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tv   Newswatch  BBC News  January 7, 2017 3:45am-4:01am GMT

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first, the new year has brought no respite from the terrorist attacks that have become a regular feature of news broadcasts. on sunday came the latest atrocity, targeting those enjoying a night out at the reina nightclub in istanbul. news reader: less than two hours into the new year, a gunman opened fire outside, bullets ricocheting as he shot a policeman and a civilian. another camera showed people cowering as the attacker struck, before he stormed the club. inside, his killing spree continued, turks and foreigners murdered, others jumping into the freezing bosphorus to escape. 39 people have died in the attack and the coverage of it raised questions we have heard before from newswatch viewers over similar incidents. william boyes had this to say... now, how much tv news coverage did you want from the bbc over the holiday period 7 some may have appreciated a break from what can be a fairly grim diet of stories, but with many normal bulletins dropped or shortened, others feel they were underserved, including on the bbc‘s 24—hour news channel. ellen rossiter put it like this... one annual staple of news
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coverage which did appear was the new year's honours list. much of the focus was on sports stars, as described by andy swiss, and pop stars and actors, reported on by lizo mzimba. at the end of a glittering yearfor british sport, for five of its greatest stars the greatest of honours. patricia routledge has been made a dame. kinks frontman ray davis said he felt humility and joy to become sir ray. victoria beckham becomes an obe for services
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to the fashion industry. anthony hainsworth took exception to the balance of the reporting, writing on new year's eve... and celebrity culture was at the heart of another series of complaints on what's sadly become a very familiar theme in 2016. here's the start of bbc one's late bulletin on christmas day. hello, good evening. in the last hour the death has been announced of the singer george michael. he was 53. george michael shot to fame in the 1980s as half of the band wham and went on to have a hugely
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successful solo career. he sold more than 80 million records worldwide. what followed annoyed this viewer. the whole news bulletin tonight, apart from ten minutes, has been taken up with george michael dying. where are the bbc coming from? it's time you reported the real news. george michael's was of course not the only death to be reported on the bbc over the past couple of weeks, as other viewers pointed out to us. it's the 27th of december and today, the bbc news and channel 130 has four obituaries. an enormously long one for carrie fisher, there's still contributions on george michael, the author richard adams and about the royle family actress liz smith. there's so many important things happening in this world.
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it's absolutely ridiculous. good morning, every time i switch on the news to find out what's happening in the world, all i see is an endless film of yet another pop star who has taken himself to an early grave. sad for friends and family but, please, could you please give us some news. thank you. thursday saw the death ofjill saward, a long—term campaigner for the rights of survivors and victims of sexual violence, having herself been raped at the age of 21. the news was widely and prominently reported at the bbc. with george alagiah tweeting that he was proud that tv‘s six o'clock bulletin led on her life and influence. but when the story broke the bbc news alert and the website headlined its report of her death like this, using the word victim.
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prompting many complaints, like this one from becky stevens, on twitter. christopher oxford called it: and eleanor hill thought it was an appalling headline. we put this to bbc news, and they referred to a 2004 bbc interview in whichjill saward said that she had no complaint about being described as the ealing vicarage rape victim, as it enabled her to challenge politicians and work for change. a bbc spokesman added: we are always very careful to report sensitively on the news of someone‘s death and we covered in detail ms saward's extensive work as a sexual assault campaigner. ms saward was the first person in the uk to be raped and waive her right to anonymity, and hers was one of the most
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high—profile criminal cases of the decade, the reason why she is so well—known and which led to her campaigning work. well, another issue of language cropped up at the end of last year in relation to the death of another woman. georgina symonds was killed a year ago by peter morgan, who was sentenced four days before christmas to life in prison for her murder. this was the headline on the news at six that night. life for the property developer millionaire who murdered his escort girlfriend. he told the police what happened. once i'd sort of attempted to murder her, i'd be in a hell of a lot of trouble for that, and she could have still gone on and blackmailed me. so no mention of georgina symonds' name there, but the one word was used there and online which worried a number of viewers. here is patrick: and rm shreeve put
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it like this: in response, bbc news told us this: well, it's clear that the language used in reporting a death and especially the shorthand of a headline can give great offence to an audience,
