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Now it's time for this week's Newswatch. This week, Samira Ahmed


here's your comments about coverage of the Winter Olympics, and, of


course, the weather. Hello, and welcome to Newswatch. On today's


programme - more wind, rain and flooding across Britain, but has BBC


News sensationalise the severe weather? And snow and ice in Sochi,


but how supportive should British news be of our plucky British


Olympians. There's no doubt what's been


dominating BBC News this week. Correspondence have been dispatched


around the country to face the full force of severe weather conditions.


Even after all the weather we've seen, this is just horrendous. We


are supposedly sheltered in the harbour by the wall. I merely six


foot, nearly 14 stone, and I am struggling to stand. The spray


hitting my skin is like somebody sticking needles in me. Incredibly


and deeply unpleasant here. It's not a kind of weather that, if you were


not having to work, you would want to be standing in. At times, it's


quite difficult to stand up, given this wind, so I'm not surprised the


Met Office have issued a red weather warning. If you wanted to know what


a storm for scale is like, this is what it is like. The winds are


really starting to batter. We are at the edge of the Llyn Peninsula.


Further out there, we are expecting winds of between 80 and 100 mph.


Some viewers felt they detected an escalation in the reporting of the


weather the close its got to London. John said:


Other comments we have received focused on the issue of who, if


anyone, was to blame for the damage done either storms and floods. Some


felt that BBC News has made too much of that.


We put those points to BBC News, and they told us:


all those images of wind and water were broken up on Wednesday's news


programmes by a splash of Hollywood glamour, about the new film. Some


said that such coverage is not news. The finding and protecting of stolen


artwork. What was it about this particular story that he wanted to


pursue? I met up with Grant in my office, and I said, we are the least


cynical two people that I know, so we should do something with a happy


ending. June's reaction? You off and tell us about particular


words or phrases used by presenters and reporters that annoy you.


Stephen was one of two viewers this week, saying that that phrase is"


the very latest". of how to contact us coming up


later. We have had a week so far of it's fair to say that expectations


on the snow were low, so when we won snowboarding -- will me won a bronze


medal in the snowboarding slopestyle, it was quite a surprise.


New line it was trumped by the most tearful of family reunions.


The live broadcast of that coverage came under some scrutiny. There was


some complaints about the commentary box, while other viewers said they


had actually Android it. Some viewers have been concerned about


the extent to which Russia's human rights record has been mentioned.


I'm joined now by the BBC's head of sports News, Richard Burgess. Some


interesting concerned there on the coverage, or lack of coverage, on


the human rights concerns. Where does BBC Sport stand on that? We


absolutely have to cover those issues, and we have done, across BBC


News and BBC Sport. We sent our sports editor, David Bond, out to


Sochi with the specific remit of covering some of those issues, and


he has done. Gay rights, and the only interview with the IOC


president when he put concerns of the Games and the human rights


record to him. Equally, we know a lot of viewers are interested in the


sport, and we have to reflect that within our news bulletins. Is it


becoming more of a challenge, even in the run-up of something like the


World Cup in Brazil, or in Qatar? Is there a lot more politics around


these are sporting events? Thinking back to cricket tours in the 80s and


90s to South Africa, politics has always been an issue in sport. It is


hard to split the two entirely. The IOC's charter it self talks about


ethics and morals, so they get involved in these areas. That is why


we have a sports editor in David Bond who we know can cover the live


sporting action, but also the issues around sport and politics. In part


she is a fundamental principle in news, but in sports coverage,


whenever there was a British presence, is it a different set of


rules? I don't think so. It's important that we reflect the


excitement and the passion, and the sense of enjoyment from the


audience. Sport is said to be enjoyed, and when there is a British


medal, it is a good thing for most of the audience. At the same time,


our correspondence need to be impartial, they need to have


perspective, they can't get out of control, the audience needs to be


able to judge their accuracy. In the Winter Olympics, the British are not


a huge medal presents overall, in that sense, the focus on British


medals is a bit too jingoistic, at the expense of perhaps more general


coverage? You are right, there is not as many medals for Britain, when


there is the surge of interest from the audience, which is even


greater. We see that in the TV viewing figures. We have covered


other stories as well, such as the dead heat in the women's downhill,


which led our bulletins on the News Channel throughout the day, which


didn't involve a British athlete. There was a balance, but if there is


British success, we find that a lot of the audience are very interested


in that and very infused by that, and we have to reflect it. When it


comes to winning medals, some viewers have expressed the concern


about using it as a verb, to medal, or medalling. Do you have a policy


on things like that? We do not have aim -- a policy such. I think it is


in the Oxford English victory -- Oxford English Dictionary, and we


know it have been used in the past, it dates back to the 16th century.


But we know a lot of viewers don't like it. Thank you for your comments


this week. If you want to share your views on BBC News and current


affairs, you camcorder as on this number: -- you can call us on this


number: That's all from us. We will be back


to hear your thoughts about BBC News coverage again next week. Goodbye.


Very much still in the grip of the latest storm to hit the UK, and this


deep area of low pressure which pushed rain northwards. On its


southern flank, the isobars are closest together, and we are seeing


the strongest


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