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good afternoon. some of the bbc‘s best known female personalities have written an open letter to the corporation's director general calling on him to take urgent action to ensure women are paid the same as men doing the samejob. the presenters claire balding, jane garvey and fiona bruce are among more than a0 signatories. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn said the pay gap was appalling and called for a pay audit of every organisation. for a pay audit of every organisation. our media correspondent david sillito reports. alexjones of the one show, michel husein, sue barker, three of more than a0 famous names calling on the bbc to act now on its gender pay gap. this open letter to the papers says that this week's annual report confirmed what many had long suspected, that women were being paid less than men for the same work. on the whole i think it is fantastic that so many wonderful women have been prepared to stick their head above the parapet.
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we have got stick, we knew we were going to get stick, that is why it was never going to be an easy thing to do. but it is not about getting whacking great pay rises for women who are already well paid. it is about pay parity and getting fairness for everybody. on the list revealed this week the 20 highest—paid male stars received more than £12 million. the top 20 women less than half that. this, they say, is not a call for more pay, it is a demand for fair pay, the letter saying the bbc has known about the pay disparity for years. "we all want to go on the record to call upon you to act now." the point is to set, absolutely set, in stone if you are doing exactly the samejob as a man, you have to be on the same rates. and the labour leaderjeremy corbyn says the corporation needs to look at itself, but added this went much wider than the bbc. this gender pay gap is appalling. we would insist on a strong gender pay audit of every organisation and we would also look at a 20—1
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ratio between the chief executive and the lowest paid staff in every public sector organisation. in response the bbc said its overall pay gap is 10%, less than the national average of 18%, and it is working towards eliminating it altogether, but today's signatories want that to happen sooner rather than later. our political correspondent leila nathoo is here. as we heard from jeremy corbyn, this is now part of a wider political debate about pay. i think it is. as of april this year, the government has forced employers with more than 250 staff to publish information on their gender pay gap, taking into account bonuses, and on the proportion of men and women at
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different levels of the pay structure. justine greening has been speaking this morning and she said these regulations mandating transparency are designed to demonstrate to organisations it is a matter of reputation to encourage them to change. she said it was hard to justify some of the big pay differentials seen at the bbc, but asjeromy differentials seen at the bbc, but as jeromy corbyn‘s differentials seen at the bbc, but asjeromy corbyn‘s called to extend this to all organisations regardless of size, as well as pay ratios between the highest and lowest paid members of staff in public sector organisations means it is clear that this is an issue that extends beyond the bbc and reaches further than the bbc. a 20—year—old man has died in east london after being apprehended by a police officer in a shop. cctv footage has emerged of the officer wrestling the man to the floor of the shop in hackney, early yesterday morning. andy moore is at the scene now. what more can you tell us about this
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incident? this video has been shared widely on social media and has provoked a lot of anger among some people, especially in the black community. one man said to me today no white kid would ever have been treated like this. you can see the young man running into the shop behind me, filmed on a security camera, pursued by a uniformed police officer. there is a struggle, eventually the young man falls to the floor. at some stage you can see something being put in his mouth. eventually he is restrained with handcuffs. two officers it appears are involved. the independent police complaints commission took over this inquiry very soon. they say there is evidence that something was found in the man's throat at the scene. we heard from the borough commander at hackney today and he said no police
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officer was exempt from the law and would not wish to be. he said there would not wish to be. he said there would be a lot of speculation about how this young man died and he has been named locally as rash and remain charles. prince william and prince harry have spoken candidly about their relationship with their mother princess diana in a documentary marking the twentieth anniversary of her death. in it they describe her sense of fun but also speak of their regret that their last conversation with her was a rushed phone call. our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell‘s report contains some flash photography. to the watching world, she was the princess whose image appeared constantly on front pages. it was a glamorous but necessarily limited impression of the real person. now nearly 20 years after diana's death in the car accident in paris, her sons william and harry have spoken in an itv documentary about diana, the mother who did so much to shape their childhood. we felt, you know, incredibly loved, harry and i. and i'm very grateful that that love still feels there. it was that love that
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even if she was on the other side of the room, as a son you could feel it. the person who emerges from william and harry's description is a woman with a strong sense of fun. when everybody says to me, you know, "so, she was fun, give us an example." all i can hear is her laugh in my head. and that sort of crazy laugh where there wasjust pure happiness shown on her face. one of her mottos to me was that you can be as naughty as you want, just don't get caught. and they talk about their mother's death. they recall the last time they spoke to her and they reflect on the overwhelming public reaction and how they coped with the week which culminated in herfuneral. as william himself has said, it is a tribute to diana
