tv The Film Review BBC News June 23, 2017 9:45pm-10:01pm BST
very quick to point out that it is a terrorist attack. but for a white guy or anyone else who's running people over, for some reason, you have a different way of describing the news. well, we put that view to bbc news and they told us... last friday afternoon, the distress and anger which had been building up in the wake of the grenfell tower fire found an outlet. here isjeremy cooke reporting on that night's news at six. a crowd storms kensington town hall demanding action. we wantjustice! they were demanding justice. we wantjustice! and demanding answers.
get them out, get them out! how could this tragedy have happened, on this scale? in this city? in 2017? we need to be heard! that evening and through the weekend, bbc reporters heard many appeals and complaints of that kind from residents of the estate and others affected by the tragedy. i just want to know how many people have died. why did that building go up? what are you guys going to do? why are people being rehoused outside london? where are we going next? where are we going to move? what do we need? who, what and where? these are fundamental questions and only, we are days after this disaster. i have done the angry. i have got to get this done. it is always the public that runs to rescue. where are the authorities? where are they? those questions were heard many times on camera through the streets of west london.
and others were put to the prime minister on friday. that was in an interview by emily maitlis of newsnight. there were two types of material that could have been used used in the cladding — one was flammable and one was fireproof, and the fireproof one cost £2 more. was that not £2 worth spending? we have yet to find out what the cause of the fire was. the fire service are doing that. you could have stopped it spreading by spending £2 more on the cladding. the fire service are looking at what the cause of the fire was. and it is important that we get to the bottom of this, that we find out exactly what happened. but you were recommended this, in 2013. you were in government, then, and the coroner said you could have stopped this with a sprinkler system in every block. and the government has taken action on the recommendations of the coroner's report. lots of reaction from newswatch viewers to that interview. typical was ian whitehouse, who recorded his thoughts for us on camera. we all have the utmost sympathy and sadness for the victims and their families.
however, nothing can justify the appalling viciousness of the haranguing of the prime minister in an interview by emily maitlis. it was more like a kangaroo court diatribe, based on assumptions of responsibility and guilt which hadn't yet even been discussed, let alone proven. other viewers contacted us with their concerns about reporting from nearby the grenfell tower. and the allegations and emotions expressed by residents. here are the views of david shute and alan cummings. the bbc was on the spot for immediate eyewitness accounts, in competition with rivals which reached fever pitch, recently. and because of that their obligations for broadcasting accurately and with accountability is being compromised. they have proved, in the event, to being totally inaccurate, highly emotive and often personally influenced accounts broadcast repeatedly on the bbc news loop. i think that in the recent
grenfell tower tragedy we saw reporting which was actually starting to incite violence, incite further trouble, which is not what reporting is about. another viewer who got in touch on the subject wasjon brookes, and hejoins us now from our ipswich studio. jon, there were lots of concerns about coverage of the grenfell tower fire. last week a number of viewers commented on it being used as a backdrop to news bulletins when it was still burning. was that a concern of yours? yes, that was the main one. there was no real need to have somebody on the scene standing in front of a burning tower. it seemed as though you were dwelling on... in a way, it was a type of hysteria, because in the end it wound a lot of people up to make protests
when they might otherwise not have done. the bbc need to realise that perhaps they were part of the megaphones talk by a lot of people, including politicians, who incited those people to behave like that. in filling the air time in the days after the disaster, did you have views about people discussing what might have been the cause of it? that was the point. normally, when this happens anywhere, in any factory, the health and safety people come in, the police and the inspectorates, and they decide what's caused it. but the speculation on there was massive. by people who didn't know the facts. all speculating about the panels. it may well be, that it was the panels, it seems to be the case, but speculation without the knowledge is not on. one of the other issue you wanted to raise and some other viewers did, was about interviews with the prime minister and the way she was treated in relation to the fire. mrs may, i'm not one
of her supporters, but how could she be held responsible or blamed for what's happened there? now we know that those panels are in place all over the uk and that is down to planning people making sure that they are installing fireproof panels. she can't be responsible for that, and yet, some people were blaming herfor it. you think the bbc was doing interviews in an irresponsible way? i don't think you helped matters by allowing those people to say what they were saying, particularly outside when they were protesting at the town hall. well, as you know, we did want to talk to someone from the bbc to answer those questions. but no one came on. and they have given us this statement. any thoughts in response to that statement, particularly when they talked about accountability in interviews? yes, how can you judge accountability when you have no facts to back up the claims that it was the cladding? at that stage nobody knew. i've never heard a producer admit
he is wrong about anything. they can waffle all they like but, in this case, i think they are wrong. they have overdone it. to accentuate it to the degree that they did. after all, there was no need to have them there every day in front of that building. and i just think that people who had relatives in there, how do you think they must have felt? jon brookes, thank you very much. finally it has been an extremely busy news period, most of it very bad, so it is understandable if some of the audience, perhaps even some of the journalists wanted it all to occasionally just calm down and stop. on tuesday night it did just that as those watching the ten o'clock evening bulletin on news channel were treated to this... there followed four minutes of huw edwards waiting patiently,
checking over his script and taking notes, all interspersed with some rather random visual material. viewers on bbc one only had a bit of that before the presentation announcer took over with a holding message and some music. what on earth was going on? apparently the bbc news technical system crashed seconds before ten o'clock and although huw edwards wasn't told he was on air for a couple of minutes, having heard pandemonium in the background, he thought he would take the conservative approach and just sit there, quietly. the glitch prompted a flurry of reaction on twitter. ian ford posted this... thank you for all your comments this week.
