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Perhaps don't park your car underneath the tree if you can help
it. Did the christening of this little
chap distracts from coverage of a crucial Select Committee enquiry? I
have had a great, great career at United. Sir Alex Ferguson releases
his autobiography. Is it a news event?
Does the use of graphics in news reports help or hinder our
understanding of the story? Two prominent events took place on
Wednesday afternoon: Prince George's christening and a Select
Committee enquiry. I don't think we can give an apology at the moment. I
suggest you can. But as MPs grilled offices, the infant prince of the
Royal family were arriving at Saint James 's Palace.
We asked the controller of the BBC News channel for a response to these
complaints. Anti`football `` onto football
royalty and a complaint, that the sport gets excessive NPR coverage.
Sir Alex Ferguson released his autobiography this week.
He's the most successful and feared manager in British football history,
but now, Sir Alex Ferguson is having to adjust to life without the
trophies and acclaim. After 27 years at the top of the game, I asked him
if he got out of the right time. I am relieved we won the league as my
last act. That was important. To be honest with you, our time had come.
Many viewers felt it was not appropriate for the release of his
book to be given such extensive airtime.
The head of the BBC newsroom responded to that issue.
Someone who divides opinion every time is the comedian Russell Brand.
How come I feel so cross with you? It can't be because of that beard.
It's gorgeous! You are a very trivial man. An interview with him
on Newsnight prompted this response from Robert.
Many TV news reports use graphics to help illustrate a story. Television
graphics have come a long way since a camera was pointed at a map on a
wall with place names stuck on with pins. Now whole new worlds can be
conjured up in a studio. But they don't always go down well with
viewers. What can be done is undoubtedly
impressive, and in recent months, Virtual reality has conjured up what
can be found on the sea bed and what might have happened in Oscar
Pistorius's house the night his girlfriend died. Reporters have
shown us were spending cuts could be made from a virtual treasury, and
last week, what vaccines children can be given. Another viewer who
remained unimpressed e`mailed: There are also concerns about less
elaborate visions such as the treatment of this four`year`old
killed by his mother and her partner.
Another development on the website and television has been the use of
calculators to help you work out, for instance, what class you belong
to as well as the impact on us of fuel pack `` fuel price rises and
inflation. So there is BBC News guilty of
self`indulgence using various visual toys at its disposal or do they add
significantly to viewers's understanding and enjoyment? Joining
me to discuss this is the BBC's editor of visual journalism. The
main complaints we have been getting have been about gratuitous desire to
impress. That's not actually illuminating the news. No one sets
out to do frivolous production techniques, no one sets out to
design a graphic that is seen as a gimmick. But there is a fine line
between that and something that grabs the viewer's attention, or
something that conveys information in such a way that someone will
watch and take notice. If we look at the gimmicky aspect, one of them is
the smoke coming up from the Kenyan maul and whether that really added
anything. Also things like the images of Daniel. People felt
distracted by it. If I take the Newsnight won first, that is using a
new piece of kit which allows the corresponding to control what is
coming on graphically onto the screen. I thought, actually, as a
storytelling technique where it showed where the attackers were
coming into the maul, I thought it was really quite effective and
useful. On Daniel, that is the first time I have seen that. I don't find
it really very gratuitous, I must say. I was expecting something that
was rotating faster and looking, in some way, disrespectful. I don't
think it was. Does it suggest that viewers are as impressed as
programme makers, perhaps? That's a real danger. That's why I am pleased
to come on and be informed about what viewers are saying as well.
Sometimes, we failed to get the balance right. But I want the view
was to know that we are always striving to do it right. The other
big issue is the idea of where stuff appears, for example on the website,
and people have complained about that. The data was not properly
scrutinised all looked properly done and is masquerading as strong
factual sourced information. One thing I absolutely stand`by is art
editorial values here and the fact that everything in, for example, the
class calculator was absolutely scrutinised. So although the result
might have been the tone was a little bit of fun, the academic
underpinning of it was very sure`footed. The thing about
calculators is they are one of the most popular things we do. The class
calculator, 7 million page views for that. In 7 million people, you will
get a fair amount of people who may have looked at it in full, I don't
like that. But a huge number of people looked at it and really liked
it and find these calculators put them at the heart of the story and
make it relevant to them personally. That's all from us this week. If you
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