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Hello, and welcome to Newswatch. On this week 's programme, has BBC


reporting of Ashya King been fair to his parents, or intrusive and


excessive? Alex Salminen blames a metropolitan media for unfair


coverage of the referendum debate. Have the BBC been guilty of this?


And what is more important, a live broadcast from the trade


Congress, or breaking news of a royal pregnancy? Sometimes a story


can seem very clear when it is first reported, and then be transformed as


new information emerges. The case of fight your brain tumour patient


Ashya King is such a story and has been borrowed through the British


media, in June `` including on the BBC `` five`year`old. He is now


being treated in Prague, but his name hit the headlines two weeks


ago. It started at 2pm yesterday, when he was taken from the hospital


by his parents. At 4pm, his whole family travel to Portsmouth weather


got on a ferry, and at 8pm, six seemed to many to be a simple but


tragic tale, with Mr and Mrs King being the villains. To some, that is


how the BBC portrayed it at first. One viewer said:


In the past fortnight, events have moved on significantly. Ashya King


is undergoing scans this week at a clinic in Prague. In advance of


plans proton beam treatments `` planned. Our correspondent reported


from Prague. It has been a long Jennifer Ashya King and his family.


Is unclear who will pay for his treatment, but the therapy they


fought desperately for is expected to start next week. Such coverage


led to further complaints, such as this e`mail from one view on Monday


morning. `` viewer.


Another viewer greed, writing: `` agreed.


The head of the BBC newsroom is Mary Hockaday who joins me now. Some


viewers felt that the early coverage implied that the parents were


guilty, because of the prominence of what the authorities were saying,


and those photographs released. And the talk of arrest warrants. Should


the BBC have done more to question the source and reliability of what


authorities were claiming from `` claiming? At any face value, is the


important thing to say. It's a service to the community, an


announcement from police and the hospital, the possibility of a


missing child. At that stage, it feels an important and significant


thing said by the authorities and the right thing is to draw attention


to it. Quickly, the story moved on, as did our coverage. That happened


in a number of ways. One of the things was noticeable `` notable and


unusual about the story is how the family quickly communicated


themselves, partly by putting a video on YouTube, a new phenomenon


that became part of how the story fadeout. When it became clear that


the family were going to be allowed to take Ashya King to Prague,


viewers were concerned that we should have left them alone, and


there were cameras everywhere outside their home and both


hospitals. Was it intrusive? There's this idea that it turned into a mini


soap opera. The family themselves were very happy to, and in fact


choosing, to communicate to us and other media. It wasn't asked, if you


like, pressuring them. For our audiences, and many of our audiences


were very engaged in the story. They wanted to know what happened next.


That is our fundamental job, what happens next. It seemed to me, and I


think this is absolutely right, if you like, we followed that stage of


the story through to Prague. All along, as well as reporting the core


elements of the story, we attended to the many issues it threw up. It


really did raise many questions. A lot of them about family 's rights,


with care and hospitals, a lot of issues around costs and choices of


treatment in hospitals. Issues around the European arrest warrant,


and what this is. A lot of questions about proton beam therapy itself and


other kinds of treatments for tumours and so on, with some really


interesting testimony from other families with experience of all of


this. For us, reporting the story and airing the issues, hearing from


all sides, that's the job we were doing. Thank you for coming in.


Elsewhere this week, the referendum campaign in Scotland has been


hotting up in advance of Thursday 's vote, in next week 's programme we


will be examining the role the BBC has played in coverage and ``


covering the campaign and the role it has after the poll. The


corporation has already been under fire this week for reporting of the


independence issue. Firstly, after this pronouncement by the Royal


correspondent Nicholas Witchell, on Tuesdays BBC One bulletin. The Queen


will accept the referendum result, whatever it is. That is her duty as


a constitutional monarch. But nobody should be in any doubt, any breakup


of the United Kingdom would be a matter of deep and private sadness


to her. One viewer 's comments said:


Alex Salmond has been at the heart of much of this week 's news


output, demanding that the BBC should co`operate in an enquiry into


the leaking of RBS 's plan to move its registered office to London, if


there is a yes vote. The Minister was `` the first Minister was


questioned by Nick Robinson this week. Should a Scottish voter


believe you, a politician, against men who are responsible the billions


of pounds of profit. He didn't answer, but he attacked the


reporting of those in what he called the metropolitan media. Who could he


mean by the metropolitan media? Did Alex Salmond really not answer Nick


Robinson 's question? One viewer said the following:


Earlier on Thursday, the news channels broadcasting live a speech


from Alex Salmond, and at the same time something else was going on on


the other side of the world. For the first time ever, Scots now


believe that this can happen, and indeed this will happen. Back to the


judge giving her verdict in the murder case of Oscar Pistorius, she


has said the state has not proved beyond reasonable doubt that he is


guilty of premeditated murder. This was the response of one viewer.


Cutting away from showing a live event, also resulted in our final


comment this week. Here's Frances O'Grady, telling the TUC conference


on Monday morning what was wrong with the society we live in. Where


the blame is heaped on the most vulnerable, migrants, claimants,


whether powerful and privileged set pretty. `` where the. Breaking news


now, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to announce


that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child. By the


time the news channel had finished discussing the royal pregnancy,


Frances O'Grady 's speech had finished. Mary Pearson, president of


the Birmingham trades union Council, was watching. Here is her


reaction. We could have waited 20 minutes to learn about the pregnancy


of the Duchess of Cambridge. I couldn't see that it was a matter of


national importance, it `` that it couldn't wait 20 minutes. Here is


the leader of over 5 million workers in the trade union movement, she was


cut off and allowed two minutes 25 seconds. It is crazy. It seems so


unbalanced and so unfair. Thank you to Mary Pearson and all of those who


sent us the comments this week. If you want to share your opinions, or


even appear on the programme, get in touch with us.


That is all from us, we will be back to hear your thoughts on the


coverage of the Scottish referendum and other topics next week. Goodbye.


It is looking fine overnight, there will be varied amounts of cloud,


where we get clear skies there will be mist and fog developing,


especially in northern and western areas. We have cloud, and a bit less


cold. Towns and cities are looking at temperatures not falling below 12


degrees, and winds remain light.


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