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NASDAQ feared. Time now for Newswatch.
Welcome to Newswatch. On this week's programme, see you in court,
viewers can watch proceedings and the Court of Appeal but the ball
that benefit either the law or the `` TV journalism?
Saint Jude's storm hit southern Britain on Sunday night but was the
BBC coverage behind? Changes for sentencing of dog
owners. Half staff being getting a rough deal from the BBC?
A Halloween horror show for the more traditionally minded Newsnight
viewers. Before St Jude storm hit, they were widespread predictions
that being a UK's worst for over a decade and there was considerable
damage with hundreds of thousands left without power. Many viewers
felt BBC News exaggerated its impact. Was that connected to how
BBC forecasting had underestimated the storms of 1987?
We asked another viewer who contacted us to go on to go into the
studio together give us her reaction. At least four people have
died in one of the worst storms to tear through southern parts of the
UK in recent years... The extent of coverage was too much and too long.
It was hyped as one of the worst storms since 1987 is a lovely one
was on cue ready to do a report on the storm. I wonder if there was the
better of a bias for the South getting those extended views. With
the same have happened in Scotland, would it have been covered in so
much debt? `` depth. I think some of the reporting was a bit trivial
especially when you have in areas like Syria children dying daily and
then you have a woman being upset because she could not boil her
kettle that morning. There was no value.
We asked BBC news for the response and we were given this statement.
From dangerous weather to dangerous dogs and news of tougher penalties
for orders whose animals seriously injure or kill. Some felt it was
unfair to suggest only certain breeds were involved. One said...
There were more complaints earlier in the week about a story on the BBC
News website on the allegedly tapping of Angela Merkel's forum. ``
phone. From 1925 until this week, it was an
offence to sell or take photographs in court in England or Wales. Even
sketch artists have had to drop from memory but on Thursday that changed
with the first broadcast from the court of appeal. Is this a slippery
slope? We the jury find the defendant, OJ Smpson, not guilty.
Live trial is broadcast around the world have become familiar to us and
Scottish courts have been open to Canada since 1992. I sentence you to
life imprisonment... In England and Wales, apart from the Supreme Court
they have been banned up until this. Strict rules governing the broadcast
which are jointly made for the BBC, ITV, sky. There will be a 72nd delay
before the material is transmitted and judges can exclude cameras if
they think it is in the interests of justice. `` 70 second. One viewer
was less than grep CN... `` gripped saying... Others saw it as a step
forward for justice and journalism but only if it eventually led to the
broadcasting of criminal trials. What do you hope to gain from the
start of cameras in the Court of Appeal? What we hoped to gain was
that we felt that in the 21st`century where pictures are
everywhere and it is an important way of describing things that it
would be useful in terms of showing what open justice means. It is a way
of opening up the courts and increasing people's understanding.
Given all the restrictions some people are saying it is pretty dull.
I have a lot of sympathy for that viewpoint because it was a fairly
dull case and we were doing it just because we could but we will pick
cases on their merits. This could be a bit compromised if you're having
to negotiate all the way through the coverage? It is not so much
negotiating with the courts as with other broadcasters. There is a
presumption they will open themselves up to having covered
whatever we wish to cover. I do not think our editorial and turf ``
editorial control will be interfered with. You ultimately what criminal
trials? It is a sensationalist way of putting it. Long`term, we would
like to be in the crown court doing criminal trials. I can understand
the anxieties that go with that and some of them are absolutely
legitimate, such as the fear that will put off witnesses from
appearing. It is an ordeal enough to go in. We're not talking that. The
legislation does allow that some point for potentially the crown
court to be opened up for sentencing and no more than that, so we would
not see anything like the OJ Smpson trial that the Americans had.
Damon Kennedy `` Dame Kennedy said she is worried that it is ultimately
a slippery slope and you have people that are innocent until proven
guilty. We are allowed to report on what goes on at the moment and what
I would say is that already the public can go in and watch a case.
They are already a lowdown. `` allowed in. Is that not the
difference? Reading it at that removes is different to picture is
being broadcast in every home and the potential media circus there? As
you saw from the case we filmed yesterday, the idea that there was
anything like a media circus surrounding that, that is not going
to happen. It was incredibly polite and arguably through dry and dusty.
I believe we are in the business we are in and that people should be
able to see what it says that we are already using a journalist to report
on. People have what is going on in court reflected through somebody's
perspective. This way they could see for themselves.
Before recall, Halloween on Thursday night was marked by Newsnight in
what is becoming an increasingly attention grabbing style.
That is just about all for this Halloween night. Be careful out
there. MUSIC: "Thriller" by Michael
Jackson. Many viewers went Twitter to see how
you use the wearer by that but others are clearly tiring of these
stunts. One thought it was a case of...
We've invited Newsnight's editor onto the programme to discuss his
approach. He has been unable to join us so far but we hope he will be
here very soon. If you want to share your opinions or volunteer to
appeared, you can contact us on the above.
That's all from us, back to hear your thoughts next week. Goodbye.
Jumped the shark with more wet and windy weather to come. `` it feels
about like the weather has jumped the shark. In the north, clear skies
are you `` a low fog to form. A mild night with temperatures in double
digits in the South. Quite chilly for the North with some frost in
rural areas. A bright start in the north`eastern corner of the UK but
cloud in the West and a wet morning for Northern Ireland.