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The headlines: Brazilian police have questioned the former president Da


Silva as part of their corruption investigation. He described it as a


date of this respect for democracy. Investigators are testing a knife to


see whether it could be linked in the killing of the ex-wife of temp


two and her friend. American researchers say they have


discovered hide the Zika virus could damage the brain of unborn babies.


Facebook is to change its tax arrangements in the UK. In 2,000


Ford team the company paid only 6500 dollars in Corporation Tax. At ten


o'clock Sophie will be here with a full round-up of the day's news.


First, Newswatch. Hello and welcome to Newswatch


with me, Samira Ahmed. Coming up on this programme: Awards


were being given out in Hollywood on Sunday night, but the BBC's Oscar


coverage receives brickbats, And how did this hoaxster get


on The Victoria Derbyshire Show with a tale of misbehaviour


on a flight he claimed It was lights, camera,


action for BBC News on Monday morning as the public woke up


to details of the 88th Academy Awards ceremony,


held the night before in Los Breakfast featured several


appearances of entertainment correspondent Lizo Mzimba


in Hollywood, with a variety of guests and a studio


discussion back home. We will come back to


the films in a minute. The News Channel continued


the Oscars coverage at nine o'clock with the Academy Awards


leading its bulletin, to the disgruntlement


of this viewer. Why was the first six minutes


of the News Channel dedicated to the very shallow


reporting of the Oscars? Yes, they should be reported at not


as head of the news. At 9:30am there followed a 30 minute


Oscar special with discussion And there is much more on the BBC


News website about all of that, about the fashion, the films,


the winners and losers. There was indeed much more


about all of that on the BBC News website and the News Channel


and BBC One bulletins continued to feature the subject


throughout the day, Opinion was divided with Paddy Kelly


writing: I thought the coverage But there was a minority view among


those who contacted us, more typical was this


from Iain Glen. So, what place should the Oscars


are any entertainment story have And in the lead up to the renewal


of the Royal Charter, should editors listen


to Culture Secretary John Whittingdale, who may have been


thinking of coverage of this kind when he argued this week


that the soft news element of the BBC online services


is of limited public value. Sam Taylor oversees BBC News's UK


onkline operation and the BBC Sam, John Whittingdale was singling


out online for too much soft news, as he saw it, about celebrities


at the expense of this kind of core mission of news being


about information and public value. A lot of our viewers complaining


to Newswatch this week seemed to feel the same after seeing


the Oscars coverage. I think it is fair to say, isn't it,


that the Oscars is not in that part It is one of the biggest


entertainment stories of the year. It is obviously got people talking


here and around the world and this year it was a very strong story -


the success of Leonardo DiCaprio after many years trying to get


an Oscar, British success, but also this diversity debate,


which was not played out on the fringes of the Oscars,


it was played out on the very floor of the arena with Chris Rock


making so many comments. It was a story, I think


a very strong story, but I think the important thing


to point out is that we handled it in different ways during


the course of the day. Well, that is the point


where we know there was a very big audience interest in finding out


what had happened in the event which had happened


while people were asleep. So, the web story we wrote


about that was the most read news story on the site in the month


of February around the world. News Channel and Breakfast audiences


were higher than average. So, at that point there was a lot


of prominance with the Oscars because we were bringing people up


to speed about a story that clearly As the day progressed,


of course, it moved down our running orders on the One and Six news


on BBC One it was the end item of the programme bringing people up


to speed on a big entertainment So, we did approach it in different


ways, but we did that partly because of the different ways that


people consume the news. In terms of the amount of airtime,


though, particularly in the run-up to it as much as after,


people felt there was an awful lot of standing around looking at a red


carpet and commenting I mean, is that the kind of news


that the BBC News Channel Is that not for other


entertainment channels to do? I think if you are talking


about the element in the morning, there was a very short period really


in the morning where stars are working the red carpet before


and then some of that afterwards, but that's where we got a fantastic


