but others thought the bbc was too critical and carping in its reporting of the summit. this was karishma vaswani on the news at one. and then another handshake, to seal the deal. but who was this a better deal for? no details, no mention of whether this denuclearisation process will be verifiable or irreversible. one might wonder what's actually been achieved at this summit. john gray was watching that bulletin and wondered... jay oatman agreed. well, the bbc‘s seoul correspondent
laura bicker was in singapore for the summit on tuesday. she's now at her base in south korea. laura, what was it like covering this summit? a little bit surreal, because you're watching the president of the united states meet a north korean leader, and all the hype surrounding it, not only that, you had the north koreans arrive in singapore, this kind of heart of capitalism. and as they paraded through the streets, you could see crowds just forming, trying to get a glimpse of the north korean leader, because this is a man who's hardly been out of his country since he took power in 2011. i think for me, as well, it was an enormous privilege to spend the morning with south koreans in singapore who were watching the summit. they were incredibly emotional. they told me their hearts were in their mouths,
there were people calling their mums who were born in north korea. and that, to me, tells me what this is all about. a number of diplomats said the optics were very good, the handshake, the signing ceremony but actually there was little of substance. did the bbc get sucked into trump's showbiz narrative on this? there is always that fear that the spectacle in itself, the staging in itself, upstages the actualjournalism. but i think in this occasion, especially with regards to the bbc, we had enough expertise on the ground to see through any of that. but i think it's also worth pointing out that the staging was a huge part of that. to see the flag of north korea, the dprk flag, right next to the flag of the us is a sign that kim jong—un and donald trump were being treated as equals here, and that was part of the story. that is something in itself. and then, of course, you have that moment where kim jong—un went
on his walkabout. he was waving to crowds, he was at the top of the marina bay sands in singapore. you look over this enormous singapore skyline, built a capitalist skyline, and the people back in north korea were shown this. and to see that — yes, it was staged, yes, it was all part of the choreography of the summit, but people in north korea were shown this. and that in itself tells you something. it tells you kim jong—un is different from his father and grandfather. he is willing to either take this risk and also show people in north korea the kind of skyline that capitalism can build. that's a risk to take for him, and it shows that perhaps, just perhaps, this is paving the way for something bigger for north korea. we do also get complaints from the opposite point of view, and there were viewers who felt that it was historic,
and the bbc had qualified and quibbled far too much about what had been achieved. well, i think when it comes to the agreement, one of the first words out of my mouth to radio 4 was this is vague and lacking in detail, because it was. and part of the problem we had as journalists was the build—up, especially from the united states, was that they would only accept complete, irreversible, verifiable denuclearisation. that's an important qualification. those were the steps that they said that they wanted to get. and to them, even the day before, the us secretary of state, mike pompeo, said they would accept nothing less, and that sanctions would stay in place until then. and that donald trump, if he didn't get a deal, he would walk away. to say all that and then on the day of the summit not get that on paper, yes, there is the word complete denuclearisation there, but the two key words, verifiable and irreversible, are not there. there is no sign that weapons inspectors will be allowed in. it doesn't detract from the fact that this is historic.
the two sides meeting is a start in itself. but i think, as journalists, it's ourjob to look at the detail and the fine print of what was signed. do you think yourjob reporting on north korea is going to be easier now? i'd like to think so, i'd like to hope so. i don't see that changing any time soon. north korea is very selective about the media it lets in. even when they blew up its nuclear test site, they invited select press in, and the bbc was not one of them. i, as a reporter, would love to go and report independently from north korea. we have had reporters go in in the past. it does make it difficult because we've got to rely on information that we're either given, through state—run media, or information that comes from my colleagues. we have colleagues from afp and ap based in pyongyang.
