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Hello and welcome to Newswatch with me, Samira Ahmed.


This week... Wild celebrations in Leicester on Monday night as they


win the premiership with the rest of the country very happy as well. Were


the BBC correct to reflect this with extensive coverage?


First, the BBC pulled out all the stops as normal for its coverage of


Thursday night's elections across the UK. BBC One ran its election


2016 programme throughout the night and BBC News reported extensively on


Friday the results of votes for the Parliament of Scotland and the


assemblies of Wales and Northern Ireland. Nigel greeted this


enthusiastically on Friday night. The graphics! Jeremy Vine unveiled


the computerised box of tricks as usual. Let's have a look at the map


again. Take it all in. We will show you the results in the key wards.


800 of them. This shows movement since last year, 2015. Labour had a


poor results... Reaction was divided on Twitter. -- result.


On Friday morning, the emphasis was put on one results. -- one set of


results. Election results are still coming in


over the weekend so if you have some reaction to the reports you see we


may feature it next week. Earlier this week, Monday's late news


bulletin on BBC One lead with news on what some people in the English


Midlands greeted with joy. By the kicked off 24 hours of coverage


which infuriated many watchers. Leicester City defied the odds to


win the Premier League. APPLAUSE. Delirious fans celebrate


as the club written off at the start of the season wins the title for the


first time in its history. It is a dream. Adrian come through! The


dream went on throughout Tuesday on television. -- A dream come true.


There were features on the impact on bookmakers in Leicester City


upsetting the odds, the financial benefits for the club, and


interviews with Claudio Ranieri. He still passes by every two or three


years. Is old friends have a get together and we go to get something


to eat. It was still the lead story at ten o'clock that night. Dan Roan


is in Leicester tonight with the latest. 24 hours... By then, had the


BBC milked the story dry? Was it right to make the most of a rare


good news story? I am joined by an editor and others who have contacted


us after watching the coverage. What was your reason for complaining? I


was watching the one o'clock news and the first item was the Leicester


City victory. It is tremendous for them! But I felt that ten minutes of


that at the start of the news was a bit much. And then as a sideline the


disaster in Syria was mentioned. More and more recently with


celebrity steps and one thing or the other, apart from being on the news,


it is nearly a documentary. -- deaths. Just a mention on the news


is fine and save the documentary for another time. It is


disproportionate, isn't it? It wasn't a surprise. We had known for


days they were going to win. It was a surprise at the start of the


season. 5000-1. It was an extraordinary story, a great story,


so many elements in it and so much to go into, such a surprise, local


angles as well, global angles, financial angles, cultural


angles... It was absolutely a story that transcended football and


sport. For the people I spoke to it is a story that captured


imaginations. There was loads to get into. But it was almost a


documentary. Ten minutes! Still the lead 24 hours later? There was a lot


going on that day. There was a lot to get into and analyse. From what


we can judge the audiences were enjoying it. The website figures


were strong that they. And Syria is an important ongoing story we have


covered consistently in-depth. -- that day. A unique moment in news,


Mark. Eight rare feel good story. It was great. -- a rare. But 24 hours!


It lost its significance. If it was a newspaper I would wrap my chips in


it. It was presenters in front of crowds of people and you couldn't


hear them. It really ran out of news. I think it is about you


needing to understand what is significant for viewers. Syria,


Brexit, the presidential elections, a whole range of things. They became


insignificant compared to this story. 24 hours later... I think


there were developments that they. Claudio Ranieri, the manager, spoke


for the first time. The city in celebration. The players back in


celebration. I think it is right. But isn't it indulgent? I think it


was right that we analysed the story. It was an extraordinary


event. There wasn't much to analyse. Everyone is saying is


saying isn't it amazing! Even the Prime Minister tweeted, he got the


club right, thank God, that it just became repetitious. They had a great


scoop on the IS documents on Sky... It is waiting chasing. -- rating


chasing. It was about how did they achieve this. Back to Joan. As well


as that, for you this was another story about football and the English


Premier League at that. I am not a football fan but I love the sport


and I watch snooker wall-to-wall. But ten minutes in a half-hour


bulletin! And sending a reporter to speak to the manager's friends from


his childhood? News, I don't think so. Specifically, this coverage from


Rome. That was a key part of the story. An manager who has previously


been unsuccessful in other clubs... -- a. Is that normal? We always send


reporters to see friends of important figures. It covers the


context of this story. And I genuinely think this is a story that


people will remember for years to come and we will be talking about it


for years to come. You can't say that about many stories. It was


entertainment. It wasn't news. It was ratings chasing. A final word.


It went on and on, including with celebrities, if they die, mention


it, but a mini documentary in a half-hour bulletin is wrong.


Schedule a mini documentary for another time. Is an issue about how


much goes on a bulletin as to a post to what is on the website. -- There


is an. -- as opposed. What is in a name? You may have read that the


government of the Czech Republic is renaming the country to Czechia. It


raises the question of how the BBC should name other countries. For


instance, a new military regime in 1989 decided are much should


henceforth be known as Myanmar and not many people agreed. -- Burma.


And this person noted that sometimes the BBC uses anglicised versions of


place names and sometimes it doesn't. The Italians call their


country Italia, they call Roma Rome. We call them differently. That has


to be consistency. Either we adopt their names for all cities, towns


and countries, or we continue to use the familiar English names that we


all move and understand. The current pick and mix system is confusing,


illogical, and just plain wrong. I suppose it means, looking forward,


we will have news reports from Mosca, Athena, and so on instead of


the more familiar Moscow and Athens. Please, please, can we go


back to the familiar English names? Thank you for all your comments this


week. You too, could put your point across on a future edition of


NewsWatch. These are the details. -- you, too,. You can find us on


Twitter or have a look at our website. You can search for and


watch discussions we have previously shown on the programme on line. But


for now, we will say goodbye. You tend what more next week. -- You




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