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Welcome to Newswatch. Wimbledon fans have been glued to television


screens this past fortnight but should tennis take priority over the


news? And would a male politician have been asked if he had shed a


tear on election night? We are coming to the end of the Wimbledon


fortnight, the annual treat the tennis fans, but the source of


frustration for others, never mind the many hours of live action on BBC


One and BBC Two, the tournament has featured strongly over the past two


weeks and breakfast, the news channel and news bulletins. There


have been features on the famously long queue for spectators to get


into Wimbledon, the condition of Andy Murray's dodgy hip and


discussion of the baby his wife has on the way. A number of injuries


sustained by other players in matches, a state of the grass on


court and of course the progress of our great British singles hopes, all


lapped up by the aficionados but not by sceptics like Josh.


On Tuesday not it wasn't a question of tennis featuring in the news, as


instead of the news, specifically some local news bulletins, as it


came up to six o'clock the British number one woman Johanna Konta was


battling it out on centre court in her quarterfinal and it was decided


to keep showing that match on BBC One instead of the scheduled use at


six, and on BBC Two they had abandoned their planned Wimbledon


coverage for unscheduled repeats, as rain meant no other matches were


being played. Confused? John Wilson did not understand the logic.


Another viewer Pat Brown was also annoyed by this and recorded this


video to explain why. Hello. We have been subscribers of the radio Times


for many years but when it comes to Wimbledon the scheduling might as


well go out of the window. Prime example of this was on Tuesday, when


at six o'clock the news was turned over onto BBC Two, can't Wimbledon


fans click the channel? Perhaps not. And no London news at all that


night. Why was that? Not very good, BBC. The London news was in fact


shown that evening later than scheduled but in other parts of the


UK such as Scotland and Northern Ireland the early evening regional


bulletin was dropped altogether and we hope to discuss the reasoning


behind this with someone from BBC television but no one was available.


Instead they gave us this statement. It has been a month since the fire


at Grenfell Tower in London in which at least 80 people died and on


Wednesday morning our reporter reported on the impact the disaster


has had on the local community especially children. All the


children who have witnessed unimaginable horror, we asked for a


show of hands of those who knew someone who had died. This is just


the beginning of the healing process. But we know that the


healing is going to take years, a very long time. Having watched that,


Jan had this to say. Justin contacted us with more


general thoughts on coverage of the Grenfell Tower, one month on.


And another report on the aftermath of the tragedy came on the news at


ten, it began like this. A black nail, hammered into London's


conscience. Grenfell Tower demands your attention. In his shadow the


faces of the missing are everywhere -- in its shadow. On trees and walls


and bus shelters, unblinking, it is hard to hold their accuser treat


gays. -- accuser Adrienne made the same point on


camera. -- Adrian. Come on, BBC, this is a serious news item, why did


we have to have dramatic build-up music, more akin to a drama like


Silent witness or a Hollywood movie? This is the BBC and not Fox news,


this was unnecessary, trivialising a serious news item. On Wednesday MPs


debated the abuse and intimidation of parliamentary candidates after a


cross-party report said the Sergeant and racism and bigotry was on the


rise and politicians like Diane Abbott and Stella Creasy had


described the repeated online abuse they have been subjected to an


Theresa May has now ordered an inquiry into the subject. William


McNulty gave us his thoughts after considering the interviews with


Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom. If you look at the way the Prime


Minister is addressed or Jeremy Corbyn is addressed, certainly by


members of Newsnight and the media in general think the aggressive


tones that are used against politicians... And this


unfortunately translates to members of the public. And I think the


media, so leave the BBC, and they are not alone in it, they have


contributed to the levels of abuse that politicians have to put up with


today. On Wednesday's daily politics the Labour MP Jack drew me came to


discuss the scale of personal abuse directed at politicians. It has been


getting worse for some years, and I personally don't get that much, if


you will excuse the language, but it comes overwhelmingly from the right,


but that doesn't matter where it comes from, it is not acceptable and


anyone who practices that is completely wrong. When we're talking


about abuse it would be best if we did not use abusive language and


daytime -- and daytime terrorism. I feel -- on daytime television. I


feel very strongly about it. The Daily Politics team were not able to


lead out the term as we have done and that led to this response. I


don't want to sit and hear people coming out with disgusting language


like that, I'm amazed you allow people like that to come on the


television and speak like that. When there are little children around.


Another political interview caused more controversy this week, one


conducted on Thursday by Emma Barnett for radio five, she asked


the Prime Minister how she reacted on election night when she saw the


exit poll. Did you have a cry, how did you feel? I felt devastated,


really. Enough to shed a tear? Yes, a little tear. At that moment? At


that moment, yes. That admission was headlined on television news


bulletins throughout the day and it is worth bearing in mind that


interviews like this are arranged between the Prime Minister's office


and a programme and maybe the line of questioning is anticipated, but


some viewers felt the prominence given to it and the line of


questioning played into gender stereotypes.


Finally back to tennis, and the defeats of Britain's's great hopes


Andy Murray and Johanna Konta. These are the headlines from the news at


six on Wednesday and Thursday. And Andy Murray crashes out of the


quarterfinals at Wimbledon and finally admits he was injured. And


the end of a dream for Britain's Johanna Konta as she crashes out the


Wimbledon semifinals. Sarah wondered, can we get newsreaders to


stop using the sensationalised term of crashing out in reference to


tennis players, getting to the quarterfinals with an injured hip


and then losing is hardly Andy Murray crashing out, she said.


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will be back to hear your thoughts about BBC news coverage again next


week. Goodbye.


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