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from her sons in which they recall the woman they hope the world will remember. nicholas witchell, bbc news. the head of the powerful trade body representing all german car manufactures has told the bbc that a long transitional deal after brexit is needed — otherwise there'll be a threat tojobs and investment in britain. matthias wissman — the president of the german automotive industry association — has accused britain of abandoning pragmatism for ideology over the issue. the international trade secretary, liam fox, has signalled that a transitional deal could last up to 2022. cycling, and chris froome is expected to win his fourth tour de france this afternoon. he remains the overall leader going into the final stage in paris and won't be challenged by other riders. our sports correspondent richard conway is in paris. when can we expect to see chris
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froome on the winner's podium?m when can we expect to see chris froome on the winner's podium? it is about five hours from now. i am in the shop was elysee palace centre of paris and already the crowds are building and there is a party atmosphere in the city because they are ready to welcome back these riders after an epic race and it has been fiercely contested this year, chris froome prevailing over his rivals. it took that time trial yesterday in my say, 14 miles, and emphatic display of his time trialling ability, which saw him lead over his rivals. it is chris froome who will stand victorious at the end of this race today. he will do eight laps of the shops elysee palace then he will stand on the podium to be crowned as tour de france winnerfor a podium to be crowned as tour de france winner for a fourth time. you can see more on all of today's
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stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is at half past six. hello, you are watching the bbc news channel. let's get more now on that itv documentary about diana, princess of wales where prince william and prince harry talk candidly about their memories of their mother. earlier i spoke to the royal historian and photographer ian lloyd who photographed diana many times. i asked him why they've chosen to honour their mother now.. i think the reason perhaps behind it is that diana died much too young and unlike all the other famous people who died young, james dean or marilyn monroe, there are no movies, songs or merchandise, and there is a danger she will escape the public consciousness in the younger generation at least. i know people
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in their early 20s who do not understand the whole diana phenomenon. william and harry are very keen that her legacy, the work that she did, should be emphasised as well as the personal side of her. prince william apparently says we will not be doing this again, we will not be doing this again, we will not be doing this again, we will not speak as openly or as publicly about her again. tell us more about why you think they have done it now. that is one of the reasons, to emphasise her contribution to the monarchy. you saw it very much in the recent visit to poland and germany how they involve themselves in crusades for the environment in william's case, and for children in catherine's case, and harry has done the landmines issue. i suppose they want to emphasise that. but also quite
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recently they have fronted this campaign called heads together which helps young people and people who have had mental issues and particularly those who have lost pa rents. particularly those who have lost parents. i suppose they are sharing that. they are enabling other people to ta ke that. they are enabling other people to take heart and to understand what it is like. you used to photograph diana many times, what would she like? diana was of course very attractive, fabulous to photograph. the actual occasions were always chaotic because it was never regulated as it is now, so everybody would turn up. if diana was going to a theatre at 7:30 p:m., there would be step ladders outside the theatre at 7:30am and people jostling for places and people trying to grab your position where you were standing. it was a nightmare. i suppose it was for diana. it got
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worse over the years because by the end of her life there were these paparazzi chase us, people on bikes and cars waiting outside kensington palace to see her come out, so it must have been hell for her at times. the princess talk about her sense of fun. was that something you felt when you were in her presence? yes, she had an infectious giggle. that is the thing people always comment on. she quite liked it if things went wrong. the little girl who gives the flowers falls over, some little incident and she would put everybody at ease by laughing about it. in the early days it was this peeping from under the fringe and the blushing so easily. i think people like that normal side because normally the royal family before that, the generations before, had been quite bottled up and quite
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serious. on duty they had a work persona , serious. on duty they had a work persona, but diana was very natural. ina new in a new interview prince william and prince harry have recalled fond memories of their mother, diana princess of wales. a 20—year—old man has died after being confronted by a police officer in a shop in east london. the health secretary jeremy the health secretaryjeremy hunt has described the abuse to staff at ormond street hospital where the terminally ill baby charlie guide is being treated as totally unacceptable. the hospital says its doctors and nurses had faced a tide of abuse and it had to call in the police. the high court is considering whether charlie's pa rents considering whether charlie's parents should be allowed to take
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into the united states for experimental treatment. release charlie gard! it is a case that has touched people around the world. attracting a growing number of campaigners who disagree with medical experts over the treatment of a critically ill baby boy. ii—month—old charlie gard has a rare form of mitochondrial disease, a condition that causes progressive muscle weakness and irreversible brain damage. his parents, connie yates and chris gard, want to take him to the us for pioneering surgery. but great ormond street hospital says it is in charlie's best interests to turn off his life—support and allow him to die. last night the hospital said in a statement that their doctors and nurses have been subjected to a shocking and disgraceful tide of hostility. staff have received abuse, both in the street and online. thousands of abusive messages, they say, have been sent to doctors and nurses whose life's work is to care for sick children. a short while later, the parents of charlie gard also released a statement. we do not condone abusive
