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This is the last Newswatch of the series and the last before you know
what. Just a week to go and we are already seen traffic gridlock, a
security nightmare and it is still raining.
Since the start of last week the revelation that G4S has been unable
to meet the demand for security has BBC reaction on the whole is, let's
ignore all that and not inflate the problems of one dodgy security
contract. For on Monday, as competitors
started arriving from all over the world. The an American athlete
spent four hours on a coach and got lost on the way to London. The next
day there was more bad news with the announcement that more than
half the football tickets had been respond to those views I am joined
by the senior editor of the BBC News Channel. Mind-boggling
negativity, is that what you see it as. In a word, No. It is not our
job to rubbish the Games. It is not our job to be a cheerleader for the
Games. We do not sit around and say to one another, let's dig really
deep. These are actual events. If they happened. It is arguably news.
But how to get the tone and proportion right? It is what you
take away from the massive coverage. We have been covering the positive
side. We have been talking about the preparations that have been
going well. Of the stadiums and the venues are ready and fabulous. We
have been looking ahead to the British medal hopefuls. We have
been talking to the volunteers. We have been examining why we are so
good at sitting down sports. And the torch relay is something that
has captured a mood. Is there is sense that before events actually
happen you are looking for stories? In June we had some Polish ladies
complaining about exaggerated coverage of racism in Poland. To a
great extent there was not any problem with racism in the event.
Is the same thing happening now? Before an event takes place you are
going to talk about what goes well and what goes not well. Going back
to the Olympics if you have a contract to serve security for the
Games and two Pixar to say you cannot supply the staff promised,
that is not just news, but big news. How do you balance Olympic
coverage? We are the Olympic broadcaster. We have a fantastic
amount of coverage. We have invested a lot into the stuff that
will be on television. The sport is going to be just fantastic. The
news will cover the sport and also the issues. If there are no
problems with security on day one and then we will report that. When
all the athletes arrived earlier in the week, yes, one of the viewers
complained that one of the coaches got lost. But apparently it was
smooth sailing. It was pretty easy. It was a piece of cake. Our support
to -- report to use security with a smile. I thought that was a
balanced piece of journalism. you very much indeed. The next
Newswatch will appear in September. It will be from a new studio in
central London. We have been broadcasting here for eight years.
Numerous viewers have had heavier say about BBC News. A good
opportunity to look back on some of the points we have been making on
the programme. I am reporting from Croydon. A lot
of BBC correspondents bring us from locations that have little
relevance to the situation. Another issue for me is whether effect some
reports. I recently saw a reporter standing near Scotland Yard. I
don't remember what she was talking about because I was too interested
in whether her umbrella would turn inside out.
Back in 2004, when you were objected strongly to report some
fighting in a post-war Iraq. The only people you talk about are
the terrorists and people fighting them. It is not what I expect from
the BBC. I thought it was an opportunity for
the BBC to have a shake-up. Once you hit 50 or thereabouts you
are invisible. That is something that has to change.
The relaunch of a business programme prompted this exchange.
The format was so completely changed. To see someone making a
dress was absolutely extraordinarily. I thought the
programme was awful. I am going to admit that for the first programme
the making of close thing was an item that went wrong. -- clothes.
BBC senior executive admitting that something was wrong! This panel has
been an issue. Welcome to Question Time. I am not
opposed to any other parties. They should be unquestioned time. But
the BNP is fundamentally different. His racism acceptable? If it has
enough votes to have to get that question.
Newswatch had a field day with the royal wedding. He seems proud and
relaxed. Watch the body language and looks and gestures between them.
Kate Middleton will need to tread softly when making her designer
choices. The British fashion industry has spread their dreams
under her feet. Last year the website pick up a story from the
Israeli press that a stray dog had been condemned to death by a Jewish
rabbinical court. The story turned out to be inaccurate. It is
disappointing to think the BBC has a herd mentality. Just because
somebody else publishes it, they publish it. It is disappointing to
think that when it is an unusual sounding story that you would not
spend five minutes fact-checking it. Within five minutes you would find
out that it was totally made up. Fabricated, unsubstantiated. It is
an American pop star, not some latter-day Messiah. I thought to we
had a day and a moment. It was as if it was a national event. It was
not. How on earth will you cover a national event? I think it was a
bad mistake. I think London is a world centre, not just an English
or UK centre. Breakfast should be located in London. Long-term it
will affect the quality of the programme.
The accusation debt is too much sport and especially football on
the news has been common over the years. Here is one dealer at the
time of the last World Cup. Here it is inescapable. It is everywhere
you look. Do we have to have pundits discussing the flexibility
or temperament of the ball? The England goalkeeper made a bit of a
pig's ear of a safe earlier in the week. He does not want to be
reminded of it. Thank you to all of those who have contributed to the
programme. We hope you will continue to do so. This is my last
chair. Newswatch will get a new presenter. It has been a privilege
and a pleasure to hear your views. Please carry on sharing your