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4 December
Has the BBC been even-handed in its coverage of climate change


27 November
What does the coverage of the Cumbrian floods tell us about the state of local television


20 November
Newswatch looks at criticism of the BBC's coverage of the war in Afghanistan


13 November
Did the BBC follow a news agenda set by The Sun, in reporting the Prime Minister's letter to Jackie Janes?


6 November
Why has the BBC launched its new website, Democracy Live?


30 October
What is the impact on journalism of social networking websites, and for what reasons are various stories deemed newsworthy?


23 October
What are the ramifications of the appearance of the British National Party on Question Time?


16 October
How far should the BBC regulate blogs written by its top journalists?


9 October
Should the BBC televise debates between the three party leaders?


2 October
Was it right for Andrew Marr to ask the Prime Minister if he was on prescription medication?


25 September
Does the BBC cover shows like Strictly Come Dancing too much in its news ouput?


18 September
Does the BBC go over the top when reporting the deaths of celebrities?


11 September
Should the British National Party be allowed onto Question Time?


4 September
Special edition from the Edinburgh TV Festival


31 July
Director of BBC News Helen Boaden looks back on some recent controversies


24 July
Does the BBC's foreign coverage ignore large parts of the world?


17 July
Why report British soldiers' deaths in Afghanistan, but not those of the Taliban?


10 July
Is the death of an officer in Afganistan more important than that of a trooper?


3 July
The coverage of Michael Jackson's death - over the top?


26 June
Has the use of Twitter and other social media slanted coverage of Iran?


19 June
Should the BBC share the licence fee to help fund ITV local news?


12 June
Special edition of the programme from Wales


5 June
Airtime given to the smaller parties during the local and Euro election campaigns


29 May
Journalists' pronounciation skills are tested


22 May
Did the BBC help to hound the Speaker of the House of Commons from his job?


15 May
Did coverage of MPs' expenses jump on a bandwagon?


8 May
Why did it take so long to follow up a story about a Labour peer's expenses?


1 May
Coverage of the swine flu outbreak


24 April
Speculation about the Budget before the Chancellor's speech


17 April
Assessing the year-old rebranding of BBC News


3 April
Does sports news focus too much on football?


27 March
How the final stages of Jade Goody's life were covered


20 March
Exposing an online security threat on BBC News


13 March
An environmental protester throws custard at Peter Mandelson


6 March
Reporting on U2's new album - or helping to plug it?


27 February
Jade Goody's wedding on BBC News


20 February
Should Twitter be used as a journalistic tool?


13 February
The News Channel's coverage of the Bafta awards ceremony


6 February
Has the BBC been fair to both sides in the conflict in Sri Lanka?


30 January
The refusal to broadcast an appeal for the people of Gaza


23 January
The BBC's handling of Barack Obama's inauguration


16 January
Did BBC News help to publicise a cough medicine?


9 January
Coverage of the conflict in Gaza comes under scrutiny


2008 programmes


19 December
The BBC Trust Chairman looks back over 2008


12 December
Robert Peston responds to charges that he's damaged the British economy


5 December
Should the BBC call the Mumbai attackers 'terrorists'?


28 November
A special edition from the News Xchange festival in Spain


21 November
Should Newsround report sensitive stories like the Shannon Matthews case?


14 November
Testing the grammatical knowledge of BBC journalists


7 November
Why were so many BBC journalists sent to the USA for the presidential election?


31 October
The reporting of George Osborne and Peter Mandelson on a yacht off Corfu


24 October
'Sensationalist' videos on the BBC news website


17 October
The reporting style of TV's man of the moment, Robert Peston


10 October
Was a blog by Robert Peston irresponsible journalism?


3 October
Political Editor Nick Robinson responds to his critics


26 September
Did The Undercover Soldier fairly portray bullying in the army?


19 September
Has the BBC clearly explained the global economic crisis?


12 September
Investigating coverage of the conflict in Afghanistan


5 September
Has the BBC been too favourable to Barack Obama?


29 August
A special programme from the Edinburgh TV Festival


