and offer any clarity on brexit? one way you can tell the levels of excitement and drama at westminster is by counting the number of temporary structures put up by broadcasters on college green, opposite the houses of parliament. this week we seem to be getting pretty near to peak gazebo, with journalists jostling for space, mps scurrying from interview to interview, and of course the noisy presence of protesters representing all shades of opinion. we have discussed before on newswatch how some viewers find the presence of protesters distracting and annoying and there were more objections this week, following moment such as this. a date that they choose, and i think thatis a date that they choose, and i think that is bonkers. we have our next guest, as well, alice mcgovern, a labourmp. guest, as well, alice mcgovern, a labour mp. good morning. good morning. there are so many divisions. let's be clear. who are you going to vote for today?” divisions. let's be clear. who are you going to vote for today? i am going to vote. no deal. melanie cox
was one of a number of viewers to respond in this way. my my point is that i feel that the bbc,by my point is that i feel that the bbc, by broadcasting from parliament square during this brexit debate, are fuelling the animosity between the two sides. both sides are only there in these big numbers because of the tv cameras. the bbc should move away from parliament green so that we can actually get the reports without having the interruptions from the brexiteers and from the remain side. by tuesday evening, a
partial solution to the noise problem had been found, with the bbc following sky's lead in using headset microphones, so—called madonna mics, in the style of sports stars —— pop stars or sports commentators. katie is also the intention was not to block out the background noise entirely. but on thursday's news at ten it seems the new microphones were not excluding us much background noise as some might have wished. excluding us much background noise as some might have wishedm excluding us much background noise as some might have wished. it looks as some might have wished. it looks as if they no deal brexit is very real is a possibility, and the coming election could be vindication oi’ coming election could be vindication or backfire very, very badly. there is common ground, and certainly there are some in government and in there are some in government and in the conservative party who believe that plan may need to go back to the drawing board. some very vocal protesters, not many of them here
tonight but they are certainly making their feelings known. work to be done, perhaps. and some, such as this telephone call, remain unconvinced about the value or necessity of broadcasting from couege necessity of broadcasting from college green, new microphones or not. why do they have to be standing outside with what looks like a sports commentator‘s microphone? put them ina sports commentator‘s microphone? put them in a studio. it is of course a bonanza time for political programmes. question time returned on thursday for its new series, a week earlier than scheduled. wednesday also saw the launch two weeks before it was planned of the andrew neil show. the timing of this new vehicle for the much feared vetera n new vehicle for the much feared veteran interviewer was unfortunate, as it went on air at 7pm, while mps we re as it went on air at 7pm, while mps were voting on proposals to rule out ano were voting on proposals to rule out a no deal brexit, and so could not appear alive in the studio. as a result, these two interviews with chief secretary to the treasury and the shadow housing secretary were conducted down the line, and
pre—recorded. conducted down the line, and pre-recorded. preparing for no deal, making sure our borders are ready, customs is ready... i understand that. are you hearing the questions iam asking that. are you hearing the questions i am asking you? i am trying to get to that, you are asking about the future... we have a government with i'io future... we have a government with no majority in parliament...” understand that, but... sorry. i understand that, but... sorry. i understand that, but that is the rhetoric. i am trying to pin down to what is happening. some, like david herman, were underwhelmed with that lineup of interviewees. others were more complementary, with
raj kumar advising: iamjoined i am joined now by the bbc‘s editor of live political programmes, rob burley. robert preston on itv did have the prime minister that night, but not andrew neil. you had to quite minorfigures. not a great start. i think two minor figures is unfair. we had the chief treasury secretary on the day of the major economic statement, we had a member of the shadow cabinet was close to jeremy corbyn. obviously i congratulate the piston programme for getting the prime minister that night, but it is interesting to me that if you look at the ratings, more people watched our show, with andrew neil, than that show with the prime minister. so i think there is a big draw for people who want to
watch andrew neil, in a time of extraordinary politics, they want what many regard as the best interviewer in the business to hold people to account. so that is what happened. obviously it is about big names and big figures, that is part of politics, but also the issues under the questions, those are really the most important things. what we are trying to do is establish a few things on but very dramatic night. aren't they are too many political programmes on tv and radio? chasing the same gusts? no, i don't think that is right. obviously there is lots of news programmes happening in the day, there are different kinds of interviews on different kinds of interviews on different political programmes, some which are more considered and some which are more considered and some which are more considered and some which are at length. that interview with rishi sunak was 15 minutes long. that is something offered on the weekend by andrew marr, fa ntastically. the weekend by andrew marr, fantastically. we offer a different kind of programme on my politics live during the day. i think the time could not be more right to have these longer interviews. lots of
people, including yourself, have been talking about of andrew neil and his reputation. is there a danger you are not going to get the big political names because people are too scared of him now? no, i think he is respected, hugely, by politicians. there was a survey of who is the most respected broadcast journalist, or it might have been journalists in general, among the political class. andrew neil was right up there, because they recognise he knows the material and is incredibly well briefed, and an encounter with him is also an opportunity for them to prove their mettle in an interview setting. if you recall, a couple of months ago we had interviews with borisjohnson and jeremy hunt in the leadership race for the conservative party and they both submitted themselves to they both submitted themselves to the andrew neil interview. politicians know it is a serious place, they know it will get heard, they know they will be subject to questions. i think we will be fine. an interesting point that allen lane, one of the viewers, made by email. "is andrew neil too often pushing for a simple answer when they might not be a simple answer"?
