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


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


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


from some viewers for the BBC's Oscars coverage.


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


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


nothing substantive said. Others tell us that reporting of the


allegations against Lord Rennard had something of the Savile witch-


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


Egypt, with objections to the footage used of the balloon


exploding and falling towards the ground.


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


Hathaway outshine Jennifer Lawrence on the red carpet. And did


Breakfast viewers want live updates frequently from the aftershow party.


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


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


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


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


and became increasingly frustrated by the diving away from real news


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


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


Muffet trying to get celebrities to pass meaningful comment on an


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


whether or not the Breakfast programme is more about


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


to show the entire footage. Completely unnecessary. People can


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


would have been a perfectly acceptability to show it. That


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


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


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


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


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


broadcast. That is distressing footage of an individual being


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


that point where there is a dispute between what is journalistically


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


bit graphic. Finally, perhaps the report that


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


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


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


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


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


boys were still waiting, cold, hungry and scared.


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


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


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


they sat staring at the entrance, waiting.


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


journalists' role to directly intervene in what they witness,


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


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


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


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


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


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