to offer their versions of what was going on inside the brexit negotiations and inside government and what would happen next. for nick porter, much of this was not news. i was watching the six o'clock news on tuesday and became concerned when, in response to rumours about the deal on brexit, the bbc decided it was justified in spending almost ten minutes on the subject, using more than one reporter and interviewing several people, but what they were discussing was all speculation. at that point, no hard factual information was available. the bbc‘s mission statement from its website is to "inform, educate and entertain". on this occasion, the bbc has failed miserably on all three points. the following night's news at six got a similar
reception from bruce clark. since when has uninformed speculation merited the word ‘news‘? this evening's news, for more than ten minutes, was dominated by what can only be described as fishwives‘ chatter in the form of ill—informed nonsense about what could happen over brexit. i don't know who selects these articles, but my message to them is clear — please shape up and present only hard, validated and quantified news of national significance. derek also picked up on that edition of the news at six, broadcast while the cabinet was meeting to sign off on the agreement was taking place. of course, live broadcasting while you're waiting for an important announcement isn't necessarily that easy and, forjohn, thursday's news at six rose to the challenge. if there was unintentional comedy in some broadcasts, john swinney went for a more deliberate version on tuesday night, channelling his inner noel edmonds to ask any politician he could find whether there was a deal or no deal
deal or no deal, chancellor? deal or no deal? will brexit work for the country? well, that's no reply too. barry bernstein was unimpressed. the practice of shouting questions without really expecting an answer has been the subject of previous complaints on newswatch and it was much on display again elsewhere this week. we have had a steady trickle of ministers going in this morning, notjust ministers, but people like iain duncan smith, a prominent brexiteer. are you expecting more resignations, prime minister? will ministers have the chance
to read through the hundreds of pages of legal text that will shape our country for years to come? are you confident you can get the cabinet behind this? andrew whighteman said this: mark eaton added: there has been quite a lot of shouting this week and not all of that from reporters. protesters in college green in westminster, from where much of the bbc‘s live coverage has been broadcast, also made themselves heard again across the output. here is christian fraser struggling with some noises—off on thursday evening. at the heart of today's trammell is the draft withdrawal agreement. loud shouting from backgroud.
that is about how the uk leaves the eu, not about any permanent future relationship. what is in it has caused so much controversy? loud shouting from backgroud. let's speak to our correspondent chris morris. he has been reading the detail of the 585 pages of the withdrawal agreement. dorothy edwards had this reaction. the bbc‘s director general, lord hall, spoke out this week against what he called the "disgraceful attacks" made on social media againstjournalists. he said they were getting constant anonymous threats on twitter due to reporting on opinions that some people might not want to hear. but it was at tweet sent by a bbc
journalist which caused a big stir on tuesday. at 3:15am, andrew neiljoined in a twitter discussion about the award—winning investigative journalist carole cadwalladr, describing her as a "mad cat woman" and calling her "karole kodswallop". after widespread criticism on social media, he deleted the tweet later that day and the bbc press office issued this statement: that wasn't good enough for a number of newswatch viewers, two of whom recorded videos for us. as an employee of the bbc, andrew neil is required to demonstrate impartiality. by the personal slur and by the use of the words "codswallop" he has shown that he is unable to be impartial about carole as a person. but he has also, more importantly,
implied that he is unable to be impartial about her work. that is my comment. given all of that, here is my question to the bbc — why is andrew neil still on air? andrew neil's tweet about carole cadwalladr was deeply offensive and i have no doubt at all it was misogynistic, but i think it also raises some deeper concerns about the way in which neil in particular uses the bbc as a platform to promote his own views. i think it also raises questions about the bbc's culpability for its presenters' twitter feeds. the bbc claims that these are the personal views of the presenters, but there is no doubt that those people have thousands of followers on twitter because of their positions as a bbc presenter and present themselves as a bbc presenter in their profiles. the bbc needs to look very carefully at the personal opinions expressed in public by its presenters. we asked for an interview in response to those criticisms with andrew neil or with the bbc
editor, but our requests were declined. instead we were given this statement: finally, on monday evening, ed thomas reported on the increased use of isolation booths used in schools when pupils need to be removed from a classroom during the school day. we have learnt that more than 200 children spent at least five consecutive school days in isolation
booths last year for a single punishment. we have found out that 5,000 pupils with special educational needs attended isolation and dozens of those had education, health and care plans. pupils with complex needs. we have obtained the rules of hundreds of isolation units, some of those which include bathrooms don't let children out of the room entire day, not even to go to the playground or canteen. a number of viewers thought the report didn't tell the whole story. jane mackerron wrote: 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 is all from us, we will be back to hear your thoughts about bbc news coverage again next week. goodbye. hello. some of us got to see sunshine on friday but for many more the day was spent under cloud shrouded in mist and murk. but as we progress through the weekend, more and more of us will see that sunshine. with that though, it will start to turn chilly. high pressure anchored across the heart of europe, winds moving high pressure around in a clockwise direction, that gives us a south—easterly wind which will bring us some dry air. watch the cloud, it starts to break up. we will see more and more sunshine. let's look at that in more detail.
a lot of cloud, some mist and murk and fog to start the day, the odd spot of drizzle. east anglia and the south—east first to emerge into brightness, northern scotland seeing some brightness, the cloud retreating westwards during the day, more and more of us see those blue skies overhead, so by lunchtime devon and cornwall and west wales might still have some cloud but for east wales, the midlands, east anglia and the south—east there should be some sunshine. similar story for north—west england. north—east england and eastern scotland, particularly around higher ground, may well keep more cloud. it will take awhile to brighten up across northern ireland, but western and northern scotland will see some sunshine.
temperatures around 11 or 12 degrees, but a noticeable easterly breeze particularly in the south, making it feel cooler than that. into early sunday with clear skies overhead, it is going to be a cool night, probably too much of a breeze to allow things to get really cold, but your towns and cities will get down to 4—5 degrees, maybe just a bit colder than that in the countryside. getting on into sunday it is a beautiful looking day for most of us, we will see plenty of sunshine, still perhaps some cloud at times feeding into some of the eastern slopes of the pennines, parts of eastern scotland, and those temperatures, 9—12, just subtly creeping downwards. a sign of what is to come, because going into the start of the new working week, high pressure will still be sitting here, those winds moving clockwise, but that will introduce some colder air from the east and that will also bring back the cloud. more cloud around on monday, perhaps the odd spot of drizzle, still a keen breeze particularly in the south, and the coldest feel will be in southern areas. single digits here, we may get to 10 degrees for belfast and glasgow, but it does look decidedly chilly into the middle part of the week.
there will be cloud and the odd spot of drizzle, and over high ground maybe just a flake or two of something wintry. welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: reports in the us that the cia believes saudi crown prince mohammed bin salman ordered the assassination ofjournalist jamal khashoggi, in istanbul. rescue workers intensify their search in california's deadliest wildfire. the number of missing has risen to more than 1,000 and the death toll is now 71. written, but not submitted. president trump says he's finished writing his answers to questions posed by the mueller inquiry into alleged russian election meddling. the british prime minister tries to sell her brexit deal, but the bbc understands that five of her top ministers want her to make changes. and — he was the king