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they have one of the major newsreaders, clive myrie, outside the stadium. and dan roan on pitchside to report. why on earth does it need to have clive myrie there at what must be quite large cost for an item that could have been dealt with by the one person, dan roan. he added nothing to the commentary and clearly he wasn't an expert. he seemed to be struggling with what to say. and in the end he cut to dan roan, the bbc‘s sports editor who did a much betterjob. at a time when the bbc‘s finances are under intense scrutiny, ijust wonder how it's possible to justify sending clive myrie on what appeared to be a bit of a jolly. it's not the first time the bbc‘s done this andl would like to know why.
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that wasn't the only complaint about bbc one's news bulletin that evening. the big match against the usa attracted the highest peak television audience of the year with 11.7 million people tuning in but not everyone thought that justified dedicating almost ten minutes to it on the news at 6pm before the match took place and another ten minutes on the news at 10pm shown straight after the game's conclusion. this man tuned in for the latter at the advertised time. on tuesday i switched on the television at 10pm to watch the news on bbc one. but i was subjected to 13 minutes of chat about a football match which i knew had finished. i didn't expect that. but when that had finished, what did we get? an advertisement for the forthcoming programmes. and when the news did start, what did we get? six minutes of talk about the football. which most people have watched anyway.
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this woman was also left waiting for the news at ten and not happy with what she saw when it arrived. we've now finally got the news on at quarter past ten and where are we? we are back in lyon with clive myrie. talking about the football again. it's absolutely ridiculous. keep the women's football on the sports programme or run it at a separate channel. not on the news. it's absolutely ridiculous. there are far more important things going on in the world at the moment. well, let's speak to the deputy editor of the six and ten o'clock news. many newswatch viewers will remember the bbc seeing on this programme a couple years ago that what with budget cuts and all, they would no longer be sending out newsreaders to simply be there abroad. so why did this happen? with clive? first of all, i would say that clive is first and foremost
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a journalist. he is notjust a presenter and doesn'tjust read the autocue, he goes out and get in amongst the stories and we felt that this was a story of national significance. people felt he did not add anything. he had to hand over to dan roan who then handed over to someone else. he didn't need to be there, did he? we think really long and hard about when to send presenters and we do it very rarely. and only when it's a story of enormous national significance. something that really resonates with people across the country. and we had good evidence that the story of this incredible achievement by the women's football team did. but what what did he add? what did he add? when we send our presenter it gives the signal that we are giving the story real prominence and taking it seriously. clive is a very experienced journalist, when he's presenting, he talks to people and is able to shape the coverage. and he was able to give
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us a sense of how important the occasion was and he also was serving a large number of different bbc audiences. of other programmes? of other programmes. 0k. we know some people don't like sport but setting that aside and taking into account that it was watched, this was supposed to be a news bulletin and there was no news about the match because the match hadn't started. this was supposed to be a news bulletin and there was news about the match at six o'clock because the match had not started. so why devote ten minutes in a bulletin at the top of the bulletin to that? we really recognise that not everyone thinks that sport should be covered in news at all. and i really understand that not everyone‘s a football fan and not an england fan. on this occasion, this was a story that had captured the national imagination. there had been huge progress from the women's team and it was something that was, we could have been heading into a final. for the first time ever. and we felt there was a real
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significance to the story and huge audience interest. i would also say that we really didn'tjust cover the women's football. we covered a whole range of other stories from the european parliament, to huge report on the deforestation of the amazon. so we gave a sense of the other significant news around that day. people still feel that is ten minutes of ability and you could have given to what they feel would have been more important news and if you had done those ten minutes at the end of the six, maybe if you wanted to build up atmosphere, but why should people turn on the six o'clock news and have to wait ten minutes to get reports on the actual events of the day? we would say that that was the most significant national event that day. which hadn't happened yet. but it was about to happen and there was a huge build—up to it. it was something where you can really feel that the nation came together. people were watching it in droves, in record numbers and all the evidence
