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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 April, 2005, 13:49 GMT 14:49 UK
Why does the BBC 'speculate'?
Audience question:

When will the BBC start reporting "news" and stop reporting "speculation"?

Nearly every single day, one of your main headline items tells us what is scheduled to be announced, or should be happening. Perhaps you should join the weather and change the name to the "news forecast".

BBC's response:

We aim to give our audiences a full picture of news events based on their importance and topicality.

We believe it can be right to cover events which are happening later that day as long as we have genuine information to include - this particularly applies during our morning output.

It is often the case that the main elements of an announcement have become clear ahead of time and it would be wrong to deprive our audiences of this information.

It is also often valuable to set the context for a meeting or announcement which is about to take place.

These issues are always matters of judgement - there are many times when we choose not to preview a story because we feel we have no useful information to convey at that point.

We certainly do our utmost to ensure we avoid uninformed speculation and we always seek to give a rounded account of a story rather than something based solely on a press

- Adrian Van Klaveren, Deputy Director, BBC News


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