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i'm notjust going to take anything else you give me. and if you don't have anything else to give me, if you give me a house, i am not going to vacate. i was happy in my house. i work hard, i work hard, i had a good house. i am not going to accept it. i'm not going to accept it. 0k. no, no, please... right, you know what, we will come to you, sid, i promise. i promise. so victoria... just a minute. some viewers told me they felt victoria derbyshire lost control of the conversation, with michael bailey e—mailing... well, we mentioned last week another bbc item about the grenfell tower fire, which had incurred the wrath of some viewers. an interview with the prime minister conducted by a emily maitlis. the newsnight presenter has done
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a number of attention—grabbing interviews recently, and last friday she was involved in another spiky encounter, this time with the leader of the house, andrea leadsom. it was a year to the day since the vote for britain to leave the european union, and the preparations for brexit were under discussion. you've got a negotiating position which is completely unclear. you're hearing that from the president of the eu parliament. well... you've got a political system which is unstable. many believe our economy is unfair. living standards are falling. what can you point to now and say, that's going well? european politicians are actually very keen that we keep a strong relationship going forward, and that is what we are going to do. and it is actually the elected politicians who are the important thing here. come on, ms leadsom. you haven't even got a deal with the dup on the table. they are laughing at us, and saying they can walk all over
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the one she puts up now. well, that is blatantly not true, is it? angela merkel said it was a good start. we had mark ritter saying he was quite positive and optimistic about it. we had various different eu politicians, the elected politicians, saying it is a good start. of course, it's very early days. it's been a year, it's been a year... it would be helpful if broadcasters were willing to be a bit patriotic. the country took a decision. this government is determined to deliver on that decision. sorry, it's unpatriotic? are you accusing me of being unpatriotic for questioning how negotiations are going, questioning whether you have the position of strength that she said she wanted? andrea leadsom denied calling emily maitlis unpatriotic, but some viewers thought the general point being made by the former conservative leadership candidate was a fair one. here is sheila justice. charlotte bedford agreed.
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and gloria buckle put it like this. another viewer, tony wright, recorded this video for us, with these thoughts. please, bbc, can you rein in emily maitlis? she should be taught how to hold a civil conversation. most of her hapless subjects are subject to a barrage of contentious, inflammatory, aggressive, and often insulting interruptions. i have no great love of politicians, but i have to commend them for holding their temper during a typical emily maitlis interview. she interrupts so much that the people are never allowed to get their answer out.
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and that, for us, the viewers, doesn't allow us to make a judgement on what they are actually trying to say. the interview is therefore pointless. viewer tony wright there. well, with me right now is ian katz, the editor of newsnight. thank you for coming newswatch. the reference that andrea leadsom made to patriotism has been much mocked, but some viewers say she really did have a point about the focus of brexit coverage being relentlessly negative. the first thing i should say is that i thought it was an excellent accountability interview. i think — i'm sure there are some viewers out there who will agree with some of these complaints. i think the vast majority of people who saw it will think that calling an interviewer unpatriotic when they ask some awkward questions is sort of somewhere — somewhere between hilarious and slightly sinister. it's the sort of thing that happens in moscow and beijing, but not really in a place with a free media. well, there is an interpretation
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issue there, because of course andrea leadsom went on to say that she wasn't calling her unpatriotic. i don't think it's really open to interpretation. you only have to watch it to be pretty clear, and the viewers that you have just reported the complaints of were actually making the point that it was fair to call emily unpatriotic. newsnight is very good at turning around this kind of interview as a social media clip, to go viral, which is exactly what happened. but watching it back, on the whole, the whole of it, do you not see how many viewers felt it was heavy—handed 7 well, i think if you are making a point about partial extracts from an interview, and how some of those can gain circulation outside the context of an interview, i think that's a really interesting one. and that's one that we really need to think quite a lot about, because sometimes you'll have a sort of minute—long fragment from an interview which gets seen by huge numbers of people, outside the context of the interview. i think that's an interesting point.
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but i think that, you know, this is a classic accountability interview on a really contentious issue. i mean, this is about the future shape, relationship, of the country with the continent we're in, and it's absolutely right that emily conducted a really tough, ha rd—hitting accountability interview. we all understand that politicians can go on too much, they can need to be brought back to answer the question. but there was a lot of interrupting here. we heard that one viewer there at the end say it's really frustrating not getting to hear andrea leadsom finish answers. well, you know better than anyone, interrupting is a really sort of fine line in interviewing. i've got quite a lot of sympathy with viewers who feel that we're sometimes too interrupt—y. i mean, we owe subjects the sort of fairness of allowing them to set out their case. set against that, there are, i won't name any names, lots of interviewees who essentially come into an interview with the aim of sort of filibustering their way through it, and just sticking to two or three homilies.
