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the sunshine. tonight we will see the crowd and outbreaks of rain pushing northwards into central southern scotland. there could be a dusting of snow over the high ground. whether his cloud there won't be a widespread frosts. where the skies are widespread frosts. where the skies a re clear widespread frosts. where the skies are clear it will be another close one. sunday, more cloudy generally and there could be some wintry showers. the best of any sunshine is gci’oss showers. the best of any sunshine is across southern and south—eastern areas. it will be another cold day. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines. the first full day in office begins for president trump as the new american leader begins to follow through on his campaign pledges. meanwhile, around the world nearly 700 demonstrations are taking place in support of women's rights and against trump's presidency. nine people have now been rescued from an italian hotel which was buried by an avalanche three days ago. a man has appeared in court
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in sheffield charged with the murder of 16—year—old leonne weeks. her body was found on a pathway near rotherham on monday. now it's time for newswatch with samira ahmed. this week, is the bbc broadcasting too much bad news about brexit? hello. welcome to newswatch. coming up hello. welcome to newswatch. coming up on this programme. the prime minister reveals more of the government's plans for leaving the european union. but is the bbc obsessed with the potential downsides of brexit? and the bbc trust says a report aboutjeremy corbyn‘s policies on shoot to kill was inaccurate but the corporation's director of news rejects the finding. what's going on?
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in the build—up to it donald trump's inauguration the bbc broadcast a number of reports about the 45th president of the united states. monday's panorama, for example, asked whether he was the kremlin‘s candidate for the job? the asked whether he was the kremlin‘s candidate for thejob? the reporter has a habit of testy on air encounters as demonstrated in this programme and in a clip from a 2013 interview with donald trump. maybe you are thick, but when you have a signed contract you can't in this country just break have a signed contract you can't in this countryjust break it. by the way, john, i hate to do this but i have a big group of people waiting... one last question, please, sir. i have to leave, thank you. hold on a second, please, tell me about the man murdered 100 yards... you think he was... he was critical of putin. can you list the numberof critical of putin. can you list the number of american journalists who have died under 0bama? number of american journalists who have died under 0bama ?m number of american journalists who have died under obama? it is com pletely have died under obama? it is completely stupid kind of
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conversation. ok. very good. i am very nice to meet you. but i don't like to continue. ian was watching that and thought: 0n on monday, this was the third headline on bbc‘s news at six. on monday, this was the third headline on bbc's news at six. also on tonight's programme, crisis in stormont. today sinn fein will not renominate for the position of deputy firs minister. new elections in northern ireland as power sharing collapses. some viewers felt that such dramatic
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and significant political news from northern ireland merited more attention from the bbc which didn't lead with that story on any of its main bulletins. as kevin put it on twitter: since last june's since lastjune's close and hotly debated referendum, the arguments about how britain will leave the european union have raged on. this week gave us european union have raged on. this week gave us some european union have raged on. this week gave us some clarity on the issue with the prime minister's speech on tuesday but it certainly didn't mark an end to the arguments about how easy or successful the process might prove to be. parliament will have a vote on the final deal but already the criticism has started. if all her optimism of a deal with the european union didn't work, we would move into a low tax, corporate taxation bargain
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basement economy. i am not prepared for scotland to be taken down a path that i firmly believe is going to be damaging. businesses are very worried that getting that deal in principle within two years is unrealistic and that what we might do is then fall off a cliff into this regulatory and trade no—man‘s—land and people have warned that would be very damaging. this is one day, 24 hours in what's going to bea one day, 24 hours in what's going to be a long, complicated, fraught and difficult process. there are people here in westminster still and more importantly perhaps on the other side of the negotiating table, those 27 countries who believe what she's asking for is a delusion. several viewers got in touch to complain of what they saw as a lack of balance in the coverage. elizabeth asked: and other viewers echoed that, such
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as arthur smith who e—mailed: let's talk about this to katie sell, the editor of bbc political news who joins us from our westminster studio. let's start with the complaints about who is getting air time. many viewers are saying too many voices giving initial reaction to may's speech are hostile to brexit and essentially the bbc is rehashing the debate that we had in the referendum 7 rehashing the debate that we had in
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the referendum? i think the job as journalists and it's true whether it's at the bbc or across other media or indeed the newspapers, is to question and ask for answers that we don't have. the country voted for brexit but it is really left many questions unanswered. actually, on tuesday when the prime minister gave her speech we gave a great deal of coverage to the speech itself which set out the arguments and the plans for brexit from the government. but it did leave many, many questions unanswered. you heard there from jeremy corbyn and nicola sturgeon with their own questions, so we are not just asking the with their own questions, so we are notjust asking the questions just from the bbc‘s point of view, although we would do that as journalists, we are putting the concerns of the other main politicians in this country to try to get some answers and the answers that we don't have. pa rt that we don't have. part of that concern is about the language used by reporters, a lot of people are very concerned. is there
