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tighter checks entering the Schengen zone. At 10pm the Fiona Bruce will


be up with a -- with headlines but News Watch.


Welcome To News Watch. Coming Up. The Horror Of Paris Attacks What


Challenges Did Bbc News Face In Conveying The Drama And The Facts Of


What Happened Last Friday Night? We Be Hearing What Questions You Had


About The Coverage And How The Bbc Decided What To Show On Its


Bulletins. It was at around 9pm last Friday evening that reports began to


emerge of what proved to be the most complex and fast moving operation


BBC News has faced this year. Tim Wilcox was presenting on the News


Channel at that time. We start now with breaking news. Reports are


coming in of an attack, or possibly several attacks in Paris. Reports


are talking out -- about a burst of gunfire. With meets to discuss the


programme about this coverage is the BBC controller Gavin Allen and we


will also be hearing from one of the viewers who's been in touch with us


over the past few days, Richard Callan who's in Oxford. Gavin, can


you tell us about the priorities that the BBC had any major aftermath


of these attacks. It was a remarkably confused picture


initially. Obviously, the key priority is to tell people what we


know and what has happened to the best of our knowledge at that stage


and it was unfolding as each hour and minute went on. But also what we


didn't know, because you leak to lots of conclusions. And different


attacks. The priority was getting people who were there and getting


our own people to Paris and making sure that anyone we did get to Paris


was entirely safe, knew the risks and we had back-up. Where the big


issues now is fitted. A lot of mobile phone British get uploaded


onto social media, and there's also the concern about showing disturbing


imagery without warning. How did you deal with this? It's not unique to


Paris. So many people witnessed so many events. We need verification


and assessing it. When are we broadcasting? Is it appropriate is


it required? Does it help us understand what's happening? Lets


get some reactions from our viewers. Some of you said, congratulations,


who e-mailed. Others had their reservations and here are some


selections of your thoughts. Paris is on a knife edge. A city where a


silent vigil suddenly transforms into a screaming stampede. There's


been no doubting the sense of fear. Extensive portrayal of that fear


over many hours of airtime could have had a negative effect. It may


be gratifying to terrorists to see how much beer they've done it. Not


just directly to the victims, but how much they are impacting on a


wider society. That would have given them a great deal of satisfaction is


and deal their actions were worthwhile. That's the sort of


impact they want to have. This man had other concerns. Events in Paris


have been horrific and I don't want in any way to diminish or belittle


that. My concern is that there seems to be a morbid curiosity of


reporters pursuing witnesses immediately afterwards about their


emotions. What must you be going through? I think that could be left


for some time afterwards. Is no surprise that the story this size


received worldwide airtime, but there were discussions about suicide


bombings in Lebanon getting lost. Richard, can you tell us what your


concern was the tone of the coverage? I think I agreed with


several of the comments there and I'm concerned that the quantity of


coverage suggests that Western lives lost our more important the lives


lost in other parts of the world. I'm thinking of Pakistan, Nigeria.


Places which have greater resonance for some of the communities most at


risk of radicalisation in this country, and that amount of coverage


can then reinforce ids within those communities that Muslim lives are


not valued as much, which then actually increases the risk of


radicalisation. So, I think we have to be careful to be proportionate in


our reporting of loss of life around the world. Cabin. . It's a difficult


balance. You can't conduct your news on different countries. It has TB a


judgment based on the impact of any given incident.


a knock-on effect. Not just in families in Paris but migration


policy, intelligence failures, and a whole host of other areas to


explore. It doesn't mean we wouldn't cover other disasters or tragedies.


Richard, did you worry about fear and panic and the amount of coverage


was given? If very little was said in a Western media is about these


events, then I could imagine that the leadership of IES Mack -- Isis


would be disappointed. They rely on it to recruit by spreading fear and


terror. Absolutely, I think we have to be careful we don't do their job


for them. Gavin, lots were concerned about the idea that


some of the timing of the coverage focused on there, and there could be


seen to fuel the panic. I think at the end of this, an incident in


which 120 people are killed in the middle of the capital city, it's not


the coverage of that is going to lead to fear increasing, it's the


attacks themselves. I think we've got to be responsible restrained in


how we tell these stories, how we tell the background, the impact to


what happened, and hear eyewitness accounts. It's reflecting the fact


that there is fear, not creating fear. Lets get a taste of some of


the coverage and different reactions to aspects of it. It's been a week


of high emotions and BBC News conveyed the strength of feelings in


a number of ways such as this montage showing on Monday morning.


Another impact concern me, the use of a montage with some very morbid


piano music. It sounded more like a dreadful soap for the real events


that had happened. Reporting has been demanding emotionally and


sometimes the effect on BBC staff was clear. And the grief and anger


of Parisien 's was on display to the regrets. Much more factual reporting


a less impact on how it had affected very individuals could have been


better. And it would have been kinder to those individuals. I do


question as to how much focusing on those raw emotions will of made it


worse for them. Richard, can we talk about these views on how emotion was


covered in news and sentimentality. We heard that clip from the


breakfast News montage. What are your thoughts about this kind of


coverage? There's a danger of the invasion of privacy at this time is


when you are looking for people's reactions and immediate emotions,


and then I think that can easily move on to making it into a drama,


and something that becomes, for some people, entertainment. It becomes


gripping. They want to watch it. It looks a little bit like some of the


dramas we might watch on television anyway. And I think we need to avoid


sensationalising, or making news such as this into an appealing drama


that people are going to have some sort of morbid interest in. Morbid


interest. That music blog overlays images! I take the points about it


becomes entertaining or drama. I think it was compelling, and I don't


think it is necessarily a bad thing that is compelling. It's the chance


to reflect on individuals. The danger is of that we talk of


geopolitics, instead of individuals who have been injured or killed. By


speaking to people who are there at the same, or families of those who


have died, I think you get a greater picture of the sense of the tragedy,


actually. Because it has impacted on real, individual people. Lex end


with one will clip featuring a letter written by the husband of one


of the victims. He read out his letter to a BBC camera on Wednesday


leading to a large response on Twitter. On Friday night you stole


away the life of a acceptable being. The love of my life, the mother of


my son. Of course, I am devastated with grief, I give you that tidy


victory, but it will be a short-term grief. I know we will join us every


day. And I will find her a game in Paradise a free souls which you will


never have access to. -- again. That's all we have time for. Do call


us with your news and views on a number above.


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