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tv   Newswatch  BBC News  February 25, 2017 3:45am-4:00am GMT

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newspeak is radio one's news service targeting 16 to 29—year—olds, stories on ordinary members of the public doing something on social media that quickly get picked up and printed widely. this week it is a story about a 20—year—old american student called nick who graded and critiqued a break—up letter from an ex—girlfriend — he posted it on social media where it went viral. newspeak republished his tweet showing the letter. a number of people complained about the invasion of a young woman's privacy, including somebody who said it was aiding the online harassment of a young person. and the bbc had published it purely for entertainment. well we asked newsbeat for a response and this is what they told us: now, on sunday night the news at ten
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reported as one of its headline stories on a new film about cambodia's khmer rouge regime in 1970s, which is being released later this year on netflix. it might not sound like obvious mainstream news material but its inclusion in the bulletin may have had something to do with the identity of its direct, angelina jolie. what happened to its people was not properly understood. and notjust for the world but for the people of the country, i felt that i wanted them to be able to reflect on it. angelina jolie is keen to tell the story and focus on this country and its past but it has been difficult to keep the spotlight off her own personal life.
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we know that an incident occurred which lead to your separation, we also know that you haven't said anything about this. would you like to say something? only that, i don't want to say very much about that. except to say it was a very difficult time, and we are a family. that interview also ran the following day on breakfast and on news channel, featured on the news website, and as part of a documentary shown on bbc world news. the driving force behind it was jamie angus, the deputy director of the bbc world service. hejoins us now. first, can you tell us how did you get that angelina jolie interview? yes, of course, we decided that it would be editorially interesting and important to take the advantage of being able to go to cambodia and make a feature about the film.
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and it's good that you explained that this is part of a longer documentary, because one of the important things to bear in mind about this piece is that we are going to be producing a 23 minute documentary, which will run on the bbc world news channel and on the news channel here in the uk and indeed on a radio documentary. so what we did was gather quite a lot of material and we cut down some of it, broadcast ahead of time. so that the audiences who watch those main bulletins on bbc one would see the news piece if they didn't see the longer documentary. just to be clear, getting that interview with angelina jolie, were their deals or conditions? no, there weren't, we had done some work with her last year, i think she trusts the bbc to deal with the material in the film sensitively and proportionately. we were able to agree with her that we would go and get some access to the film and its premiere which we felt would be of value to the audiences
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and would be of interest to the audiences and what we have seen from the statistics and the viewing figures and the online figures have confirmed that. what did you object to about this item? mainly because it is not news. it is as simple as that. this actually was a shameless piece of hollywood pr. it consisted of puff about the film, it was a long film of pol pot which is a0 or 50 years old, and then the most ludicrous so—called exclusive interview, which reminded me of a levitation scene from absolutely fabulous in which he said absolutely nothing. but this was trailed across the bbc, endlessly. it was headlined, it was the second or third most important in the world according to the running order of the bbc news. frankly, you could hardly have made more fuss if it was the second coming. a lot of people would say that it would not have been done without her celebrity at all?
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i think her involvement in the film is certainly passed —— part of the news story. certainly films have been made about the genocide but one of the important things about this film is that her involvement meant that a major international personality was investing the time and the effort to make a cambodian language film with cambodian actors, and for the first time the whole machinery of the cambodian government, including the king, who attended the premiere was very publicly being associated with it and we felt because we don't get to go to cambodia very often, that actually that told us something editorially interesting about how the country's coming to terms with what has happened in the past. of course her presence was part of the story. but the bbc always makes material across a wide range of subject areas. mark? i think what people ought to see is authoritative and well—informed views.
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angelina jolie may well be that, but we can all see from america, the problem with pandering in the way that you did with some of the most it's equally as questioning i have seen since the 1950s to celebrities. and celebrity views are worth no more than yours or mine frankly. what did you make of the fact that the headline of the story was about the marriage breakdown? she didn't say anything about it, did she? by the way, that is none of our business. we do know, and only a fool would think otherwise, that as and when she makes her announcement about that, it will be done through the hollywood pr machine and anyone who thinks she's going to answer a question on the bbc about that is a fool. people watching say that if this was about the film crews and the khmer rouge, why was the headline on news at ten about her marriage? if you look at how we presented the material right across the bbc you will see clearly that we presented the story in the context of the film.