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and that especially applies to suicide. since we were last on air, we have had two examples of that. one following a story on breakfast about a rowing trip across the atlantic raising money for a crisis centre in memory of one of the rowers who took his own life. we wish you all the best, stay safe, and hopefully we will pick up with you when you reach antigua at the end of january, or the start of february. that's sam, toby, rory and harry, who are rowing the atlantic to try and raise money for harry's brother who committed suicide ten years ago. rosalind allen was watching that and e—mailed us with her response. a couple of days earlier, the phrase had also been used on the news ticker, scrolling
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across the bottom of the screen during an overnight bulletin and then, for this caller to our phone line, it all got worse. the ribbons running across the bottom has an item, news story, chief resigns after overworked employee commits suicide. 20 or so news items after that, the next statement standing alone reads "i tried to kill myself several times." stop. in the early hours of the morning, when vulnerable people might be watching this, it reads "i tried to kill myself several times." i object strongly to this, this is obscene. again, we asked bbc news for a statement on issues of language about suicide and they told us: well,
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thank you for all of your comments this week. as a new year gets under way on newswatch, we would like you to tell us what topics you would like us to cover, which news figures we should be interviewing. you can give us your opinion on bbc news current affairs and you can be quoted, or even appear on the programme. you can call us on... or do e—mail newswatch. you can find us on twitter and do have a look at our website address. that's all from us, we will be back to hear what you thought of the bbc news coverage again next week. bye bye. hello there. compared with some other parts of europe our part compared with some other parts of europe our weather
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is very quiet indeed. we had some rain and drizzle pushing southwards during the day yesterday. some breaks in the cloud later, perhaps in scotland, so here it could be a little bit chilly to start the weekend but on the whole, it will be milder. we don't really need to worry about frost. there will be a lot of cloud around and probably not much rain. most of the rain we will be seeing overnight across the southern parts of the uk. that's keeping the temperatures up. it could turn chilly across the glens of scotland where skies are clear. central and eastern scotland will see sunshine and a bit more cloud in the west. a pretty cloudy start and maybe a bit misty too across the northern ireland and for most of england and wales that's the way it will be as well. a lot of low cloud, it's quite low cloud sitting on the hills. there will still be some rain and drizzle left over from overnight along the south coast and into the south—west of england. that's going to dawdle in the south—west corner through much of saturday in actualfact. one or two heavy bursts perhaps first thing. away from here a lot of dry weather, a few spots of drizzle around some
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western hills, maybe getting a bit more sunshine in the north of england, especially over in the east of the pennines, possibly the best of blue skies across central and eastern scotland. pretty cloudy elsewhere but we may get temperatures in double figures. and again, no realfrost problems overnight because there's too much cloud saturday night into sunday morning. again some mist and some hill fog. the odd spot of rain still towards the south—west perhaps and around some of these western coasts and hills. it may mean that sunday is going to be another cloudy sort of day. if you see a glimpse of sunshine that may be it. any more than that and you're doing very well indeed. we could see some more persistent rain coming into the west of scotland later on, otherwise, again, a lot of dry weather and pretty mild too. those temperature in glasgow nine degrees, the same as the temperature in london on sunday afternoon. we've got some milder air here but across eastern parts of europe it's been
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really, really cold. these are the maximum temperatures on sunday. it's staying very cold right the way through the weekend. there have been some blizzards and maybe the worst of the weather heading into the eastern mediterranean. here at home, though, for the start of the new week the weather starts to change. the rain that was in the north—west later sunday moves southwards into england and wales on monday. it's on a weather front of course. there'll be some stronger winds with that too. it sort of signals a change to something a little more mobile, a little more changeable through next week. areas of low pressure getting a bit closer to the uk bringing some rain at times. some stronger winds too and as yet othing particularly cold. goodbye. a very warm welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to our viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is gavin grey. our top stories: five are killed and eight injured in a gun attack at florida's fort lauderdale airport. the alleged gunman, believed to be an iraq warveteran, is now in police custody. investigators say the motive isn't yet known. we are looking at all avenues. we
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have not ruled out terrorism, and we will be pursuing every angle to try and determine the motive behind this attack. russia tried to boost donald trump's election campaign and discredit hillary clinton, according to a report by us intelligence officials. and tears and cheers as michelle obama gives her final speech as first lady. being your first lady has been the greatest honour of my life, and i hope i've made you proud.
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