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today the labour leader backed him, saying it is right to be prepared. nick wharton felt that the headline attention was not warranted. last week, we endured complaint about a bbc reporter speaking to camera while others around were calling for silence in the search for survivors of the earthquake in mexico. here's a reminder of the clip that caused that concern. all over the town are also lines of volunteers, people trying to help those who may still be alive. as we spoke, the rescue workers began to raise their hands to ask for a few minutes‘ silence
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to try to hear any cries for help, but no joy this time. caroline mills was one of those watching our programme who wrote to echo the objections that we aired. well, we asked bbc news for a response to the complaints we received and they told us: this week, the bbc has been running
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highlights from toronto of the invictus games, the pa ralympics—style event championed by prince harry and created by his advisers. the games have also featured on bbc news, but monday's report for the news at ten started with its focus away from the competitors. it's the confirmation royal fans have been waiting for. the couple have been togetherfor over a year, but until this week they had gone to great lengths to keep their relationship out of view of the cameras. no more, their affection for each other obvious. the reaction from some newswatch viewers was scathing. linda bumford e—mailed: reporting on the royal family has
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often caused controversy, with the audience divided between those who prefer the bbc to maintain a respectful distance from the monarchy and those who object to what they see as too much of sick we must. it's a challenge the corporation has faced for many years. princess margaret has followed her weekend in yorkshire... in the age of deference, everything broadcast was on the royal terms, highly stage—managed and controlled. for decades, the bbc was seen as the favoured establishment media outlet and did little to accept them. but as charles and diana's marriage broke down publicly, with her infamous panorama interview playing a crucial role, and especially after diana's death 20 years ago, the relationship became much more complicated. was the bbc part of a rapacious, intrusive press pack that had some
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responsibility for her death and so should now stay awake, or was it theirjob to investigate and challenge the royals like any of its journalistic subjects? this dilemma has led to some tricky television moments, such as the occasional awkward photo opportunity and complaints about the hours of airtime spent waiting for prince george's birth, for example. through it all, the bbc has had to tread that passed between a royal family increasingly sensitive to potential invasions of its privacy by the media and those a perspective of hugh davis, who tweeted us this week: well, peter hunt has been covering the royal family among other subjects for almost 30 years. he conducted prince william's first—ever broadcast interview
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and prince harry's first radio interview and he has just announced that he is leaving the bbc shortly. welcome to newswatch. you were home affairs correspondent and foreign affairs correspondent, as you heard in that comment, is there a special overly respectful tone and vocabulary that you used as a royal correspondent? not intentionally. the criticism in that tweet, i have regularly in my twitter feed. some are far more blunt than your correspondent and use words we could not repeat on this programme. i took over from jennie bond, lady bond as i call her. she didn't hand onto me her white stiletto heels that she was famous for, but she did hand on the advice that one should treat the royal family like any other news story. that has always been front and centre in my brain when i have done thisjob. clearly, some people think i have failed. how has the job changed since you started doing it? it was about 20 years ago. it is that constant tussle, as you suggested. the terrible time for the royals
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was during the 805, when they really did feel there was no holds barred coverage and i didn't know what to do. with the benefit of history, part of the reason they were all at sea was because individual royals and their camps were contributing to the coverage. so what has changed most noticeably is that all of that leaking from within has been battened down on. so the distilling of information is coming through their communication offices, but the challenges which were then then are still around now. some royal correspondents have found out what the royal family really think of them and it is not always nice. do you know what they think of you? you must be talking about my colleague nick and the "awful man". anyone having a down day should not watch the dreadful moment from the royal point of view in the snow when they were skiing, and they were there to talk about the upcoming wedding
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of the prince of wales and camilla parker bowles as she then was, and the two young princes were there. they had been out clubbing and clearly didn't want to be there. there was a microphone and recorded him saying that about nick. you can also hear prince charles saying, who is that man? i asked whether they had chained him to a post and you can hear prince charles saying, why is that man asking that question? and harry whispered in his ear that that is what goes on. and william says, sorry, harry says, this is so much fun. and william says, keep smiling. and william says, sorry, harry says, this is so much fun. and william says, keep smiling. that is the full context of the "awful man" moment. i suspect the queen doesn't know who i am and that is very healthy. i suspect that prince charles
