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week, was the news coverage of Andy Murray 's Wimbledon victory over the

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top? Welcome to Newswatch with me, Samira

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Ahmed. Game, set and match to Murray, but did BBC News think

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tennis was the only game in town? Jeremy Bowen is recovering after

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being injured while reporting on the protests in Egypt's. Our

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journalistic risks worth taking? And she says one sentence, he says

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another, is it time to end the verbal ping-pong between male and

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female presenters? No doubt about the main news last

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Sunday. Andy Murray did not just win the Wimbledon men's angles, but in

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making our world history as well. It was the moment 77 years of

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waiting ended in wonder. Andy Murray, Wimbledon to the, the words

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he and the nation had yearned for so much for so long.

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The scale of the news coverage led to some viewers reacting in a way

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articulated by this anonymous phone call. I came in to watch the news at

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ten o'clock, a 15 minute programme and so far we have had six minutes

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of Andy Murray out of a 15 minute bulletin. How much Andy Murray do we

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need? That was the end of a fortnight in which some felt BBC

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television was dominated by tennis, leading to hundreds of complaints.

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An e-mail from James Taylor picked up on the point we mentioned last

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thought the weekend sports news coverage was a little bit tennis

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 53 seconds

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head of sports news. Richard, or we will talk about Wimbledon to start

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with, it was obviously a huge story, Andy Murray winning the men's

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singles, but it was half of last Sunday 's evening News, was that not

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excessive? It was one of those stories that transcended sport.

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was a major cultural event in British social life. The first time

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we have had a British men's singles champion for 77 years, something

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talked about around the nation. Long. It was a highly significant

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event, you know, I think that we always have to be careful about

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getting too excited about sport and remembering where our place is in

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the general scheme of things, but it was a significant news event, as

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well as a sports news event. I think part of concern is that, these

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days, you can watch the match if you want to, there are highlights that

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would have been on later that link if you did miss it and in between

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the news should have just reported it, but not let it take over the

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programme to the extent it did. Plenty of people did not care about

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tennis. We are aware that there is always a section of the audience who

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are quite turned off, they are not sports fans, what is interesting is

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the viewing figures for the BBC News Channel on Sunday after Murray had

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one, when nearly double what they normally wear. It does seem that the

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news audience were interested in this story. Having you on business

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the opportunity to look at an issue, which is whether there is a

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bias to certain sports and BBC sports coverage. Take the example of

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the victory of the British and Irish Lions in Australia, the day before

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Andy Murray 's victory. There was no mention on Sunday morning.

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We covered the British and Irish Lions tour extensively. We had a

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reporter there for the entire tour. Dan row did countless lives into the

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breakfast programme, into regional news, into the news channel, we did

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reports on network TV news, so I think we gave the British and Irish

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Lions a significant amount of coverage. More than any other Lions

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tour I can remember. Some people wonder if BBC have televising rights

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to rugby and cricket in the way they do Wimbledon? Maybe that is why it

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gets more news coverage? It is true that with events that BBC sport has

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the rights to, we are able to show more action on the news. There is a

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limit to how much we can show of events that we do not have the

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television rights to. Again, we would never make an editorial

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decision based on whether we have the rights to something or not. The

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Ashes, we will do extensive coverage. We know that a lot of

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viewers down to BBC News see the wicket during the Ashes and we do

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not have the TV rights to it. That'll have no impact on how much

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coverage we give the event. football season will be starting up

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again and some will be delighted and some horrified, will you rethink its

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prominence? Premier league football is extremely popular with them our

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audience. As I said before, we are careful, we do not want it to

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dominate and swamp everything. We have a responsibility to cover a

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wide range of sport. Thank you so much.

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Letters know your thoughts on that or any aspect of BBC News. Details

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of how to contact us at the end of the programme. Now for more of your

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reactions, starting with Egypt's weather situation remains volatile

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and confused. It is dangerous for journalists and other staff, as was

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made clear in Jeremy Bowen 's report from Cairo last Friday. The army

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fired tear gas and shotguns into the crowd, the BBC team was in a group

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hit by shotgun pellets. There are powerful forces against

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each other in this country. On one hand, the Muslim brotherhood with

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deep roots in the community, on the other, the Army seized control of

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the country and wants to hold it. Unless they can channel all of this

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into political action and not street protest, it is a recipe for more

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violence. Since then, journalists from ITN,

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CNN and Al Jazeera have been rounded up and detained by the Egyptian

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authorities and Jeremy Bowen has had a successful operation to remove

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shotgun poets from his head. -- shotgun pellets. He received praise

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Henley-on-Thames had a different place of view is a Leo Lee Rigby who

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was killed in May. The service began with a silent tribute.

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Quiet in the centre of Bury as you join us for the special coverage.

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Our correspondence is there at the church.

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Yes, and you can see the mood now in the crowd here. One of quiet

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reflection. Daniel Glass Ball was one of the

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Human Rights ruled that life sentences given to Jeremy Bamber and

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two other convicted killers breached human rights. The BBC News website

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reported the opposite, headlining its article, UK killer is not

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entitled to life sentence review. A spokesman later rip apologise for

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the mistake saying that previous court judgement was erroneously

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entered into the system and that this Dory was updated as soon as it

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was recognised. Robert Feal-Martinez and breakfast are presented by two

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people, often a man and a woman. This gives rise to a habit which

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this week about BBC News and current affairs, positive and negative. If

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