after a weekend of pomp, partying, and pageantry. for many last week and showed the bbc at its finest, with punker from felixstowe writing: there were, of course, grumbles. some of them from enthusiasts for the monarchy who objected to occasional references to protest against the celebrations. and interviews with representatives of the republican movement. there are actually twice as many people now
that want to abolish the monarchy as who are celebrating the jubilee. you wouldn't know that if you had been watching bbc�*s coverage of the last few days. deb taylor was watching that and emails: many of the weekens�* ceremonies broadcast on the channel of the corporation's largely celebratory approach represented a failure ofjournalistic impartiality. for dave in birmingham:
one specific moment over the long weekend attracted a lot of attention from the audience and it came as guests arrived at st paul's cathedral on friday morning for the queen's thanksgiving service. the prime ministerjust arriving with his wife. quite a bit of booing in the crowd. i know. you can hear it, there is quite of lot of booing, actually. a substantial amount. didn't see that coming. quite a moment. we definitely haven't heard that for any other vip guests, that's fair to say. that was broadcast live. but as jane hill continued to talk to her guests, the footage of mr and mrs johnson was replayed a few minutes later on the news channel. this time it sounded like this.
hopefully, that isn't the big story that's going to come out today, hopefully, it's a family gathering together to recognise the contribution and the service of their boss. she's the boss of the firm as well as being the kind of matriarch figure of the royal family. certainly, i hope that queen in the midst of the celebration, she's also going to get to meet her one—year—old granddaughter. she turns one tomorrow. some viewers detected less booing and not repeat showing of the pictures with when they were broadcast again later in the weekend. vicki middleton from northampton shire was well, to respond to all those issues, i'm doing here in the studios by richard burgess, interim senior controller of bbc content.
and down the line from somerset by one of the viewers who contacted us about last weekend jubilee coverage, paul banwell. let's talk first, richard, about the booing. overwhelmingly, the viewers complaint that we got on newswatch was that when the video was repeated of the prime minister's arrival the booing seems to be harder to hear. why the difference? well, the first shot that you saw was of jane hill commentating live on the johnsons arriving. you could hear her reaction instantly, that you can hear quite a lot of booing and a considerable amount, i think she says. the second shot that you saw was from a different camera, we have a number of different cameras filming events like this and they use what we call a clean feed. so essentially, audio without the commentary on, so withoutjane hill's commentary on in a different position and so just the volume levels were different. but there was no editing of it, no attempt to censor anything. i think if you watched our coverage in the days
following this incidence you'll have seen that we regularly covered the story, even played the clip to the cabinet minister on sunday mornings program. thank you. let's talk to paul. paul, why did you contact newswatch about the coverage of the platinum jubilee? well, i felt that the bbc coverage really conveyed the impression to viewers that 100% of the public are in favour of the monarchy and we are all going to be out celebrating 70 years of having the same unelected head of state. now, nothing could be further from the truth, really, because in a recent new yougov poll only 62% of the population thought that the monarchy should continue into the future and a majority of 60—odd% is a majority, but as boris johnson found out earlier this week, it's by no means a resounding majority. the same poll found something
like 22% of the population were firmly in favour of having an elected head of state. so, these are big numbers, you know, we're not talking about a fringe of people. i felt that during the hours and hours of coverage of the jubilee events the bbc could have made a bit more of an effort to include some contrary points of viewjust to balance things up a bit. even allowing for the fact that the bbc might say, well, we are covering that platinum jubilee and it was important to cover in the right amount. you have a concern about the tone as well, don't you? yes. i think at times the tone was rather too deferential. all public figures deserve
respect, but i think the level of respect shown was a bit excessive. on the other hand, at other times it was a bit gushing. i think as licence payrts we have the right to expect the bbcjournalists will act in a slightly detached way when they are reporting on these matters and be a bit more objective. thank you. richard, can you address his points? especially the idea that you expect bbcjournalist to have a bit of detachment, they didn't. did they? i don't think that's fair. it was a major moment of national significance, i don't think you can argue about that. it was a significant story, our head of state being on the throne for longer than any other monarch, this was a moment to reflect on that, to reflect on the reign, to consider the future, yes, to represent the celebrations that were going on. but also to represent
what paul was saying, which is that not everybody feels the same way about the monarchy and we did reflect that within our coverage as well. it's interesting that there were some viewers complaining about whether it was appropriate to have republican points of view during the coverage. i think it's appropriate to reflect that point of view. but i think it's also incumbent upon us to show that there was an awful lot of joy around over that weekend and i don't it's right that we should be poker—faced about it. of course we need to reflect that but at the same time not get carried away. i don't think tony's right. personally, i thought we did get the tone right. you don't think it was a bit gushing at time. i don't think so. i think we used the opportunity to put the monarchy into context, i think we considered issues around it, we consider the future, we considered what will happen after the queen is gone. she is extremely popular, but what about the next generation? so, no, i think we reflected the celebration but we also looked at the wider context. paul, as you know, a lot of this coverage was simultaneously broadcast on the news channel as well as bbc one.