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probably thinks i don't take him seriously enough, but he probably thinks that about a lot of people. william and harry probably tolerate me. very honest! it is noticeable how william and harry have recently really opened up to the news media about their mother and issues like mental health. does that marked a new stage in the relationship between the royal family and broadcasters? if you go back to the 60s, prince philip sat down in the room in st james‘s palace and they would hold a half—hour news conference. so they all think this is a beast to contain. the only one who hasn't done it yet is the queen. they all think there is some magic elixir that they can make it work. they have all done it, william and harry are just the latest. they have this power and attention and they are going to try and use
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it to focus on issues which matter to them. you referred to the documentaries. the most telling thing for me was the strength of their pain about how the media behaved with their mother. anyone in fleet street who wonders why they think what they think should watch that documentaries. it is pretty clear that we, the media, our people they have learned to just about tolerate. you have talked on twitter about surviving what another journalist called palace flim—flam. it feels like there was a sense of relief? did you enjoy the job? i will leave to viewer to judge whether i was good on hats and other things. but it is an extraordinary range of things and an extraordinary institution in the life of this country and 15 other countries where the queen is head of state. when i leave the bbc, i will not have to carry a black tie in my bag.
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peter hunt, thank you. before we go, on thursday the death of hugh hefner, the founder of playboy magazine, was announced. his achievements and impact were much debated in social and main stream media and for some viewers, the bbc got the balance of its coverage wrong. here's louise daly: 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 newswatch. you can find us on twitter and do have a look at our website. that's all from us. we will be back to hear your thoughts about bbc news coverage again next week. goodbye.
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hello. some of us may get off to a fine start on saturday morning, but by looking at the big picture you can work out why that is not going to last. several weather systems queueing up in the atlantic to come our way, so we will all have rain at some stage of the weekend and the winds will be picking up as well. this is how it looks for early rises. wales and north—west england with cloud and outbreaks of rain. a lot of cloud in the rest of england. showers spreading east as the day goes on. a lot of fine weather in northern ireland, with variable cloud and sunny spells. after morning showers in scotland, the afternoon looks drier, with fewer showers, more sunshine. there's your fine weather in northern ireland. some sunny spells in
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northern england as well. but for the midlands, east anglia, south—east england, likely to be a fair amount of cloud around and an increased chance of showers spreading east in the afternoon. for wales and western areas of england, we keep a lot of cloud throughout and the rain gathers again by late afternoon and into the evening. another spell of wet weather moves in and covers much of the uk as we go through saturday night and into sunday morning. the wind picking up as well. in northern ireland we have some especially heavy rain coming in by the end of saturday night. a mild start to sunday and a mild sunday to come. it won't feel like that in the wind. cloud around. a wet morning in northern ireland. heavy rain spreading across scotland. for the rest of england and wales there will be some outbreaks spreading eastwards as the day goes on. of course it is windy on sunday. coastal gales in the west. the wet weather clearing through much of scotland and northern ireland as it brightens up. a few showers around, but the wind will get even stronger, especially in scotland. so it will be very blustery in scotland for the great scottish run and expect a lot of rain in the morning, clearing in the afternoon.
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the cardiff half marathon. windy here too. there will be some rain, although not as persistent as the rain in scotland, but some outbreaks moving through during sunday. but it's close to this low pressure going into monday where we expect some really nasty wind for a time, especially in parts of scotland. the further north you are, severe gales, up to 70 mph. gusts in the northern england could be up to 50—60 mph, so that could be disruptive. showers towards the north—west and some spells of persistent rain into northwest scotland. so the weekend starts on a fine note for some, but we will all have rain moving in and the winds picking up as well, especially sunday and into monday. welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. our top stories: president trump's health secretary quits after using expensive private planes for government business.
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