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g t” if)"; il we ' x from the forests to supply the trade are disappearing from the wild. scientists studying this say it is now reached a tipping point. java is about the size of england and we estimate that is around 75 million birds in captivity. that is probably more than there may be in the wilds which is a very serious issue for the island and its wider environment. this is one of two major studies published today that point to a global crash in bird populations. the other, a project carried out by scientists in the us and canada examined 50 years of bird surveys in north america. it reveals that there are 3 billion fewer birds in the continent today than there we re in the continent today than there were in 1970. habitat loss driven by human activity has been blamed. but the researchers are actually optimistic that there are conclusions could be a wake—up call,
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triggering action to protect vital habitats and migration routes. in indonesia, the widespread love of birds could provide a catalyst for them to be protected in the wild. the headlines here on bbc news, millions of people protest around the world to demand greater action for climate change. thousands of jobs are at risks and british holiday—makers could be left stranded in thomas cook fails to secure more rescue funds. the woman who claims she was abused by prince andrew speaks out. working in paris emphatically denies that the duke of york had any sexual contact with her. —— buckingham palace. now, it is time for it this week's news watch. hello and welcome to newswatch with me, samira ahmed. borisjohnson confronted by an angry
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father on a visit to a hospital and the bbc faces criticism too over how it covered the story. and can you report cricketer ben stokes's distress over newspaper stories about his family without telling the audience what that story was? it has been a week of tricky editorial dilemmas for bbc news as editors have decided how to cover some sensitive subject matter and how to allocate airtime in the news agenda. for much of the week, the news channel has been broadcasting live the argument from the supreme court over the prime minister's suspension of parliament earlier this month but after the first hour or so of this, it became clear that not everyone was hooked. here is trevor skingle. but other viewers applauded
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the coverage and expressed their disappointment when this afternoon on the news channel, this happened. we will pull awayjust for a moment because there are other things going on, particularly in bournemouth where the liberal democrats are holding their conference and we are going to hear from jo swinson. david fairfield was watching and had this response. well, it was a0 minutes before afternoon live did return to the supreme court afterjo swinson‘s conference speech had finished and that had left this telephone caller as another unsatisfied customer. i tuned in to watch the live coverage
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of the supreme court proceedings and bbc in its wisdom are covering the liberal party conference in bournemouth on three channels, parliament, afternoon live and also on bbc two politics live. why are you doing it three times? the prime minister pass awkward encounters with unimpressed voters have regularly made the news in the past couple of weeks and none more so past couple of weeks and none more so than this wednesday on a trip to a university hospital in london to which the news media had been invited by number ten. the nhs is being destroyed, it is being destroyed and now you come here for a press opportunity. there is no press here. what do you mean there is no press here? you are these people? that was the father of a sick child being treated at this hospital who later described that encounter with the prime minister in
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a tweet. he describes himself on his twitter profile as a labour activist and that fact was mentioned when the bbc reported the story. but how releva nt was bbc reported the story. but how relevant was it to the points he was making what you mrjohnson‘s response. for terry making what you mrjohnson‘s response. forterryjohnson... laura kuenssberg reid his post about the dave's events and pointed out his political status but that unleashed a wave of protests against the bbc‘s political editor as well as many messages in support of her
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including for the man himself who said she was doing herjob. bbc news have put out a statement in response. it reads... now, ina now, in a newspaper publishes a story which raises serious issues about invasion of privacy, to what extent should the bbc follow it up?
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that was the dilemma posed by the sun is front page on tuesday about events in the family of the cricketer at ben stoa kes. just events in the family of the cricketer at ben stoakes. just two days after the final test of the summer, english crickets bigger star finds himself embroiled in a row against the biggest newspaper in what he condemns as a immoral and heartless article about a family tragedy that happened 30 years ago, the details of which the bbc has chosen not to repeat. the decision not to provide details to the story to which ben stoakes so strongly objected, meant bbc reports on the subject won't necessarily incomplete but one of our viewers and he pointed out an irony on the output having seen an article on the bbc website.
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well, we put that to bbc news and they told us... but what about the decision to run the story at all on any bbc outlets? rod gray thought that was wrong, e—mailing... iamjoined i am joined now from salford by the bbc head of sports journalism.