1 August
The BBC's Director-General, Mark Thompson, speaks to Newswatch.


25 July
Does the reporting of knife crime risk making the problem worse?


18 July
Is the BBC's religious coverage obsessed with gay bishops?


11 July
The moment a Palestinian man was killed is shown on TV


4 July
John Simpson's reporting from Zimbabwe under question


27 June
Even in death, should women be treated differently?


20 June
Is BBC news reporting on the economy too negative?


13 June
Why isn't there more reporting of the UK outside England?


6 June
Does BBC news pander to stereotypes of the north-south divide?


30 May
Revealing what happens on TV shows on the website


23 May
When is showing images of natural disasters intrusive?


16 May
Going global - why UK news is so different at night.


9 May
Viewers question the BBC's grasp of science.


2 May
Striking teachers say they were unfairly portrayed.


25 April
Viewers ask why John Prescott's bulimia was news.


18 April
Did BBC cave in to lobbyists and change story?


11 April
Olympic torch - too much focus on protests?


4 April
Banned from Zimbabwe - so why send George Alagiah?


28 March
Should social networking information stay private?


14 March
Storm reports - too much hot air, say viewers.


7 March
Prince Harry homecoming - excessive live coverage?


29 February
Viewers demand dignity for Ipswich murder victims.


22 February
Contrasting global warming reports confuse audience.


15 February
Were Archbishop's Sharia comments out of context?


8 February
Was a report on migrant mothers balanced?


1 February
One set of statistics yet two very different BBC reports.


25 January
Economics story had everything - except vital figures.


18 January
What happened to live coverage of Liverpool's big night?


11 January
Viewers turned off by US election 'overkill'.


2007 programmes


21 December
Head of news looks back on 2007 - and forwards to 2008.


14 December
Too much on canoe man, say viewers.


7 December
The confusing world of house price surveys.


30 November
Did BBC's population figures tell the whole story?


23 November
Does the BBC focus too much on England?


16 November
The perils of live broadcasting.


9 November
Why do health reports send out conflicting messages?


2 November
Three similar protests - why did only two get reported?


26 October
Plane sits on runway - is that breaking news?


19 October
How job cuts will affect BBC News.


12 October
One week of Diana inquest and people are bored already.


5 October
How Burmese people told the news from their country.


28 September
How did immigration report turn into a crime story?


21 September
Did Northern Rock reports help create panic?


14 September
Give the McCanns a break, say viewers.


7 September
What makes an anniversary newsworthy?


31 August
Issues of trust dominate Edinburgh TV Festival.


3 August
Reinventing the news agenda in Northern Ireland.


27 July
Viewers' questions about flooding coverage.


20 July
Can BBC News be trusted to tell the truth?


13 July
Did the BBC miss the Hull floods story?


6 July
Coverage of terror attacks questioned.


29 June
"Lightweight" Breakfast comes under fire.


22 June
Just how impartial is the BBC?


15 June
Video game report was sensationalist, say viewers.


8 June
Does foreign news really cover the globe?


1 June
Labour's deputy leader contest - a turn-off for viewers?


25 May
Panorama on wi-fi - sound science or scaremongering?


18 May
Viewers' questions on Madeleine McCann coverage.


11 May
Banter between presenters - the view from both sides.


4 May
Is it the BBC's role to poke fun at President Bush?


27 April
Virginia killer's video and other shocking images.


20 April
Prince's romance - is the BBC as bad as the paparazzi?


13 April
Too much coverage of sailors captured in Iran?


30 March
Whats the point of dark, wet outside broadcasts?


23 March
Junior doctors on the march - why is this not news?


16 March
How a woman's arrest became a story about race.


9 March
Cash for honours inquiry is boring, say viewers.


2 March
Climate change - does the BBC tell the whole story?


23 February
Should the BBC be broadcasting military plans?


16 February
Are white people fairly represented on the news?


9 February
Presenters on location - a waste of money, say viewers.


2 February
Was the BBC too soft on Microsoft?


26 January
Anger as programmes are dropped for tennis.


12 January
Were Saddam hanging pictures used gratuitously?





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