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what we've got is theresa may managing that process. she is driving the car, to continue the allegory, and i'm going to make sure, as far as i am concerned and the rest of the cabinet are concerned, we help her do that. this is back—seat driving, in effect? you could call it back—seat driving, absolutely. and i'm very clear that the cabinet and the government supports theresa may, that there is a difficult moment to make sure that we get the best result for the united kingdom, but i am sure we can. was that the home secretary publicly admonishing the foreign secretary, providing evidence of widening cabinets blitz over brexit, as bbc news bulletins and website articles subsequently claimed 7 not according to clive tong, who objected to what he called... a viewer called john from gloucester agreed... across the atlantic,
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the chaos and destruction caused by recent storms and floods continued with hurricane maria devastating several islands in the caribbean. how the name of one of those islands was pronounced caught the attention of several newswatch viewers following broadcasts like these. and there are reports of extensive damage to dominica where there are torrential rains and winds of more than 160 mph. the latest category five storm hit the island of dominica overnight with winds of 160 mph. the nation's president said the devastation was mind—boggling. that last introduction was watched by one newswatch viewer who explained the problem in this anonymous telephone call. i have been watching the bbc news
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today with sophie and it is quite irritating that the hurricane she says has hit "dominica". well, that is 1000 kilometres away. it has hit domin—ica as the weatherman correctly pronounced it. the dominican republic is 1000 kilometres away. so please could you ask her to pronounce it correctly. it's domin—ica. this week's other major natural disaster was the earthquake that struck south of mexico city on tuesday leaving hundreds dead. the following day our reporter was on the site of a primary school destroyed by the quake. over the town, lines of volunteers of people trying to help those who may still be alive. as we spoke, the rescue workers began to raise their hands to ask for a few minutes' silence to try to hear any cries for help. nojoy this time.
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no joy this time. we are very close to that school. i am having to whisper, even though we are a couple of blocks away from the school, we are being asked to keep quietjust in case there are any cries of people that are trapped inside that school. the following day, jessica long recorded a video summing up a complaint also made by scores of other viewers. last i's news at ten, a journalist chose to talk through the silence designed to hear the voices of those still trapped after mexico's horrific earthquake. to talk through this silence is arrogance by the media of the worst kind. i arrogance by the media of the worst kind. lam arrogance by the media of the worst kind. i am so disappointed in the journalist, in the bbc editorial tea m journalist, in the bbc editorial team for broadcasting this, and in bbc standards in general if this is considered to be ok. it is not ok. i'm afraid we were not able to get a
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response from bbc news in time for this programme, but we hope to feature one next week on newswatch. the initial television coverage of the earthquake in mexico largely relied, as many stories do these days come on footage like this, filmed by members of the public on mobile phones. it was either sent to broadcasters or sourced by them from social media. user generated content has become a vital tool for covering fast breaking news, particularly in far—flung locations, which it is ha rd far—flung locations, which it is hard for camera crews to reach quickly. as we saw after the bomb attack on the london underground last friday, it was only a matter of minutes before bbc television was showing the video recorded by other passengers and onlookers. well, the rise in user generated content raises a number of questions for broadcasters and to discuss them i am joined by the social media editor for bbc news. welcome to newswatch.
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take us back to the day of the earthquake in mexico. obviously a terrible incident. what was coming into the bbc in terms of user generated content and how do you handle it? one of the things you have to remember is the first insta nce have to remember is the first instance of any breaking news story, an earthquake, a hurricane or a terror attack is incredibly confusing. we get an enormous amount of material, but it comes in a variety of different ways. people will get in touch through whatsapp, we have an advertised number on the front of the website. they might get in touch directly on e—mail or through text, sms. people will send stuff if we want it or not, which is a good thing. but we are keen to get to people that we know are genuinely there, not just saying to people that we know are genuinely there, notjust saying that to people that we know are genuinely there, not just saying that they are there, not just saying that they are there, because there is a lot of confusion and a lot of hoax material. how do you verified? guillemot the best you can do is have a conversation with the person. you can direct message them on
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social media, on whatsapp, if you have their telephone number, you can get hold of them and have a one—to—one conversation. if that is not possible, you want to cross check a number of things, you want to check what they are saying against what you know in news reports in the first instance. you wa nt to reports in the first instance. you want to look at their profile and see if they are somebody who has been quite active in that area of the world already, how many times have they tweeted, posted on facebook, wherever they happen to be? look at the language they are using. his english the first language, is the content littered with typos and spelling mistakes? are they verified or verified on social media. then you want to look more closely at the things that they are saying, the weather forecast, if they are sending you pictures and they are sending you pictures and the pictures are very dark, but you know that the day was a bright one, sunshine, there is a lot of rain in the footage, that would send alarm bells. and then you can apply all sorts of reverse image searching on pictures and video. you can use