so when it comes to getting information it would be much better if we could get into north korea and report for ourselves. i don't see that changing any time soon. i'd love it if it would, but i don't see it changing any time soon. laura bicker, thank you. tuesday's debate in the house of commons on the role mps will play if they don't like the brexit deal that's been negotiated, or if no deal has been reached, had been hotly anticipated as a major challenge to the government. in the end, this is how the news at ten reported the event. now here, the government has avoided what would have been a major defeat in the commons over its brexit bill by issuing a concession to potential rebels. the nature of those concessions was much discussed in the days that followed. but it was the way the result of the vote was reported that annoyed peter furno, amongst others. he wrote... special programmes, reports and live coverage this week marked one year
since the grenfell tower fire, and on thursday night the anniversary was marked by the bbc one bulletins at 6:00 and 10:00 with a tribute to the 72 people who died in the fire. i hear your voice every day. and i see your face. but you're not there. at that moment, we felt like our hearts had broken. steve carter from preston had this response. and donna ward made this wider point about the weak‘s coverage.
finally, if you think we've forgotten about a certain large—scale sporting occasion that began on thursday, that's not something you could accuse the bbc of, including its news output. no matter where they're held, the start of a world cup retains the power to excite and unite like little else in sport. and here, today, it was no different. we plan to explore, in the next week or two, how bbc news is handling
the world cup. but in the meantime, here's an observation from tim hewitt from smethwick made on tuesday while looking at the programme schedules for later in the week. 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, or e—mail. find us on twitter @newswatchbbc, and do have a look at our website, the address is bbc.co.uk/newswatch. that's all from us. we'll be back to view your thoughts about bbc news coverage again next week. goodbye. the weather this weekend is looking a little hit and miss. in fact, we are expecting some rain, on—and—off rain, across northern parts of the uk. on—and—off rain, across northern there could even be some thunder and lightning. but the good news is it's not going to be like that
all through the weekend. i think we'll all get at least some sunshine. let's have a look at the satellite image. a lot of cloud across the uk right now and, in fact, this area of cloud here, that's racing in our direction. that'll be moving through the rest of the night and into saturday morning, and that's responsible for the showers. so here's the forecast, then, through the early hours of saturday. showers getting into northern ireland, some into wales, the north—west of england and western scotland. so here we will have some rain overnight, and then towards the east and south, it's looking dry. the temperatures first thing on saturday will be hovering around about 10 degrees. now, this is the low pressure that is going to upset the weather a little bit, at least temporarily on saturday, and the further north you are across the country, the more likely you are to run into those heavy showers. so let's say wales, parts of northern england, northern ireland, certainly scotland here, there could be some thunder and lightning and potential downpours, but they won't last for very long.
in fact, the breeze, and it will be a fair old breeze, should push them through relatively quickly. you can see where the splodges of blue are. to the south, not so much of that blue, so here the weather is looking drier and brighter. so that weather system moves away, those are the showers here. by the time we get to sunday, another weather front moves through, but this weather front is going to bring something a little bit different. this is going to be mostly cloud, so we're going to have to pay for it. we're going to lose the showers, but there will be a lot of cloud streaming in off the atlantic on sunday. there will be a lot of cloud, particularly around eastern areas, but for some of us, it may be quite an overcast day. and in fact, some of these coastal areas on sunday could end up being even a little on the drizzly side. temperatures will be typically around the high teens on sunday, so nothing too spectacular, but in the sunshine, it shouldn't feel too bad at all. and then, as we head into next week, the good news is that the weather system seems to be moving to the north and away from us.
there still will be some rain in the north of the country, but the overall trend is for things to start warming up. so for example, in manchester, by monday and tuesday, we're back into the mid—20s, london possibly even into the high 20s through the course of the week. so the good news is that the weather is going to be improving across much of the uk as we head into next week, and summer is going to make a return. that's it, bye—bye. this is bbc news. i'm nkem ifejika. our top stories: 2,000 children separated from their parents in two months. us authorities reveal their mexican border measures. the trade war heats up. washington announces 25% tariffs on chinese goods, and beijing promises retaliation. they can't believe they got away with it for so long, steve. they can't believe it. they got away with it for 25 years. and for the second time in three years, glasgow's iconic school of art goes up in flames.