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the waterfalls and the others went down with them. At 10pm we will have

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a full round-up of the day 's news. Before that it is time for News

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The Prime Minister emerges from meetings in Brussels

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Why didn't BBC viewers get to hear all of what he had to say?

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And we have seen and heard a lot about Boris Johnson over

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Too much, and is it a sign of things to come

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So, the shuttle diplomacy is over and the exhausting negotiations

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After all the build-up, the deal was done.

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As the BBC political editor spoke from Downing Street during last

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Friday's News at Ten, the Prime Minister was eagerly

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anticipated by the waiting media in Brussels.

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If we think back to the reaction of many people round the European Union

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when he embarked on this adventure, what some people would

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He faced significant criticism, some of it public, some

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Many people believed he was doing it for his own...

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I am going to interrupt you because we can go straight

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I will fly back to London tonight and update the Cabinet

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David Cameron went on to outline the terms of the deal

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Just four and a half minutes into his statement and this...

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We will leave David Cameron, as he continues to give details

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of a deal that has been agreed unanimously in Brussels tonight.

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Let's go back to Downing Street and Laura.

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From what you have heard, has he got enough?

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In the coming months there will be intensely fierce scrutiny

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on everything apart what David Cameron has only just

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The programme continued with more analysis from Laura,

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along with reports from her on the leave campaign.

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Are you watching a Prime Minister battling for Britain?

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Mark Easton canvassing opinions of voters in a golf club bar,

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all of it outdated by the Prime Minister's statement.

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The decision not to stick with live coverage of the Prime Minister's

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statement, as Sky News did, met with a wedding ring response

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from more than 100 viewers who contacted us.

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Some strong views there. Let's explore that decision with Hilary

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O'Neil from ABC News at ten and our view at Gareth Glover. Talk us

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through what you felt as you were watching that bulletin. For the

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fortnight before the BBC, like every other news programme, had made such

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a huge deal what David Cameron was going through and the negotiations

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he was carrying out, that the results were really momentous for

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the country. When he started speaking, in fact even my young

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adult children in the house actually stopped what they were doing, and

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started listening intently, wanting to know what he had actually found

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out. To my horror, things suddenly changed. We are suddenly shipped off

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to Downing Street to talk to a correspondence who had clearly been

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put there. It felt as if the words of the correspondent who had no idea

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what was being said in David Cameron's comments at that moment

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and what he was going to say yet, then that was more important to the

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BBC than actually hearing David Cameron's words. Hillary, it is a

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news programme, here was some news, and you cut away from it for

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analysis on stuff that we didn't yet know about fully. It was a fantastic

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new stay and it's quite unusual for the ten o'clock news to have

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breaking news in that way. It's also very important for us to not just

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put one-sided of opinion on to a bulletin.

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We took David Cameron's statement. He is a professional. If you look

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back at what he's said, the first one minute 15 summed up the key

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deals he had done. He went into quite a lot of detail about the

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first of the many points he was going on to make. If we had stayed

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with the whole of the speech, it would have outlasted the Ten O'Clock

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News. It was 20 minutes. You could have run a bit more. You could have

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dropped some of the EU packages. I would have to disagree with you on

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both of those points. What he was setting out to do is go through each

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of the points in turn. By the time we got to the relevance to the

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energy market, which is very important, it was clear each point

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he was going to give was more details. What we needed to do in

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terms of balance, was to put another point of view and get some balance

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of opinion into the programme. I know that Gareth has said in his

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original e-mail that David Cameron was not a political speech but it

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was. It was news. What do you make of Hillary's explanation? As far as

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I am concerned it was and a political speech, a cross-party

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discussion full stop it was for the country to make a decision. David

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Cameron is going to make his point. He has to begin on that opportunity

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to make his point and for people to come back with analysis of those

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points and come up with sensible discussion. Beyond some of the other

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pieces, they were out of date by what had been said. Let's talk also