do you have a you about that? well, i think that one channel's worth of coverage is enough. you know, i'm not denying that this is a major event and did warrant a significant amount of coverage. but i do feel that it was pretty much one—way traffic. i mean, there was very little representation of any other point of view. and there was other news happening as well, wasn't there? indeed, yeah. richard, the trooping of the colour, the thanksgiving service, and the pageant all went out in full on the news channel as well as on bbc one. where were people supposed to go for news? i don't think it would've been a good use of licence fee money to try recreate event coverage, and that was the event of the weekend that was going on bbc one.
i don't think we did entirely simulcast, certainly not around the pageant, we did break out for other news as well. i think it's a major event, we come back to that. and i think people would expect that the bbc news is covering a major event in the uk as it happens. thank you richard burgess and thank you paul bedwell. thank you for all your comments this week. if you want to share your opinions about what you see or hear on the bbc news on tv, radio, online and social media e—mail newswatch. you can find us on twitter. you can call us and do have a look at our website for previous interviews. that's all from us, we will be back to hear your thoughts about bbc news coverage again next week. goodbye. hello there. a bit like on friday, the weather this weekend is looking rather mixed. there will be some warm spells of sunshine, but there will be some blustery showers. most of those will be
across the northern half of the uk once again. now, on friday, we had some torrential, thundery downpours pushing eastwards across scotland, quite a few showers for northern ireland, but further south, lots of sunshine. just look at that view across london, you could see for miles. if you are stepping out early in the morning, in the sunshine across england and wales, temperatures of 13—14 degrees. further north, though, there is more cloud, some wetter weather, particularly in the north—west of scotland. we've still got some very high pollen levels on saturday across england and wales. those levels are dropping a bit across northern england and north wales, perhaps because there will be a bit more cloud around on saturday and maybe a few more showers, too, but further south, probably going to be dry. most of the showers coming in across northern ireland and scotland, some longer spells of rain in the north—west of scotland and windy in scotland with some gales in the far north of the country. and it may be a little bit cooler in scotland and northern ireland on saturday, but warm in the sunshine for england and wales. it will be breezy here, certainly some brisk winds blowing across trent bridge again on saturday for day two of the test match. should stay dry, really, through the rest of the match itself. those westerly winds tending to ease down. that's really because that low
pressure is bringing the windier weather and most of the showers, but that's moving away as we head into sunday. so, it won't be as windy on sunday. there will be a scattering of lighter showers across scotland, northern ireland and perhaps the far north of england, but head further south across england and wales, more in the way of sunshine, not much cloud and with lighter winds. again, it will feel quite warm. temperatures this time, 21 degrees in london, perhaps 15 in the central belt of scotland. the start of next week sees one area of low pressure then moving away. another one coming in from the atlantic, these weather fronts approaching the north—west, they will not give much if any rain on monday but we will see more cloud coming into scotland and northern ireland. the winds will be lighter across england and wales and we will see some spells of sunshine coming and going. temperatures not changing much, 16 to 22 degrees, but south—eastern parts of the uk could get very much warmer later next week.
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