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RAW TEXT Now, it is time for Newswatch, with Samira Ahmed.


This week, Monday's reporting of the death of Peaches Geldof comes under


the spotlight. The sand and unexplained death of a 25`year`old


woman, but why fill airtime with celebrities reaction to the news on


Twitter? The Oscar Pistorius murder trial. He was questioned how much


they need to see. And how much of a role did the press play in the


resignation of the culture Secretary? The sudden death of any


young woman represents tragedy for friends and family, but on occasion,


it also captures the media attention. We are getting breaking


news. The journalist and presenter Peaches Geldof has died. She was


just 25 years old. Let a stop to Andy. He knew her and his taxi firm


to carry around on many occasions. Give us your memories of her. She


was a fun loving, very happy young lady. She doted over her children.


She loved her husband very much as we could gather. Can I go over some


quotes from Twitter. Fiona Phillips said she was shocked.


The singer Tim Burgess, the singer with the Charlatans said:. And one


more, Kevin O'Sullivan, the television critic for the Daily


Mirror. Scores of viewers thought this was


unnecessary. Lets put those point to the


controller of the BBC News channel, Sam Taylor. It was obviously a


terrible event for her families and friends, but Peaches Geldof wasn't


that well known. Many people feel that it didn't justify the


prominence given to the story. I think we have to accept that she was


known to many viewers, and of course her family and the story behind her


family, her parents, were known to many viewers indeed. It is a story


that touch people across the generations, and I think you can see


there was a strong response, a strong response of shock and people


wanted to know about the story, which led to increased figures on


the news channel in the hours that followed her death. Also, one of the


biggest numbers of people reading a BBC website story. 13.5 million


people read the story about Peaches Geldof's death in the hours


afterwards. Even with no new information that has emerged, all


that is known is the fact that she died and it is not suspicious. There


is still nothing else to know. All this air time was filled with what?


That is the thing, when people die, when prominent people die, part of


the story is to tell people what the reaction and response has been, to


help people understand it. You are giving tributes and reflect on


people's death. That is important in this society. We were careful to


find people who knew her well knew of her, and help explain why they


themselves as viewers were having this response of shock and concern


to hear the news. She was a person who many people knew directly, but


also many people felt they had a connection with because of their


understanding or connection with Bob Geldof and Paula Yates. I will ask


about that, as one viewer tweeted, she felt there was an unspoken


prurient subtext, about her mother and how she died. The high profile


of her family is a reason why many people knew who she was, and if they


didn't know that much about her, they knew who her father was. Also


her mother. That is not a prurient thing, that is the fact that this


family is very prominent in reduced life, many people know who they are,


and in that context, I'm sure part of the sad impact on many people is


the fact that it took place in that context. Something viewers were


talking about was the death of Sue Townsend. When that was announced,


it was easy to see the justification for Twitter comments from other


authors. They notice that a story like that didn't lead the bulletin,


and they question why a writer who clearly achieved so much, doesn't


get as much prominence as the daughter of a celebrity couple who


was known to a relatively smaller amount of people. In terms of news,


and think one has to bear in mind that with a sudden unexplained death


of someone very young, that is an additional factor, in addition to


the death of someone who might have been older or ill for some time.


That is not to draw a comparison between particular people, but it is


the fact that young and unexplained deaths draw more attention. It is


something people want to know about, rather than reflecting on someone's


life and works. At the heart of it, is the question whether the BBC is


to concerned with pursuing a tabloid agenda. I think involving people in


the public eye, some viewers don't particularly value them or feel they


are less important than other stories. In this case, it would be


wrong to understate the very large amount of interest and potential


from a large part of the audience, an audience that we need to serve as


a whole, and which obviously did involve an interest people across a


wide number of groups. The charges that BBC News is assessed with


celebrity and that it sticks with one story for too long are not new.


They were repeated again this week in relation to the ongoing broadcast


of the trial of Oscar Pistorius. The south African athlete accused of


murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, gave evidence this week,


and many people felt they saw too much of it.


The big political event of the week was the resignation of culture


secretary Maria Miller. Nick Robinson's report on the subject


contained one word which raised objections from viewers. The cabinet


now has one woman fewer around the table. There are now only three,


after Maria Miller's emotional decision to quit. I want to make


sure that the situation is clear to everybody, and make sure that I can


move on. Nicola Williams from Oldham voiced her concerns.


Although the public mood has been mostly unsympathetic towards MPs


accused of dodgy expense claims, one viewer saw that he detected sexism.


There was also the suggestion that the media played a role in the


downfall of Maria Miller. Finally, the selfie. The mobile


phone self`portrait posted on social media is something that has been


taken up enthusiastically by some artistic right by others. President


Obama, who has form in this area, was at it this week. Now, the BBC


has got into the act, asking people to submit selfies for an examination


of who we think we are. Some correspondence posted their own


selfies. Thank you for all your comments,


please send us not your selfies, but your opinions. Call us or e`mail.


You can find us on Twitter. Have a look at previous discussions on our


website. We are fair next week mother please


join us again in a fortnight. `` off air.


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