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Hello and welcome to Newswatch with me, Samira Ahmed.


Awards were being given out in Hollywood on Sunday night, but the


BBC's Oscar coverage received criticism from some viewers. And how


did this hoax to get on the Victoria Derbyshire show with a tale of


misbehaviour on a flighty cleaned the travelling on? -- flight he


claimed to be. It was lights, camera and action on


Monday morning as the public work of the details of the 88 Academy Awards


ceremony, held the night before in Los Angeles. And the Oscar goes


to... Breakfast featured several appearances from our entertainment


correspondent in Hollywood and a variety of guests at a studio


discussion back home. We will come back to the films in a moment. The


news channel continued the focused, with the awards leading that


bulletin. Why was the first six minutes dedicated to the very


shallow reporting of the Oscars? They should be reported but not as


head of the news! At 9:30am there was a half-hour Oscars special, with


discussion of the films and the frocks. There is much more on the


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


and the losers. There was indeed much more about all of that on the


BBC News website and the BBC News Channel and BBC News Channel and BBC


One bulletins continued to feature the subject of the day. Was all this


attention justified? Opinion was divided, with one writing:


But that was a minority view among those who contacted us. More typical


was this: so what place with the Oscars or any


entertainment story have? And in the lead up, should editors listen


Donald -- think about this coverage, when he argued that:


Our overseas, on my operations editor joins me now. There are


claims of too much soft news at the expense of this kind of core mission


of use. A lot of our viewers complained to Newswatch this week,


feeling the same about seeing the Oscars coverage. I think it is fair


to say that the Oscars is not in that part of the debate. It is one


of the biggest entertainment stories of the year. It attracts a lot of


attention and has people talking here and around the world and this


year it was a very strong story. Successful Leonardo DiCaprio after


many years. And also the diversity debate, which wasn't played out on


the fringes of the Oscars but on the very floor of the reader, with Chris


Roc making so many comments. -- of the arena, with Chric Rock. So it


was a strong story and we had it at different times through the day. You


focused on the morning, where we know there was a big audience


interest in finding out what happened. So the web story we wrote


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


February around the world. So at that point there was a lot of


prominence for the Oscars because we were bringing people up to speed


about a story that clearly people were interested in. As the day


progressed it moved down the running order is. At the 1pm and 6pm news


bulletins it was the end items. So we did approach it in different


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


the news. In terms of the amount of airtime, especially the run-up to


it, people felt there was a lot of standing around, looking at a red


carpet and commenting on peoples dresses. Is that the kind of news


the BBC News Channel should be doing? I think if they're talking


about it in the morning, there was a short period in the morning where


stars are working the red carpet before and some of that afterwards,


but that's where we got the fantastic interview with one of


Britain's latest actors. That was the breaking news, reaction element.


Actually things finished pretty quickly. We did our Oscars special


at 9:30am on BBC News Because that was a good time to wrap it up. We


moved on during the day to more head on issues of diversity and some of


the more serious stories to come out of the event. The morning after it


is very big in Breakfast news. 9am, when the news channel bulletin: gets


going, it is the first six minutes. Even there was the half-hour special


to come, can you see why viewers thought, why did they need to be six


minutes at the top of the 9am bulletin as well? That was the only


our in the hole daywear the Oscars was believed story on the news


channel during the day. -- only time in the whole day wear. The news


channel went on to lead with the trouble on the Greece-Macedonia


border. We knew that was the pick point where people wanted to catch


up on the Oscar story and we did it very quickly and to be honest at the


same length we do any lead story. A video report and a live


correspondent. I don't think it was out of kilter. We just wanted to


allow people to catch up on the news at that point and then they got


other stories before we came back to it at half past nine. Thanks so


much. 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 early in the week dealt with migrants in


different parts of Europe and both attracted the attention of Newswatch


viewers. Monday's News at ten the AMP reported on a confrontation


between police and migrants between the border at Greece and Macedonia


and before that clashes as police moved into the camp at Calais.


What was meant to be a gentle addiction through encouragement and


information became our blood exchange of tear gas and frocks,


hurled at police. -- rocks. Then the battle was under way again. A second


fire in a place someone yesterday called time. Water cannon brought in


not for the fire but for the arsonists and then tear gas for


anyone still standing nearby. This is the view from the Macedonian


side. A border guard fires teargas 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's panic as the toxic gas


starts spreading. A boy staggers from the crush retching. Others


collapse with their eyes and lungs burning. Today, on the European


border, children were tear gassed. Merlin from Gloucester wrote in


about that last piece: Brenda Taylor was more worried about


the images. And we received this telephone


message. I was watching the news on the 29th of February to see the


coverage of the clearance of the camps in France. It almost seemed


like it was only one side. It was criticising the police for the way


they acted, firing tear gas, it just seemed like it was about the police


or the time but they didn't go on about the other side. The way they


were acting, The Rolling Stones. If you are going to report the news,


don't report the buyers. -- throwing stones. We put that to BBC News and


they told us: finally, the strange tale of the


stag party, Ryanair flight and the prankster. Last week the flight was


after a group of 12 men became drunk, rowdy and violence, with


passengers saying one of them exposed himself. BBC News reported


the story and invited anyone on the plane to come forward with


information. One man did so and after a telephone conversation with


the journalist was invited on to the Victoria Derbyshire show to describe


what happened. It was a crazy flight. They were drunk from the get


go. About 5-10 minutes into the flight when we were in the air one


of these stag members stalled the trousers. So one of them was exposed


and he stood up and he was being boisterous, he was naked from the


waist down. The problem, Daria Stevas later revealed that he had


not been on the plane and had made up his entire testimony as a hoax.


-- Darius Davis. On a blog, the man, who was a comedian, said at no point


did you have to provide proof that he was on the flight, expressing


surprise that lazy journalism allowed him on the BBC News. A


Twitter user posted this: For its part, the BBC had this to


say. Many thanks to all of those who


contributed to the programme this week.


If you want to share your opinions on BBC News and current affairs,


or appear on the programme, you can call us, or e-mail.


You can post your thoughts on Twitter, and do have a look at the


Join us again next week. The buyer. -- goodbyes.


Snow has been causing issues out and about and it still will do


Ice a big concern however where we've had showers,


even if they haven't been of snow, things are freezing over there now.


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