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21/07/2012

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This is the last Newswatch of the series and the last before you know

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what. Just a week to go and we are already seen traffic gridlock, a

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security nightmare and it is still raining.

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Since the start of last week the revelation that G4S has been unable

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to meet the demand for security has BBC reaction on the whole is, let's

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ignore all that and not inflate the problems of one dodgy security

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contract. For on Monday, as competitors

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started arriving from all over the world. The an American athlete

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spent four hours on a coach and got lost on the way to London. The next

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day there was more bad news with the announcement that more than

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half the football tickets had been respond to those views I am joined

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by the senior editor of the BBC News Channel. Mind-boggling

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negativity, is that what you see it as. In a word, No. It is not our

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job to rubbish the Games. It is not our job to be a cheerleader for the

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Games. We do not sit around and say to one another, let's dig really

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deep. These are actual events. If they happened. It is arguably news.

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But how to get the tone and proportion right? It is what you

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take away from the massive coverage. We have been covering the positive

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side. We have been talking about the preparations that have been

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going well. Of the stadiums and the venues are ready and fabulous. We

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have been looking ahead to the British medal hopefuls. We have

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been talking to the volunteers. We have been examining why we are so

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good at sitting down sports. And the torch relay is something that

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has captured a mood. Is there is sense that before events actually

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happen you are looking for stories? In June we had some Polish ladies

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complaining about exaggerated coverage of racism in Poland. To a

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great extent there was not any problem with racism in the event.

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Is the same thing happening now? Before an event takes place you are

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going to talk about what goes well and what goes not well. Going back

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to the Olympics if you have a contract to serve security for the

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Games and two Pixar to say you cannot supply the staff promised,

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that is not just news, but big news. How do you balance Olympic

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coverage? We are the Olympic broadcaster. We have a fantastic

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amount of coverage. We have invested a lot into the stuff that

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will be on television. The sport is going to be just fantastic. The

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news will cover the sport and also the issues. If there are no

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problems with security on day one and then we will report that. When

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

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complained that one of the coaches got lost. But apparently it was

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smooth sailing. It was pretty easy. It was a piece of cake. Our support

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to -- report to use security with a smile. I thought that was a

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balanced piece of journalism. you very much indeed. The next

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Newswatch will appear in September. It will be from a new studio in

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central London. We have been broadcasting here for eight years.

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Numerous viewers have had heavier say about BBC News. A good

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opportunity to look back on some of the points we have been making on

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the programme. I am reporting from Croydon. A lot

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of BBC correspondents bring us from locations that have little

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relevance to the situation. Another issue for me is whether effect some

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reports. I recently saw a reporter standing near Scotland Yard. I

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don't remember what she was talking about because I was too interested

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in whether her umbrella would turn inside out.

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Back in 2004, when you were objected strongly to report some

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fighting in a post-war Iraq. The only people you talk about are

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the terrorists and people fighting them. It is not what I expect from

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the BBC. I thought it was an opportunity for

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the BBC to have a shake-up. Once you hit 50 or thereabouts you

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are invisible. That is something that has to change.

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The relaunch of a business programme prompted this exchange.

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The format was so completely changed. To see someone making a

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dress was absolutely extraordinarily. I thought the

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programme was awful. I am going to admit that for the first programme

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the making of close thing was an item that went wrong. -- clothes.

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BBC senior executive admitting that something was wrong! This panel has

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been an issue. Welcome to Question Time. I am not

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opposed to any other parties. They should be unquestioned time. But

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the BNP is fundamentally different. His racism acceptable? If it has

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enough votes to have to get that question.

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Newswatch had a field day with the royal wedding. He seems proud and

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relaxed. Watch the body language and looks and gestures between them.

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Kate Middleton will need to tread softly when making her designer

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choices. The British fashion industry has spread their dreams

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under her feet. Last year the website pick up a story from the

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Israeli press that a stray dog had been condemned to death by a Jewish

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rabbinical court. The story turned out to be inaccurate. It is

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disappointing to think the BBC has a herd mentality. Just because

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somebody else publishes it, they publish it. It is disappointing to

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think that when it is an unusual sounding story that you would not

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spend five minutes fact-checking it. Within five minutes you would find

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out that it was totally made up. Fabricated, unsubstantiated. It is

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an American pop star, not some latter-day Messiah. I thought to we

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had a day and a moment. It was as if it was a national event. It was

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not. How on earth will you cover a national event? I think it was a

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bad mistake. I think London is a world centre, not just an English

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or UK centre. Breakfast should be located in London. Long-term it

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will affect the quality of the programme.

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The accusation debt is too much sport and especially football on

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the news has been common over the years. Here is one dealer at the

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time of the last World Cup. Here it is inescapable. It is everywhere

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you look. Do we have to have pundits discussing the flexibility

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or temperament of the ball? The England goalkeeper made a bit of a

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pig's ear of a safe earlier in the week. He does not want to be

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reminded of it. Thank you to all of those who have contributed to the

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programme. We hope you will continue to do so. This is my last

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chair. Newswatch will get a new presenter. It has been a privilege

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and a pleasure to hear your views. Please carry on sharing your

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