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and that's it for the shortcut this week. don't forget you can find us all across social media throughout the week on facebook, instagram, youtube, and twitter on @bbcclick. thanks for watching. and we'll see you soon. we're doing a trail. what is brexitcast? i still don't know. i thought we were just doing a podcast? not any more! ok, so what about you say "what's brexitcast? " and i say "well, i'm in westminster," "well, i'm in brussels"... we're pretty good at getting the insider gossip. we'll tell you everything you need to know. i think that would be obvious, wouldn't it? well, shall we try one and then see how it is? let's - 0k, 0k. what is brexitcast, then, because...? oh, i was looking at the camera.
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sorry. brexitcast — thursday nights at 9:30 on the bbc news channel, and listen to the podcast on bbc sounds. hello and welcome to news what with mesa mayor ahmed. rows about who said what and misleading editing on campaign films, how is the bbc dealing with the heat already being generated in this general election campaign? and what do viewers want to see from the bbc‘s election coverage over the next five weeks? you might have thought it had begun long ago already but wednesday marked the first official start of the general election campaign and news coverage the initial focus was largely on the conservatives and on borisjohnson. largely on the conservatives and on boris johnson. he may have weighted his life for this but is he ready for what awaits? a cacophony
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wherever he goes. a leader who irritates and can inspire. a risk taker asking for you to put faith in him. michael mcdonald thought he knew what to expect from the audience reaction this week. well, those complaints have certainly been coming in with the initial focus on the troubled start of the conservative campaign stop on the morning of its launch the welsh secretary resigned over claims he knew about a former aids role in the sabotage of a rape trial. and on tuesday, the leader of the house jacob rees—mogg apologised after comments he had made about the g re nfell tower comments he had made about the grenfell tower fire. the way that story was reported on the bbc annoyed maria, who thought:
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chris wilkins agreed, writing: that was one of the topics on the agenda for the interview on wednesday's breakfast with the conservative party chairmanjames cleverley, as was the way his party had edited and interview with shadow brexit secretary keir starmer in aversion put out by them on social media. the full form interview showed the labour party's position on brexit was chaotic, they are talking about... how do people trust you when conservative party headquarters is putting out, and his aid it is humourous, but some people will not have, may not have known at that point that it had been edited. how did people trust the conservative party when the twitter account is putting out information like that. it is so obvious that it
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is edited. following that encounter, those watching were encouraged by the breakfast presenters to give their feedback, and they did. the breakfast presenters to give theirfeedback, and they did. david from southampton wrote: but that was a minority view of viewers who contacted newswatch. wendy cockburn‘s was more typical. and a viewer called roger agreed. later in the week, the heat was turned on the labour party with the resignation of its deputy leader tom watson widely reported. it was
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swiftly followed by former minister ian austin who resigned from the party in february, saying that jeremy corbyn was, in his words, com pletely jeremy corbyn was, in his words, completely unfit to be prime minister. that line featured in the headlines on thursday's news at one. vote conservative, the call from a former labour mp who urges people to vote for boris johnson incentive jeremy corbyn who he says is com pletely jeremy corbyn who he says is completely unfit to lead the country. again, there were objections, this time from the other side of the political divide. the bbc news was something out of nothing. avid fellows asked : and, for patricia and cusack:
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let's look forward now and discuss what the bbc should be focusing on in the five weeks until polling day. with me are two viewers who have their own suggestions, keith feeley and holly holman. holly, first, it will be a christmas election, what is your wish list in terms of the coverage you would like to see?|j feel that this election is really about brexit, that is the reason we are having an election, why it had to be called, so i think as much as i would like to see other issues discussed, for me brexit is the main thing andi discussed, for me brexit is the main thing and i feel it is a good opportunity to hear from thing and i feel it is a good opportunity to hearfrom experts. we haven't heard a lot from experts in business who are perhaps in manufacturing or import— ex—port people or retail and other areas, you know, the military, agriculture, fisheries... so the idea is they would be the people brought on to analyse the claims that politicians are making? well not even to analyse
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claims but to look at the pros and cons of whether we should be in the eu or out of the eu. keith, the bbc does as you know have a reality check team, a fact check team, on politics live. you think presenters could do more along these lines with politicians and the interviews in terms of challenging what they are promising? we much though. i come from a science background as a science teacher for many years and i do get quite frustrated frequently because people make claims, politicians in particular, and journalists, and panellists, and it seems to me that they are picked up very rarely and although andrew neil does a perhaps more than most, what evidence have you got for this? a particular example of that is perhaps with opinion polls. i have carried out opinion polls for many times over decades. and fascinating thing for me is to try to say well, what range of people have you got back? how many people have been
