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for the majority of those contacting the bbc, though, the bias is in the other direction with rev dhillon speaking for many who feel: elsewhere, the bbc‘s economics editor kamal ahmed also came under attack after his piece on labour's manifesto on tuesday's news at six. those earning above £80,000 will pay a tax rate of 45p in the pound. if you earn above that amount the loss will be around £400. for those earning £123,000 the rate rises to 50p. that could leave some with a loss of up to £23,000. many viewers took to their calculators and then to social media to point out that those sums were wrong as the bbc later acknowledged, though not on—air, those earning £123,000 under labour's plans would actually pay an extra £2150 in income tax, not 23,000. you'd have to earn £500,000 to be taxed that
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much more. so was that cock—up or conspiracy? philipjones told us: but louis mendee spoke for many when he posted: later that night, there were several examples the bbc‘s efforts to get out and about during this election campaign and hear the views of so—called ordinary voters. here's deputy political editorjohn pienaar soliciting opinions in a gym in bradford. labour underjeremy corbyn, what do you think? well, i quite like his policies but i don't think they're doable. you don't think they're doable? what do you think?
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i agree, yeah, i don't think they're doable myself. why not? i just don't think they are. kenny watt was watching that and thought the views of the gentlemen exercising there, and more generally vox pops like that, did not add greatly to the sum of human knowledge. he's got a journalist coming in when he's in the middle of his work—out asking him questions when he's probablyjust thinking, "oh my god, when‘s this hill climb going to end?" and that's the problem with vox pops, because basically you're not getting a true representation of the population. this is how we get into the position of sound bites winning elections. stick to having trained journalists telling us about the facts in a story rather than the opinions of the ill informed. well, let's discuss some of those issues with the bbc‘s editor of political news katy searle who's in our westminster studio. katy, let's start with the allegations of bias, mostly claiming that the bbc has an anti—corbyn bias and it's quite a personal one.
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you've seen the examples that viewers have raised. what would you say? well, i wouldn't accept them. we have very strong and clear guidelines that we follow, editorial guidelines, and they're in line with the 0fcom code of conduct as well, which show that we have strict rules to abide to across the election period and to reflect all parties‘ positions and policies. and that's something we do absolutely and we take that very seriously. labour supporters are complaining that too much coverage is attacking the party. tory supporters are saying labour get more air time, so how is bbc news approaching that whole issue of balance and fairness? well, it is a challenge every day. what we have to do is take our editorial judgments and that's always going to have to guide our coverage. and that's why programme editors across the bbc and correspondents on air, as well as laura, the political editor, have long and careful discussions about what stories we're
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going to cover, what are the values in the news terms of those stories, and then how do they fit in line with the guidelines that i've just talked about? what's noticeable already in this election campaign is that perceived errors, and indeed some factual ones, are amplified on social media when people try to build a campaign around them saying, look, the bbc‘s being unfair. how should the bbc deal with those examples? look, we're all human, we do make mistakes. you know, we're working to tight deadlines with lots of information coming in all the time and sometimes we do get it wrong. in those circumstances you just have to look and see where you can correct it as quickly as possible. and just on the detail i think it's worth adding that sometimes graphics actually can not be as clear. you are trying to sum up quite a lot of detail in one simple picture of numbers and figures. what we need to do is be very clear
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that our scripting goes around that and tells the full story. we have seen a particularly vocal campaign online against laura kuenssberg alleging anti—labour bias. what's the bbc‘s response? laura kuenssberg is a first—class political editor who has worked incredibly hard to get herjob right. laura does the daily analysis of all of the political parties and, of course, no personal views are reflected in any sense on any party, and that's true notjust of laura but across the bbc. so laura's doing herjob and she's doing that brilliantly. more broadly, though, viewers do complain that there's too much personal commentary from political correspondents who are kind of filling airtime and it is not fact—based, it's not objective. wouldn't the bbc be better, as at least one of our viewers has suggested, just sticking to factual reporting? well, i think analysis is really important actually, as part
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of our coverage. certainly in elections, and as we saw in the referendum last year, parties and campaigns have their own positions to push and they will do that and they will give us figures. and really, an important part of ourjob is to try and analyse and say to the viewer, well, on balance this is what it looks like to ask. that's why we have very experienced people from laura down across the bbc working on that and trying to give the audience something that means something and notjust slogans and numbers. we have to talk about vox pops because they come up every election and the charge is two things, one is if they are too gimmicky you're not going to get much of an answer if people are in the gym, or whatever. but also that they're not informed and are representative, and shouldn't the bbc be more careful about using them? yeah, vox pops are tricky actually because i have a bit of sympathy for that view. however, if we're doing a lot of politicians, and we are at the moment, and it's a very formalised way of presenting their views and opinions, i think vox pops gives us a bit of colour. it also does the most important
