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career... the news opened with two headlines from the speech, namely mrs may's throat, and the prankster who tried to give her a p a5. simon mccoy did say that the speech would be discussed in more detail later in the bulletin. much later, norman smith regurgitated the issues mrs may had faced. the real danger for mrs may... only right at the end was there any mention of the content of there any mention of the content of the speech. then mr smith commented that these issues had undermined mrs may's authority. this is not the kind of political discussion and analysis i would expect from the bbc‘s analysis i would expect from the bbc‘s deputy political editor. excuse me! will you stop showing that footage of theresa may coughing. it's disgraceful. just give her a break. you wouldn't be doing that if it was a bloke or if
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it wasjeremy doing that if it was a bloke or if it was jeremy corbyn. stop doing that if it was a bloke or if it wasjeremy corbyn. stop showing the silly clip. it has nothing to do with anything. theresa may's speech had many of us covering our eyes. watching throughout our hands wondering if she would get to the end. a dreadful end to a difficult week for theresa may. it felt like a nightmare in a whole, it was a struggle. somehow i knew it would happen, buti struggle. somehow i knew it would happen, but i was still shocked when i heard the reports. all of them concentrated on to trivial things. the fact she had a coughing fit, and then the protester who gave her this fa ke then the protester who gave her this fake p 45 form stop what they said about the content of the speech was virtually zero. that made it even worse, by implying the fact she was stuttering a little bit meant she was weak and incompetent as a leader. it's unbelievable. thank you to all those who contacted us. we have the controller of the bbc news
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channelsjoining me have the controller of the bbc news channels joining me now. have the controller of the bbc news channelsjoining me now. too much time on the coughing, the attention seeker, and the letters falling. time on the coughing, the attention seeker, and the letters fallingli think there was a clear balance in terms of how the coverage had to run on wednesday afternoon. there had been a huge amount of discussion in the weeks leading up to the conservative party conference about the prime minister's authority and leadership. it was clearly stated through the morning that it would be a very important speech in terms of what she would deliver and put across in her programme. therefore the delivery and speech and the performance was as important as the policies themselves. through the course of the day, in the afternoon, on the one o'clock news, six and ten, there was plenty of analysis of the policy coverage as well. to suggest the performance over shadowed the coverage of the policy was first up what that's what a lot of viewers have said, all the focus was on the detail of what went wrong. many will sympathise with things, especially the coughing. there was plenty of analysis on
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policy detail as well. looking at the news that one, there was a package on the housing component of the speech. there was a separate peace around the proposed energy price cap. in the afternoon we had interviews relating to those policies. on the six and ten, john pienaar picked apart policy details around energy, housing and organ donation. those elements were extensively pursued in the afternoon and evening, but the headline was focused around the performance of the prime minister. why then the musical compilation that breakfast and daily politics did? some of us remember discussing ed miliband and the bacon sandwich coverage as bullying. this feels like the same sort of issue to many viewers. bullying. this feels like the same sort of issue to many viewersli would sort of issue to many viewers.” would say to look at the voice is there that were sympathetic to her. as soon as the speech finished, the
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daily politics had an interview with the former deputy leader of communications at downing street, and she said it made many people wa nt to and she said it made many people want to theresa may. what about the musical compilation of the speech. that's a bbc choice. that was one treatment of many that covered it and went alongside the speech coverage of 24 hours of continuous coverage of 24 hours of continuous coverage of 24 hours of continuous coverage of the speech. one that was regarded as particularly critical to her future regarded as particularly critical to herfuture leadership. regarded as particularly critical to her future leadership. the real concern underlying this is that many viewers feel bbc political coverage is increasingly obsessed with gossip, rumour and performance, is increasingly obsessed with gossip, rumourand performance, and your reporting and focusing on that, and encouraging it, at the expense of reporting facts. we always have to be mindful between reporting the content to be mindful between reporting the co nte nt of to be mindful between reporting the content of initiatives and how they are conveyed. content of initiatives and how they a re conveyed. we content of initiatives and how they are conveyed. we are conscious we are conveyed. we are conscious we are ina are conveyed. we are conscious we are in a critical policy period, as brexit negotiations are conducted. we wa nt
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brexit negotiations are conducted. we want to make sure we have plenty of discussion of policy in our coverage over the next 18 months, with specific days of coverage dedicated just to that. we had one last week and we will have another ina last week and we will have another in a couple of weeks' time. i think the charge we are not interested in the charge we are not interested in the policy is misplaced. i would also say that clearly one of the most important factors of the last few months, when it comes to political coverage, has been that of leadership, be to that of conservative or the labour party. it's not surprising when coverage around party conferences in particular focuses around that issue. thank you, stay with us, because we will talk some more. the gun attack in las vegas late on sunday night was the deadliest mass shooting in modern american history. as details and footage emerged over the hours and days that followed, bbc news outlets described the horror of what happened using audio recordings of gunfire, pictures of
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terrified concertgoers from survivors' mobile phones and video from police body cameras. also testimony from witnesses and relatives. although we have restricted what we have shown in this programme, some of that material was distressing and alarming. too much for liz lane who e—mailed... there was obviously a lot of mobile phone footage filmed by people who we re phone footage filmed by people who were there available on social media. can you talk me through what you decided to use an show, and what did you decide not to? in situations like this, such a horrific case, we have to exercise great care in the footage we show. we have an awful lot of footage and images available to us. we take the view that the footage we would use would have to enhance and amplify the story telling in some way. our first duty in these situations is to tell the story, report the news. it is a balance between reporting those fa cts , balance between reporting those facts, to explain to people what has happened, and as far as we come, why and how it has happened, and not to cause unjustifiable distress. i
