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withdrawing its support. At ten o'clock we have a round-up of the


day's news, but now it is time for Newswatch.


Welcome to Newswatch. On this week's programme, they got their envelopes


mixed up, but did BBC News get its news priorities the wrong way round?


We discuss complaints that the embarrassment of the Oscars was


reported on as if it was an event of major global significance but


really, was it? Did you know that things did not go entirely as


planned at the Oscars this year? Thought so. Any BBC news programme


on Monday, the strange events on stage were hard to avoid. It really


should not have been that difficult, opening the right envelope at the


right time and naming the right film, but at the Oscars last night


in front of a global audience of billions, it all went horribly


wrong. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced to the world that


the winner of Best film was George Best: All By -- La La Land, but the


only problem, it wasn't. As well as taking a significant airtime, the


envelope mix-up occupied the first seven or so minutes of the News at


one and the news at six and that pushed what many considered more


significant subjects out of or down the running order. Such is the first


public hearings in the government's independent inquiry into child


sexual abuse. 2-mac viewers recorded their thoughts for us. -- two. I


can't believe the BBC would consider this important enough to devote so


much of the programme to. When there is so much happening around the


world. I have no objection to this getting a mention, but keep the


headline spot for truly important newsworthy items. You are after all


providing a public service. Let me just say that I'm a great fan of the


BBC, and especially the breakfast programme in the morning. However, I


was absolutely gobsmacked the other day when Warren Beatty made this


envelope mistake for the award ceremony and it just seems that


suddenly the BBC is twisting us into a separate universe. We have people


in south to Dan starving to death, -- seltzer down. We have Donald


Trump manipulating the media and North Korea threatening a new arms


race, and yet the whole world comes to a standstill because Warren


Beatty opens the wrong envelope for the is the BBC losing perspective?


It dominated breakfast and it dominated the whole of the news for


the rest the day and in fact the next-day. I was sick to death of it.


Come on, BBC, get a grip. No awards from viewers for best news


broadcaster. Disgruntlement continued through the week. BBC News


reported on Thursday that the accountants from


PricewaterhouseCoopers responsible for the fiasco would not be working


on the Oscars again, and on Friday that they had been given bodyguards


following threats on social media. Giraldo another viewer who thought


be news was living in La La Land -- Brian Hughes. BBC News still banging


on about the simple mistake by the PricewaterhouseCoopers two. Why? We


are with the daily controller of BBC News. What was your objection? I


felt the same as those viewers who had just given their views. There


was so much time spent on this one silly item. And I think, my views


were off on the breakfast drove them, Dan Walker and Louise were


trying desperately to keep the momentum going -- programme. They


were so excited, going to the red carpet, and we went to the red


carpet and there was this poor man standing in a kilt, desperately


trying to speak to someone. He didn't get anybody to speak to him.


I think he would have grabbed a cleaner if he could. It was just


silly. I know there is always an issue every year with Oscars


coverage, but this year it was compounded. Because it is far it


makes a nice fresh and change, but viewers feel you have overdone it.


On the six o'clock news we did a five-minute item on this, so it was


at the top of the running order. I'm not saying that we underplayed it.


That was 12 hours after. But many people this will be the first time


coming back from work they will have the chance to see what happened and


why it happened and what is the outcome and the ramifications. It is


more than just a fun night and, this is the major event in the calendar


for the entertainment industry. And this is the biggest blunder in the


entertainment history's history, Julie. It is right that we cover a


range of stories and that includes entertainment and popular culture.


Mary, is the biggest entertainment story of the year and that is what


it merited that slot at that time. Yes, I don't think it is, actually,


and I don't think with the greatest respect, that it is the big media


event that everyone is interested in. Did you have a view about what


other stories were then given less coverage? I don't know what they


were, because it just seemed that everything was Oscars, Oscars, and I


believed there was a child abuse item but it was squashed into a


corner and I didn't really absorb it. That is one of the concerns that


many people have. The abuse inquiry story should have been the lead, and


maybe this could have been the third headline. It is the BBC giving


priorities to something you shouldn't. The ten o'clock news did


not lead with the Oscars, the six o'clock news did, and one thing to


pick up, it was the most watched viewed shared item across the way,


this gaffe. We hear that a lot. It is important. The audience for


bulletins as opposed to online, who know they can read in-depth. When


they turn on the bullet and they want to know the most important


stories in the right order -- the bulletin. What is the right order?


You're right order is going to be different to mine and Mary's. That


is fine. It is a subjective matter and there is no correct order to


these things, but what would have been incorrect if we had not covered


the child sex abuse inquiry and so be previewed it the night before and


we have substantial coverage across today. In the mix you have to have a


range of stories, but what news can't be is just about death tolls


in descending order is or disasters. It can feel like the BBC is trying


to keep up with social media where these stories have huge traction.


Some in the audience said it is not the business of the BBC to be trying


to compete with that kind of show business social media that word. But


it is our business to give audiences a range of stories, and there will


be people who think we should not be covering sport. What difference does


this make? Others feel differently. The same with politics. Some will


feel that we bang on too much about politics and others feel that we


don't get into the nitty-gritty of it enough. You always need a mix.


This has gone on all week, and we knew there was a mix-up in the


envelope and then it was detail about how, but that is it. Thursday


and Friday, it was dominating a lot of airtime about these accountancy


workers with bodyguards and are they going to work again at the Oscars.


People say it wasn't warranted. Did it really dominate airtime? We


returned to it. One of the justified criticisms of the BBC and the media


in general can be that we do a huge amount on a story and then the


juggernaut moves on and you never hear the end. What actually


happened? With this, we are saying, there is a development, for those


who are interested, and many were. Here is the next iteration. If it


had been the lead story across five days, I would hold my hands up and


say we have gone over the top. Final word, Mary, what you feel about what


you have heard? I think over the weeks and news watch we have at


items and complaints about the news actually putting the emphasis on


show business things will stop my view is that, please, the majority


of your viewers are licence payers and they want to switch on and see a


very balanced view of the news and I don't think you are providing it.


Please, please, we're trying make the BBC head and shoulders above the


rest will stop -- will you try to make. We will certainly try to do


that. Thank you. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on what you


have heard in this programme or any other aspect of BBC News. Just time


for a couple more of your comments about what you have seen this week.


Some reaction on Thursday to this story headlined here on the news


channel. The BBC News investigation has discovered nearly 4000 motorists


a day in England are fined for the -- driving in bus lanes. That word


lucrative which also featured on the BBC News website of England's most


lucrative bus lane cameras infuriated Edward Taylor who felt


the reporting emphasised motorists complaints about local councils


making money. On Tuesday in inquest into the


deaths of 30 British tourists killed in a gun attack in Tunisia in 2015


found they were on -- unlawfully killed. James Franklin e-mailed his


objection to the way it was treated. Thank you for your comments this


week. Please share with us your opinions. We may feature them on the


programme or you might feature in person. You can post your thoughts


on Twitter and also have a look at our website where you can watch


previous discussions. That is all from us. We will be back again next


week. Goodbye.


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