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but in terms of the news at ten, what people were watching? but if you look at the package, you have got a 3.5 minute piece, of which the 45 seconds is what happened in her family. we understand that people have a broad range of interest about this story and ways of getting into this story and we think we have presented this material responsibly and i'm very sorry that mike is not happy with it, but i would encourage him to watch the long for material that we produced as part of this trip because when you have seen that it is part of a fairer basis ofjudging the totality. you are emphasising that, the bbc sold the whole exclusive on the fact that you have got this celebrity angle, on angelina jolie and her marriage break—up and the comment on it — however little that was. that's what seems very odd to viewers like mike. i don't think that is fair, if you look right across the bbc news website, and the international channels and throughout its coverage, i think that we have been very clear about headlining the film, the issues about cambodia
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and the unusual access. the unusual parts of the cambodian story. i think we have handled it responsibly but we are not going to cover up the fact that there was some interest for the public in what she had to say about this enormous international news stories. are you satisfied with what you have heard? no, and the fact of the matter is that people don't have the time and inclination to watch all of the material — the fact of the matter was that it was headlined across the bbc as an exclusive interview about her marriage breakdown. as if anybody was interested in that, people are clearly, but she said absolutely nothing about it, and frankly i thought it was a fiasco. we will have to leave it there, thank you very much. finally, steve hewlett died on monday, he was an occasional presenter and very welcome guest on this programme. he had a long and varied programme with production and executive roles
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on the bbc and channel 4 and itv, he was editor of panorama at the time of its famous interview with princess diana in 1995 and later he became a sought—after media commentator both on camera and in print and he presented radio 4's media show from its launch in 2008. over the past few months, he described the experience of having cancer in a moving series of radio interviews. steve will be much missed by family, friends and colleagues and by newswatch viewers such as paul nelson who wrote to us on monday. thank you for all of your comments this week. if you want to share your opinions on bbc news current affairs, you can call us. well, friday was a much quieter
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and calmer day than what thursday brought, thanks to storm doris, but as we head into the weekend things turn more unsettled again. we have loads of weather systems, weather fronts, i should say, ganging up on us, bringing bouts of rain, and isobars tighten up as we head into saturday. during the night it will turn much wetter and windier across the uk. the rain eventually reaching the far south—east towards the end of the night. some of the rain across the western upslopes over higher ground will be quite heavy and persistent, and the winds quite a feature. gale force across the north and west. but it's bringing mild south—westerlies across the uk. so it does mean it'll be mild this weekend. unsettled, there will be some rain at times. most of that in the north and west. it will continue to be blustery both
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on saturday and sunday. 11534??? $55! lfijsg'sfég; :, . : there could be quite a lot of rain piling up for cumbriaand—tancashirr across central and eastern areas, rain will be lighter and patchier. a windy day for all, though — mild, double figures in many areas. and behind the rain band, as it sinks south into england and wales, skies will brighten up for northern ireland and scotland, with blustery showers and the winds a feature, and it's also colder behind the rain band, temperatures here mainly in single figures, but you've got the sunshine to compensate. that weather front sinks southwards and eastwards on saturday night. again, heavy bursts across the high ground of the west before it clears away, then something a little bit drier to end saturday night. a bit cooler as well,
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certainly for northern areas and rural spots it'll be chilly, but still mild in the south. there's saturday's rain pushing to the near continent. this is sunday's weather sweeping into the north and west as the day wears on, and, again, the isobars will be quite squeezed together, so another windy day with gales or severe gales in the far north. most of the rain again on sunday will be across northern ireland, scotland, and then into north—west england and northern and western wales, with much of the east and south—east holding onto dry weather, and perhaps with brightness. it'll be mild once again through sunday. monday looks like it will be very blustery with heavy, scattered showers, turning cooler as well, temperatures pushing into single figures right across the board. and that's the theme for much of next week. it will be cooler, windy at times, with the risk of gales or severe gales, but there will be some sunshine in between the showers. a very warm welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to our viewers in north america and around the globe. my name's lebo diseko. our top stories: president trump's administration steps up its attack on what it calls the "fake media".
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