surely what's important is how it affects the brexit process, the infighting within and between our parties should surely be secondary. in general, the coverage of the brexit process seems to spend far too much time concentrating on the interaction between our politicians at the expense of giving any detail on what's been decided. unfortunately, what is been portrayed in the frenzied news media, including the much respected bbc bews broadcast, is only the political high drama of this instead of educating the british public of what it means to remain or to exit the customs union. this is not explained and what is focused on are the personalities, ie boris johnson versus theresa may and the possibility of ousting the british prime minister. how can the public make an informed decision or conduct a genuine informed debate if the complex issues remain unexplained and only the mp5 seem to know what is involved? well, bbc political correspondent chris mason was one of those reporting on monday's developments. we asked him to look back at what that was like. i was on the bbc news channel at 2pm on monday
afternoon and we got word that borisjohnson‘s outriders and security staff were waiting outside one carlton gardens, the residency of the foreign secretary, and were kicking their heels, they didn't know where he was, they didn't know if he was coming out to the car, he was due at a summit about the balkans down the road and frankly he hadn't turn up for work. i charged to carlton gardens and expected an afternoon of drama. it was an afternoon of drama because at 3pm downing street announced borisjohnson had indeed resigned, but there wasn't a great deal of for us to see at carlton gardens. i arrived just after 2pm, left at around 9pm in the evening, seven hours of waiting, and he still hadn't left. he spent much of the afternoon penning that resignation statement, inviting
in a photographer to take that image of him writing or holding that resignation statement. and yet another extraordinary day. there was clearly some frustration... yes, there is soap opera around the characters but there is also fundamentals around the vision and the shape and the flavour around brexit. that's what those resignations were about. they were about two cabinet ministers who looked at the chequers statement and the white paper that was to follow a few days‘ later and frankly didn't think that was a vision of brexit that they could go out and sell. so, of course, the story on monday was about two big personalities, but it was about much more than that, it was about what brexit could orshould, in theirview, look like. i think it's absurd to suggest frankly that there is a difference between the characters and the soap opera around those characters and their resignations, and the principles of what a brexit should look like, because they resigned on a point
of principle because they had a different vision of the principles of what that vision should look like. so it was absolutely about the substance of how a brexit deal should be formulated. now, i don't know whether downing street were aware that this interview had been recorded... i was on the late shift on thursday night when the front page of the sun newspaper appeared. i think it's fair to say the late shift on our rotor isn't always the most sought after, but i've had a couple of corkers is in the last week and when that front page appeared and we saw the transcript of the interview, what you're seeing is an extraordinary exchange and you have to capture that in how we report it. here was an american president very specifically suggesting a government blueprint for brexit, the dominating political issue of our time, that was published less than an hour before air force one landed at stansted airport in essex, wouldn't create an environment in which the uk and the us could do a trade deals. this incredibly delicate
and sensitive domestic political issue was being tackled by an american president who'd already trodden on a few eggshells and then was treading on the remaining ones in the box. extraordinary, and we had to report that in a way that acknowledged just how extraordinary that was. is there always a challenge for reporters in reporting the here and now, and also having a perspective that allows you to step back and see the bigger picture? absolutely, that's a constant challenge for reporters. but the principaljob of a reporter is to report the here and now as accurately and as honestly and as openly, with as much information as we can get hold of in that moment, to our audiences. i think we've done that. donald trump has blown a hole in theresa may's brexit plans... often, and this week has been an exception, often brexit in the
micro, the day—to—day developments, frankly to a lot of people can be quite dull, but when you get weeks like this where interest in brexit just goes off the scale. we have an absolute job, i think, to communicate that clearly and enthusiastically and with passion and in an engaging way, because there are these little moments in the long road of telling the story of brexit where people pay more attention, and we have to make the most of that and capture that attention whilst it lasts, because very quickly, and perfectly understandably, viewers‘ and listeners‘ and readers‘ attentions will meander on to something else in the weeks and months ahead until there is another flashpoint or big moment. it‘s clear from recent editions of the programme that the end of the football world cup this weekend will be greeted with relief by some members of the audience, even though millions have enjoyed it too. news coverage reached fever
pitch on wednesday with, well, you know what. sophie rayworth was on the spot for the news at six. the moment has come. england are about to take on croatia in the world cup semi—final here in moscow. their biggest match in more than a quarter of a century. scores of viewers wondered what sophie rayworth, with no previously disclosed expertise in either football or russia, was doing in moscow. here‘s nick blandford: paul stafford and first andy brushet recorded their reactions for us on camera. seems all too common practice now that when a major incident occurs around the world, a bbc news anchor goes on site to report against a blackend skyline.