you can't really accuse and neill of giving into simplicity. sometimes? —— andrew neil stop what he does not make i think what people want, when they watch an interview with a politician, is that they want the a nswe rs. politician, is that they want the answers. not andrew neil does is, when he spots an answer which is disingenuous or not quite hitting the actual specific point is asked about, he will pick them up on it. i think that is what we should doing ina think that is what we should doing in a democracy, and that is what our role is. look, there is more than one way to skin a cat when it comes to political interviewing styles. different people have different techniques. andrew has his own technique, arguably it is the most effective techniques, others would say there are different ways they prefer, and i think that is the viewing figures showed, with very little people want because we brought this forward by two weeks, people want to watch andrew neil interview people. the andrew neil show launching on bbc two comes after this week, which he presented for all those years, was taken off air. can you tell us why? very
straightforward, really. this week isa straightforward, really. this week is a late—night political show. but his insensibility, it was a fantastic programme, on air more than 15 years. its character was built into that slot on the schedule. andrew neil, for understandable reasons, thought it was time to stop doing a late—night political show. the question then is, what do we do? and we felt that in times like these, the very best vehicle for him now will be to do a programme like we are doing, with the andrew neil show, much more straight on politics, analysis, interviewing. so once this week wasn't possible anymore, that is how we ended up doing this different thing, which i think is very different, but very important. rob, thank you. thank you. it is the andrew neil show, a brand—new programme, newsnight is in television terms a very old one. a0 yea rs old next television terms a very old one. a0 years old next year. but this week it unveiled something of a new look, with a different logo, and modified set and with a different logo, and modified setand an with a different logo, and modified set and an updated version of its
theme song. newsnight theme plays. well, the rebrand enjoyed a mostly positive response, with a twitter user called mr celtic loving the updated newsnight logo, complete with shocking pink and blue, introduced against the painted background music's training funky guitar. daniel to moses thought it was: but natasha bellamy disagreed. thank you for all your comments this
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in any one place. for some of us then it will be a chilly start to the weekend, particularly across north—eastern areas, but it is a mostly dry prospect, those showers will continue for a time, northern ireland, north wales, north—west england, perhaps sneaking into the midlands. we may well see a few light showers pop up later in the day across east anglia and south—east england. but still for the vast majority it is a dry day with sunny spells — that said we have a cool northerly wind so temperatures just 13 degrees in aberdeen, the highest temperatures towards the south—west, where 19 in cardiff and plymouth should feel pretty pleasant throughout the afternoon. saturday night is going to turn to be quite a cold night, with clear skies, light winds, temperatures will get down to about 3 celsius or so in newcastle, perhaps a few patches of frost in eastern scotland and north—east england, in the very coldest areas. so sunday does promise to be a cold start for this time of year. for most of us a lovely start today, plenty of sunshine, a bit of cloud will bubble up, but across the north—west wuite a change here for northern ireland and west scotland as a warm front moves in, that cloud will bring the threat of a bit of light, patchy drizzle for a time, quite misty around some of our western hills and coasts.
temperatures coming up a bit across north—east england, so not quite as chilly but the highest temperatures further south. monday's weather dominated by this area of low pressure, the low pressure itself is forming really across england and wales, so there is quite a degree of uncertainty exactly where the heaviest rain will be and how far east it gets. the forecast could change but the general idea is that monday is going to be quite an unsettled day for many of us, rain at times and temperatures not too impressive, highs of ia—i6 degrees. that's our weather, but take a quick look now at hurricane dorian, this is the last port of call, dorian is going to make another landfall, this time in canada's nova scotia. gusts about 100mph. that's the last you'll hear of dorian, it will spin up to iceland where it will be an area of low pressure, it is not coming to the uk — but this might. this is expected to be hurricane dorian. it will turn into a normal area of low pressure,
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