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greater interest. Now it is time for Newswatch with Samira Ahmed. Can a


war which started over 100 years ago the display well? `` be displayed


well? Hello, welcome to Newswatch with me


Samira Ahmed. BBC News gets into the act of describing World War I but


was it correct for us to look at things this way correctly at this


time? Was it a mistake, yes or no? Laura Kuenssberg girls Harriet


Harman over links to a paedophile group, was this a smear campaign was


the BBC correct to question Harriet Harman?


The week began that complaints that the BBC was failing to run a story


that newspapers were looking at, historic links with the Bielefeld


exchange `` suggestion was that the Labour Party members had links to


those groups. Well, on Monday night, Newsnight


seemed an interview with Labour's Deputy Leader Harriet Harman who


worked at the end NCL in the late 70s and 80s. Laura Kuenssberg


grilled her for information. Surely it is a mistake to have that


affiliation? It was correct to dispel them from the conference and


make sure that their views were never taken forward by the end NCL.


It is a very simple question, why will you not say that clearly it was


a mistake for there to be any affiliation? Why will you not, with


the benefit of decades up inside, say it was a mistake for there to be


any connection at all? You are happy for your employer to take membership


money from the group that was Brett Lee campaigning for the right of


paedophiles, you are saying that was not a mistake? Jeremy Paxman did not


ask the same question, but not far off. Elizabeth Wood fought Laura


Kuenssberg went too far, writing... The following day Harriet Harman did


express regret for the connection to the organisations and attack the


Daily Mail for what he called a smear campaign on her. Since then


another Labour Party member involved, Patricia Hewitt, has


apologised for mistakes made by that organisation when she was the


General Secretary. Others felt the BBC was covering the subject to


extensively. Matt Gallon said the following...


Abroad, BBC News teams have been dealing with that market changing


situation and the Ukraine with the fall of the government after the


deaths of many protesters and escalating tensions between pro`and


anti`Russian groups. Although most reaction to the cup it was positive,


some viewers contacted us with the reminder that the spelling of mines


can have quite a significance. Roman Kozak's e`mail was typical of what


many felt... We put that to BBC News and they


told us... Wednesday saw the sentencing of two


men who murdered soldier be baby and Woolwich last year, the case and the


BBC's coverage of it have been controversial throughout and were


again this week. Our reporter was Sarah Campbell, standing outside in


advance of the verdict. Just so you know, members of the BNP and EDL are


protesting and calling for the death penalty for both men.


Just behind them and the next few minutes we are expecting to hear


from a police officer. Carol Griffin you `` e`mailed us to say the


following... It was something else that offended


Carol Whittington from Nottingham. She complained that may be familiar


to Newswatch viewers. `` she made a complaint that may be familiar.


It would have escaped Edwin Poots Matt Lucas that this year as the


centenary of the beginning of World War One. The BBC has marked the


anniversary in numerous ways. BBC Two has shown documentaries of


historians Max Hastings and Niall Ferguson. On Monday, a project


called World War One At Home, began to air. Correspondent Robert Hall


was in Scarborough at the sect of an attack by the German fleet in 1914.


One of the biggest challenges facing the government when they did the


centenary was how to make events from so long ago relevant and what


this project does it says, OK, these events took place in the history


books but they have direct connections to places near where a


lot of us live and the stories draw those connections. It is a


remarkable collaboration because it all comes from the public and from


the BBC who worked with the Imperial War Museum and the stories are then


compiled. Over 1000 of such stories will be told over the next week and


many of them will be covered by the BBC. This puts the main `` this has


asked `` people have been asking how accessible this is? Peter Gibson


wrote to us to say the following... Well, to discuss the news coverage


of the First World War, I am joined by Sam Taylor, the controller of the


BBC News Channel. Thank you for joining us. There is a lot of


concern that the BBC is just running history and not in use and there is


a case elements to this. We are not marking the outbreak of World War I


life, this is a historic event. People around the world will be


marking the start of this conflict and by all measures that will be a


significant moment to mark the centenary of such a devastating


conflict. We have taken the approach that there are events to cover and


there will be a debate to have, some of that has already happened, about


the story itself, which we have reflected, but we are taking the


opportunity to reflect some of the winter but that the BBC is doing.


What you heard Roberts talking about was a project that has begun this


week with local radio and regional television and online to look at


stories that relates to individual parts of the United Kingdom. The


reality of this war was a terrible slaughter happening abroad, some


will ask why is the BBC looking at this when it did not impact at home


the way in which the Second World War did? I think this project that


the BBC has begun is very interesting because in the world


where political discussion can dominate the ramifications, we know


it fundamentally changed the entire country in a way we know we can


barely comprehend to this day. But to documentaries can do that and


there have been many years with more to come. President Kennedy Pozner


assassination and the death of Nelson Mandela, these examples are


things that viewers have told us are overplayed. We believe we are


looking at stories that have moved people. For people to think the


relatives they did not know about, and a world where news programming


and longer formats like BBC News where we have more space to give you


longer news, I think some of the stories are fascinating and they


also bring to life the opposite of what you are seeing which is the


human story and reflecting how genuinely many people of this


country will be reflecting upon World War I and thinking about its


impact on 100 years on. We are talking about for years, is this


coverage justified? When you look at the events that will come up around


this First World War, many people are conscious of doing it in the


rate we and at every 10th. Events will not happen the way, there is


the focus on August four and public bodies around the world will cover


that and it will be a poignant moment. But I think those biggies


will be spread out amongst the coverage. It will not be ongoing


coverage. Thank you for joining us, Sam. Thank you for all of your


comments. If you want to appear on the


programme or give us your opinion, contact us, use the address above.


That is all from us, we will give your thoughts on the coverage of BBC


Newsnight Street. Goodbye. `` BBC News.


The weekend will begin frosty with some


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