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the European Union have to be Brexit book. -- after the Brexit foot. At


10pm there will be a full round-up of all the news, but first it is


time for Newswatch. Hello and welcome to Newswatch


with me, Samira Ahmed. It is more than three months


since Britain voted to leave the EU, but has the BBC's reporting caught


up with the new political reality? Kim Kardashian was robbed


at gunpoint, it may or may not be what you want to hear about,


but is it the sort of story BBC News First, Hurricane Matthew,


the most powerful Caribbean storm in a decade, has caused devastation


and hundreds of deaths in Haiti. Although that has certainly been


reported on BBC News, some Newswatch viewers have told


us they feel the focus Peter White put it like this


in an e-mail on Friday morning: if you didn't know exactly


who Kim Kardashian was and what she had done to become famous,


United been been used by some news the BBC brought us


on Monday morning. In the early hours of this


morning, Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint


at this luxury residence. It is understood a night watchman


was handcuffed and five men dressed as police, wearing masks,


stormed her apartment and held her before ransacking


it and leaving. She was left tied up


in the bathroom. A bad experience for the TV reality


star, certainly, but some viewers wondered


whether the incident justified We put those


points to BBC News and they told us: Another celebrity featured


on the News Channel and BBC One early on Friday morning in the form


of a headline crawling on the news This one read, "Ollie Murs:


My heart goes out to Zane". Chris recorded this video


for us to explain why. I wondered what the story


was about so I waited until the headline came round again,


to see if there was any more information, but no,


just "Ollie Murs: My heart goes I am not a great fan


of either of these guys, Ollie Murs or Zane Malik,


but I was curious as to why it was on the breaking


news headlines. I have since looked on the BBC News


website and I can see there is a story there talking


about Ollie offering support to Zane, who apparently has experienced


some anxiety about performing on stage and has cancelled some


performances, but none of this was presented by the news


broadcasters at the time. We were just left with this


curious, slightly bizarre, Political journalists had a bit


of respite over the summer after the events of June and July,


but they have been busy again for the past few weeks


with the traditional party


conference season. This week it was the


Conservatives gathering in Birmingham and on Tuesday the BBC


political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, had an appointment


with the Prime Minister. Nothing about leaving the EU


is likely to be neat and tidy, but how much mess does


the Prime Minister think the economy Exit is an opportunity,


but with the pound plunging a big The pound today has sunk to a 31


year low, the very well-respected International Monetary Fund


is warning that there is going to be a slowdown, how worried


are you about the impact on people's livelihoods as we untangle ourselves


from the European Union? The interview that followed prompted


a number of people There were further


associated complaints about what was seen


about predominance of voices on air from those who were


on the On Monday, Evan Davis


hosted a discussion with four guests, all


of If you think about


Brexit, nothing has yet The European Union, the 27 of them


that will remain in the European Union, have not


yet had their meeting where they unanimously have to agree


what their negotiation position is and we have not revealed


what our position is. But some people feel it is the BBC


that has not accepted the result of the referendum and a number


of viewers complained about the make up of that panel,


with a Ukip MEP posting this: We hoped to discuss how BBC


reporting is adapting to the current political environment,


but no one was available to do so. Instead the BBC gave us this


statement: That is going on in one party has


dominated the news coverage after Thursday's altercation in the


European Parliament which left Steven Woolfe from Ukip in hospital.


That night, the leader of Ukip in Wales was picked up on an interview


he had given earlier in the day. You said earlier on the BBC do you think


Steven Woolfe picked a fight. He said that he picked a fight and came


off worse. APPLAUSE


Mr Banks took to Twitter to see: please give us your thoughts about


the issues we are covering today. There are details on how to contact


us at the end of the programme. On Tuesday night BBC News at ten


devoted ten minutes to the plight of Aleppo in Syria, under bombardment


after the breakdown of the recent ceasefire. Viewers applauded a


powerful report but some had already been distracted by one aspect of the


studio introduction. The official figures showed that more than 100


children have been killed in the rebel held areas in just over a


week. Our special correspondent reports on the growing tragedy of


Aleppo's children. His report does contain distressing images from the


beginning. But those who did not spot the error, it was spelt out by


a viewer. Lindsay was equally unimpressed:


Much of the blame for it the dire state of affairs in Syria has


believed at the door of Russia, who says it is attacking jihadists in


Aleppo and it was very sorry for civilian casualties, but some


viewers feel BBC coverage has failed to produce an objective view of the


conflict. One viewer recorded his thoughts on camera. I wonder if the


BBC has taken another trouble to put the Russian side of the Syrian war


into perspective. We may not agree with what the Russians are doing,


but they surely have a strategy which is relevant to them and to the


Assad resume. It would greatly help viewers understanding of the whole


dreadful complex affair if somebody could give the prospective of the


Russian strategy and I think the BBC could do something to improve that.


Tales and images of the destruction and suffering in Syria have been


appealing more frequently on our screens in recent weeks and there


are emotional impact is being felt by viewers and journalists. Last


Friday on BBC One were images of the aftermath of one air strike on a


city close to Aleppo. A rescue worker is overwhelmed after pulling


a baby alive from the rubble. Syria's military intervention has


caused untold suffering and it is not clear if it has brought the end


of the war ended close. When the programme cut back to the studio, it


was clear that the prayers centre -- it was clear that the presenter had


been affected by what she had seen. One viewer said:


Kate responded later to messages like that : thank you for all your


comments this week. We are here to reflect your views so


if you would like your comments to get aired more widely you can call


us or e-mail us. You might end up appearing on the programme. You can


send us a message on Twitter and do look at the website. That is all


from us. We will be back to hear your thoughts about BBC News


coverage again next week.


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