Sunday, 23 February 2014
'Newsnight' - 17-21 February 2014
It's also time for Is the BBC biased?'s now-regular listing of all the stories covered over the course of the week by BBC Two's Newsnight.
Here's what they chose to report this week:
1. Who knows best on floods - scientists or politicians?
2. Is climate change responsible for the floods? Interview with Andrew Montford & Professor Kevin Anderson.
3. What happens when benefit claimants break the rules and the government stops their money? Interview with Nadhim Zahawi MP (Con) and Debbie Abrahams MP (Lab).
4. The UN compares North Korea to Nazi Germany. Interview with John Everard, former British ambassador to North Korea.
5. Is Alex Salmond's plan to make Scotland a full EU member by 2016 realistic?
6. Kirsty Wark talks to photographer David Bailey about his new exhibition.
1. The Ukrainian protests. Interview with Tim Snyder of Yale University and opposition MP Rostyslav Pavlenko.
2. The NHS's plans for a new database that will share patients data records, possibly even with drugs companies. Interview with Clare Gerada.
3. What's wrong with Welsh education? Is more devolution needed?
4. Should Prime Minister's Question Time been changed to reflect the public's (apparent) distaste for its yobbishness? Interview with Tessa Munt MP (Lib Dem) and Jacob Rees-Mogg (Con)
5. Recreating Captain Scott's expedition to the South Pole. Interview with British explorer Ben Saunders.
1. The Ukrainian protests. Interview with Ukrainian vice prime minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko.
2. "How Tony Blair offered Rebekah Brooks and Rupert Murdoch a shoulder to cry on" - the phone hacking trial. Interview with Steve Hewlett of the Guardian.
3. Are fixed-term parliaments a good or bad thing? Interview with Sir Gus O'Donnell.
4. Actor Alan Alda explains why he's hunting for a scientist to explain what colour is in terms that a child could understand. Interview with Alan Alda.
5. Why the American campus has become a place of sexual danger for many young women.
6. Facebook buys a mobile phone instant messaging app. Interview with Mike Butcher, editor of TechCrunch.com.
1. The Ukrainian protests. Interviews with opposition activist Malanka Podolyak, former British ambassador to Ukraine Robert Brinkley, & former Kremlin advisor Alexander Nekrassov.
2. Should buying sex be illegal? Interview with Mary Honeyball MEP (Lab), Laura Lee from the National Union of Sex Workers, Dr Belinda Brooks-Gordon, author of 'The Price of Sex' and Dorcus Erskine of The Poppy Project.
3. The hacking trial. Interview with Steve Hewlett of the Guardian.
4. Is the Welsh NHS in trouble? Interview with Welsh health minister Mark Drakefield MA (Lab)
5. David Bowie's intervention in the Scottish independence debate. A tribute act performs a satirical take on 'Live on Mars'.
1. The Ukrainian protests. Interview with Ukrainian ambassador to the U.S., Yuriy Sergeyev, and opposition spokesman Oleh Rybachuk.
2. The Archbishop of Canterbury attacks the government over its benefit cuts. A report featuring claimant Terry Moore, who has been sanctioned (he says unfairly) and is suffering as a result. Interview with Steve Baker MP (Con) and Sarah Teather MP (Lib Dem).
3. Branding - is the internet making big brands irrelevant? Interview with author Emanuel Rosen, author of 'Absolute Value', and Rita Clifton, chairman of BrandCap.
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Ta-was "Prof KA" as opposed to mere oik Andrew Montford and that awful book of us that wrapped a hockey stick around Al Gores neckerchief!...Monday.ReplyDelete
Watched BBC Newsnight on 19th February evening with a degree of anger at first, but then sadness.ReplyDelete
The whole report on Fixed Term Parliaments was the BBC itself raising an issue - it was not as result of any major concerns being raised. The programme, in my opinion, was presented in such a way as to seek to undermine the authority of Parliament - who had passed the legislation. This alone, I feel, must be in breach of Editorial Guidelines and the BBC charter.
I don't care how respected a journalist Paxman is, in his introduction he was clearly mocking the Lib Dems by using the word Pious and singling them out. Is was not correct to give impression that the whole idea was Lib Dems claiming any high moral ground - it had been a manifesto pledge of both Lib Dems and Labour. No mention was made of this. Fact that only reason Labour didn't support it in end was due to them trying to go for 4 year fixed instead of 5 year fixed.
No mention was made that fixed term Parliaments are to be found in many other democracies or that they already exist for the Welsh, Scottish and N Ireland assemblies. Having 3 people (including 2 Tory rebels) speaking against, and the presenters also so clearly being against, fixed term parliaments I dispute that the programme was balanced by the ex Head of Civil Service looking to defend decision.
There should have been time allocated to some of the politicians (either Tory or Lib Dem) who formed the majority to see the legislation passed!
I have complained to the BBC even though I am aware it is a complete and utter waste of time.