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thing, which is to reflect the public‘s view. and in this campaign, which goes on for several weeks, we want to hear from our audience as well and try and, if you like, road—test some of the policies. the vox pop is an unscientific way of doing that but it's the best way that we can do when we're dealing with tight news agenda and is. katy searle, thank you. thank you. away from the cut and thrust of the election, but not entirely unconnected to it, was the coverage of last friday's cyber—attack which use ransomware to lock files in 150 different countries demanding payment to allow access. some viewers were unhappy with the way the story was reported and one of them, alex mcgill, recorded this video to explain why. clearly the real story was that businesses large and small across the world had been attacked and damaged done. but from the initial
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reports, one could easily have concluded that only the nhs was affected. this unbalanced reporting is particularly bad in the middle of an election campaign and can only heighten the perception of editorial bias within the bbc. finally, the moors murderer ian brady died on tuesday. the 79—year—old had tortured and killed five children in the 1960s with his partner myra hindley and buried them on saddleworth moor. some viewers objected to the prominence given to the news. here's one of them, sonia hales. why was it necessary for it to be in the number one spot, to have so much time given to this story, for the bbc to then try and find people that they could interview on this story? by doing this all they were actually doing was causing yet more distress to the families
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of these children, who have to live with this day in day out for the rest of their lives. this could have been dealt with with a simple one—liner at the end of the news report. thank you for all your comments this week. if you want to share your opinions on bbc news and current affairs, or even appear on the programme, you can call us on 0370 010 6676, or e—mail newswatch@bbc. co. uk. you can find us on twitter @newswatchbbc, and do have a look at our website. the address of that is that's all from us. we'll be back to hear your thoughts about bbc coverage again next week. goodbye. hello, there. good morning. it's quite wet across the north and north—east of the united kingdom, through the small hours of this morning, quite breezy, too, in the north—east. further south and west, some bright spells but a spattering of showers. turning fairly fresh, 9— 10 degrees
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in rural spots. a fresh start across the board. still pretty wet in the morning across a large chunk of scotland, some south—western parts staying dry and bright in the morning. northern ireland one or two showers in the morning, some sunshine. scattered showers in northern england, a good deal of sunshine as well. some early showers across wales and the south—west of england. towards the midlands and east anglia, a dry and bright start. 0ne east anglia, a dry and bright start. one or two showers close to east anglia, not farfrom one or two showers close to east anglia, not far from the south coast. a southerly breeze pushing ian. through the day, showers developing quite widely across england, wales, northern ireland scotland. some could contain some rumbles of thunder and possibly a bit of hail. some spells of sunshine into the afternoon. 17— 18 will be the top temperature in the south corner. there may be some wet
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weather in inverness, on the chilly side. ten or 11 degrees there. the chance of a some showers elsewhere. through the evening, a of showers turning to fade away from england and wales. they may eventually start to fade away from northern ireland as well. wetter weather towards the finals. that means away by sunday. a fresh start, a good deal of sunshine, especially in the south—east. further north and west, more breeze and cloud. some rainfall western ireland and scotland. 15 degrees in belfast, 19 or 20 in the south—east. there may be some extra cloud in liverpool, but not too much. middle to upper teens. to recap the weekend, saturday will see heavy showers and some spells of sunshine. sunday looks like a much better day, should be dry for the most part. some showers but mostly warm. that warming trend continues for some into monday. 0n
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warm. that warming trend continues for some into monday. on monday, with a southerly breeze to the north—west, we've got an area of low pressure bringing some cloud, rain and breeze. we will see some wet and windy weather in the north—west of the uk. to the south—east, variable rainfall and a bit warmer, 22 — 23 degrees. hello. my name is tom donkin. a warm welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. here are our top stories: "a nutjob": how donald trump is said to have described his sacked fbi director to russian officials. he also reportedly said firing him "took the pressure off". the revelations comes as mr trump embarks on his first foreign trip as us president. counting is under way in iran's presidential election, after a high turnout forced polling to be extended for several hours. the wikileaks founderjulian assange claims a personal victory, as sweden drops a long running rape investigation against him. and the film that's sparked
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