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Fillon, and he's family receiving payments. He denies it. Tempi, Rita


chakra Barty is here with a full round-up of the day 's news, first


it is on his watch. And there and welcome to news watch


with me Samira Ahmed. On this programme, is BBC News doing deals


with celebrities? She gets to talk about their new film, they get to


ask about the divorce. It was a very difficult time, and, we are a


family. And we will always be a family. But first has stormed Doris


battered many parts of the UK on Thursday, it could only mean one


thing for BBC news reporters, you know what is coming next. Here's


Alison Freeman. We saw you earlier almost unable to stand up, it


doesn't look much better now? It isn't Rita, we have just watched


this storm unfold throughout the morning, as the wind has become more


and more powerful. It is so strong at the moment I can't look into it,


and the foam that has been blown from the seat is a bit more like


being in a blizzard. But was that piece of broadcasting and location


necessary, why is also? Carol J left us this message. I'm sure that the


BBC will say that we do not put our reporters in danger and that she is


OK. Not everyone however, may be as responsible, I use that term likely,


as the BBC. They may think, let us go and stand on Blackpool and they


get blown over and hurt even worse cirrus to hurt or killed and will


the BBC take responsibility? There is no need to have that woman


standing in that position, encouraging others to think it is OK


because it isn't. Newspeak is radio one's News service targeting 16 to


29-year-olds, story is true on ordinary members of the public doing


something on social media that quickly get picked up and printed


widely. This week it is a story about a 20-year-old American student


called Nick who graded and critiqued a break-up letter from a ex-friend


he posted it on social media where it went viral. Newspeak republished


his tweet showing the letter. A number of people complained about


the invasion of a young woman's Prevacid, including somebody who


said it was aiding the online harassment. And the BBC had


published it purely for entertainment.


Well we asked Newspeak for a response and this is what they told


us: -- Newsbeat. Now on Sunday night the News at ten


reported as one of its headline stories on a new film about


Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime in 1970s which is being released later


this year on Netflix. It might not sound like obvious mainstream news


material but its inclusion in the bulletin may have sung to do with


the identity of its direct, Jolie. What happened to its people was not


properly understood. And not just for the world but for the people of


the country, I felt that I wanted them to be able to reflect on its.


Angelina Jolie is keen to tell the story and focus on this country and


its past but it has been difficult to keep the spotlight off her own


personal life. Wii nine incident occurred the undead to your


separation, also know that you haven't said anything about this. --


we know that an incident occurred about your separation. Only that, I


don't want to say very much about that. Except to say it was a very


difficult time, and we are a family. That interview also ran the


following day on breakfast and a news channel featured on the news


website, and as part of a documentary shown on BBC world News.


The driving force behind it was Julie Angus, the deputy director of


the BBC World Service. He joins us now. First, can you tell us how did


you get that Angelina Jolie interview? Yes of course, we decided


that it would be editorially interesting and important to take


the advantage of being able to go to Cambodia and make a feature about


the film. And it is good that you explained that this is part of a


longer documentary, one of the important things to bear in mind


about this piece is that we are going to be producing a 23 minute


documentary which will run on the BBC world News Channel and on a news


channel here in the UK and indeed a radio documentary. So what we did


was gather quite a lot of material and we cut down some of it,


broadcast ahead of time. So that, the audiences who watch those main


bulletins on BBC One, would see the news piece. Just to be clear,


getting that interview with Angelina Jolie, were their deals or


conditions? Their word, we had done some work with her last year, I


think she trusts the BBC to deal with the material in the film


sensitively and proportionately. We were able to agree with her that we


would go and get some access to the film and its premiere which we felt


would be of value to the audiences and would be of interest to the


audiences and what we have seen from the statistics and the viewing


figures and the online figures have confirmed that. What did you object


to about this item? Mainly because it is not news. It is as simple as


that. This actually was a shameless piece of Hollywood PR. It consisted


of puff about the film, it was a long film of Pol Pot which is 40 or


50 years old, and then the most ludicrous so-called exclusive


interview, which reminded me of a levitation seen from absolutely


fabulous in which he said absolutely nothing. But this was trailed across


the BBC, endlessly. It was headlined, it was the second or


third most important in the world according to the running order of


the BBC News. Frankly you could hardly have made more fuss if it was


the second coming. A lot of people would say that it would not have


been done without her celebrity at all? I think her involvement in the


film is certainly passed of the news story. Certainly the ones have been


made about the genocide but one of the important things about this film


is that her involvement meant, that a major international personality


was investing the time and the effort to make a Cambodian language


film with Cambodian actors, and for the first time the whole machinery


of the Cambodian government including the king who attended the


premiere was very publicly being associated with it and we felt


because we don't get to go to Cambodia very often, that actually


that told us something editorially interesting about how other


countries coming to terms with what has happened in the past. Of course


her presence was part of the story. But the BBC always makes a material


across the wide range of subject areas. I think what people ought to


see is authoritative and well-informed views. Angelina Jolie


may well be that, but we can all see from America, the problem with


pandering the way that you did with some of the most it's equally as


questioning I have seen since the 1950s, to celebrities. And celebrity


views are worth no more than yours or mine frankly. What did you make


of the fact that the headline of the story was about the marriage


breakdown? She did and said anything about it, did she? By the way, that


is none of our business. We do know and only a fool would think


otherwise, that as and when she makes her announcement about that,


it will be done through the Hollywood PR machine and anyone who


thinks she's going to answer a question on the BBC, about that is a


fool. People watching, say that if this was about the film crews and


the Khmer Rouge, why was the headline on News at ten about her


marriage? If you look at how we presented the material right across


the BBC will see clearly that we presented the story in the context


of the film. But in terms of the News at ten what people were


watching West up but if you look at the package, you have got a 3.5


minute piece, of which the 45 seconds is what happened in her


family. We understand that people have a broad range of interest about


this story and ways of getting into this story and we think we have


presented this material responsibly and I'm very sorry that might is not


happy with it, I would hamper I would encourage him to watch the


long for material, that we produced as part of this trip because when


you have seen that, it is part of a fairer basis of judging the


totality. You are emphasising that, the BBC sold the whole exclusive on


the fact that you have got this celebrity angle, Angelina Jolie and


her marriage break-up and the comment on it however little that


was. That's what seems very odd to viewers like Mike. I don't think


that is fair, if you look right across the BBC News website, and the


two national channels and throughout its coverage, I think that we have


been very clear about headlining the film, the issues about Cambodia and


the unusual access. The unusual parts of the Cambodian story. I


think we have handled it responsibly but we are not going to cover up the


fact that there was some interest for the public in what she had to


say about this enormous international news stories. Are you


satisfied with what you have heard? No, and the fact of the matter is


that people don't have the time and inclination, the fact of the matter


was that it was headlined across the BBC as an exclusive interview about


her marriage breakdown. As if anybody was interested in that,


people are clearly, but she said absolutely nothing about it, and


frankly I thought it was a fiasco. We will have to leave it there,


thank you very much. Finally Steve Hewlett died on Monday was an


occasional presenter and very welcome guest on this programme. He


had a long and varied programme with production and executive roles, on


the BBC and Channel 4 and ITV, he was editor of panorama at the time


of its famous interview with Princess Diana in 1995 and he became


a sought-after media commentator both on camera and in print and he


presented Radio 4's media show from its launch in 2008. Over the past


few months he described the experience of having cancer in a


moving series of radio interviews. Steve will be much missed by family,


friends and colleagues and by news watch viewers such as Paul Nelson


who wrote to us on Monday. "So Sad, to hear of his passing. I shall


never forget his candid interviews. "


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