you would


look at to find programmes tonight, you can go backwards to last


night's TV, the previous night, press OK on the programme you want


to watch and there it is, on demand. How far can you go back? Last month,


or seven days? It did -- it is up to the individual broadcasters. ITV,


30 days and the BBC has made Desert Island Discs available on the


service but that is up to the broadcast. But just a fraction


under �300, isn't this rather expensive? I think given that what


is giving you is a PBR, the ability to pause come a record and rewind,


high-definition and a great catch- up Service, it is not much more


expensive than similar products on the market today and is cheaper


than similar boxes when they launched. For a combination of


reasons the activities of the regulators and technical problems,


you are two years late from your announced launch date. Isn't that a


problem and to some extent have you missed the boat with this product?


I think our perspective on this is YouView stands in the market today


as a unique product so in that sense we feel we are setting the


pace rather than following and you are absolutely right, we have


absorbed some of the delays you have described but I think when we


put the product in front of journalists and media yesterday,


their initial reaction was this feels very different and exciting.


The BBC has invested �10 million of licence payers money in this. Is it


a good deal for licence payers? believe so. The BBC has


consistently invested in the future technology and it has got a very


good technology of backing -- it has got a good record of backing


winners, Freeview and iPlayer. As Mark Thomson said, YouView is the


certain that series. competition has increased and


although you are launching before the Olympics wouldn't it have been


better to have a bit of or running so there was momentum for the


Olympics rather than getting it into the shops just before the


flame goes down the street? Every chief executive wants to do six


faster, cheaper, better, that is a reality, but given there are 12


million people out there with Freeview who have rejected pay-


television, this is a great upgrade for them. Richard Halton, thank you.


For some more of your comments, week in which we got closer to


explaining how matter attains its mass. It is present throughout the


cosmos, through stars and our own planet Earth. Some call it the God


particle because without it the universe would not exist, yet no


one has detected the Higgs boson until maybe now. Brian Jackson


followed the reporting of this story across Wednesday and detected


Not irrelevant, I am sure. Another viewer was concerned about the


relevance, or lack of it, or the news that Tom Cruise and Katie


Holmes are getting a divorce. Tom Stickland looked to Twitter to make


Meanwhile, Terry Whitham things we have seen too much of a staple of


This week the BBC launched a season of programmes about ageing, called


When I'm 65, which, by the way, I certainly am. But as the older


generation depicted on news programmes? But not well according


John Batten took exception to Another NewsWatch fewer, Jeff


Heenan-Davies, shows these concerns. He went into our Cardiff studio to


explain why. There was a news item on BBC One on the News at Six about


pensioners and it was accompanied by footage of people playing bowls,


old geezers playing bowls, and curly perm for women playing bingo.


My feeling was this was an easy option to illustrate people of a


certain age. I think, you know, the BBC and it is not just the BBC,


could do better, be more creative. The dream of a happy retirement


without money worries seems further away than ever. The surely we can


find something to illustrate people over a certain age in a better way.


It's sort of suggests that people, once they have passed 60, all they


are fit for is the bowling green or bingo parlour. People my age and


older are doing all kinds of things, scuba-diving, hill-walking, going


to Las Vegas and playing the tables. They are not all playing crown


bowls and sitting in a corner waiting to die. Pensioners are


already under pressure from higher food and energy prices and women


feel... I feel a bit more imagination could be employed.


After all, there is a lot about not stereotyping and stigmatising


certain elements of society and quite rightly so, so why are


pensioners and people over 60 subjected to this kind of


stereotyping imagery? Thanks to Geoff for that and for all of your


comments. Next week we will be discussing the choice of panellists


and audience on BBC One's discussion programme, Question Time.


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