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Now it's time for Newswatch, presented by Samira Ahmed.


This week, the BBC expands its services in other languages.


Welcome to Newswatch. Coming up... After recent nuclear missile test,


is this a good time for the BBC to launch which service targeted at


North Korea? Should BBC News be covering a story about an


unfortunate incident in a toilet. First, many of those interviewed on


news and current affairs programmes have been advised by public


relations professionals on what to say and how to behave. If you are


appearing on TV as a PR person yourself, what could possibly go


wrong? On Monday's Newsnight, the co-founder of Belle Pottinger, which


had been expelled by the PR trade body for unethical behaviour in


South Africa, demonstrated the answer to that question. You were


the man who went out to South Africa to secure this deal...


, sorry about that. Don't worry about it. We went out to the people


who represented the Gupta 's. He knew of all...


One of the key things is the problem with the account. This reaction on


Twitter was called... There was more embarrassment on


Tuesday for the Home Office after the Guardian published a draft


document it obtained containing proposals aimed at cutting the


numbers of low skilled migrants from Europe following Brexit. The BBC


followed up the story but one viewer rang us with his concerns over the


journalistic ethics. How do the BBC and other media sources justify


broadcasting information to the public from so-called leaked


documents? They are not leaked, they are stolen. The media should be


forced, by law, to divulge their informant's details so be made them


be prosecuted and lose their jobs. Which they are obviously not fit to


be in any way. It is theft. We have had reaction to panorama, showing


distressing footage from an immigration removal Centre,


Brockhaus, which had been filmed secretly by a member of staff. BBC


News picked up on the story last Friday. Undercover investigation


mark, abuse or assault detainees. The incident is picked up by the


hidden camera worn by another officer.


He has worked here for two years and he approached Panorama after


becoming disturbed about the working practices he saw. He was applauded


the documentary and Tracy Jensen called it...


The BBC's motto going back 90 years has been nations shall speak peace


unto nation. But which nations? The BBC is updating its provision of


language services by adding several new ones, including one in pigeon.


It is spoken by 75 million people in Nigeria and many more elsewhere in


Africa. The introduction last month of audio


updates in pigeon with daily video bulletins due to be added in


November, has already had an impact on social media and it is part of


what the BBC World Service is calling its biggest expansion since


the 1940s with 1400 staff being hired, backed by ?289 million of


government funding. 12 new language services are launching. They include


one targeted at North Korea, where, particularly at this time of


heightened international tension over nuclear missile tests, it seems


unlikely the BBC will be greeted with open arms.


To talk about what the BBC's changing with its language services,


I am joined by the deputy editor of the BBC world language group. We


mention Korean and pigeon, what are you expanding and why? We are


opening 11 language services. The Korean service for the Korean


peninsula and Korean speaking audiences around the world. We have


done this because there has never been a greater need for the reliable


and independent language the BBC provides. In some countries where


some news is available, but in many countries where there isn't very


much all reliable international news, it has been part of our


mission since the war. It is a continuation and extension of that.


In deciding what languages you offer, a lot of countries don't have


independent news. Those audiences who don't have a lot of choices. A


number of the Bridges services, we are opening a number of languages to


cover Ethiopia and Eritrea because we see a lack of free access to


independent and reliable news in that market. We have three


additional Nigerian languages. Audiences watching Newswatch, we pay


a licence fee, where is the money coming from? The extension is coming


from new government investment. It was done because it felt there


wasn't a commercial case, you could never run these services on a


commercial basis. The licence fee payers pay for existing World


Service? They pay for a certain amount of it and the government has


come in with the money for the expansion of these language


services. The BBC is supposed to be independent and when you are


expanding into places like the Korean peninsula with government


money, doesn't it look political? The BBC has had grand and aid


funding from the government over a long time to pay for the World


Service. In that time, we were confident our own independent


editorial content. We wouldn't take money from the government if it had


editorial strings attached. The government understand that and they


don't want the BBC News to be viewed with suspicion as the voice of the


government. For the government, they have pagan expansion of the


services, it was the BBC who decided which languages we added. Although


the government retains a role in deciding if any future services are


close, the BBC has editorial independence on what goes on those


services. The BBC of professional diplomats. The North Korean


government has told the BBC it is not happy about this new language


service. Is it provocative to go ahead? We think there is a value in


areas of tension for there to be access for impartial and reliable


and independent news. We think it helps de-escalate points of


international tension. Our view is, the BBC will help in the long-term


with access. There is a huge amount of concern about fake news on how it


is being manipulated by countries to ferment into ethnic problems in


different territories around the world. The BBC has an important


mission to get into that space and make sure that a free and impartial


and accurate information is available as a gold standard, if you


like. We help it de-escalate 's political tensions, not the other


way around. What about the journalists providing the services,


some will be based in London, but in places like North Korea, where you


have no presence on the ground, how dangerous it might be to provide a


service tailored for a local market? We don't have an operational base in


North Korea, but the BBC does periodically get access inside North


Korea, albeit under restrictive and you are monitored and surveilled by


the authorities. But the issues of whom are the journalists providing


that language service, who maybe the National is from there? The


objective of this service is not political. We do language and


countries. It is a Korean language service for all Korean language


speaking services. We're not setting it up as a platform for dissidents


or to destabilise the North Korean government. If we did do that, in


that political weight it with the and devalue the BBC's international


bases around the world. It would be counter-productive and we would not


do it. We are doing it on the same basis as other International News


service to provide independent, trusted, free news, but for the


values as journalists and not as a political objective.


Jamie Angus, thank you. A light-hearted story that has been


fascinated but disgusting some viewers this week. Because it


concerns a toilet mishap. It is about an unnamed woman from Bristol


on a first date. What happened when she went back to his house and


needed the toilet. Are you ready? Here is headache,


Liam Smith. Unfortunately it wouldn't flush and she decided to


throw it out of the window. My house is quirky and the bathroom doesn't


open into the outside garden. It opens to an air gap and there is a


double glazed window between that and the outside garden. She was


reaching in to try and get the to out of the window. She asked me help


to get out and she was stuck. Embarrassing, certainly. Unpleasant,


undoubtedly. Newsworthy? Some people had their doubts, including Michael


Hill e-mail... Thank you for all your comments, if


you want to share your opinions on BBC News and current affairs or


appear on the programme, you can call us on...


Do have a look at our website. That is all from us, I will be back in a


fortnight and Roger Bolton will be here next week to hear your thoughts


about BBC News coverage. We are still dodging downpours this


evening but some will be turning dry as the evening goes on. We will keep


a feed of showers coming over Northern


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