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about the fact that people did want to watch they were not told they

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could watch it live. It was being streamed elsewhere. It was being

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streamed. We should have lacked earlier. They could have watched it

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live. You should have said that. I do have to just go back to this

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point about whether or not it was a political speech and in what

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circumstances you say that the Prime Minister has the right to hold the

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floor for an entire bulletin. When he has just announced an EU deal the

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whole nation has been voting for, they might say, yes, I would quite

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like to hear what he have to say. It is not an apolitical thinkers and he

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is putting one side of an argument. The whole of the nation gets to vote

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will stop Michael Gove, the Justice Secretary had just indicated that

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day he was not going... My point is that you could not let David Cameron

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had 20 minutes of the BBC News at ten and not put the counter. We

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would have failed. This is a key point. It would have been biased to

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have let David Cameron had 20 minutes of the news at ten.

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Personally I do not agree with that. At the end of the day I do believe

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it was an apolitical speech. At the end of the day he was trying to

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establish his point about what went on. It has not been known for the

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news to extend in the past. We will have to leave it there. Thank you

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both. Before we leave the EU referendum

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this week let's mention one other aspect of the coverage that has

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caught your attention for the bid is what some feel to be an excessive

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focus on the personalities involved in the campaign. One personality in

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particular, especially over the course of last weekend. How are you

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doing? Could he join Mr Gove? As soon as the Cabinet has met,

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ministers are allowed to go public if they want to leave the EU. Will

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Boris Johnson become an official out? This time tomorrow night we

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will know whether or not Boris Johnson has decided to campaign to

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leave the EU. A very good evening to you. After days of speculation, the

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Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has announced he will back the campaign

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for the UK to leave the European Union. Speculation about what the

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decision by Boris Johnson might mean for his relationship with the Prime

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Minister, his future, and that of the Conservative Party. It irritated

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some viewers. I am totally annoyed about the fact they are reporting

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about whether Boris Johnson is going to do this or that. It is the fate

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of the country back is at stake, not individual people. Thank you. We

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hope to discuss the Boris effect and the balance of personalities and

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issues in EU referendum coverage on a future edition of news watch.

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Among other subjects, the News the BBC is to start trialling a new

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hour-long news programme at six o'clock in Scotland. This could lead

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to Scottish viewers have on their own dedicated news at six

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permanently. That angered hundreds, including Richard Andrews. He

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wrote... This is parochial and panders to the separatists. We

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already have Scottish News at 630. I would like to retain the UK News at

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six. Thursday's publication into the report about Jimmy Savile and the

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BBC raised extensive coverage. This from Patricia Stoner. Some weeks ago

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we were treated to images of this evil predator on the news. You ran

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an item with thoughtful and pertinent comments. I was foolish

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enough to think the BBC had taken our thoughts on board. Today the

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story was resurrected with images of Jimmy Savile. One might have been

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access to pull in the name of news reporting. Two would have been

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stretching it. I watch with mounting disbelief as image after image of

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the man was shown. In one he was half naked. I ran the item back and

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there were 16 separate images. Yours in utter disbelief. Wednesday

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brought news that Aston Martin is to build its new luxury car in south

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Wales. The news at 602 its report with pictures of the best-known

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Aston Martin driver there is. Still to come: Bond's favourite motoring

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brand. The new model is to be built in south Wales. Spotted the problem?

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A number of motoring enthusiastic, including Kevin O'Keefe, who

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described herself slightly bemused by the trailer for the piece about

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Aston Martin. The voice-over described it as being Bond's

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favourite motoring brand. Sean Connery was driving a Sunbeam Alpine

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in the clip. Thank you for all of your comments this week if you want

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to share your opinions on BBC News and current affairs or appear on the

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programme, you can call us. Or e-mail. You can find us on Twitter

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and do have a look at the website. That is all from us. We will be back

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to hear your thoughts about BBC News coverage again next week. Goodbye.

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