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”in “it “a r "nit ”fsfi “it"a 15 "nit df nuc— much of the past fortnight, climate change protesters have made their presence felt in locations across london. last wednesday, tom symons caught up with some of them on waterloo bridge. this is normally one of the busiest bridges across the thames. extension rebellion, a new direct action protest group, hope to take control of this and other key london locations for up to two weeks. but today police moved in and made more arrests. by the time the protest had finished, this thursday can more than 1000 people had been arrested. 0pinions about the bbc‘s coverage of the demonstrations was divided. can asking... but other viewers last week had the opposite perspective of here is stephen serling and mel. during a beeson break in brexit
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coverage, the bbc did not give more scene of the resources to cover the protest in london, considering the far more important thing facing us, climate change. was it because the bbc, like donald trump, is not significant nephew bother about?” was surprised to see... thousands of people got to london's streets but this was ignored in the headlines. and later in the programme, i think at less than 30 seconds coverage, leaving people rather poorly informed. by contrast, itv dealt with it and about two minutes while channel 4 had proper coverage. the fa ct channel 4 had proper coverage. the fact that protesters were initiating camping on the biggest issue of our time, it seems to have been missed by the editors. it raises the question how media should cover
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something which is notjust in time but a emergency. that question exercised other viewers too. the subject was explored last week's bbc 0ne documentary climate change — the fa cts 0ne documentary climate change — the facts normal neck, presented by david attenborough. . the swedish teenager greta thunberg democrat has bbc news failed to give the subject sufficient attention up to now because neck —— up to now? sufficient attention up to now because neck -- up to now? in the light of the united nations climate report, we only have 12 years to change our lifestyles to avoid climate catastrophe, dare i suggest that bbc news and current feels attitude on the matter is fairly relaxed? attitude on the matter is fairly relaxed ? 0ne attitude on the matter is fairly relaxed ? one might attitude on the matter is fairly relaxed? one might expect that the prospect of imminent climate change
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would lead to frequent reports about small changes we could make to our lifestyles. ian price there. and sarah cooper echoed that sentiment, writing... and jack lewis agreed... to respond to that charge, i'm joined now from coventry by roger harrah been... thank you for coming under one. the extinction protest, they have a lot of coverage for visit proof the bbc should have been doing much more about climate change before? i am an environment correspondence, so before? i am an environment correspondence, so obviously i would like to have seen the bbc doing much more on the environment in all its shades and flavours. to be fair,
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though, a while ago, people were saying that they want to commission documentaries because it is a bit of a turn—off. now there is a massive interest in climate change but that has not always been the case. the other problem with importing on climate change, one of many problems is that things move so slowly, so pictures always appeared to be the same. it's always melting glaciers, it's always rising sea levels, it's a lwa ys it's always rising sea levels, it's always floods and droughts. editors get rather weary of that stuff but you've absolutely summed up the kind of questions that come in from audiences. i wonder as well, year ago, the bbc was found to breach rules off—camera rules about climate deniers. how far has the bbc change the way it covers the issue now? until that ruling, i would get phoned up regularly by a junior producer on the programme who had jumped into him or her the bbc‘s
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absolutely sacred duty of impartiality for if they had some buddy on television or radio or local radio say, climate change is a problem, they felt obliged to put on some ten saying, actually, climate change is not a problem. that has evaporated. now climate sceptics say they cannot get on air at all, and we still have some important things to say from time to time was abutting the conversation on how we cover climate change is really not absolutely conclusively closed. cover climate change is really not absolutely conclusively closedm overall, as you seem to have said, the bbc has accepted that climate change is a burning priority and audiences want more coverage, should it not be leading new bulletins all the time? i think you put your finger on it there. nothing leads news bulletins all the time. news has to be new. news involves conflict and drama and personality, and often climate change doesn't have much of that. it's at an awful lot over the past few weeks thanks
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to extension rebellion. that's one of the reason why they've been so successful. they've been so inventive. they've been dancing on the streets and drumming, and that's absolutely incredible pink boat. how undersea they get that into the middle of oxford circus with all the police standing by? goodness only knows. by using all those tricks, that novelty, with the passion of greta thunberg and her sword in every ability to rebuke us in our own language, age 16 i think there's news things happening, the edinburgh documentary, people are seeing an awful avalanche of opinion and are concerned, and frankly, i haven't seen concerned, and frankly, i haven't seen it on this issue in a long time. how do you personally see your role in covering climate change for bbc news? we are constantly looking for new things to say, but within the broader truth of what's happening with the climates. next week, for instance, i'm doing some reporting on soil. most people no
