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itjust seems like the bbc news is always presenting pensioners as well off and seeming like we are taking from the young, when actually i've spent my whole life looking after my whole family, and it's just really infuriating. it really does annoy me that they stir this up, because of the triple lock. 3% of hardly anything is not very much. some issues viewers contact us about do recur on a regular basis. one such was identified this week by mike, who recorded his video for us. i am as interested as anyone in seeing live scenes of hurricanes, storms and floods affecting the british isles. but i'm really concerned at the way the bbc and other news agencies around the world appeared to pay no attention to the safety and well—being of their reporters and camera crews. earlier this week, the bbc
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featured the effects of hurricane ophelia in ireland, where the poor reporter could hardly stand on his feet because of the strength of the wind, and they could easily have been swept out to sea or hit by flying debris. surely, in this day and age, we should pay more attention to the safety and well—being of human life and use unmanned cameras if we have to. now, it took years for the allegations of sexual abuse against harvey weinstein to make the news, which may tell us something about the world of hollywood and, perhaps, about the media too. but when they did so, two weeks ago in an article in the new york times, they unleashed a barrage of coverage across news organisations, including the bbc. the hollywood mogul harvey weinstein is sacked from the company he founded as allegations of his sexual harassment grow... the hollywood producer harvey weinstein is now facing allegations of rape from three women...
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the british film industry has distanced itself from harvey weinstein, the hollywood producer accused of sexual misconduct... tonight at ten, police in new york and london are now investigating allegations against the hollywood producer harvey weinstein... the hollywood sex scandal deepens, and other actors comes forward claiming she was raped by film producer harvey weinstein... police in britain are now investigating claims of sexual assault by three women against the hollywood film executive harvey weinstein. tom hanks tells us hollywood has to change, as he becomes the latest star to speak out about the harvey weinstein allegations. last week we aired some viewers‘ objections about the extent and nature of that coverage, but as it has continued this week, so too have the complaints. one viewer felt that... annabel smith wrote to us, contrasting the level of coverage of harvey weinstein with that of saturday's bomb attack in mogadishu, which killed around 300 somali civilians. she went into our bristol studio to explain her concerns.
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you do wonder, or i wonder, whether this story would have had anything like this coverage if the women being harassed were working for a company in the uk, or werejust on a factory floor somewhere. obviously, this got more coverage because the women concerned with famous and glamorous. it doesn't mean it's not important, of course it's an important story, but my complaint is about proportionality and the amount of coverage this god night after night after night, when other, far more important things, and far more deadly and dangerous things were going on around the world. there is a limit to how much i can be convinced that a woman being made to watch harvey weinstein take a shower is more important than 300 people being killed by a single bomb blast in mogadishu. well, i'm joined now by toby castle, deputy news editor for bbc news, thank you for coming
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on the newswatch. let's start with that last complaint. it's clearly an important story, but it's been running for two weeks, and given events like the mogadishu bombing, has the bbc gone overboard on the weinstein story? i would say no, but you would expect me to sit here and say no, because of where we placed the weinstein story in the running order over the weekend. but i would draw the attention, or your attention, and the viewers‘ attention, to our coverage of somalia. i think that we did a really good job on what was a truly horrific story, and so this becomes a bit of an argument about running orders and where something might run in a running order, rather than the level of coverage. i would say that we gave both stories a really, really detailed level of coverage over the weekend, and into this week. what should sit at the top of each bulletin, i think, is open for discussion, and it is a discussion we do have on every bulletin, with every story. but i would argue that the harvey weinstein story is one of a world significance,
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and i believe that the level of coverage that we gave it was proportionate. let's talk more about that, because i wonder if reviewers have a clear point here. if he weren't a hollywood executive, with lots of celebrity voices, you know, potentially to be reported on, you wouldn't be giving it this amount of airtime, would you? i would sayjust take a step back and ask who he is and what the allegations around him are. he is a well—known figure within the industry, and it is ourjob to explain the significance of somebody of his level within an industry has been able to get away with what he is being alleged to have done for so many years, this culture of silence around it, or perhaps cover—up. let's talk about the nature of the coverage, then. viewers feel there was a salacious edge to much of it. has bbc news gone too far, into too much detail about locations and things like him being in a bathrobe? i suppose what we have to balance is about being honest
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with our audiences about what he is being alleged to have done and there is a judgment that we have to make about how much detail we go into. there are different levels of that depending on which programme it is. let's talk about breakfast, because viewers have complained about that. no, and i heard that complaint, and clearly the breakfast audience, it is a difficult editorial decision about how much detail... we know what audiences are at home, you know, it is families getting ready to go to work, it is not the decision about perhaps sitting down to the early—evening six o'clock television news bulletin. a lot of the coverage has been new allegations by many different women, and some viewers say, look, these are allegations, there is no police action on most of them — should the bbc be reporting as many of them as they are like this? i'd say there is police action, you know. what is the development that has meant that this story has continued police on both sides of the atlantic are investigating
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harvey weinstein for these offences. and there are police investigations, and if there are further women that feel now empowered to come forward with allegations of sex abuse in business, or in music, or in all sorts of other industries, then, you know, there is something to be said about the level of coverage that we've given, you know, the weinstein story, which has allowed women to feel the strength to be able to come forward. look at the #metoo hashtag campaign on social media, that people feel they can talk about these things. toby castle, thank you very much. just time for a bit more of your feedback before we go, and on tuesday we had some comments about a report on the delays patients in northern ireland are experiencing in getting surgery. it began like this. # this house don't feel like home anymore # you say you've got to set me free...# megan loves dancing. it'sjust her life at the minute.