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i am joined now from salford by the bbc head of sportsjournalism. can i ask first, when did the bbc know this tabloid paper was going to be running this story? i cannot speak for the whole of the bbc but certainly, speaking personally i was not aware of it at all until the sun was published that morning. how did you decide to cover it and how much detail to give? initially, you decide to cover it and how much detailto give? initially, actually, nobody in the bbc covered the story because ourjudgment nobody in the bbc covered the story because our judgment was nobody in the bbc covered the story because ourjudgment was it was not the story of public interest, having thought about it, and we thought there were clear privacy issues involved with it so actually there was no coverage of the story until ben was no coverage of the story until be n stoa kes was no coverage of the story until ben stoa kes himself was no coverage of the story until ben stoakes himself issued an incredibly strong and detailed statement addressing his anger, his upset about it and his views on the whole nature of that kind of journalism, and at that stage, i judgment was it became a story we should cover. so, when he spoke out publicly that was a story. would you make of the viewers who felt the bbc should have ignored it all together?
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i hear that and you know, on some levels, in terms of obviously the nature of the story i ever stammer people are coming from but actually, ido people are coming from but actually, i do think and i think ben stoakes thought and that is where he issued this public statement in great detail, that he actually wanted to register and have reported his genuine anger and upset at the story and the repercussions of it and what it meant for him and his family, and by doing so, he raised what has been a big issue over recent years and an issue of public interest. what is the line between journalism that is responsible and respectful and where should we be? it has been a huge subject of much debate over recent yea rs subject of much debate over recent years and continues to be won. there we re years and continues to be won. there were other stories this past week that spoke to that and in that sense, it felt like that was a really important sense, it felt like that was a really im porta nt story sense, it felt like that was a really important story we needed to cover a cross really important story we needed to cover across bbc news. people found it very confusing to watch as a result. there was references to it. if you were going to cover the story, should you not have thought
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we should say to some extent what story is or what it is about. we actually had that discussion, we had ita number of actually had that discussion, we had it a number of times and occasions across bbc news because you are right. it was by its very nature a little bit incomplete because we do not give people all the information we might have done that would help them judge that story. we were at last, as we often are, with a difficult decision to make. there was not a perfect outcome in that sense and we have to make that —— we had to bounce back need for it getting detail against ourjudgment of the nature of the story in the first place which was when we felt was not in the public interest, it was not in the public interest, it was very much a matter that reflected on ben stoakes's family. it was not about him at all, it was about events that happen before he was born. tabloid papers do sometimes do quite regularly run very controversial but true stories about celebrities, sporting celebrities. the gareth thomas story was running this week. does the bbc
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need to have a clear standard strategy about how to handle them all or should it be a case by case? it is hard to have a real clear open and shut case. we are not setting a long—term policy with this decision. it really was about this particular story at this particular context at this particular time. it was a debate, not everybody agreed with what we did. even in the bbc, never mind outside. that was a judgment on this particular occasion, we felt we needed to take. my sense of my time in journalism needed to take. my sense of my time injournalism is the needed to take. my sense of my time in journalism is the goalposts have moved a little bit. there was a time when most media outlets felt if they could report it, if they knew it i knew it to be right, then they should. i think we are now in a place, the public is any place, and our audience, where they expect us to think more deeply and not report everything we might know, regardless of legal, but even editorial judgments, when it comes to privacy and to the public interest. there is no doubt we'd take that very
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seriously, we think about that a lot in all of the things we do and we will always try to strike the balance between the need to know, what is in the public interest, but where appropriate, respecting people's previously. thank you very much. thank you for all your comments this week. tell us your opinions on what you see here... do have a look at previous interviews on our website. that is all from us, we'll be back to hear your thoughts about bbc news coverage again next week. goodbye. hello there, it will feel warm in the sunshine again tomorrow. today we had temperatures in the mid 20s
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in highland and grampian and overnight night will have clear skies and it will be dry. some patchy cloud developing and heading into east of scotland, a little fog ofan act into east of scotland, a little fog of an act because the breeze keeps going and as a result it will not be as cold as it has been over the past couple of nights. to the south—west, we may see some cloud and the odd shower coming into the far south—west and later into northern ireland but elsewhere there is more sunshine to come. still quite gusty winds, especially for the western side of the uk. the heat is across much of wales into the midlands to as the home counties where temperatures will be up to 25 degrees. things change overnight and into sunday, with search and see some showers pushing up from the south—west. this can be heavy and thundery and then a band of more organised rain comes in also. that should be clearing away from wales and the south—west of england in the afternoon as it turns cooler and fresher and in the north—east of scotland, it is likely to be dry and warm for a while in northern and eastern england. warm for a while in northern and eastern england.
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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 8pm: a global climate strike — in cities across the uk, thousands take to the streets — calling for tougher action to combat climate change. from nairobi to new york, sydney to stockholm, millions protest in more than 150 countries around the world. we are young and we are the ones who are going to have to live with this in the future, and we are not the ones who have caused this crisis. thousands ofjobs are at risk and british holiday makers could be left stranded, if thomas cook faces collapse. the woman who claims she was abused by prince andrew speaks out. buckingham palace emphatically denies the duke of york had any


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