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Welcome to Newswatch. There was then election across the pond, and

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many have you thought we saw too much of it. Which one is the break?

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What could go wrong? Things did go wrong. Do steering a bus and been

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live on camera go well together? A common criticism of the American

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system is that President can spend half of their term campaigning for

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re-election. Similar criticism has been made of BBC News. On Tuesday

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nights, but finally -- the moment finally came. An election for our

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times, sealed with a tweet. BBC presenters and correspondents were

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sent out in force to Washington and across the United States to

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supplement US-based staff. It may comprehensive coverage too much for

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There were objections to be tone of the reporting, with one particular

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viewer noticing one particular phrase. It has been too close to

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call. It is too close to call. turned out to be not that close

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There is much to discuss and to do so I am joined by two of our view

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was. Jane Robinson and Karen McManus. Also here is the BBC's

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World news editor. Can you sum up your concern about this excess of

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BBC coverage of the US presidential elections? It was the number of

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reporters from the UK that was sent out to supplement the US reporting

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team. I could not understand why there was a need to do this, given

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the strength of the team in the US. Plus the current financial

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situation - how much did it cost to send these people out? How could

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the BBC justify sending out people from the UK when there is a robust

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reporting team? The main coverage was done out of Our Washington

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studio. Huw Edwards, Dimbleby and others who could have done the sent

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out of a UK studio. Was it justified sending all those

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reporters? We actually sent 20 % less. What is that in figures?

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terms of reporters and presenters, we are talking less than 20,

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between a dozen and 20. That is not a lot of people. This is one of the

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key events of the year. On Wednesday, the BBC website had its

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biggest day of the year, so it shows there is an audience appetite

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for this kind of story, and it was done cheaper than we did four years

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ago. I don't think that is a valid justification. My analogy would be

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the way the BBC tanagers people such as bankers and business people

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about the money they spend, money that has been provided to them by

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the public, and when you have got such a good team in the US and

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correspondents who don't get the airtime, is that not the

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opportunity to develop these individuals to do so so that you

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don't have to send people from the UK to do this? On election night,

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David Dimbleby is the face of the BBC. We did want election programme

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across the domestic and global audiences. We did one election

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programme on Radio, the World Service and Radio 4, precisely for

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the reasons you identified. We are aware this is public money and we

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need to demonstrate we are spending it wisely.

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Would the BBC really excessive in comparison to other channels?

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think it was. I think it seemed as if you were going to spend a set

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amount of time on the election. I am interested to hear about the

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election, but I did feel there was a lot of irrelevant reporting going

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on. There were a lot of interviews with American citizens, there was a

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lot of analysis of the opinion polls, which proved to be false. It

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just seemed excessive and I found it a bit of a turn-off, really.

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was struck by the number of interviews with punters in bars.

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Was the result really too close to call? I think it was. In certain

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areas there was only 80 % difference. Because of the way the

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electoral college works, it appears less. The why not then just give

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the result? America is a key player in the world. Today, we are in

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China reporting on the transition... But you build it up for weeks and

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months in advance. There is a difference. The primaries begin in

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January and there is a competition as to who will be the challenger to

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the President. We have an obligation to report that. When I

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come on this programme time after time, but thing people say to me is

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we don't provide the context or we dip into stories and don't follow

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them through. Starting at the beginning and finishing at their

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end is not about where to go about our business. I know there is a

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bigger concern for you about BBC coverage of America and I think

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Hurricane Sandy coverage concerned you as well. Yes. We heard nothing

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about the Caribbean. I have seen nothing of the devastation they had

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been through. I feel we are obsessed with the USA, to the

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exclusion of other world news. might surprise Jane by St I agree

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with her and that is why we went out of a way to report from Cuba.

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Will grant was in Cuba went Hurricane Sandy struck. But there

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were over-excited reporters or over the east coast reporting on

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Hurricane Sandy. I would not say they were over-excited. I am

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sympathetic with Jane's comments, but like it or not, what happens in

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the United States is significant. I think there is a legitimate sense

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of reporting those events. I am grateful to both Jane and Karen for

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their comments. Thank you all for coming in. Just time for want of a

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topic that has caught your attention - an item on Tuesday

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morning's breakfast show. The programme sent its correspondent

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out on the buses to illustrate a story about more funding for the

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industry. After a couple of minutes struggling, eventually she got the

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bus started. Right, give me 10 more seconds. It is meant to work

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perfectly on TV, isn't it? Here we go. Both hands on the wheel. They

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short journey did not go quite as planned. Which one is the break?

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have hit the bollards! They are dispensable, people aren't! Move

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away from the bus. She hasn't stopped. She is still going. Well,

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some viewers were less than amused. Derek Cooper from the Institute of

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Transport Administration had Well, we did ask the programme for

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