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too much hypothetical worry, rather than straight reporting what the prime minister said? we did a piece that ran at about five—and—a—half minutes for the main six and ten news programmes that night and that's a very long piece for news at that's a very long piece for news at that point. we did that specifically because we wanted to give people, the audience, a chance to hear the prime minister's case on what was a defining speech from the government. so, ithink defining speech from the government. so, i think we did give air time to that. as i say, this is then the opportunity to say hang on, we are trying to do the job for the audience which is to raise questions they may have in their mind and a nswer they may have in their mind and answer questions they may think, well, she didn't really explain that. what does that mean? and why would we do that? so it's very much ourjob asjournalists to would we do that? so it's very much ourjob as journalists to try and do that for the audience. that's part of what we are for, is to try and get to the answers and try and give
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some clarity where there is perhaps none coming from the government. some clarity where there is perhaps none coming from the governmentm sounds from some of the viewers' complaints we are getting that the bbc might say we are dealing with where there is concerns and questions and in a sense you are looking for the drama, but perhaps the bbc needs to rethink the tone in which it covers these things and the assumptions made? certainly, iwould agree that the tone is absolutely vital and that's true of any story that we cover. we think carefully about this. we try and — we look at our scripts over again, we think about the words we use. i would be very careful if we were adopting a tone that was reflected one side or the other. the bbc continues to be committed to impartiality and that's true of the brexit debate as it is on any other subject. is it as simple as the bbc more often needs a caveat, more that we just don't know, or what a lot of this is going
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to mean? that's absolutely true, and we do that, one of the things we have set up in the last couple of yea rs have set up in the last couple of years is the bbc‘s reality check, which is there to try and get to the bottom of those unanswered questions and try and provide the audience with some clarity and some facts and figures. actually, very often the a nswer figures. actually, very often the answer will come, well there is this evidence and that evidence, but in truth we don't really know the outcome. do you think there might be more good news about brexit out there that could be reported?” think we should absolutely do that. we will try and make every effort as the negotiations go on to ask the question is that a good thing, is that a bad thing? again it's part of ourjob to present every side of that. i would agree that we will be looking for that opportunity as much as highlighting any concerns or problems with it. thank you very much. finally complaints can go through a
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more formal procedure ending up with afinding by more formal procedure ending up with a finding by the bbc trust and that's what happened after this was broadcast in november 2015 following the terror attacks in paris. today i asked the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, if he were the resident here at number 10 whether or not he would be happy for british officers to pull the trigger in the event of a paris—style attack?” officers to pull the trigger in the event of a paris-style attack? i am not happy with the shoot to kill policy in general. i think that is quite dangerous and i think often can be counterproductive, you have to have security that prevents people firing off weapons where you carl. people firing off weapons where you can. there are various degrees of doing things as we know but the idea you end up with a war on the streets is not a good thing. but jeremy corbyn had in fact been responding toa corbyn had in fact been responding to a question there about whether he would be happy to order police or
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military to shoot to kill on britain's streets and not specifically regarding a paris—style attack in the uk. the bbc trust this week found that the report inaccurately represented the labour leader's views, breaching the bbc‘s impartiality and accuracy guidelines. but bbc news has rejected that, saying mrcorbyn‘s remarks were not taken out of context, that he fully understood the nature of the questions asked and were reported accurately and impartially. john blair objected to what he saw as insufficient coverage of the finding on the bbc itself, writing: and hugh had this response:
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thank you for all your comments this week. you too can share your opinions on bbc news, current affairs and tv online or even appear on the programme. you can call us: 0re—mail. you can find us on twitter. do have a look at previous discussions on our website. that's all from us. we will be back to hear your thoughts about bbc news coverage again next week. goodbye. hello, and welcome to the film review on bbc news. to take us through this week's cinema releases, as ever,
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mark kermode is with me, and what will you be telling us about this week, mark? very interesting week. we have jackie, in which natalie portman plays the first lady. we have split, a psychological thrillerfrom m night shyamalan. and lion, the true story of a little boy lost. well, jackie, how timely? yes, extraordinary, isn't it. so this is directed by chilean film—maker pablo larrain, and it's the story of the assassination and aftermath ofjohn f kennedy, as seen through the eyes of jackie kennedy, played, as everyone will know, by natalie portman. there's been an awful lot of interest in her performance, lots and lots of nominations, and the film plays out like a kaleidoscope. it's essentiallyjuggling a series of different time frames that are all meant to be representing her fragmented state of mind, so we have the motorcade in dallas, the aftermath in washington, we have the funeral, the huge sort of funeral
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