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will be here with a full round-up of the news, but first it is Newswatch.
Coming up: Are you confused, bored or irritated by
Why haven't BBC News reported more about allegations of electoral
irregularities involving members of the Conservative Party at last
And, the sound of the BBC's political editor being hissed
We hear some reaction to that response.
Less than three weeks to go and the EU referendum seems to have
permeated every corner of BBC television output.
As well as dominating the news, the subject featured
in a documentary on BBC Two on Tuesday, fronted
by the organisation's political editor, Laura Kuenssberg.
Andrew Neil, it has been announced, will be hosting three prime-time
television programmes on BBC One next week and the troublesome
business of campaigning even found its way onto last
We will ask the key players on both sides.
Prime Minister David Cameron for Britain Stronger In Europe.
I think it is one of our natural treasures.
And Boris Johnson from the Vote Leave campaign.
The countryside is central to ourselves and our sense
Why backing them promises a rosy future for rural Britain.
So were the rolling hills and bleating lambs of British
countryside a suitable forum for arguments about why
we should leave or stay in the European Union?
We put that objection to Countryfile and the executive producer told us:
That sense of referendum that he is clearly felt more widely. Andrew put
it like this: it is not just the quantity but the
nature of coverage that is turning some viewers. The leading players in
this battle are in one particular political party and Conservative
divisions are taking up too much air time for the tastes of this man. The
referendum coverage is unbalanced. It is perpetuating the view that it
is a struggle for power in the Conservative Party. On the evening
bulletin there were discussions with some politicians about immigration,
but at no point whether any interviews with Labour politicians
or other opposition politicians, all of the contributions were from
Conservative Party members. It is time that the national broadcaster
respected non-Conservative Party views on this important issue. For
one woman it is not the dominance of Conservatives that is the problem,
but the dominance of politicians: to discuss those perceptions of how
BBC News is covering the referendum campaign, and joined by Gavin Allen
who controls daily news programmes. Too many politicians into many
Conservatives in particular? Politicians are leading both the
official campaigns and to give them credit they have a lot of experience
at dealing with the departments that work with the European Union and it
is legitimate that we hear from them. It is also important to see a
range of voices which is what we have tried to do across all
programmes and to hear from a range of parties. Tell me more about the
range of voices. Viewers are saying it is not a party divide issue, it
is bigger than that, so we should be hearing more people who are not
politicians. If you look at breakfast TV coverage with the 10pm
news this week we have looked at farming and fishing and education
and the NHS, within those areas we have not been hearing from the
Cabinet Secretary for that area but from people in the Trinity. -- in
the community. Are we hearing a lot from people? I think so. Tim Martin
from Wetherspoon 's was there, Ian both on with elsewhere, they were
advocating their position on the referendum. Passion helps but so
does explanation. If everyone is on one side it will confuse viewers.
Part of the challenges that the campaigns are pumping out repetitive
lines and edited daily line-up of celebrities on every issue. It is
not your fault that they are running their campaigns that we did do you
think the BBC goes along with that too much. The agenda they tried to
set is normally the economy, controlling our borders, and a big
topic so it is important to look at them in debt. It would be remiss of
us if we waited for either camp to tell us what they want to do that
day and we just followed it. Another complaint is that there is a lot of
relevant comment and opinion in Europe. Heads of major EU businesses
and institutions. But apart from Angela Merkel, very little of that
gets onto the television. Should you not be putting more of those voices
on-air? There is a lot of material on the website and we are trying to
be comprehensive. We covered Angela Merkel on the Ten O'Clock News. We
also looked at comments from Spain and the Netherlands. It was also
from citizens in the EU, not just people in positions of the party. We
did a piece for Newsnight where he toured across Europe. We have a
referendum generation programme that looks younger people, including
people who are not British, to see how they are preceding the
referendum. There have been a lot of events in Cali over migrants, which
people say should be part of the immigration issue coverage and not
kept separate. I think it is a difficult area. When you say, keep
it separate, we are covering those stories. It is the perceptions of
people and members of the public but it is also distinct from it. There
are EU and non-EU migration issues. If we blurred the boundaries of that
I don't think we are serving the audience. There are still three
weeks ago and there is already quite a frenzy. A lot of the public feel
they are being put off, there is too much coverage. What should the BBC
do? What we're getting from audience research is that there is an
appetite for a clearer coverage and more coverage. It might be fishing
or farming you are interested in that we have to cover the whole
remit of this. Whatever someone is driven by, somewhere in a coverage
we must be able to let them see that make an informed decision thank you.
No doubt we will be looking at other aspects of the BBC's referendum
coverage between now and the 23rd of June did in the meantime we leave
you with some other topic boycott your attention week. The subject of
must each discussion on social media, 11 police forces around the
country have began inquiries following claims that the
Conservatives broke the law during last year's general election and the
electoral commission is also investigating. Channel 4 News has
covered the story extensively, and while it has been mentioned on some
BBC News outlets, there has not been nearly enough on it. Hundreds of
years that this, including this one. Surely this is a big story and the
BBC should be climbing all over it. Why are they not? Adi frightened?
Will upset someone in the establishment? The ramifications for
this is that we could be fighting an EU referendum by a party that was
voted in by election of fraudulent practices. The BBC has taken my
licence fee but it is not protecting the public or democracy. We at BBC
very responsive and they told us: the BBC's political editor, Laura
Kuenssberg, has found herself in the news and an online petition calling
for her to be sacked gathered 35,000 signatures before being removed last
month as it had become a focal point for misogynistic abuse. This week
Jeremy Corbyn said that the BBC was obsessed with trying to damage the
leadership of the party. On Thursday, when Laura Kuenssberg
Peterborough Hand ASCII question, this happened. Laura Kuenssberg from
the BBC. There has been much comment on the
smile and the poll is before Jeremy Corbyn lifted his hand, but Tom
Watson with quick to condemn the behaviour. He said: Laura Kuenssberg
posted this gentle reminder: thank you for all your comments this week.
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