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down 116 points. Full coverage of the final farewell to Muhammad Ali,


but a little early on than normal, this week 's edition of Newswatch.


Welcome to Newswatch. Was the death of Muhammad Ali are significant


enough event to blow almost all other news off the screen on


Saturday? And as a search for clarity in the referendum debate


continues, did this debate generate more heat than light? The BBC have


tried to respond to the widely held perception amongst the public that


they are not getting the truth, unvarnished facts in the debate over


membership of the European Union. Thursday was deemed EU referendum


questions they. Five editors gave their answers to queries from the


public about the consequences of leaving of remaining in the EU. What


some challenged those responses, one anonymous viewer appreciated the


effort... Yes, debate. There will be more of


them in the coming days. We saw some lively exchanges this week mostly


featuring the comedian and remain campaign supporter, Eddie Isard. --


Izzard. Because we want the control... I think we should make


you change sees if you go on like this! I know, I know. We are trying


to make the whole economy better. The economy is better if we are


inside. No it isn't, no it isn't! Yes it is! We try to avoid pantomime


here. One viewer was unimpressed. He said...


The referendum has dominated broadcasting news out route over the


first half of this year, but it has been a year full of the deaths of


celebrities. The BBC's coverage of it has often proved controversial.


Last Saturday morning we woke up to news of the death of the man


considered by many, including himself, to be the greatest. One of


the greatest personalities in world sport, the boxer Muhammad Ali has


died. I am the champion, the real champion, there will never be one


like me... All of the four-hour programme followed was dedicated to


Muhammad Ali. Segments of other programmes like Newswatch would


drop. The news channel continued in a similar vein throughout the day


and all of the BBC One tea-time bulletin was devoted to the boxer


with a special tribute programme replacing the drama. Some viewers


did not pull their punches in response.


Two more viewers who contacted as this week, grey Staughton and John


Maclean joining now, and in the BBC's corner is deputy news editor


Toby Castle. I worked at the news that Muhammad Ali had passed away.


It was on the lunchtime news. By the six o'clock News it was a single


issue news bulletin. By that time it was not news, in that sense. I had


always prided the BBC on in-depth coverage of all news, not just a


single item. Did you have an issue about the relevance of Muhammad Ali


to some viewers? I'm the same era as him, sadly, but then I reflected on


my children who are in their 30s. They would have no relevance to that


particular item. Some people might be saying, who is he? That meant


there is a disenfranchisement of much of the news. You are younger.


It might have been because Muhammad Ali did not play a part in your


growing up. I am 24. I was well aware who you was. I was intrigued


but it was frustrating that there was a much coverage given to it. The


BBC News channel ran for a large part of Saturday. Lots of programmes


that are normally order were moved, like Click, that I normally enjoy,


that had been moved to replay coverage over and over again about


the death of Muhammad Ali. So it seemed like you had no other news


including a bulletin that was 14 hours after the news had broken that


Muhammad Ali had died. I would reject that it is a news blackout. I


accept that the tea-time bulletin was devoted to Muhammad Ali. I have


no regrets. 14 hours later? It was the tea-time bulletin of that day.


It was, I would say, one of the most significant stories of the week.


Definitely the most significant story of Saturday. And the BBC, I


personally believe, has a responsibility to provide depth and


context to stories. And I felt that talking to John 's point


specifically about audiences that might not be aware of the


significance of, not just the sporting figure that Muhammad Ali


was, but arguably his influence beyond that, culturally, and I felt


that those items on my bulletin provided that context for the


audience. What do you feel about Toby 's justification? I appreciate


that he is right to give depth to this, showing the importance of


Muhammad Ali is a boxer and activist. But by 8:30pm in the


evening, it should have been established, and not the entire news


bulletin at the expense of everything else that was going on.


Grace, what did you think? I think it is concerning how generally the


media has increasingly focused on celebrities. We're having a of


celebrity deaths this year because of the way the media has changed in


the last century there are more famous people dying than centuries


ago. That kind of rock 'n' roll demographic. I don't think it is


healthy for the British public to get so emotional about people they


have not met Allsop no disrespect to them, but I don't think it is good


that we obsess quite so much about some individuals. It is better for


the news to give information that can inspire us to do useful things


or give information we need. Getting on with this point that grace me, it


is not the job of the BBC to be part of the collective morning and fill


hours of airtime. You can give information, you can put obituaries


online and direct people there but keep the news bulletins for news.


Specifically we are talking about Muhammad Ali year, and I would say


that is more than just a celebrity death. It is a significant


individual. He went beyond sport. But we are talking about more than


three hours of a four our breakfast programme being devoted to just his


death. The evening schedule, the BBC, the network, decided to put


their tribute in prime time which was the right decision to make. We


followed that prime-time tribute programme with the late news


bulletin and if you watch that bulletin, John Sobell, American


editor, led that with all of the reporting about the specifics of


what had happened that day, the reaction to the announcement of his


death that broke in the early hours of the morning. And we could then


therefore reflect what happened through the day in a packaged news


programme. You have all these online resources. If you want to clear


prime time to show a documentary, shouldn't the news channel then be


moving on? Why is everyone all doing all the same coverage? I cannot


speak about the decision of the network to put the tribute on in


prime time. I can speak about our decisions, and I believe that we


gave comprehensive context and analysis for our audience across


what was a very significant news story that day. Your thoughts,


Grace? Why have all this coverage dedicated to one person when telling


us about it isn't going to change anything or help anyone? I still


maintain, maybe I am unique but I watch the BBC because of its breadth


of coverage as well as depth of analysis. And I did feel on Saturday


that that breadth disappeared and that perspective was lost. Thank you


all very much. We have heard the observation that the death was


described as breaking news many hours after it happened. It is an


example of a phenomenon that Andrew Stevenson and spotted and he rang


with a question and suggestion. For how long can a story be considered


to be breaking? Sometimes stories carry on breaking four hours. Surely


there has got to be a limit to this. It can be in pending or just


pending, breaking, developing. Maybe even old hat. Remember, if Newswatch


is not shown on its normal slot, you should be able to catch up with ours


on the BBC iPlayer. If you want to share your opinions on BBC News and


current affairs coverage, you can contact us...


We would not back to hear your thoughts about BBC news coverage


again next week. -- we will be back. Good evening. It has been a week of


extremes. Today was no exception. We had some warm sunshine,


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