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This week the new Disability Correspondent for BBC News,


Hello and welcome to News watch. Coming up this week, with a new


correspond and appointed specialising in the area, how should


BBC News improve its coverage relating to disability? And Hampden


Park it, no tie and a crumpled shirt, the present of Newsweek this


week. In recent weeks both the BBC director of news and the Director


General have vowed to increase the representation of those with


disabilities on screen and off, after registers from its governing


body. But does it live up to its goal to be the best provider of news


for those with a disability? Some viewers have their doubts, such


Nicole may be pleased to hear that BBC News now had in place its first


disability correspond and, Nikki disability correspond and, Nikki


Fox. In the weeks then she took up the post she has been busy. Every


step of Al is taking is imitating the natural walking pattern. ``


Valerie. There is a motion sensor just there, which detects four


movements and turns them into steps. I had a target before, about 5.5%


and you did not meet that target. What makes you think you can reach


this one? I want to know how we make a difference, I am less interested


on why we haven't done things but what we can do. What I am hoping is


with bringing somebody who is going to take a lead on this, someone in


charge to make sure people with disabilities can come into the


corporation and get looked after when they are here, and the other


plans we said today is we will get to 5% target by 2017. I'm hopeful we


might even get beyond that. You do not know unless you try, there is


always another book to read or film to watch. I nosy to nosy to want to


die. The Lords will be debating whether a form like this will be


available to those with a terminal illness. Two doctors will have to


agree the patient has a condition which gives them six months or less


to live and they are of sound mind. You saw her in those reports and


here she is in the studio, our disability correspondent. Thank you


for coming on. What have the BBC said your role is about and what do


you hope to achieve? What I would love to achieve, I would love to get


those big and important stories that have something to do with disability


mainstream news. We want reports, we want our pieces to be on the six


o'clock News, breakfast News and the ten o'clock news. We have a large


remit. We want to serve the 20% of the audience that have disability or


are affected in some way by disability. Is it just about serving


them or about how people with disabilities are represented to the


general audience? It is both. We have is massive stories coming up.


We want to get a nice balance, a bit of light and shade. At the same


time, as I have done with my career prior to this job, whenever I have


done anything to do with disability, I have wanted it to be accessible to


everyone. To people who are not disabled as well as those that are.


User. There are big stories coming up, what are they? `` you said


thereafter? There is welfare re`form, the closing of the


Independent living fund. We are looking into that. We will do a big


story on that. Also the changes to education and how they are affecting


people with special educational needs. We have loads. I have to keep


some of them under my hat. Are their topics and stories that have not


been told or are not being told at the moment? Yes. I think this role


was created because the BBC were aware they were not necessarily able


to serve the disabled audience and this is great, this is what they are


doing about it. This is my job, my big responsibility, which I will


take very seriously. Some of it is quite practical. There is an effort


by broadcasters to update the language relating to disability, the


issue of language, is it still an issue? It can be. I have been


disabled all my life and I have a disabled sister. Even I sometimes


get the language wrong. Luckily, we have had a very positive way to


response from the pieces that have gone out. I have been very aware


there was one time when I said disabled people rather than people


with disabilities, it was just a slip. I did not mean to say it. You


can get a bit hung up on language. It is very important for me, in my


job, I have to get it right, it is what I'm paid to do. At the same


time, there is no need to be too hung up on it. At the same time, you


have to try and get it right. I certainly do. How do you see


yourself? A campaign or a spokesperson in any way? I see


myself as a correspond on, just like every other correspondence. Like


everyone I work within Salford. I see myself as a correspondent and


journalist. My specialist area is disability. I do have the unique


perspective because I am disabled and always has been. Of course, I


have that little bit of extra something to to the role will stop I


want to do as good a job as every other correspondence. This is my


specialist area, just like our 's is the sum. Some people would say there


can be some serious politics around certain aspects of disability


issues. Sometimes there may be a story where there is an argument


about doing adaptations. In that kind of situation, would you be


happy about giving both sides of the story equal prominence? Absolutely,


it is something I did for my radio documentary. I spoke about how my


dad has a small business and he might not necessarily be able to


afford to employ somebody with a disability. 100%. That is the job of


a journalist, you have to give both sides. I do not have an agenda, but


I have a unique perspective of what it is like to be disabled. I have


great ideas and I have always had great ideas, she says, that is a bit


vain. I have lots of ideas I want to bring. And lots of areas I want to


cover. Thank you. Pleasure. Let us know your thoughts on the coverage


of disability issues or an any aspect of BBC News. Details of how


to contact us at the end of the programme. Now for some of your


other concerns, starting with the coverage of the Ebola outbreak, a


disease with a high mortality rate. Our correspondence reports from


Guinea. A few days ago health workers could not get into this


village, but they have made a breakthrough here today. People are


bringing out their sick relatives and agreeing to be checked over the


symptoms of Ebola. That raised the question to several viewers.


There is a common dilemma when news covers a big sporting event, around


how much to focus on the winners whether they come from, and how much


on the performance of any of the UK teams, especially when the


Commonwealth Games are being held in Glasgow. Just a few weeks before


Scotland's highly contested referendum on independence. On


Thursday night, a Scottish athlete finished second in the hurdles. Not


the medal she would have wanted, but based or have one to celebrate. Mike


Ellis from Preston was among those who felt they detected a trend in


news reporting of the Commonwealth Games. He said:


Finally, since Jeremy Paxman left Newsnight a number of different


people have hosted the show and will continue to do so over the summer


before Evan Davis takes up his place as the lead presenter. On Wednesday


it was Robert Preston's term. After huffing and puffing the European


Union has responded to the shooting down of the Malaysian airlines


flight, moving to stage three sanctions against Russia. The


appearance of the BBC's economic correspond and caused a bit of the


staff or stop should he have had his hand in his pocket at the start of


the show? What about the lack of a tie and had that shirt seen an IM


recently? `` iron recently. Many approved of the debutant's the


performance. On that positive note, we leave you


for our summer break. We will be back in September, but in the


meantime share your opinions on BBC News and current affairs. They will


be read and heard and will feature on the programme when we return.


You can also have a look at our website. If you miss us in the next


month you can watch any additions and discussions of the programme


from the past year. That is all from us, have a good month and join us


again in September. Hello, keep your eye on the forecast


over the next few days, a lot going on, much of it wet. Brain pushing


into southwestern parts of England and Wales over the next few hours.


`` rain. Most of the action will be further west, moving northwards as


we go through the early


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