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Time for Newswatch, questions asked about the pictures used of the

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balloon accident in Egypt. Hello, welcome to Newswatch. The

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drama, the dresses the dreadful acceptance speeches, but no prizes

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from some viewers for the BBC's Oscars coverage.

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It was a great scrum of journalists from all over the world wanting to

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get a word, any word, just to talk to camera. And really there was

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nothing substantive said. Others tell us that reporting of the

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allegations against Lord Rennard had something of the Savile witch-

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hunt about it. And we hear reaction to the hot air balloon accident in

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Egypt, with objections to the footage used of the balloon

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exploding and falling towards the ground.

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First, was Argo really the best film of the past year, did Anne

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Hathaway outshine Jennifer Lawrence on the red carpet. And did

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Breakfast viewers want live updates frequently from the aftershow party.

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Those who contacted us did not. We asked one of them, Andrew Gold to

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explain why. Tough job Tim, you are doing it this morning. Bring us up-

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to-date with the winners and who have you seen so far? Well, as I

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speak Eddie Redmayne...On Monday morning I was watching Breakfast TV

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and became increasingly frustrated by the diving away from real news

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to go across to the Vanity Fair party post-Oscar awards. Breaking

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from real news, like the loss of our triple-A credit rating, to Tim

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Muffet trying to get celebrities to pass meaningful comment on an

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awards ceremony that the BBC doesn't cover, and miserably

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failing, not his fault. By that time most people are either tired

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or emotional or both and want to get to the party. It is not just

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about the triviality of it. But also it seems to me not appropriate,

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as a live feed. Given the BBC can't cover the actual ceremony live,

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which is afterall the most news worthy part, that everybody's best

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interests would be served by recording the post, what they can

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get at, the post awards party, editing it and putting that out in

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a nicely defined slot. A two-and-a- half year low against the dollar.

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We have to go back to Hollywood, Tim as Anne Hathaway with him.

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think it moved people, and there is just something about the music of

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this that opens people up, and a lot of people chose Togni on the

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journey. And your screen type was pretty small. It was disrespectful

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to have content interrupted by something that isn't news. There is

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a balance issue there. The BBC needs to think seriously about

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whether or not the Breakfast programme is more about

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entertainment than it is about news. Thanks to viewer Andrew Gold for

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his thoughts there. Breakfast told us nobody was available to discuss

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this on the programme. But, we were On Thursday Pope Benedict XVI left

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office, his departure was followed step-by-step by the news channel,

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dominating that output. This had Innuendo was a word used by some in

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relation to this story. Nick Clegg admits he was aware of

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indirect concerns about the behaviour of a senior Lib Dem. Lord

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Rennard denies claims of sexual harassment. Mr Clegg says his party

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had nothing to hide. Sam was one of a number of viewers who reacted to

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On Tuesday evening pictures emerged of that morning's hot air balloon

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crash in Egypt which killed 19 people. The video was filmed by a

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tourist in another balloon, and started with this image. News

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bulletins then went on to show the moment of explosion and the

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deflated balloon starting to fall to the ground. That footage proved

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controversial with viewers such who We asked BBC News to discuss the

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issue on the programme. We were told no-one was available. We were

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We are joined by another viewer who contacted us. What was your

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instinctive reaction on seeing that footage? I had been watching the

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story throughout the day. It was only later on in the day that the

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images came through. I just looked in absolute horror of I couldn't

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believe that someone had been so intensive as to broadcast the full

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video. I think the video is very clear, whether it is from a

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distance or not, you can tell exactly what's happening. You don't

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know if you are watching the people perIrish. It was very unnerving to

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see. The BBC says two things, they fade to black and you don't see the

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descent. They said it was crucial to the story that this footage was

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there? I would disagree, the viewers need to be given a certain

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level of intellect and can co- relate to seeing a balloon on fire

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to the aftermath. I don't think showing the inbetween was vital. It

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was very intensive, given that people had just died hours earlier,

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to show the entire footage. Completely unnecessary. People can

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assume what happened. If perhaps everybody had survived, then there

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would have been a perfectly acceptability to show it. That

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wasn't the case. Given that virtually everybody died, it was

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very insensitive and quite in poor taste and bad judgment to show the

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entire footage. One of the other stories that has been emerging over

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the course of the end of the week has been the killing of a taxi

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driver in South Africa. And his assault of filmed and that has been

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broadcast. That is distressing footage of an individual being

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mistreated, we know we subsequently died, what is your feelings on

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that? Having seen the footage earlier it is grainy. For one it is

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not as clear as the balloon. And two, it is showing an issue of

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police brutality as it appears. So I think there is a journalistic

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need to show something like that, and highlight these issues. Showing

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a balloon falling to earth with people you know ultimately die I

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don't think it really appropriate. Because it is not highlighting an

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issue like that. I don't think it is beneficial. It is clearly at

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that point where there is a dispute between what is journalistically

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necessary to tell a story properly to an audience on television and a

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taste issue. What is the right solution. Would it have been to

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show a sequence of stills only of that balloon? That could have been

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an option if they wanted to use the full footage. It is very clear. You

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can see exactly what is happening, unlike the one in South Africa, as

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you mentioned. It isn't as clear what is happening. I think

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personally I think just showing the balloon on fire and going into the

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report about the aftermath, showing the wreckage on the ground would

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have been sufficient. I don't think perhaps even the stills would be a

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bit graphic. Finally, perhaps the report that

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made the biggest impact on viewers this week, came from Ian Pannell on

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Monday's news bulletins. He found victims of the conflict in Syria

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living underground. There in the gloom were seven small boys in

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hiding. Their father had been killed in the fighting. Their

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mother had gone looking for food. But that was hours ago. And the

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boys were still waiting, cold, hungry and scared.

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TRANSLATION: It is bad here, we are afraid of the bombing and shelling.

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That's why we are staying here. boys asked when their mum would be

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coming back? It was an impossible question to answer. As we left,

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they sat staring at the entrance, waiting.

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We have been in touch with Ian Pannell, he told us it is not the

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journalists' role to directly intervene in what they witness,

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even if it is incredibly difficult. But to report events as honestly

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and candidly as they K he and his team asked those in the area to

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look after those until their mother returned, and they have tried to

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find out what happened after they left. But have not yet received a

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reply. That's all from us. Thank you for

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all your comments this week. If you want to share your opinions on BBC

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