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interviewed? how back? how many people have been interviewed ? how have back? how many people have been interviewed? how have you come to that conclusion? and i feel a lot of what happened, it has improved with the reality and the fact check but i think it is a long way to go. so you are think it is a long way to go. so you a re really think it is a long way to go. so you are really concerned about opinion polls being thrown around casually without an analysis of the methodology. do you have a view about opinion polls, holly?|j methodology. do you have a view about opinion polls, holly? i only view is they are often wrong, of course. we know that, here and in the states that have been wrong the last few elections but at the same time, i don't think the media can ignore them because that is all we have got to go on, so they are important. can ijust have got to go on, so they are important. can i just follow up? sure. i think the reason they are so frequently wrong is because they are done shall i say so poorly and scientifically, and therefore i think that could be rectified if they were to have less of them. but to do them more effectively. holly, you were saying earlier think this election is about brexit but there are other issues as well but you think should have more coverage? yes, we all excited about the eu, and may be rightly so, but actually to me there are things more important than whether we are in the
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eu or out of the eu and one is climate change. i would like to see more on that. i think the media covered it when extinction rebellion we re covered it when extinction rebellion were protesting and greta thunberg was over here and so on, it came on, it was more profile, but i think yeah, there should be more, you know, climate change, it is serious, we have to address it urgently. for me, one of the crucial parts of what has happened in this country is that we actually have a good historically democratic set of parties but it is almost as though we have slipped into a presidential election, almost as though the leaders are autocrats, dictating what the parties should do. well, it shouldn't be that way. i have a big acting background and really what the party should be about is the party decide the ways forward and the policies and that is what we should be voting for. not the personalities, which it seems as though so often that comes across more than i think it should do.
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which brings me to my final question, holly, which is on friday the bbc announced they will have a series of live debates with different combinations of the leaders and one is corbyn versus johnson, one also had joe's wins in a nicola sturgeon and one has the seven main parties and do you think they will help voters like you? well i think it is very complicated because i think as far as brexit is concerned it is going to complicate the matter. the more split the vote becomes. the conservatives won't get a majority to... but what keith is saying, this focus on the personality, even the cult of the leader? definitely. we used to vote more about, for policies rather than the personality of the leader. but now, it has shifted, it is the other way and we vote for the personality of the leader. and you would like the bbc perhaps to pull away from that approach? 0h, the bbc perhaps to pull away from that approach? oh, yes, definitely. look at the policies more carefully and in detail. thank you, holly holman, keith feeley, thank you both. thank you. finally, the news
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is full of noise, particularly at the moment, but sometimes the most powerful moments are broadcast can be full of silence. on friday, brea kfast be full of silence. on friday, breakfast welcome back harry billings, the 94—year—old war vetera n billings, the 94—year—old war veteran who had spoken on the programme earlier this year about his plans to raise money to build a memorial to his colleagues who died in the d—day landings —— billinge naga munchetty showed him pictures of the memorial under construction in normandy. the work you are doing, it is now concrete, it is tangible, it is now concrete, it is tangible, it is now concrete, it is tangible, it is there, you can touch it. marvellous. how does it feel, harry?
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breathes heavily. 0k? means so much, right? i'm all right. mike and helen busby were among the viewers to write into new swatch straight after watching that. thank you for all your comments this week. please do get in touch with your opinions about what you see on bbc tv news online or bbc social media. you may even get to appear on the programme. you can e—mail us or find us on twitter, call us and do have a look at our website. that is
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all from us. hello. we can's weather should bring us some sunshine but before we get to the forecast let's remind ourselves there are severe flood warnings in force across much of northern england following that heavy snow with the rain we had earlier in the week. we have got a cold and frosty start to saturday morning in a band of rain moving in from the west which will be falling for a time athlete and snow across the high ground of wales by train from northern ireland and southern england too, eastern england and much of scotland stay dry through the day but quite chilly, 6—10. the area of cloud and patchy rain a bit of sleep over the high ground which isa of sleep over the high ground which is a way to the south as we head on into the early hours of sunday. not quite as cold in the south—west thing on sunday but again cold and frosty in the north and it is of course remembrance monday and the weather is looking pretty decent across much of the country with lots of dry weather and some sunshine and
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perhaps a few showers in the far north—east. top temperatures on sunday still fairly chilly, 6— io degrees. bye—bye.
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