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Welcome to the programme. Coming up on this programme, it may be a


national institution but was the move of the great British big up to


Channel 4 really worthy of extended coverage on national news? As the


go-ahead is given off, we speak to the China editor about the


challenges of her job. One story this week was headlined on


BBC One bulletins on Monday and Tuesday with breaking news alerts on


the BBC News app and news channel but this is one reviewer put it to


us was not so much breaking news as the King years. Just to bring you an


update, the great British big of is moving to Channel 4 next year and we


are just hearing that it has been confirmed that super guns and Mel


will not be going to Channel 4. Sue and Mel will be stepping down as


hosts of the programme. Scores of viewers felt the BBC lost its sense


of proportion in its coverage. Some putting it down to a celebrity


obsession. Two of them recorded their views for us. I would like to


make a point about the big off and its domination of the news coverage


on the BBC this week. I know it is a popular programme but surely it is


not news of the fact it is moving channels? If it was moving to


satellite, I could understand there may be a few people worried that at


the end of the day, it is only three hops on the channel change and I


don't see why that should be national news. The winner of the


2015 rate British bacon off. I was watching the news bulletin on Monday


when Fiona Bruce announced summer breaking news, anticipating a major


event such as a terrorist attack or plane crash or possibly the death of


a national leader, I was left speechless when the news turned out


to be nothing more than the loss of a programme from the BBC to Channel


4. You are to be ashamed of yourselves for giving such a trivial


event so much publicity. In more weighty matter is the US


presidential election and the main event in that campaign this week was


the revelation that Hillary Clinton had been suffering from pneumonia


and prodded by footage of her stumbling as she got into a car last


Sunday. Did her illness and her failure to divulge it earlier won


the attention it received? Not according to poll who wrote on


Monday. All morning, the BBC will continue to make a full of itself.


Thursday's announcement that the Hinkley point move your station will


go ahead was a reminder of the increasing commercial importance of


China in the UK, added to its growing significance, it is clear


what prodded BBC News to appoint its first China editor in 2013. Since


she took up the post she has ported on such stories as the President's


state visit to the UK, the G20 meeting earlier this month and last


Sunday, the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. Two years ago, no one


here was demanding independence. When they brought the heart of the


city to a standstill, they were only asking to choose Hong Kong's


leaders. Beijing refused to give ground and now they are demanding


more, the right to decide whether Hong Kong should be part of China at


all. The Michael the sad reveals growing mistrust between China and


its guests. Its neighbours in Asia complain about not getting a level


playing field in business and America increasingly sees China as a


dangerous rival. The protesters were penned a find police barriers and


deliberately drowned out by symbols and drums. A leader who likes to see


himself as a mild of the people was off to the Palace. A golden carriage


for the golden mirror in relations that both governments now want to


embark on. Official censorship of the media is ingrained in China. The


Internet is heavily restricted and BBC News broadcasts have been


blacked out on occasion while treading on sensitive areas.


Journalists face obstruction, repression and worse. Not an easy


place to report from then and the woman with the task of doing so is


with me now. China is so prominent in UK News, partly through things


like Hinkley Point C but it does not feel I can we understand the country


as much as one would expect., choose your job about explaining time to


British audiences? It is about that. Our cultures are so different, it is


5,000 miles away, is enormous and complex so a lot of the stories we


hear about China are about explaining but I have to say, I find


them difficult to understand slice of those with the audience China is


so very complex. In terms of understanding, winds a story about


reports such as the Queen making comments about rude officials, is


there something we don't understand about how that is viewed in China


and how it matters because we saw it as the Chinese blocking out our


reporting putt anything that doesn't fit the template of how the Chinese


state wants to report any event or any piece of news, they will blacked


out on our screens, on CNN, they will blacked out the print media


coverage. That is a problem which has grown worse in China, rather


than better. Under the President, the tendency of the state to behave


in an increasingly autocratic and controlling way about information is


very noticeable and that makes the job of reporters even harder but


something like that, those comments about the rudeness of Chinese


officials, I can understand what would have happened there. Every


official at every level who was trying to organise the smooth visit


and trying to cover that visit, I came across that, they are very


tense. Their jobs are dependent on that going well so they are very


anxious as individuals that everything should go according to


plan. Restrictions have a chilly got worse over the last few years, what


sort have restrictions have you faced and how do you deal with that


when you are reporting? We face a range of restrictions. For example,


quite strict constraints on 1's actions -- access to the country. If


you are a reporter, you have to have a Visa so that is one way of control


but at every level, there is intense control of what we do and there is


intense surveillance of what we do so that is just something that as a


reporter in China, you know goes with the territory. Has it affected


what you have put into a report because you are treading of whether


it is worth offending the Chinese or more important to put that


information out there? Never because at the end of the day, it is very


important to stand your ground and do the job that you are there to do


so for me, even though sometimes you are faced with a situation where you


may be threatened or someone will be displeased by this might have


consequences for you or for the BBC, you just have to see to the person


who is making that threat, well, I must do my job and I will do it the


way I see fit. Campaigners say the situation in China is getting much


worse. Forced public confessions of journalists on TV, does it affect


the way you can operate? It does. One of the more nuanced ways in


which it affect the way we operate, it affects our relationship with


Chinese journalists and it affects our relationships with Chinese


individuals. It is very, very hard for Chinese individuals now to feel


safe appearing on BBC TV for online or in any other western media. The


fear of Chinese individuals, are they going to be presented as


somehow colluding with foreign hostile forces if they appear or if


they talk in any way to the Western media, especially for Chinese


journalists. That has become a significant danger. Do you think


that you should be reminding viewers more in the course of your


day-to-day reporting about the scale of censorship? It is very difficult


because we do need to do that and there's a certain amount of that but


we do in our coverage but at the end of the story of an enormous,


complicated, turbulence the transformative China is a much


bigger story than the one of how it deals with Western media so there is


always the balance to be made between sometimes we will do the


story about how our lives were made hard and it was made almost


impossible in some cases for us to get to the story. Example we can


never go to Tibet and we constantly ask and we do not get given. We do


have to say, our ability to report is heavily constrained but at the


same time, we also have to say that the Chinese state and the Communist


Party or the thin crust on a mighty Chinese civilisation with all the


21st-century turmoil that the rest of the world is going through and


then some. Finally, back to the great British


baked off and its connection to the decision to go ahead with the


Hinkley Point C nuclear plant, but connection you might ask but someone


at the BBC has conceded that the new power station would produce another


lecture city to a 58,181,818 people to watch the programme. Gary spotted


that and e-mails. Thank you for all your comments this


week. If you want to share your opinions on BBC News and current


affairs or even appear on the programme, you can call us.


That's all from us. We will be back to hear your thoughts about BBC


coverage again next week.


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