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or threatening behaviour to great ormond street hospital staff or anybody in connection with our son. we, too, get abuse and have to endure nasty and hurtful remarks on a daily basis. people have different opinions and we accept that. but there is a line that should not be crossed. the health secretary, jeremy hunt, also condemned the abuse, tweeting that the behaviour was totally u na cce pta ble. the high court hearing into charlie gard's future resumes tomorrow, with the judge saying he hopes a decision will be reached by tuesday. let's get more now on the news that some of the bbc‘s most high—profile female presenters have written to the corporation's director—general tony hall, calling on him to tackle the gender pay gap. bbc‘s sport's
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clare balding, the today programme's michelle hussain and jane garvey, the presenter of woman's hour, are amongst the 42 signatories. in a statement the bbc says we have made significant changes over the last yea rs significant changes over the last years but need to do more. earlier i spoke to gillian howard, an employment lawyer who specialises in discrimination. the letter is very powerful and should be acted upon immediately. it is an utter disgrace that the bbc, a major institution, has allowed this covert discrimination to carry on. now you have 45 really powerful voices asking for help, asking for assistance, asking for something to be done and it should be done. what ido be done and it should be done. what i do hope does not happen is that individual women are picked off and individually a deal is done. i think this is a collective issue, it is very serious and i hope that tony hall takes this as a serious matter
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and deals with this as a collective issue. when you say it needs to be acted on, what are you suggesting?” am suggesting that immediate remedy to all the women, and i do notjust mean the 45 women who are very senior and in the high pay bracket, but a review has to be done immediately of the whole pay structure and pay issues. all the women from top to bottom, their page should be reviewed and a sensible timescale should be laid out to improve and increase their pay to the level of the men who are doing the level of the men who are doing the same or similar work. forgive me for interrupting, the bbc has said it will close the gap by 2020, does that go far enough for you? no, it does not. that is far too late. it
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is too little and too late. this inequality in pay has been going on for generations, for decades, and it is not good enough now the bbc has been caught out to say we will do it in three years' time. they have to do it now and one way they do not do it is to suggest they are going to decrease the pay of men to downgrade the men's pay so that women's pay is then equalised. that is not the way to do it. how much is this a problem across other businesses and organisations? it is notjust the bbc west and mark it is probably throughout most industries, but in particular it is rife in the finance industry. not necessarily on basic salaries, but in terms of bonus i now have cases in the finance industry were six women have learnt their bonus payments over the last few years have been significantly
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lower than those of their male colleagues. this is rife u nfortu nately. colleagues. this is rife unfortunately. why is that? how have we got to this situation? u nfortu nately we got to this situation? unfortunately traditionally women in the past have been prepared to work for less money than men. they have not been unionised. a lot of women have had to work reduced hours. i cannot call them past timers, but flexible hours because of childcare or dependent care, and they have not been as forceful as men. the men have been in very strong trade unions who have worked very hard to get better pay. women traditionally have not. unfortunately, the other factor that has been a major factor is the secrecy. employers have not had to publish their pay rates or pay scales or individual pay and they have been able to get away with it. that was gillian howard, an
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employment lawyer. eight people have been found dead outside a walmart store in texas. some of them were believed to be suffering heatstroke or dehydration. police are investigating possible people smuggling. police are investigating possible people smuggling. a man was arrested at luton airport last night, after allegedly trying to open an emergency door on board a flight. (00v) police were called to the airport shortly before 11pm to reports of a disruptive passenger who had been restrained by crew on a wizzair flight in from poland. bedfordshire police arrested one man on suspicion of endangering an aircraft. he was initially taken to hospital for treatment to minor injuries and is now in custody. senior democrats have described as "disturbing" president trump's assertion that he has complete power to pardon. mr trump sent a long series of tweets on saturday, as media reports emerged that he has been looking at ways to pardon
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himself and his family if a special investigation finds them guilty of colluding with russia during the us election campaign. from washington laura bicker reports. donald trump hoped this week would be a celebration of all that is made in america, including this new state—of—the—art aircraft carrier. instead he finds himself gearing up for what could be one of his biggest battles. he is clearing the decks and finding new staff to fight off claims the kremlin helped him win the white house. his core message has become engulfed by the many investigations, instead this is the kind of sales pitch he'd prefer americans to hear. americans steel and american hands have constructed a 100,000 tonne american steel and american hands have constructed a 100,000 tonne message to the world. america might is second to none.
