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You are watching BBC News. Time for news watch. This week, is BBC News


being too negative about the Welcome to the last Newswatch of


the series, and the last before you knew what. We are already Sea Inc


ticketing chaos, traffic gridlock, a security nightmare and it is


still raining. Since the start of last week, the revelation that G4S


was unable to recruit enough guards for the venues has been widely


aired. Too widely for Trevor On Monday, competitors starting


arriving from all over the world but was there too much focus on the


difficulties so experienced by an More bad news the next day, or with


the announcement that half-a- million football tickets had been


withdrawn because of poor sales. It Mark Butler summed up the mood of


To respond to those used, I am joined by senior editor on the BBC


News Channel. Simon, a mind- boggling negativity? No. It is not


our job to rubbish the Olympic Games, it is not our job to be a


cheerleader for the Games, and we don't sit around and say to one


another, let's really dig deep in the undergrowth and find something


bad to say about the Games. These are actual events. They happened.


It is arguably news. But have you got the tone and proportion wrong?


Too much attention to the exclusion of things that are working well?


is what you take away from the coverage. We have been covering the


positive side. We have been talking about the preparations, the stadia


and venues that are ready and on time and fabulous, the number of


volunteers, we had been looking ahead to the British medal hopefuls,


we have been examining why we are so good at sitting down sports,


like sailing and cycling, and the torch relay has been something that


I really think has captured the mood. But isn't there a sense that


before events happen, you are looking for stories? In June we had


a couple of fine Polish ladies complaining about exaggerated


coverage of racism at in Poland and said there would not be any trouble


in Euro 2012 and to a great extent there wasn't. In retrospect, the


coverage looked exaggerated. Is there this danger? Before the event,


or you will talk about the build up, or what goes well and what has not


gone so well. If you have a multi- million pound contract to sort


security for the Games and two weeks before, you cannot provide


the staff that is promised, and that is big news. Isn't there


inevitably going to be tension between you and your colleagues,


who want to continue showing the Olympics in future? We are one of


the major rights holders. We are the Olympic broadcaster. We have


got a fantastic amount of coverage. We have invested a lot of kit, time,


effort and people into this. The sport will be just fantastic, I am


sure. The news will cover the sport and the issues and if there are no


problems with security on day one, boy, we will report that. When all


the athletes arrived earlier in the week, yes one of your viewers


complained there was a bit about one of the coaches been lost, but


we interviewed people who said it was smooth sailing, it was easy, it


was a piece of cake. Our reporter used the phrase "security with a


smile", and as a news editor I felt that was a balanced piece of


journalism, and as a human being I thought, it is coming. I am quite


excited. After a summer break, we will be


back in September with a new look and from a new studio. We have been


broadcasting from Television Centre for eight years, during which


numerous US have had their say about BBC News in no uncertain


terms -- and numerous of viewers. A good point to have a look back.


am annoyed that many correspondents brim reports from locations that


have no relevance to the stories. What is the point of our


correspondent standing in front of a lifeless building in the middle


of the night? Another issue for me is the weather effects of reports,


especially if it is windy and draining. I recently saw a reporter


standing outside New Scotland Yard. I don't remember what she was


talking about because I was too interested in her umbrella. Whether


it would carry her off altogether. In at 2004, a few objected strongly


to the terminology used in reporting the fighting in post-war


Iraq. The only person you refer to as armed forces are allies and the


only people who are tourists are people who we are fighting against.


-- terrorists. Once you hit 50, women are invisible, nobody sees


you any more. That is something that has got to change. That really


much of the business programme of working lunch prompted this


exchange. I don't understand why the format was so changed. To see


someone making a dress and as set of wings like Blue Peter was


absolutely extraordinary and I thought it was awful. I will do


everything and admit that for the first programme, the making of the


close thing was an item that went wrong... This is revolutionary


stuff. A senior executive admitting it was not perfect. This panel has


been the subject... There was a storm over the appearance of Mick


Griffin on the British National Party on Question Time. I am not


opposed to any other party, the main parties, any of the fringe


parties. Been on Question Time. But the BNP is fundamentally difference.


His racism are acceptable if it has enough votes? -- is racism


acceptable? And that viewers had a field day in the build-up to the


royal wedding. He seems relaxed. Watch the body language and the


Kate Middleton it will need to tread softly when making her


designer choices. The British fashion industry have spread their


dreams under her feet. Last year, the BBC News website picked up a


story from the Israeli press that a stray dog had been condemned to


death by a Jewish rabbinical court, a story that turned out to be


inaccurate. It is very disappointed to think that the BBC has herd


mentality where if they know somebody else has published


something, they will publish it, and it is disappointing that when


it is such an unusual story, you would not spend five minutes of


fact-checking it because within five minutes, you would quickly


find up this story was fabricated and unsubstantiated. It is an


American pop star, not a latter-day Messiah. I thought we were going to


have a Diana moment. You were making him out to be somebody


absolutely and totally remarkable, as if it was a national event. It


was not a national event. How will you cover a national event?


moves of Breakfast is Salford came under attack. I think it was a bad


mistake. London is a world centre, not just an English and UK Centre,


and a programme like Breakfast should be located in London. Long


term I think it will affect the quality of the programme.


accusation that there is too much sport and especially football on


the news has been poured over over the years. It is inescapable. It is


on radio, television, everywhere you look. Do we have to have


pundits discussing the flexibility and temperament of the ball?


gather the England goalkeeper made a pig's ear of a Save earlier in


the week and I am sure he doesn't want to be reminded of it any more


Thanks to all of those who have contributed to the programme and we


hope you will continue to do so, but after eight years, this is my


last show. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to hear your views


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