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Host Host | 10:33 UK time, Monday, 23 April 2007

On this week's Newswatch, the programme which discusses viewers' complaints about BBC TV News, Alison Ford, UK news editor, responds to criticisms that the BBC’s coverage of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s relationship was no better than that of the paparazzi.

You can watch the programme by clicking here.


  • 1.
  • At 05:03 PM on 23 Apr 2007,
  • Richard Morris wrote:

One of the problems with Newswatch is that there is no follow up. On this latest programme we had that rare event, a BBC producer conceding that, just perhaps, some questioning was intrusive. So what happens now? New guidelines? Reporter in question disciplined? Who knows?

  • 2.
  • At 02:11 PM on 24 Apr 2007,
  • Chris wrote:

The dealing with the Royal story is completely off the mark. Why is it that the other story that could have lead that day, the other story that could have been chosen, was one of the biggest explosions and mass deaths in Iraq for nearly four years. 200 people are dead. But somehow, the BBC was not guilty for not putting this first.
Anybody can say "It's difficult, but side A wins" to their audience, when side B is not even mentioned! Why not say what the competing story was, and see how your Newswatch audience like that?
This is not responding to criticisms. This is defensive rhetoric designed to fob off people the BBC has no interest in pleasing.
And it hasn't worked.

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