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from our online statistics show that people really interested. and we also covered the other news of the day. so we give due prominence to the football, we felt. obviously it was something that was discussed at great length within our meetings. and some of the points made by your viewers were made absolutely in our programme meetings. in the end you have to make a judgment about what is the most interesting or significant story of the day. i'm interested you will use the word significant. it can seem with long coverage like this that the bbc is making a statement. they wanted to promote women's football. but that isn't the job for the news bulletin. that is not for viewers, they want to see what happened. i would take a different view that promotion was going on. we would give prominence to sports news story when it is of national significance as we did with the men's world cup last year. and there was no sense
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of bbc promotion. we treated those matches last year the same if they were on itv or on the bbc so we judge each story on its own merits. thank you so much. just time for a couple more comments we have received this week. one viewer visited the bbc website on saturday when the front page looked like this. he was unimpressed saying please outline by this is a leave headline story. this weekend, members of the conservative party will be receiving their ballot papers and will be able to choose whether they would like jeremy hunt or borisjohnson to be their next leader. extensive coverage of the contest has of course continued across bbc news but some members of the audience had
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expressed worries to us that its prominence has affected the balance of the output. finally, the new mep for the brexit party and widdecombe made her maiden speech on thursday in the european parliament. —— ann. it proved to be a controversial one. there is a pattern consistent throughout history of oppressed people turning on the oppressors. slaves against their owners, the peasantry against
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the feudal barons, colonies against their empires and that is why britain is leaving! although the speech came in a week when bbc news has also reported on the new appointments made to some eu posts, one viewer was prompted to e—mail saying. thank you for all your comments and do get in touch if you would like to share your views about what you see on bbc tv news, online, or on bbc social media.
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you can e—mail or you can find us on twitter. you can call us, and do have a look at our website where you can watch previous interviews. that's all from us, we will be back to hear you thoughts again next week. goodbye. hello. we saw the peak in the heat yesterday, and the top temperature, 28 celsius, 82 fahrenheit, compared with the cooler, cloudier 16, that's 61 fahrenheit, further north. and that cooler, cloudier air is heading southwards, it's on a weather front which through the night has been meandering its way very slowly south giving a little bit of rain to northern ireland, northern england, heading towards north wales and the wash by the time we get to dawn.
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the warm air uncomfortable for sleeping but it will feel much fresher by morning further north. and that fresher air is on a cold weatherfront and it's heading southwards, so i think it will introduce more cloud across england and wales during the course of saturday, and in particular today, so it will feel cooler as a result. now that cold weather front‘s also being followed by a north—westerly breeze which is never a warm direction. but again, if you're sheltered from the breeze in the sunshine that follows across scotland, northern england and northern ireland, it will feel quite pleasant. this weather front will take much of the day to meander across wales, the midlands and east anglia, down into the south—east. introducing cloudy skies definitely and even the odd splash of rain, so if you are heading off to wimbledon, it does look cooler, more cloudy, still think there could be some sunshine getting through that cloud, but i would not also like to rule out a shower later in the afternoon, early evening — because that weather front could give a few sharp splashes of rain here and there — not for all, but what it does do is dampen the heat. so the 28 that we saw on friday not repeated,
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still pretty warm across the south coast but for most of us, it's cooler temperatures, back down to what they should be, with some lovely sunshine coming through behind that weather front, some strong july sunshine does not mean the temperatures are lower, it is just as strong. a few showers across the north and north—east of scotland, and they will continue through the evening and overnight, blowing further southwards, blowing that fresher air into the far south of england. so it looks like a fresher night on the whole, cooler night on the whole, even further south, just a little bit of warmth just maintained in the towns and the cities. but it could be that on sunday we still have that weather front dragging its heels across southern parts of england, still giving the odd shower and slow to clear. a little more cloud in eastern parts of england and scotland with the odd shower around, but again some dry, bright weather for the majority, the best of the sunshine potentially in south—west scotland and north—west england, further south as well, feeling fresher, temperatures down to where they should be, and that's maintained into next
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week though it looks more unsettled further north. there's more on the website.
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