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chris oldershaw had this reaction. but if the prospect of a leadership challenge were being ridiculed by some, it was certainly being treated as headline news by the bbc from last weekend on. the comments pile more pressure on a prime minister struggling to maintain cabinet unity. a change of leader would bring uncertainty, she says, that could delay or frustrate the talks. speculation continues over whether the prime minister will face a vote of no confidence this week. the prime minister pushes on with her brexit deal. that focus on the prime minister's future irked a number of viewers with janet wait writing: and mike willmont echoed that. bbc news has been making some attempts to explain what is in the draft agreement and the political declaration. for instance, with reality check on the bbc news channel and online. and mike willmont echoed that.
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bbc news has been making some attempts to explain what is in the draft agreement and the political declaration. for instance, with reality check on the bbc news channel and online. those efforts were appreciated. performing a similar role is ask this, where answers are in theory provided to queries from members of the public by bbc correspondents or independent
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commentators, or on friday by the prime minister herself in a 5 live radio programme and also shown live on the news channel. has the prime minister answered your question? no. a more orthodox edition was shown on tuesday when reeta chakrabarti started with a fundemental question for her to experts. let's kick off with an e—mail from phoebe who says, i understand that parliament is falling out over the deal agreed by theresa may but i don't know what the deal agreed was. can you tell me this. john, have you read it? it is 500 pages and haven't read it all but i've the bits that matter. that was met with approval from a newswatch viewer. but despite attempts by politicians and journalists to explain
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the detial, many members of the audience still believe there's a lack of clarity and an emphasis on politician's career prospects rather policy effecting ordinary people. i found it to be frustrating lack of analysis of the actual draft deal leaving the public in the dark regarding its ramifications. the majority of your reporting concentrated on the political shenanigans going on in and around westminster. you seem to have exclusively concentrated on theresa may's future which is crucial to the outcome of the situation but how this deal would affect our country is far more important. perhaps if there had been more insightful coverage during the 2016 referendum we wouldn't have ended up in this mess. as a public service broadcaster you have a duty to dissect issues and present a clear picture that informs the public of the positives
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and the pitfalls of their choices. to discuss all this i'm joined by paul royall editor of the bbc‘s news at six and news at ten. do you think the bbc has explained all it should have been explaining about the draft agreement? i think we have. i understand the frustration with some of the audience and empathise with that because brexit is a difficult story. but you used a couple of good examples, reality check, ask this, which are attempts to explain and explore what are in these agreements. if you look at thursday's ten o'clock news when we had the draft political declaration, the second document, huw edwards spent a minute at the top of the programme taking the audience through the main headlines from that document. john pienaar in his first report,
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which was based around westminster, but he did a piece to camera way he underlined those key points and also give a brief assessment of where they stand politically and then again, after that piece, we had a reporter taking is through the documents from brussels, looking at is from a three eu perspective. what people felt about the coverage of, the bbc seems far more obsessed with the personality prospects and gave that far too much attention. what ever else you did. i would disagree, of course: we understand that is tension between reporting what people might regard as the punch and judy politics of westminster and explaining what are in these documents which is about the future of the uk and how it runs itself. at the same time, they were high—profile resignations, the brexit secretary, the person who has been negotiating this stuff resigned. that is a serious political story. they will ever cabinet resignations
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and the resignations and we have two reports that. there was also a move by some of the conservative brexiteer group to announce they were sending in letters of no confidence in the prime minister and there was clearly a story around, would there be enough of those to create a vote of no—confidence in the prime minister. i wouldn't say the coverage was tilted to that direction. if you take the issue but the speculation of a vote of no confidence, they would feel there was a lot of breathless excitement speculating whether they would be enough to trigger a vote of no—confidence, jacob rees mogg was on air a lot. but it didn't materialise, did you fall for hype? i don't think the coverage was breathless in the sense that, we took people through all the events on a momentous
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day in westminster. with a vote of no—confidence and what jacob rees—mogg did, hasn't materialised. we reported it as best we could with the knowledge we had and the expertise and insight we had about what was going on in westminster. this is an issue viewers are concerned about with the bbc‘s political coverage. they feel bbc news gets excited to the personalities and to speculate about personalities instead of concentrating on informing the audience about what the policies are. and on brexit, it matters more than ever. that is why we've taken a lot of steps. we asked ourselves that question every day in terms of before we hear the argument of the row that may be going on, are we explaining what they are talking about? the last couple of weeks that has been at the four, it's really hard. otherwise the coverage
