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Mass killings remain a major risk. Now it is time for News watch.
welcome to Newswatch. The French President's Private life
hits the headlines but is this just gossip?
Is sexual abuse a suitable subject for an early evening news bulletin?
And is it time Nick Robinson got a new ring tone for his tablet?
Was that you or me? It is you. The French do things differently
when it comes to extramarital affairs we are always told. This
French farce could turn out to be a serious matter for the French
presidency. French President in crisis drew
hundreds of journalists to the Elysee Palace for a news conference.
For Francois Hollande there could scarcely be a more difficult moment.
His partner is in hospital in shock after an magazine suggested he had a
new girlfriend. TRANSLATION: Row everyone goes
through challenging periods. This is a difficult matter. This is not the
place all the time. That view was echoed by some
Newswatch viewers. Up until very recently the attitude
of the French media had appeared to be annoying but not telling the
public about such indiscretions. A previous President had a dramatic
double life or years. A similar veil was drawn over the affairs of
another French President. What a contrast to the eagerness of British
journalists to report such fears. Since the days of John Profumo
political sex scandals have regularly been exposed by a
salacious tabloid press with television news not far behind.
Viewers felt that BBC news coverage does not normally devote time to a
French press contacts, so why was this being covered? We were going to
cover that conference anyway. The French economy is a massive story at
the moment. It is a story that we will be following for the rest of
the year. We were always planning on covering it.
What viewers noticed was that very little was said about the affair in
the news conference. They felt that the BBC was following a tabloid
agenda. This was a story that had been covered by the French media, by
all branches of the media, mainstream media, tabloid media,
television, newspapers, radio. The very first question put to him and
follow-up questions as well. It was not a tabloid agenda being picked up
by the BBC. It was the story of the day in France and has been the story
for many days in France. We reflect what the French people are
discussing. Should it be a story? That is the heart of the dispute.
Some people feel with it's not need to cover his private life.
We have two cover your private life when it moves into your ability to
do your job. This was debated in the French parliament will stop whether
politicians like it or not sometimes the private moves into the public.
The French media has been accused in the past of being too acquiescent.
Do you think something significant has changed in the way French
journalist regard these stories? I do not think they are becoming more
and it is. There are sections of the French press that have refrained
from covering these sorts of stories. Yes, there has been a
shift. We have seen this develop over the last few years. But let us
not be naive. There is a major section of the French press that has
been covering these stories and are far more salacious way than many
sections of the British press. It is naive to say that the French media
never covers these sorts of stories. If you bring it back to the viewer
do we assume that the viewer needs to know all these details? We do not
go in for gossip and rumours. The croissant is, the mopeds. We got
all that. We kept it to direct reporting. We are not gossiping on
air. Some viewers feel that this is just a private affair. We are going
to be covering France intensely over the next year. Francois Hollande,
even before this scandal, was an unpopular President with a tanking
economy. His leadership was under intense scrutiny even before this
happens. Now that it has happened there are big questions in France
being asked about his judgement. There are even questions being asked
by the media about the security around the office of the President.
Should he had been driving around on a scooter? There are fundamental
public issues being debated in France and our coverage hopefully
reflected that. We would like to know your thoughts
on any aspect of BBC News. Now we have reaction to Wednesdays
BBC News. The British men who give online
instructions. A place of shame. Dozens of families are involved in
WebCam abuse. That was one of five stories about
alleged sexual abuse in a 30 minute programme.
That was a matter of concern for this viewer.
Finally, the advent of tablets and mobile phones has been beneficial to
journalists, but it can also cause havoc.
Caroline Flint was in the middle of discussing bank bonuses when this
happened. People play good salaries.
Is that you or me? It is you. Do you know what the next lyric was? What
was that? That was Queen. Did Nick Robinson make the mistake
of forgetting to turn his mobile phone off when on television.
more appropriate for Nick Robinson please let us know. Other views on
news and current affairs are also welcomed.
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