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idea that soil holds more carbon then there is in the atmosphere. soil holds more carbon than there is in trees. we have to keep looking for new angles and just keep stressing that this is an ongoing problem. roger harrabin, thank you so problem. roger harrabin, thank you so much. at least 250 people are now known to have died in the horrific bombings in sri lanka last sunday of the attacks and their aftermath have been widely reported on bbc news. but reservations about some of that coverage. like most people, i was appalled by the acts of terrorism on easter sunday in sri lanka and the devastating loss of life. the close—up camera shots of women screaming for their children and grandchildren, the roar and visceral emotion, was deeply unsettling and i felt i was intruding on private acts of grief. i appreciate how difficult
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it is to reports on horrific incidents like this, but on this occasion, i feel you overstepped incidents like this, but on this occasion, ifeel you overstepped the decency line. last thursday, robert mueller‘s investigation into alleged russian interference in the last us presidential election was finally released. president trump welcome to the report as a complete exoneration, asjohn the report as a complete exoneration, as john sipple described from washington. it describes the follow from the firing of the fbi directorjames comey. the then attorney general can a jeff sessions goes into city president to tell him that he's decided to appoint a special counsel to investigate russian collusion and obstruction of justice. investigate russian collusion and obstruction ofjustice. donald trump is furious and uses very strong language. the news at ten, and newsnight after it, then proceeded to broadcast some of that very strong language, including a particular explicit verb. and that provoked some angry reactions from viewers, including austin kirk, who
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e—mailed... denise echoed that. welcome that we has to bbc news for their response to those complaints, and this is what they told us. as well as reporting on the investigation, another ofjohn
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as well as reporting on the investigation, another of john so's recent activities has come under the spotlight coming under. as fee news revealed the bbc north america editor addressed the executive of the tobacco giant philip morris at a staff conference in miami. health charities and anti—smoking campaigners were not impressed. and nor was clear san brooke, who tweeted. .. and lance dyer wonder... jon sopel declined to respond to bus feet and a bbc spokesperson declined to say how much he had been paid...
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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, do e—mail news watch... you can find us on twitter... you can call us on... and you have a look at previous interviews and discussions on our website,... that's all from us. we will be back to hear your thoughts about bbc news coverage again next week. goodbye. good evening. this time last week, it was all about the sunshine and the warmth that we got to look forward to across easter weekend. well, today, we have seen some sunshine. in fact, it's been a glorious day across the highlands, scotland — as you can see from lochnessmonster. but for most of us, the cloud arrived and it brought some rain with it. and it's a sign of what's to come
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as we move into the weekend — a cooler, more unsettled theme for many. in fact, we start off the weekend on a stormy note with this deep area of low pressure moving in. and on the southern flank of that low, we are going to see gales for many, severe gales on exposed coasts. and those winds are going to be strong enough perhaps to cause some travel disruption, particularly for high—sided vehicles and maybe uproot trees which are now starting to becoming full leaf. it'll also bring with it some rain across parts of north wales, into the midlands, north of england, and for northern ireland through the night as well. fair amount of cloud elsewhere. temperatures holding up at around six to 9 degrees. but it'll be the winds that will be the feature first thing in the morning. gusts in excess of 60 to 70 miles per hour in exposed coasts. the stronger winds will travel their way across central and eastern england through the morning. the rain will tend to sit across north wales, northern england, stretching up into the scottish borders, although fairly showery, and across much of northern ireland. so sandwiched to the north and south of that wet weather, there will be some brighter spells. but factor in the strength of the winds, the temperatures
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really struggling, particularly when you compare them to just a week ago. highest values ofjust 9—13 degrees. now that low pressure will move off into the north sea. it's going to allow this little ridge of high pressure to build for the second half of the weekend. so, an improving story. and that's good news for marathon runners, because perhaps near—perfect weather conditions are likely on sunday. it will be dry. there will be a lot of cloud around. a bit of a breeze, but nowhere near as strong as saturday. fair amount of cloud for many of us. a weak weather front will bring some rain into northern ireland, and maybe western fringes of wales and southwest england as we go through the day. despite the cloud, we get some brightness. temperatures will respond. they will be a degree or so higher than saturday. so, highest values of 11—15d. and then, as we move into next week, it looks as though those weather fronts will sit out to the west. so, chance of further rain into the west. the best of the drier weather to the east.
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this is bbc news i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 8. police release new images of the man they believe killed the journalist lyra mckee in northern ireland last week, and ask for help from the public in identifying him. lyra mckee was observing riots in londonderry when she was shot. her death has prompted politicians to step—up their efforts to restore power—sharing in northern ireland. she symbolised the new northern ireland. retailer debenhams confirms plan to close up to 22 of its stores next year, affecting around 1200 jobs. libya says the brother of the manchester bomber — salman abedi, was about to be extradited to britain, but that's been halted because of heavy fighting around the capital, tripoli. britain's top civil servant demands that ministers co—operate,

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