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makes no sense. occasionally, we are covering what is going on in westminster and it might be around the arguments over someone‘s career or who is in all who is out. we may get dragged in that direction but we argue that if we look at everything we are doing, we have landed on the right place. thank you. no surprise that brexit was high on the agenda on last sunday's andrew marr show. it prompted this spiky exchange with shadow attorney general, shami chakrabarti. i can't understand why you want to leave the eu. i don't want to leave the eu. i campaigned to remain. but you're going to go to a general election campaign as a member of a party whose manifesto says we're leaving the eu. i'm a democrat, i don't know about you, andrew, but i'm a democrat. don't try and patronise me. i certainly wouldn't try to patronise you as i'm sure you would never try to patronise me. patrick edwards was watching that
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and objected to what he saw. he explains why. i think she was going to go on to explain that as a democrat she accepted the will of the people and would support britain leaving the eu. before she could say all of this, andrew marr interrupted her saying, don't patronise me, i'm as much of a democrat as you are. he said it in such an aggressive tone, i was shocked. you could see their shami chakrabarti was taken aback. but she recovered her composure and the interview carried on. my feeling is marr would never have spoken to her inthis way if she'd beena man. any man would have punched him or walked off the set. hopefully, andrew will reflect he went too far and apologise for his outburst on this sunday's show. in this era of #metoo and calls for gender equality, i think he was way offbeat. there was no apology from bbc news when we asked them for their response. they told us. thank you for your
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comments this week. if you want to share your opinions are bbc news and current affairs or even appear on the programme, you can call us. oryou can e—mail us. you can find us on twitter and do have a look at our website. we be back to hear your thoughts about bbc news coverage again next week. goodbye. hello. the week ended on a pretty gloomy note for many, and i'm not expecting things to brighten up spectacularly through the weekend. yes, some of us will see sunshine but many more will be stuck with cloud, it will feel chilly and for some areas, a bit of rain in the forecast. the satellite shows quite a lot of cloud streaming towards southern areas,
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this cloud is ready bringing some heavy downpours of rain across the south—west of england, even the odd flash of lightning and thunder, and we keep potential for wet weather across the south—west but perhaps also across other southern counties of england as well as we go through saturday. uncertainty about how far north that rain will get. it looks most likely that it will say to the south of the m4 corridor. so if you are in the london area, the south midlands, you may see a little bit of rain, on balance it should stay just about dry, temperatures around nine degrees. some rain could fringe into south wales but for the midlands, north—west england, south—west scotland and for a time across northern ireland a chance of seeing breaks in the cloud and some sunny spells. for north—east england and the eastern side of scotland we will keep cloud and some showery rain and with that easterly breeze
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across the country, top temperatures no better than 7—10 degrees. rain is likely to continue across southern counties of england across saturday evening, elsewhere dry weather, rain, drizzle coming into eastern areas, keeping that easterly breeze feeding in cloud, the best of the clear skies in the west. if it's clear where you are there may be a touch of frost, most areas frost free. sundaym high pressure in charge, but this frontal system threatens to throw a bit of a spanner in the works across the south—east corner. uncertainty about this but clipping into kent and sussex, could see a little bit of rain. it may come a touch further north and west, but for many, sunday is largely dry. a lot of cloud in the east, the best of the brightness further west, but fairly chilly. on monday we keep our weather coming in from the east, not an especially strong breeze but a cool one bringing lots of cloud, patchy rain in the east, some sunshine to the west and those temperatures stuck in single digits for all of us. and then a bit of a change as we had deeper into the new week because high—pressure retreats and the low pressure in the atlantic starts to wind itself up, lots of white lines,
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lots of isobars on the chart, that means it will be windy and at times wet. so tuesday another cool day, turning wet and windy on wednesday but also turning a bit milder. welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: a warning — and a challenge — to president trump from his own government. a new report says unchecked climate change will cost america hundreds of billions of dollars. spain's prime minister says he hasn't got the british guarantees he wants on gibraltar, throwing doubt over sunday's summit to approve an eu brexit deal. translation: if there is no deal, it's obvious that what will happen is that the european council will most likely not take place. voting is underway in taiwan in local elections and several referenda, including one on same—sex marriage. these brainy bottle—nosed dolphins are showing scientists that
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