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think the use of these images in this particular case allowed us to tell the story that was a particularly dramatic one, a horrific event, but in a way that was sensitive and told people of the difficulties and chaos that ensued. for people to understand, you choose stuff that maybe doesn't go on air. what is the sort of thing that you thought wouldn't be appropriate to put out? when its particular clear that anyone is suffering particular distress, obviously people were frightened and the sound of that was palpable, but we did not show any suffering, we did not show people wounded, for example. the sounds and images that we showed amplified a specific point, the confusing nature of the event. it was not clear to people where shooting was coming from, it was very unusual, coming from, it was very unusual, coming from the 32nd floor of a high—rise tower block. there was clearly a lot of distress and confusion in the sense that the gunfire was start, go on for a prolonged period, and then stopped while he reloaded his
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weapons and then start again. one of the eyewitnesses described it very vividly, having paused to escape during the gunfire. there is a bbc policy of not showing the moment of death. by broadcasting the gunfire repeatedly all day, many viewers feel it crossed the line and it was unduly upsetting and voyeuristic. with reflection did you really have to you run the footage of the gunfire? i think the gunfire is a key pa rt gunfire? i think the gunfire is a key part of the story. what has emerged now is the nature of the weapons themselves. these were weapons themselves. these were weapons that were adjusted with a particular device that allows them to become automatic weapons, which are illegal. that's what caused the increase and rapidity of the gunfire, meaning the loss of life and casualties were so immense. i think in that sense it's absolutely necessary that the gunfire was a key pa rt necessary that the gunfire was a key part of the story. we were mindful to warn people, particularly in the news at one o'clock, that those
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distressing images were coming and i think it was the right thing to do. some people complained of footage running all day, and it's unsettled some viewers. that repetition helena did not feel right to some people. on the news channel people are coming throughout the day for the latest headlines. on the main bulletins we had to tell as complete story as we could. the use of the images was not extensive. they were there to help us tell the story of an extremely confused and situation. the use of the gunfire sounds were there to amplify the fact that the nature of the event and the duration of the event, it went on for ten minutes, was so unusual. thank you for coming on the show. that's all for coming on the show. that's all for us, ready for your comments this week and if you wish to share your opinions on bbc news and current affairs, orappearon opinions on bbc news and current affairs, or appear on the programme you can call us or e—mail us. that's all from us, we will be back
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to hear your thoughts about bbc news coverage again next week. goodbye. we had some lovely weather earlier today. i don't think it will be quite as sunny this weekend, but it will not be as chile. we have seen cloud coming our way. it has been changing things. most of it is quite high cloud. to the north—west it has been thick enough to give some rain. we have a couple of weather fronts that will buckle southwards across the uk, dragging down thicker cloud and some rain and drizzle. that all points to a milder night than it was last night, with lows of around nine 01’ last night, with lows of around nine or10 last night, with lows of around nine or 10 degrees. into the weekend, we will continue to see a good deal of cloud around. on saturday you are
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more likely to catch some rain, it should be like for the most part. brighter skies and perhaps more sunshine on sunday. we start the day goal across southern england, outbreaks of rain and the wettest weather in the south—west, hanging around for quite awhile. behind that, not a proper change, still cloud coming in and brightness with sunny intervals from time to time, cloudier skies and showers coming from the irish sea. longer spells of rain in northern ireland and a good pa rt rain in northern ireland and a good part of scotland. through the day it will tend to brighten up in eastern scotland, with sunshine developing. we'll see more sunshine in north—east england and between the two areas of rain we might get some sunshine across south wales, central and southern england, to boost the temperatures to 16 or 17. on the whole those temperatures are pretty good for the time of year, despite the cloud and threat of rain. the main rain is on the weather front which moves away eventually from the far south—west of england and the
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english channel. almost a ridge of high—pressure heading our way. that's only almost. over the top of that it will be blowing a lot of clout. much brighter on sunday. still some nuisance showers, some of them frequent in western scotland. eastern scotland and eastern england, southern england and south wales, brighter skies and sunshine at times with temperatures similar to saturday. as we move on to the beginning of next week, everything is coming our way from the atlantic, more in soap bars on the chart with things moving more quickly. as those weather systems move across the uk they will become weaker. stronger wind around. the wettest in the north—west. very little rain in the south—east. this is bbc news, i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 8pm. the prime minister insists she has the support of her cabinet after a former conservative party chairman said 30 mp5 want a leadership election. what i think is necessary for the country now, what the country needs is calm leadership, it's exactly what i'm providing, and providing it with the full support
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of my cabinet. it would be better to enable us to move on as a party by having a full leadership election i'iow. having a full leadership election now. uk productivity falls again, british workers producing less each hour than many of our developed neighbours. politicians in catalonia press ahead with plans for independence as the spanish government apologises for police violence during a referendum. after the military tensions rise between north korea and the us, this year's nobel peace prize goes to an antinuclear campaign group.
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