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donald trump is upgrading his team just as the investigation into whether or not russia meddled in the us presidential election has widened its scope to reportedly include the trump finances, the president is thought to be furious. and this enquiry is no longer outside the white house gates. it is within his inner circle, including his own family, who are due to give evidence later this week. mr trump's son—in—law jared kushne is one of his closestr advisers, seen so often at his side but rarely heard. he has done some talking though to russians during the campaign. he'l be asked about that in congress on monday. donald trumpjunior is also in discussions about testifying after it was revealed he met with a russian lawyer who had offered incriminating information about hillary clinton during the campaign. white house spokesman sean spicer often struggled to convey the president's message about russian influence amidst the barrage of questions
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about russian influence. if the president puts russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that's a russian connection. he's now saying farewell, resigning because he reportedly didn't want to work for this man, the slick, outspoken wall street financier anthony scaramucci will now be in charge of rebranding team trump. donald trump relishes a good fight. he's described the inquiry into his campaign's links with russia as a witchhunt, a hoax. he's getting combat ready, just in case investigators do not agree with him. now it's said that a problem shared is a problem halved, but would you take the advice of an unqualified stranger? a novel scheme is popping up in london, relying on volunteers sharing their problems, as well as listening to other people's. dougal shaw has been to take a look. a problem shared is a problem halved, or so they say.
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but would you share your problems with a complete stranger? and would you share them spontaneously in public? that is what one clinical psychologist is hoping as she launches a bold experiment in london, despite challenging weather conditions. her team create pop—up problem—solving booths and then invite members of the public to open up about the issues weighing on their minds. so what is the big idea behind it all? problem—solving booths are all about people realising we can all help each other all the time. we don't have a culture or permission to ask. i'm a trained clinical psychologist and i generally work in a clinic and at the end of the day i used to think, gosh, if only all the people i've met in private in this clinic today could talk to each other, because actually they're suffering with really similar things. the problem is, i keep waking up thinking i have to do this, do this, do this. every time there's more things that people are asking me to do. that's exactly what i go through.
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while we were there, there was a trickle of participants rather than a deluge but those who took part seemed to embrace the idea, volunteering to both share their problems and listen to other people's. so many people in london have anxiety or claim to. do you think possibly, maybe because of... you know, not so much your upbringing but your parents? ah, i thought maybe because of...that i would be more tolerant. trained psychologists are always on hand if serious cases emerge. the results of the scheme are still being assessed. the national health service and the mayor of london's office are backing the project. it's about opening up conversations around mental health and well—being just to destigmatise these things, get people talking and maybe do something about it. if successful, the scheme will be rolled out across the country. dougal shaw, bbc news, london. now, if you happened to visit paris
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yesterday you may have had something of a surprise. all the normal attractions were there exactly as you'd expect but there was an unusual guest that was rather large in stature. tim allman explains. at first glance, this looks somewhat surprising. a giant sperm whale washed up on the banks of the river seine. a medical team appeared to be examining the body, tourists look on with more than a little interest. but things are not what they seem. this is in fact a giant replica, created by a group of belgian artists. they're trying to raise awareness about the environment, so much so they won't break character, even for the cameras. translation: this happens fairly often, but not in paris. he came up the river to escape sonar, we found out he had an eye infection so he couldn't see properly. he came up and got stuck over
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there by the bridge. the firemen were called and pulled him out with a crane because you cannotjust leave the body in the water. similar replica beachings have taken place across europe. and it seems like the artists do a pretty convincing job. someone posted an article but we thought it was real. we came over and then my mum saw in the morning that it was a sculpture. i had to look it up, i saw it was a sculpture. it is amazing, a really neat thing that they did to bring awareness. they want to explore the boundaries between reality and fiction. in the shadow of notre dame, it's certainly an interesting place to try. coming up: the travel show comes from hong kong to see how the famous
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pink dolphins are being affected by the fast pace of development. before that, time for a look at the weather and thomas, there has been rain at lord's and thomas, there has been rain at lords and sunshine at royal birkdale. tell us more. a bit of everything. some rain around yesterday and more today. chance of downpours almost anywhere in the uk. let's look at the forecast for the middle of the afternoon. rain across the south, rain across the north—east and in between, sunshine and showers. some already turning thundery for example across wales and the south—west. take a brolly today and expect
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