interview on Breakfast with Mark Rylance, one of Britain's


greatest actors who had just That was the breaking


news reaction element. Of course, things


finished pretty quickly. We did our Oscars special at 9.30am


on the News Channel and BBC world News because things had wrapped up,


it was a good point for us to sum everything up, do the story


and move on, which we did. We actually moved on during the day


to look more head on the issues of diversity and some of the more


serious news stories to come out The morning after, then,


it is very big in breakfast News. Nine o'clock, when the News Channel


bulletin gets going, Given that there was the half-hour


special to come at 9.30am, can you see why viewers thought why


did it need to be six minutes at the top of the nine


o'clock bulletin, as well? I think it is worth saying that


that is the only hour in the whole day where the Oscars was the lead


story on the News Channel Derbyshire and Breakfast lead


on the story about NHS recruitment. The News Channel went on to lead


on the trouble at the Nine o'clock is a very short


catch-up news bulletin. We felt it was the peak point


for people who are interested in catching up on the Oscars story


could catch up on it and we just did To be honest, we did it at the same


length we do for any lead story - the video report and a live


with a correspondent and trailled I don't think it was out of kilter,


we actually just wanted to allow people to catch up on the news


at that point and then we brought some other stories before


we came to it at 9.30am. Please, let us know your thoughts


on the role of entertainment stories, or on any aspect of BBC


News. Details of how to contact us


at the end of the programme. Before that, two stories


in the early part of the week dealt with migrants in different parts


of Europe and both attracted Monday's News at Ten reported


on a confrontation between police and migrants near the border


between Greece and Macedonia and, before that, clashes as demolition


teams moved into the camp in Calais What was meant to be a gentle


eviction through encouragement and information became a blunt


exchange of tear gas and rocks By dusk, the battle


was underway again. A second fire in the place someone


yesterday called home. The water cannon brought


in not for the fire, but for the arsonists,


and then tear gas for anyone This is the view from


the Macedonian side. A border guard fires tear gas


directly at the migrants. On the other side of the fence,


the man in the front of the picture in the blue jacket is


hit by that canister. There is panic as the toxic


gas start spreading. A boy staggers from the crush


retching, others collapse Today, on a European border,


children were tear-gassed. Merlin Graham-Paulton


from Gloucester wrote Brenda Taylor was more concerned


about the coverage of Calais, And we received this telephone


message on a similar theme. I was watching the news on 29th


February to see the coverage of the clearance of


the camps in France. It is always seems like


it is on the one side. They were criticising the police


and how they were acting, It just seemed to be


on to the police all the time, but they did not go


on about the other side, the way they were acting, throwing


stones at the police and everything. If you are going to report the news,


don't report it with bias, Well, we put those points to BBC


News and they told us: Finally, the strange


tale of the stag party, the Ryanair flight,


and the prankster. Last Friday, a flight between Luton


and Bratislava was diverted after a group of 12 men became


drunk, rowdy and violent, with passengers saying one


of them exposed himself. BBC News reported the story


and invited anyone on the plane Darius Davis did so and after


a telephone conversation with a journalist was invited


onto The Victoria Derbyshire Show About ten minutes into the flight,


when we were in the air, one of the stag members stole


the trousers, so one of them was exposed and he stood up


and he was being boisterous. Darius Davis later revealed


that he had not actually been on the plane and had made


up his entire testimony as a hoax. In a blog, Davis, who is a comedian,


claimed that at no point did the BBC demand to see proof


that he was on board the flight, expressing his surprise that,


"lazy journalism allowed me While a Twitter user


called Ben posted this. For its part, the BBC had this


to say: Many thanks to all of


those who contributed If you would like to share your


opinions about BBC News and current affairs or appear here


on the programme, do please ring us, e-mail us, post your


thoughts on Twitter. You can watch previous


discussions on our website. Join us again for more


of your thoughts about BBC News Great Britain have won medals at the


Track Cycling World Championships tonight. Andy Murray got the Davis


Cup title defence to a


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