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Viewers' comments on BBC News coverage of the Grenfell Tower disaster, Theresa May's tears on election night and Wimbledon 2017. Samira Ahmed presents.


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Welcome to Newswatch. Wimbledon fans have been glued to television

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screens this past fortnight but should tennis take priority over the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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UK such as Scotland and Northern Ireland the early evening regional

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bulletin was dropped altogether and we hope to discuss the reasoning

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

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

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

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Wednesday morning our reporter reported on the impact the disaster

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has had on the local community especially children. All the

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children who have witnessed unimaginable horror, we asked for a

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

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

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

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Jan had this to say. Justin contacted us with more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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gays. -- accuser Adrienne made the same point on

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

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

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

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

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debated the abuse and intimidation of parliamentary candidates after a

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

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rise and politicians like Diane Abbott and Stella Creasy had

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described the repeated online abuse they have been subjected to an

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

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McNulty gave us his thoughts after considering the interviews with

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

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Minister is addressed or Jeremy Corbyn is addressed, certainly by

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members of Newsnight and the media in general think the aggressive

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tones that are used against politicians... And this

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Another political interview caused more controversy this week, one

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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questioning played into gender stereotypes.

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

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

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

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quarterfinals at Wimbledon and finally admits he was injured. And

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

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Wimbledon semifinals. Sarah wondered, can we get newsreaders to

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stop using the sensationalised term of crashing out in reference to

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tennis players, getting to the quarterfinals with an injured hip

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

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Thank you for your comments this week. If you want to share your

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opinions on BBC news and current affairs and even appear on the

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programme, you can call us or e-mail Newswatch. You can find us on

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Twitter and have a look at our website. That is all from us. We

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

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week. Goodbye.

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