it adds very little value, probably a lot of technical complication and often smacks to me of being a jolly. i switched on the 6pm news and who should i say presenting from moscow but sophie rayworth! i was astonished. all she did was introduced other bbc reporters. she added nothing herself. this was repeated again on the 10pm broadcast after england had lost. why oh why oh why, bbc, did you think it necessary to send sophie rayworth all the way to moscow? surely one of the other reporters could have done the broadcast. we asked bbc news for their response, and they told us: finally, back to those brexit related resignations and simon mccoy
was conducting an interview on the subject on monday while the breaking news banner on monday read: underneath that, apparently a lab rating on the headline, we were told a fifth person has been rescued from the flooded cave, that more ambulances had been seen going into the operation area and that the mission had been paused due to depleting oxygen levels. that accidental mash—up with the rescue of 12 schoolboys and never will coach from a flooded cave in thailand seemed particularly apt to some. thank you for all your comments this week.
you can call us with your opinions on bbc news on: ore—mail: you can find us on twitter: do have a look at our website: that‘s all from us. we‘ll be back to hear your thoughts about bbc news coverage again next week. goodbye. hello. welcome to the weekend, which will offer a bit of cloud and some rain to parts of scotland and northern ireland, whereas much of england and wales will stay dry. here‘s the rain—maker — this weak weather front coming in. but for saturday, it‘s just towards the far north, north—west of scotland.
it will affect more of scotland and northern ireland on sunday, as we‘ll see in a moment. for many over the weekend there will be sunshine, there will be warmth. in fact, building warmth particularly across parts of england and wales. sunday looking even hotter in places. so a real range of weather this weekend. this is what it looks on saturday morning then. the cloud, some outbreaks of rain, far north—west of scotland, maybe willjust fringe into the west of northern ireland later in the day. yes, cloud increases ahead of that. but the further south and east you are in scotland and northern ireland there will be some sunny spells to be had. some cloud building in england and wales. you can see from the colours here, warm to hot sunshine to be had. a range of temperatures, quite breezy as well with the cloud and some outbreaks of rain in north—west scotland. there mayjust be an isolated shower popping up across eastern parts of england. most will avoid that and stay dry. here‘s how it‘s looking for the wimbledon finals this weekend, the men‘s final could be
one of the hottest men‘s finals for decades, coming up on sunday with temperatures around 30 celsius, if not slightly above in some spots in south—east england. heading out and about on saturday evening, a lot of fine weather to come. but through the night some outbreaks of rain moving into northern ireland and western scotland. staying dry in england and wales. these are the overnight temperatures going into sunday morning. so on sunday, scotland and northern ireland, more have cloud, more have some outbreaks of rain. gradually pushing further east. mayjust reach into the far north—west of england later in the day. elsewhere, across western england and wales, there could be a few showers popping up here and there. but again, most will avoid them and stay dry. most in england and wales will hold on to the very warm to hot sunshine. temperatures will be a few degrees higher in the sunshine compared with saturday. just 17 degrees in stornoway. this weather front is taking some cooler and fresher air south eastwards across the uk. it‘s just going to take its time. so on sunday evening, not a great deal of change in the position of that front, if you‘re heading out and about. it will gradually slide further south—eastwards monday into tuesday, but it‘s a very slow process. any rain on itjust becomes just a few showers.
don‘t expect much as it does so. we are left with something, eventually, into next week, cooler and fresher, with more cloud around and than perhaps some of us have seen recently. a greater chance of picking up one or two showers around as well. enjoy your weekend. welcome to bbc news — broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is nkem ifejika. and these are our top stories: protests across the uk as tens of thousands of people demonstrate against president trump and his policies. more are planned over the weekend. i feel the fact that he is on a state visit and she is going to see the queen, while he is doing atrocious things, i think that is not ok. there was pomp and pageantry. queen elizabeth welcomed the president for afternoon tea at windsor castle. there was also an apology for his interview with a newspaper and mr trump rowed back on his criticism of the prime minist