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she just wants to dance. but at the minute she needs to get this surgery to help her. stuart's response? finally, the news channel launched a new strand last week called afternoon live, and presenter simon mccoy has sometimes found it harder to consumers lack of enthusiasm for certain news stories, particularly those of a royal nature. that
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disarming honesty was on show again on tuesday. just got this coming in from kensington palace, their royal highnesses the duke and duchess of cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in april. now, bearing in mind they announced that she was pregnant back in september, and it was thought she was two months pregnant, i am not sure how much news this really is! anyway, april, clear your diaries, get the time booked off, that is what i am doing! that use just coming in from kensington palace. you are watching afternoon live. kay was unimpressed... but others were amused. thank you for all your comments this
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week. ring weak with your thoughts on bbc news, or e—mail, and we are on bbc news, or e—mail, and we are on twitter as well. that is all from us, we will be back to hear your thoughts about bbc news coverage again next week. goodbye. good evening. well, we started the week with remnants of hurricane ophelia, and we finish with the arrival of storm brian, it has already reached peak strength, but we will still have some impact to our weather, and the forerunner is this weather front, producing heavy rain across parts of northern ireland, wales, south—west england, and that band of rain and strengthening winds will spread across the country, in its wake, clear skies and thundery showers. the peak of the winds will not be until through saturday morning, so we start saturday
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morning with temperatures around 10—12 degrees, feeling quite fresh in the wind. but through the morning the wind speeds really pick up, around the coast of wales, southern england, and even inland we will see gales develop, but around the coast up to 70 mph winds possible. couple that with high tide, we could see some pretty nasty conditions around the coasts. we have got those gales, if not severe gales around the south and west, in eastern areas the winds are lighter, a bright start with some sunshine, frequent and prolonged rain towards the west, south—west scotland, north—west england, north—west wales, and eventually the showers will make its towards eastern areas. the wind slightest across parts of scotland, not bad in northern ireland, the temperatures are fairly academic with the strong winds. the centre of storm brian pushes into the north sea through the night into sunday, the strongest winds will be across parts of northern england, south—west scotland, the north midlands,
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gales to start sunday, but generally easing down. showers becoming less abundant through the day, mainly across western coasts and hills, quite a few of you will finish sunday afternoon with dry and sunny spells, but feeling fresh, only 10—14 degrees. into monday, light winds, brightness in eastern areas, how it breaks of rain spreading from the west, dampness and grazed conditions across southern areas during monday afternoon, temperatures around 14—16 degrees. half term for many of you, things staying on the mild side, but rain at times, sunniest in the north east. a note of cautious optimism from eu leaders meeting in brussels — they say not enough progress has been made for trade talks — but agree to begin planning for them. i am ambitious and positive for britain's future
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and for these negotiations, but i know we still have some way to go. my impression is that the reports of the deadlock between the eu and the uk have been exaggerated. oxford and cambridge are accused of ‘social apartheid‘ by a labour mp who says most students are from a "privileged minority". pollution is linked to the deaths of more than 50 thousand people in the uk in a major new medical study. prepapration as storm brian is about to hit the uk — it‘s expected to bring winds of up to 70 miles an hour together
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