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you know that they can cause distress to the families of those concerned as you yourself have stated on television. it's time to stop pointing out the errors made by others and using it as an excuse to then do the same yourselves. the point was made by others as well, as in this anonymous telephone call. i am absolutely disgusted. the government was completely outraged by america showing pictures of the manchester bombing and the aftermath. and then the bbc showed a photo. i thought that we were better than that. there were more general concerns about the quantity of the coverage, playing into the hands of those responsible for the atrocity with mark dunsford wondering, is repeated analysis over every little detail really necessary or just counter—productive sensationalism 7 by focusing on this one story to the virtual exclusion of all others, are you in effect aiding the terrorists by providing them with the oxygen of publicity? other viewers objected to the repeated use of video showing panicked concertgoers fleeing the scene with jane mitchell
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recording this video for us. what i don't understand is why the bbc keeps playing this footage when there is one of these terrorist atrocities. of the people screaming as it is happening. what is the purpose of it? our natural human reaction if we hear something like that, if we hear somebody else suffering and terrified, people being murdered, is to put our hands over our ears. it is dehumanising, weird and intrusive to have to keep listening to this and having it forced upon us. well, we put some of those points to bbc news and they told us... we know that the attack in manchester will be a source of upset and concern for our audience and so we always think very carefully about the images and footage we use to tell the stories. this was the biggest terrorist attack in the uk in ten years so it is clearly in the public interest to tell the story as it unfolds. we have provided our audience with a reliable source of news throughout the week, whilst remaining sensitive
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to the emotions of our audience. much of the revulsion at the attacks stems from it being directed largely at children and young people. one of the victims was just eight years old. that presents a particular journalistic challenge to the bbc programme and website specifically for children, newsround. how to report on a shocking event which is of special interest to its audience, without scaring them unnecessarily or sugar—coating the horrific events of monday night. here are some examples of how the programme makers answered that question. hello, lam ricky, welcome to a special newsround from manchester city centre. you're joining us here because late last night there was a terror attack at a ariana grande concert. behind me at the manchester arena. what is important to remember is that although events like this are very sad, they are also very rare. worrying stories are often in the news because they do not happen very often. so what should you do if you're feeling sad or anxious?
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talk about it. amongst the confusion last night, lots of people in manchester were helping each other out and hotels like this one in the city centre were also helping people caught up in the attack. ijust want to thank the people who helped them. does it put you off from maybe going into the city centre? i don't think it should put me off, but i am a little bit put off because i think, if they are trying to scare us, we should show them that we are not scared and we should not let them. newsround has been widely praised on social media for the approach it has taken this week, with tamal ray tweeting this; fantastic work by newsround, they should just take over the rolling coverage. and richard bourton echoed that. they never talked down to their audience and even as a young child, i respected the honest, clear way they told the news, explaining things carefully and completely. well, the editor of newsround is lewis james and hejoins us now from a studio in salford. lewis, how did you decide to cover the manchester bomb attack?
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hi, samira. as you said in your introduction, this was probably the most challenging event that any of us have had to cover on newsround, particularly because it appears that the attack was targeted specifically at children and young people at a pop concert. and we were aware right from the beginning, both from the scale of the story and the horrendous nature of it, but also the need for calm information in order for children to be able to put it in some kind of context and to help process it. where there images that you would not show, that other news outlets would? notjust explicit images, but for example, even in the arena in the aftermath? we chose not to show any pictures in the arena. i think, it is always a judgment call really that we have to make on how much we can show in order to properly tell a story, but also whether we are going to cause additional distress to children and we want to avoid that.
