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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


want to share your opinions or even appear on the programme, you can


call us or e`mail us. You can find us on twitter and do have a look at


our website. We will be back


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