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but in this case? well, this was a very interesting case, the andrea leadsom case. it was supposed to be a is—minute interview. for reasons to do with when andrea was able to start it, it ended up being a much shorter one. it was more like seven or eight minutes, and it was a down—the—line interview. and in those situations, the interviewer is under a lot more pressure to stop, to keep the interview moving along, and to address all the questions they are trying to address in the interview. let's move on to another issue. last week we featured complaints about another interview emily did, with the prime minister, about the grenfell fire. let's watch a clip. we have yet to find out what the cause of the fire was. the fire brigade, 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's important that we get to the bottom of this, that we find out exactly what happened. that's why. .. but you were recommended this in 2013. you were in government there,
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and the coroner said you can stop this with a sprinkler system in every block. the criticism there is she seemed to be putting personal blame for everything on theresa may. the use of the word "you," particularly in relation to who bought the cladding, and that just wasn't fair. well, the figure of speech emily was using was, "you could do this," as in, "one could do this." she was saying one could have bought a more expensive cladding. she said, "you could have spent £2 more." yes, and as you say, you can get up... well, it got the prime minister... i think what viewers were saying is some of that focused anger perhaps should be directed at the right people, that this is a scattergun approach. save it for the council. well, i don't think that's right. the prime minister is also the leader of the conservative party. it was a conservative borough. it is entirely reasonable to say there is a set of responsibilities for the national government, for local government. you are the leader of the party that runs the council, it was absolutely appropriate to hold her to account. i think, in that particular case, i don't think what emily maguire
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means is you personally chose the cladding. i think what she was saying is, one could have held different cladding for £2 different. well, language matters, doesn't it? and what you think she said is not what viewers felt they got out of it. well, clearly you're right that some viewers construed it differently. i don't think the majority of viewers would have construed that way. tone is also very important, and a lot of viewers said it came across as angry and emotional. isn't it a bbcjournalist‘s job to remain very calm and measured? i think that's a good question, and i think it often is, and i think... but i think one of the responsibilities of an interviewer to is channel the questions that the viewers would want asked in a particular situation. and i think that, on that friday, emily brilliantly channelled the — the questions, the mood, to some extent, of a lot of the country, around the handling of the aftermath of that disaster. nothing you would do differently, looking back? i think they were two really exemplary interviews. ian katz, thank you very much. finally, there was plenty of coverage across the bbc last weekend of the glastonbury festival, and it even made it onto bbc news, courtesy of an appearance there byjeremy corbyn.
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around 14 minutes of the speech given by the labour leader was covered live on the news channel, prompting phil campbell to comment... thank you for all your comments this week. please do share your opinions on bbc news and current affairs by calling us, or e—mailing. you can find us on twitter, and do have a look at previous discussions on our website. that's all from us. we will be back with your thoughts about bbc news coverage again next week. goodbye. well, saturday does not look bad
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at all across most of the uk. we're certainly in for some sunshine and some warm weather. there is a little bit of rainfall on the way in the north—west, but it shouldn't be too heavy. now, in the short term, actually a fair bit of cloud out there, and also some light, light rain. damp weather just across east anglia and the south—east to end the night. in many northern and north—western areas it's actually a lot clearer, so this is where we're going to have fresher weather early in the morning. in fact, in parts of northern ireland, maybe even in ruralareas, a touch of grass frost. and most of the temperatures in towns and cities will be from ten to say 14 degrees there in london. now, let's have a look at the weather across northern areas first of all. so this is first thing in the morning across scotland. looking absolutely fine, the sun should be out. notice that the clouds are increasing in the western isles, and we've got some light rain
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heading to stornoway. that will push into scotland and northern ireland a little bit later on. but dry in belfast at 9:00am in the morning. notice that, maybe apart from western fringes of wales, here in cornwall, there is a fair bit cloud around. but it will be mostly thin cloud, and through the morning, into the afternoon, those clouds will be breaking up and we really are in for a decent day. and see the sunshine there developing as that shade melts away. but at the same time we've also got a weather front getting into scotland and northern ireland, so around the middle of the afternoon i think there will be spots of rain in belfast, possibly glasgow too. so here, coolest around 15—17 degrees, but where the sun comes out for any lengthy period of time there across england it should get up to 20 degrees, maybe even 2a in london. how are we doing compared to the rest of europe? well, temperatures similar across the heart of europe, but incredibly hot across the south—east of europe. in athens, for example, 43 degrees there for some of our holidaymakers. so that is europe. back to the uk, so this is saturday night. now, that damp weather in the north—west that i talked
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about will be moving southwards during the course of the early hours of sunday. so that means that, early on sunday morning, there could be some damp weather across east anglia, the south—east, but it should clear out of the way, and then basically we're left over with a very decent sunday once again, with some sunny spells. a little bit fresher, low 20s in london, around 16 in glasgow, but there's also some showers in the forecast there for northern scotland. and then, sunday into monday, weatherfronts are moving in, so there is a little rain in the forecast for early in the week. but it's the weekend, so let's look at the weekend summary, then. it's not looking bad at all. a lot of dry weather, there will be some sunny spells, and it's going to feel pleasantly warm. welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is reged ahmad. our top stories: hong kong's newly appointed chief executive carrie lam has been sworn in by china's president xi jinping on the 20th anniversary
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