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we did not show anything from in the arena. we did not show injured people on stretchers. we did show emergency vehicles arriving and leaving. and we did show people talking about it. we did not show very distressed people. we used animation in particular, because that really helps us, because they can convey things through animation in a way that is reassuring to children and in a way that does not distress them and we also went out and spoke to children as well in the immediate aftermath. we spoke to children in manchester. they had already heard about it. they were already discussing it. they were fantastic, actually. they were able to contextualise it for the children and were able to provide reassurance by the way that they were dealing with it themselves. your coverage also focused on the positive offers of support, such as from the hotels and the taxi drivers. was that again, a deliberate decision to emphasise that aspect? yes, very much so. we emphasised the help that was given, i think, this is such a bleak story,
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in many ways, but one of the things and not just newsround, but other news organisations, as well as the bbc, because that night and afterwards, people rallied together, getting taxi rides for free, hotels opened their doors, people opened their doors to strangers on that evening and it was that kind of support. i think in the middle of something that is so horrendous, it is important, we feel, to tell our audience that lots of people are helping and coming together in order to help the people affected. you will know that adults really worry about how to explain a terrorist attack to a child. do you have a deliberate policy? from what you have told me, it sounds like you do. of trying to provide support for your audience? yes, we do. i think there is a realisation that there is a limit to what we can do and the best thing really for parents is to talk to their children and we direct children to their parents or other trusted adults, people like teachers, so that they can
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have that conversation, because we cannot have that conversation one on one with children. it is a conscious decision for us to do it and i think this week, the feedback we have had from the audience is that they appreciate that advice and that parents have appreciated it and have been referring to it on social media and so on. yes, it is a deliberate policy and we hope it is useful when things like this happen. are there any news events or stories that you feel you just would not cover for a newsround audience? no. i don't think there is anything we would not cover. i think we think very carefully about a number of things before we decide whether to cover it. in the case of these attacks, unfortunately, the scale of them and the revulsion at what happened was so large that we felt children would hear about it, potentially very quickly after the attack and that is why we made the decision to run with the events quite quickly on newsround. there is not anything that is off—limits but we do think, long and hard
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about whether we have the tools to do it and sometimes we will wait a little while until things are clear before we report things, because it is important to get things right for our audience. lewis james, thank you so much. thank you. finally, by the end of the week, the general election campaign had resumed, but when it was still suspended on wednesday, arthur gould wrote to us with this concern. while i accept that out of respect for those affected by the bombing, all election campaigning and coverage should cease, the bbc has introduced an element of bias that could have unfortunate effects. disproportionate time is being given to the government's voice on dealing with terrorism. opposition politicians are deemed to have no voice, no point of view. the conservatives are seen to be doing something while other parties seem to be entirely passive. the tory campaign is being waged indirectly. thank you for all your comments this week. if you want to share your opinions on bbc news and current affairs or even appear on the programme, you can call us or e—mail us. you can find us on twitter and do
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have a look at previous interviews and discussions on our website. that is all from us. we will be back to hear your thoughts about bbc news coverage again next week. goodbye. hello. with a bank holiday weekend now upon us, we are set to see a bit of a change in this hot, dry weather, that has been with us for the past few days. here was the scene on friday, in moray, captured by one of our weather watchers. we will have similar conditions to start the bank holiday weekend. a humid start. more sunshine, but we are expecting to see some thunderstorms disrupting the sunshine. now, during saturday morning, we've got this frontal system, this area of low pressure, moving from the south and west, bring showers and thunderstorms
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across many parts of the country. for northern ireland, northern england, right down towards the south—east, through saturday morning, we will see the showers. during the afternoon, they will spread a little bit further north across the country. they are bumping into the warm air in place. 30 degrees or so across northern and north—eastern scotland. so lots of fuel for these big showers and the thunderstorms. could be some hail mixed in. this is ii:00pm on saturday afternoon. so thundery showers likely across central scotland, northern ireland, into northern england. to the south of that, a little fresher than it has been. we may still see temperatures in one or two spots up to around 20 degrees. so lots of sunny weather on the cards still, through the course of saturday. but we've got those showers across northern parts of the country as we move through saturday evening and overnight, so the odd rumble of thunder here. but on into sunday morning, clearer skies across southern parts of the country. and it will feel a little more comfortable for sleeping through the early hours of sunday morning, so temperatures typically
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down to 13 or 14 degrees. with a risk of some heavy downpours at times on saturday and late on sunday, there could be flooding on the road. perhaps some spray around, some poor visibility, if you have got plans to be heading off for half—term holidays. now, during sunday, we've got the next batch of showers working in from the english channel. on sunday, you could see a chance of catching an odd thunderstorm. pretty hit—and—miss, and actually many parts of the country having a drier day, with temperatures between about 16 and 26 degrees or so. but a chance on sunday night and then on to bank holiday monday, that we will see some of the showers becoming a bit more extensive. some uncertainty about their exact positioning. looks like, again, they will work their way gradually north and eastwards across the country as we had through bank holiday monday. they will be hit and miss. not everywhere will get a heavy or thundery shower. and it is a return to some sunny skies and the south. definitely not as hot as we get to bank holiday monday. a cooler and a fresher outlook as we head through into the course of tuesday and wednesday. have a good weekend. welcome to bbc news,
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broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. our top stories: tracking down the terror network surrounding the manchester bomber. uk police say they have made immense progress. they're very significant, these arrests. we're very happy we've got our hands around some of the key players that we're concerned about. like i say, there's still a little bit more to do. more details emerge about the bomber. a formerfriend told the bbc his behaviour had changed in the last six months. funerals in egypt for the coptic christians killed in an attack on friday. the country retaliates with airstrikes on libya. and a glimpse into the past. the bbc is given exclusive access to historic footage that has not been seen in 80 years.
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