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of a certain royal announcement.
Hello and welcome to Newswatch.
Everyone loves a wedding, but the
BBC News go into overdrive over
Harry and Meghan? And...
congratulations to Harry and
congratulates the happy couple. What
could possibly go wrong with BBC
subtitling? First row involving
Donald Trump's Twitter account is
not a new thing, but this week was
the first time Theresa May got
involved so directly. The US
president had retweeted three videos
from the far right group Britain
first, alleging to show violent acts
by Muslims. They shall felt the wide
coverage given to the story was
unhelpful. E-mailing... At the start
of the week the Government handed
over a document detailing how it
felt the UK's departure from the
European Union would affect 58
sectors of the economy. But some
sections of the so-called Brexit
impact studies were blacked out to
the fury of opposition parties.
There was little about this and BBC
News on Monday or Tuesday, which
prompted Chris Hill to write...
One reason why that story received
less attention than it might have
done was a certain engagement
announced this week which we think
you might just have noticed. Toure
Derbyshire was on their won the
long-awaited and much predicted news
broke on Monday morning.
House have just announced in the
last few seconds Prince Harry is to
marry his American girlfriend Meghan
But the rest of the day the
BBC News operation went into
overdrive with presenters and
reporters deployed to getting ten
pals, Bolton is devoting more than
at that time to the engagement,
scheduled addition of Panorama
changed to a special programme on
the Royal News and extensive
coverage of the new Tom online. The
response of Sarah Louise Ellis...
Ian Holton told us...
Of their viewers had another
objection, articulated here.
quite amazed a heard the new --
newsreaders say Ms Merkel who is of
mixed race, and then the news of the
arrangements that were going to take
place. Why does she have to say
that? Why does it make a difference?
I feel that I'm making these
statements, the BBC is being
divisive and actually setting up
barriers were there and then eat.
They don't exist. I know she herself
says she is mixed race and has used
this to her own benefit and to
others benefit and I think that is
great, but to actually say it in the
factory line, I don't think that is
Another viewer who contacted
us about this week about the Royal
engagement was Bob Davey and he
joins us from Sheffield. With me
here is Richard Burgess the UK news
editor from BBC News. Bob, what did
you feel about the garbage?
thought that with other events
happening in the world, far more
significance and importance to the
-- you feel about the coverage? To
waste more than half of the six
o'clock News bulletin to coverage of
the engagement which everyone knew
about already, I thought was
This is the
issue, isn't it? It is the excess.
It is a simple fact, most people
knew it was coming and more than
half the bulletin.
It was announced
that morning so we didn't know it
was definitely happening that day.
Six o'clock it was the first time we
had the chance to hear from both
Harry and Meghan in the interview
they did with Michelle the same. I
think there were a lot of
interesting issues to get into, held
their relationship developed, how he
proposed. All the stuff we found out
that the first time in the six
o'clock news bulletin. I appreciate
the point that there was a bit of
time devoted to it, but as far as we
can tell, a lot of the audience was
really engaged with the story and
really enjoyed the coverage.
did you feel a lot of other stories
got squeezed out?
announcement of the engagement
matters not the slightest. It does
not making the slightest difference
to anyone in this country's life.
And yet events that are happening in
Parliament are going to affect
people in this country for decades
to come. Surely we should be paying
more attention to that than the
fripperies of the Royals get to.
Look at what was on the news, the
Pope in Burma, the redacted Brexit
impact studies which the Government
released. Chennai six. We needed to
have these properly explained and
other stories get dropped off to
find out how he proposed?
I think we
covered all the stories and have
done over the course of the week. We
lead with the Muslim situation on
Monday when the Pope didn't mention
the Rohingya by name.
would have been your lead, wouldn't
Maybe, but the interest in the
Harry, Meghan engagement was
extraordinary. 5.6 million watched
the news on Monday at six o'clock.
That is the biggest audience all
week. The most popular story on the
website by a long distance, nearly 7
million people read the main story.
There is interest therein it. We
continue to cover other stories in
They also had concern about
the tone of the coverage of the
engagement, didn't you?
It seems as
though the Royal reporters are
bonding and sycophantic. I don't
know how they -- forming. I thought
Nicholas Witchell was quite a good
reporter until he became a royal
reporter and seems to have gone the
way of Jennie Bond.
To be fair, do
you have an issue that you
personally don't care for a royal
Not really, no. It was
perhaps worth a mention and would be
in at the bottom of page eight of
the Guardian or something like that,
but apart from that, no.
is a happy occasion, but a lot of
viewers do detect what they see as a
fawning tome, don't they?
reporting it as a happy story and
most people saw it as a positive
story. You often reflect that on the
tone of your coverage but we also
reflected the issues the issues have
-- the Royal family have had in the
past about marriage, and the fact
she is a divorcee, but ostensibly it
was a happy story, and the audience
clearly enjoyed it.
Richard we had
one viewer on webcam there dealing
uncomfortable about the amount of
discussion of Meghan Marco's
mixed-race background, into an
introductory line, did the BBC
perhaps misjudge how to discuss that
and make too much of it?
No, it was
one story, one element of the story.
We are telling the audience about
who she is. She is also raised at
her -- raised at herself. She and
Prince Harry raised the equipment
about it. -- a statement about it.
She talked of pride about ethnicity.
It was an element of the story and
it was important we were like.
you think you got anything wrong in
Quite clearly people
have enjoyed the coverage and we had
a lot of positive feedback but I
know there are people like Bob who
will always think actually too much.
There are people in my family who
think that. It divides people. This
was a good news story but a lot of
our audience and they think they
enjoyed the positive news.
word to you, Bob, the wedding is in
May, how would you like to see BBC
News handle the story of the next
I think it will be
interesting to some people, I don't
know if OK or hello magazine will
cover it but I think it would be cis
-- sufficient. Those who are
interested will buy hello magazine
and the rest of us will get on with
Bob Davey, thank you so
much, and Richard Burgess. Finally
the BBC to come the season W one
they presented a satirical but not
unfamiliar view of either the BBC.
One observed in the last series
dealt with in a suit we have
addressed on this programme.
been live for 24 hours and we are
looking at 93% accuracy.
The new version of the BBC in-house
operating system has just gone live,
including a major upgrade of the
automatic live subtitling software.
Can we talk about the other 7%.
Although it is already doing better
than its predecessors in many areas,
the area it is least accurate as the
area of proper names.
it is pretty close to stop but
politically and every other way it
is a disaster.
like that couldn't happen in fact
like that could they? Jeremy Corbyn
was congratulating Prince Harry and
Meghan Markle, saying I admired that
they have drawn attention to medical
conditions. This is what they saw.
It was a particularly unfortunate
error considering the criticism he
has faced for referring to his
friends in Hezbollah. Some viewers
were not impressed... The BBC said
the voice recognition use when
subtitling live news broadcasts and
recognised his brother. That was not
the only on-screen oddity on Monday.
Not the subtitling issue but it will
have come sub to surprised that it
will have led to crisis talks
between the two main parties. If
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