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On Thursday's programme we showed a debate between Eric Schlosser, the author of Fast Food Nation and the Chief Executive of McDonalds in the UK, Steve Easterbrook.

In the film preceding that debate we interviewed Roland Bonney, a farmer who supplies McDonalds, and described him as an independent farmer.

We've been asked to make it clear that Mr Bonney acts also as a paid consultant to McDonalds on animal welfare matters. We are happy to do that.

You can see the piece and the debate via our debates index.

THE ROAD TO CONFLICT [14 February 2006]

A picture from 2001 shows Avigdor Lieberman on the right, with Rehavam Ze-evi on the left
This image from 2001 shows Avigdor Lieberman on the right, with Rehavam Ze-evi on the left
During our reports of events in the Middle East, we incorrectly displayed a picture of Israel's former Minister of Transportation, Avigdor Liberman, when discussing Rehavam Ze-evi, the Minister of Tourism who was assassinated in 2001.

We apologise for this error.

HOLOCAUST DENIAL [9 February 2006]

Thank you for inviting me to contribute to your report on Holocaust denial in the Arab world yesterday, and for making it clear that I myself am not a Holocaust denier. However, you managed to get my name spelt wrong (it's Siddiqui, not Siddiqi), and more significantly, to promote me to Dr. in fact, I never did get round to completing my PhD, and have certainly never claimed that title. I also would not claim to be a historian, except in the sense that a journalist may be considered (in Phillip Graham's phrase) "a historian in a hurry". I guess the hurry bit probably prompted the errors, but it would probably be wise to check such things directly with your guests in future.
Iqbal Siddiqui, Slough

We apologise for this error, and have also acknowledged this mistake on our feedback page.


Newsnight statement:

We would like to acknowledge an error during the 11.01.06 edition of Newsnight. When making mention of Iran's nuclear programme, we incorrectly referred to Mohamad Khatami while playing images of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. We apologise for the mistake.

MARKETS ERROR [24 November 2005]

Newsnight responds:

Apologies for the mistake. July 4th and Thanksgiving = No Dow.

Following considerable debate about whether to provide weather or stock market info I find it very disappointing that, not for the first time, you can get it so wrong. I assume the team to be top internationally orientated journalists, so it is extraordinary that nobody knew that it was Thanksgiving Day last week and so NY was not up 44 points but was, of course, closed. It is errors like that which bring into question the effort made to verify any information presented to the viewing public.
Peter Holloway, Sheringham

NEWSNIGHT E-MAIL ERROR [14 November 2005]

Newsnight responds:

As much as we'd love to suggest clever and subtle word play on our part, Newsnight must own up to a slight slip in its spelling on this occasion. Many apologies.

'Back-peddle' sounds like some sort of dodgy under-the-table salesmanship
Mike Reed
Oops. Your email newsletter says Mr Blair is refusing to "back-peddle", which sounds like some sort of dodgy under-the-table salesmanship. More likely, he was refusing to back-pedal. Standards of literacy are sliding everywhere, it seems...
Mike Reed, Dorking

You back PEDAL. Peddle means to sell something by hawking it around.
Judith Holmes, Newcastle upon Tyne

I love reading your page each day, but really - BackPEDDLE?
Sandra de Mornay Davies, Chesham

Surely it should read back-pedal rather than back-peddle? I believe it refers to pedalling backwards when riding on a bicycle.
Valerie Horn, Intervale, NH USA


A still from Newsnight on 26 October 2005 in which February was spelt incorrectly
There were red faces in the Newsnight office during this report
From Newsnight editor Peter Barron:

Many viewers wrote to rub in our embarrassment at misspelling February on a graphic in last night's piece about Karl Rove [26 October 2005].



Newsnight editor Peter Barron responds:

George Bernard Shaw
Was George Bernard Shaw British or Irish when he won the Nobel Prize?
Several viewers questioned our assertion that George Bernard Shaw was British at the time he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

He was born in Dublin in 1856 when Ireland was under British rule, but by the time he won the Nobel Prize in 1925 Ireland had gained independence.

He was therefore entitled to either nationality, but records show he considered himself Irish.

I think you are trying to hang on to your old colony too long
Sean O'Donovan
Having turned on Thursday's Newsnight [13/10/05] to see what the programme would say about Harold Pinter getting the Nobel Prize, I was dismayed, if not wholly surprised, to hear Kirsty Wark list George Bernard Shaw ("British at the time") among five British winners. The most elementary research would have shown that Shaw won the prize in 1925, when even the Free State was free by then (as if previous colonial occupation of Dublin should have erased Irish identity). This is the common old pattern of claiming somebody from here who wins something as British until they lose, when they revert to being merely Irish again.
John Flynn, Waterford, Ireland

Thursday's Newsnight stated that George Bernard Shaw was British "at the time" he received the Nobel Prize for Literature. I think you are trying to hang on to your old colony too long. I would argue that Ireland was Ireland before they won their freedom but if you don't accept you have to acknowledge that the Irish Free State was formed in 1922. Bernard Shaw won the Nobel Prize in 1925.
Sean O'Donovan, London

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