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Al-Hoceima Hello and welcome. Later on the programme... Jeremy Corbyn
comments went down well but was that because the audience was not well
represented or did the BBC handle the programme Rob Lee? And where
these pictures worthy of the attention they received? First,
election campaigns are often defined by actual or perceived blunders but
politicians caught on camera and microphones replayed endlessly
increasingly so in the media social media age. Jeremy Corbyn had this
encounter on Tuesday. How much will it cost to provide a means tested
childcare for 1.3 million children. It will cost... It will obviously
cost a lot to do so... I presume you have the figures? I will give you
the figure in a moment. You do not know it? You are logging into your
iPad. You're announcing a major policy and if you do not know how
much it will cost. It featured on BBC but many viewers felt that too
much was being made of a memory lapse...
Another few recorded her thoughts for us on video. On Tuesday, we had
the perfect illustration of the differential treatment of Labour and
the Conservatives. Headline News on all the broadcast media because
Jeremy Corbyn forgot her figure. Compare that to the treatment of
Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, who on the today
programme got his figures out by ?20 billion. It might have been balanced
if they mention that Labour had a fully costed manifesto whereas the
Tories manifesto was totally uncosted. Another election
controversy followed on Wednesday after a debate featuring
representatives of the seven main parties, including Amber Rudd and
Jeremy Corbyn. I was thinking how chaotic it would be if they all got
together... It felt by some viewers that it fell into chaos at times.
One told us she found debates like that...
More contentious the reaction of the audience put together by the polling
company who were commissioned by the BBC. Have you seen people sleeping
around our stations... CHEERING AND APPLAUSE. Have you seen the level...
Jeremy Corbyn can you respond to that point... I am proud to lead
this party and I was a late did. -- elect did. When Amber Rudd spoke,
the audience responded in a less enthusiastic way. We have made it
clear decision to make sure that we protect the poorest in our society.
You have not. The pensioners will be protected. Judge us on our record...
LAUGHTER. The following morning, the Daily Mail front page screamed of by
yes and the Foreign Secretary called the audience the most left-wing he
had ever seen. It was a yammering cacophony of views, many of them
left wing. Even by the BBC standards, he would agree the
audience was notably to the left of many people in this country. What
did Newswatch view is think? One joins me. I was actually shocked by
the audience reaction I thought the jeering and sharing of some people
but the jeering of others was unacceptable. It seemed to be that
the audience was, at least 80%, left of centre in its buyers and I
thought that was completely unrepresentative of how the country
votes. You raise the issue of whether the audience was unbalanced.
The company said this earlier in the week. The reality was, the audience
was scrupulously put together, select it and verified and I think a
politician's clapometer is not the best way to judge how the voting
public is, to open the bonnet and understand how the audience was put
together. It is like constructing a giant 3-D jigsaw. You have to look
how representative is... Making sure it is a conservative of the 2015
result, the current voting tensions, the people who voted remain, until
you it absolutely was. You raise concerns about the panellists. What
was your concern about the way they came across and the way the debate
worked? I do not understand why there were seven speakers and a
number of them are from very small parties. If you look at the way
people voted, one got .6% of the vote in 2015 or stop they all got an
awful lot of air time and I do not know whether the audience... They
say everyone was represented, was the Conservative audience of 40
times... I just do not believe the audience was representative of the
country. You also spoke about the sense that five leaders were
essentially ganging up on Amber Rudd stop what could or should the BBC
have done differently? It was very difficult. It is send it into chaos.
It was shouting match. I thought Amber Rudd actually did very well,
under a lot of aggression. I think that the presenter should have
stopped some of these shouting. I think perhaps the BBC should have
thought about the format. Seven speakers is too much. Perhaps two
presenters. Ground rules at the beginning about not making personal
attacks and not shouting at people. Basically it was a complete turnoff.
I know a number of people who turned off the TV. At think it put most
people off politics. We asked the BBC to come and talk about the
concerns. No one is available at we do have a statement... -- but.
That is what the BBC have had to say. A final word to you. I do not
think that is correct. I do not think... I think the militant side
of the audience hijacked the programme. I think it is happening
more and more and I think if they were... If there was more central
right wing viewers perhaps they did not want to speak up and be
subjected to a barrage of abuse. Thank you very much. Finally, the
aftermath of last week 's bomb attack in Manchester continues to
attract headlines. CCTV footage of Salman Abedi Salman Abedi heralded
as a feature. Contact a Mac a young man in a hooded top, on his own on a
Sunday morning shop. In this footage obtained by the BBC, he looks
relaxed as he is captured on CCTV browsing the shelves. He spent a
pounds 74 and bought armaments, tuna, scouring pads and air
freshener. Staff in the shop believe this was Salman Abedi Salman Abedi.
Some viewers said they found this for you we stick and lacking in the
news value. One recorded her thoughts on camera. I simply could
not understand why that was considered to be major news and to
warrant the main spot. Of course, such a great event needed extensive
coverage but the coverage it should have been in use and not
sensationalism. So many other things happened that week which were not
mentioned or received a very scant coverage, to name one, 26 people
were killed on a bus in Egypt and yet it was hardly mentioned. I felt
really sad that taxpayers money is used to fund public broadcasting
that sometimes sinks to the level of tabloid journalism. Thank you for
all your comments this week. If you want to send us your opinion, call
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We are off air next week in the aftermath of the general election
that in a fortnight we will be looking back at the campaign
coverage. We'll do the easy bit first and then
I'll give you the forecast, which is probably the bit
you're after, anyway. A mixture of sunny
spells and showers. Friday was not just