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more typical with some places even cooler. it is quite a mixed weather story with sunshine and showers, breezy and fairly cool, certainly in third with what we have had recently. an area of low pressure is moving across the north of the british isles. you can see the tightly squeezed isobars, making for a windy saturday across parts of scotland. a weather front dragging its heels across england and wales. through saturday, large areas of cloud and some outbreaks of patchy rain. it should brighten up towards the saudis. northern ireland and scotla nd the saudis. northern ireland and scotland will see sunny spells, windy across scotland, with gale force winds in places and it'll be cool force winds in places and it'll be cool, between 14—18 degrees in the west, 22, 23 in the saudis. that weather front that would've been plaguing the south, that will claye, with an area of low pressure to the north sliding eastwards. sunday should bring slightly lighter winds across scotland. still quite blustery, though. a mixture of
sunshine and showers for most, although cloudy across some suburban areas. temperatures lucky to get a 16 in glasgow, maybe 23 across parts of the south east. some humid air returning for a brief time heading to the start of next week, being pulled up from the south by this warm front, head of an area of low pressure. for monday, lots of dry weather around, with some outbreaks of rain pushing in from the west, but of uncertainty where the wet weather will be. a cooler, fresh appeal to the north—west, but more humid down to the south and on monday night into tuesday, a chance we could see some heavy thundery downpours pushing up from the south. it will not be around for long because as they clear to the east on tuesday, it will start to bring fresh air back in from the atlantic. that flirtation with humid air because of this dip in the jet stream. you briefly get onto the jet
where the humid air locks, but as it brea ks where the humid air locks, but as it breaks back again and moves across the atlantic with a middle path of the atlantic with a middle path of the week we are on the northern side of the jet stream or the cool air sits, and we will be in that the middle of the week. the jet stream spinning up areas of low pressure that will keep things aren't settled through wednesday and on into thursday. for the middle part of the week, thejet thursday. for the middle part of the week, the jet stream will be working straight across the atlantic, keeping us in the cool air, bringing further areas of low pressure. but there was a hint in some forecast weather models that, by the end of the week, the jet stream might take on more of a bend the appearance and that will initially keep us in the cool air but will bring some warmer air, slightly closer to southern areas and with it, potentially, pressure building, high—pressure trying to edge its way in towards the south. it will be a slow process , the south. it will be a slow process, essentially, the start of july it will remain quite cool with
rain at times, but some sunshine, but just hints rain at times, but some sunshine, butjust hints that we might see something more settled and warmer, a bit deeper into the month. for the time being, we are back to normal. around 4000 people are being evacuated tonight from five tower blocks in north london. as residents start to move out, camden council says their safety can't be guaranteed because of the cladding on the buildings. i know it's difficult, but grenfell changes everything, and ijust don't believe we can take any risks with our residents' safety and i have to put them first. bewildered residents are told to head for a nearby leisure centre. some aren't happy with the council's decision. a knee jerk reaction by the council. they had to be seen to be doing something, but this is just creating chaos and pandemonium. grenfell tower — police say the cladding and insulation