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google reverse image search, free to use tools on the internet. we have a lot of other things we can do to check the metadata of an image and video. more broadly, given that there is now an additional pressure to get this kind of material on air as the story is unfolding, is there as the story is unfolding, is there a danger of bypassing the bbc‘s usual standards on taste and decency, and there has been accusations of that? i think it is really important to know that the people you are dealing with will often be part of a traumatic situation. that is the first thing to say. there are often people that are willing to talk to you, but should you be putting them on air? that is a question that's really important to figure out on the first instance. if they have been injured badly or lost loved ones, in an attack... or it is intrusive footage of people that are injured? people that have been injured, have their
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relatives being contacted, is it safe to put that content on, or write to put it on without those people having been informed in their first instance? indeed, in the parsons green attack that happened very recently, the police were involved quite early on and there we re involved quite early on and there were anti—terrorist police, there we re m essa 9 es were anti—terrorist police, there were messages that went out to all news media to say william blair the faces of our officers. technical question, we get regular complaints from any newswatch viewers, the way the bbc shows camera footage, there are big blurs at the side and many people find it distracting and confusing. the reason we do it is that we are broadcasting on a screen size that is different to the size of the device that has been used to record it and we want to give people a full—screen experience of that footage. we're not trying to distort or confuse the viewers. it is not to do with which way you have the camera? most people are filming footage in a variety of films. a lot
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of people will film in a vertical way to stop what we really want them to do is turn the camera around and film horizontally so that we would then have footage that we can use on television as well as on digital platforms. the other thing to bear in mind is that television is important to us, but as is all of the other digital platforms that we make our content available for. we recognise that many viewers will be watching on a social media platform. the videos will be presented to them in square or vertical form, and the videos will be presented to them in square or verticalform, and on that basis the way that it has been filmed by be more suitable for that particular platform. thank you very much. finally, last week we aired a comment from someone who feels that the bbc is anti—brexit, blaming it for everything that goes on. victor jones sarcastically chastised the bbc forfailing to jones sarcastically chastised the bbc for failing to suggest that the recent hurricanes were all down to
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our planned departure from the european union. then he spotted the headline brexit bill and hurricane irma leaves six by 5 million without power. there might have been a missing comma? thank you for your comments. if you would like to share your opinions on bbc news and current affairs or appear on the programme, ring us. we are also on twitter and you can look at the website. that is all from us. we will be back to hear
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your thoughts about bbc news coverage again next week. yet again it has been the turn of northern and western parts of the british isles to see a fair amount of cloud and rain. it will have come asa of cloud and rain. it will have come as a disappointment because even in those locations it started as gloriously as it did in london. the rain, gradually creeping out of northern ireland to become quite a feature for parts of scotland. not everybody is seeing a bit of rainfall. it is there to be had across northern and western parts of england and into southern parts of wales, where the rainfall totals are mounting up in one two spots. what is left of the weather front, more a band of cloud and anything else, will seep its way towards the south—eastern quarter, wherever you are spending the night. for the most pa rt are spending the night. for the most part it will be on the mild side, save part it will be on the mild side, save for the far north—west of scotland, where the temperatures could dip away to about 4 degrees. what news of the weekend, you ask? saturday mainly dry. i will explain the caveat in just a second. rain in
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the caveat in just a second. rain in the west come sunday, mild by day and night. isay the west come sunday, mild by day and night. i say mainly dry around saturday, simply because what is left of the old weather front still has quite a bit of cloud about it. that will produce the drizzly burst of rain. that prospect is just using its way a little bit further north with time during the course of saturday. with the direction of the wind coming from the south, the murray coast is often a great place to be. plenty of sunshine and some warmth, 18 or 19 degrees. southern parts of scotland, the north of england, stuck with a lot of cloud and the possibility of a spot of rain. after a dull start, things really improving through south wales, south midlands, part of east anglia and all of the southern counties of england, were again you could see 18 or 19 degrees or so. late in the day, cloud filling in across northern ireland, the first signs of sunday's wet weather, gradually easing its wayjust that little bit further towards the east. the start of sunday, yet again, really quite mild. from that base at
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12,13, really quite mild. from that base at 12,173,111 really quite mild. from that base at 12,13,1li degrees, some of the temperatures away from the frontal zone will begin to climb quite nicely, getting above 20 degrees in some eastern spots. the exact location of the cloud and rain associated with the weather front and its eastward extend open to some debate at the moment. we suspect it will get across scotland and be a bit of a problem for the western fringes of england and wales. one two moderate bursts in there. northern ireland there quite nicely. the best of the heat will be in the south and east. this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines: theresa may sets out her vision for brexit. speaking in florence the prime minister called for a two year transitional period arrangement — to allow for an orderly exit from the eu. so during the implementation period access to one another‘s markets should continue on current terms and britain also should continue to take part in existing security measures. and i know businesses, in particular, would welcome the certainty this would provide. watched by members of the cabinet —
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she said britain would pay its "fair share" to the eu during that period. the uk will honour commitments we have made during the period of our membership. as the prime minister left florence — labour said the plans were a consequence of cabinet infighting. this whole speech
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