good morning, it's saturday the 2nd of december. also this morning: we need the england boys to win. 22 yea rs. we need the england boys to win. 22 years. come on! the excitement builds for england fans in brisbane, ahead of the rugby league world cup final. england face australia. the heath —— they haven't beaten them since 1995. cyber security experts warn government departments against using russian anti—virus software, saying it could be exploited. england's untold history: the public is asked to nominate places that deserve to be part of a new national memorial scheme. iam the i am the real santa! can you see my beard? the christmas grotto with a difference. how one mum has created a ‘silent santa' night, to help children with autism enjoy the festive season.
and we'll have your full weekend weather forecast in about 15 minutes. good morning. first our main story. us media reports say donald trump's former national security adviser michael flynn, who has admitted lying to the fbi about his contacts with russia, is prepared to give testimony that implicates the president's son—in—law, jared kushner. mr flynn has agreed to co—operate with an investigation into russian meddling in the us presidential election. it's thought he'll tell investigators he was taking directions from senior members of donald trump's campaign team. the white house says mr flynn has implicated no—one but himself in the investigation. our washington correspondent laura bicker has more. michael flynn, a retired three star general, left the court in washington to a familiar chant. "lock him up." he'd once encouraged donald trump supporters to use a similar version against rival hillary clinton. the 58—year—old played a key part in mr trump's campaign and often travelled with him. if i did a tenth — a tenth of what she did,
i would be injail today. he was rewarded with the post of national security adviser, but was forced to resign afterjust 23 days when his contacts with russia to discuss us sanctions were disclosed. on the 29th of december, michael flynn spoke to the russian ambassador on the phone in the first of a series of calls. on the 15th of january, vice president mike pence said that sanctions were not discussed in those calls. only after the 9th of february, when a newspaper revealed he did discuss sanctions, did pressure increase and michael flynn lost hisjob. as part of his guilty plea, prosecutors said mr flynn is now cooperating with the investigation. us media claims he will testify that senior members of the trump team, including mr trump's son—in—lanared kushner, encouraged flynn to make contact with russian officials. the white house is now trying to distance himself from flynn's actions, and the lies he told
to the fbi, but having reached a plea bargain to co—operate, what else has mr flynn told the enquiry and what further revelations are to come? all government departments have been advised by the national cyber security centre not to use russian anti—virus software on systems containing sensitive information. kaspersky lab, which has 400 million customers world—wide, was banned from us government networks earlier this year. the company denies any links to the kremlin. our reporter, jon donnison, has more. cyber security software like that provided by kaspersky lab requires extensive access to the files on a computer phone or network to look for viruses. our mission has always been to protect... kaspersky is used by consumers and businesses as well as some parts of government to protect systems from criminals and hackers. but now a new warning about russian anti—virus software, amid fears it could be used for spying. at britain's national
cyber security centre, they say they've not seen actual proof of such espionage, but they've told government departments not to use kaspersky for systems containing sensitive data. this is specifically about entities that may be of interest to the russian government and so for us that's about national security systems in government, of which there are a very small number. kaspersky lab has already denied allegations that it's been used for espionage in america. we don't do anything wrong. they are just speculating about some rumours, opinions and there is zero hard data. 400 million people use kaspersky products around the world, but officials say they're not telling the general public to stop using it. kaspersky lab denies any wrongdoing, but today's warning is another sign about growing fears over the risk posed by russia.
the conduct of two former police officers, who leaked allegations that pornographic images had been found on the computer of the now first secretary of state damian green, have been criticised by the former attorney general, dominic grieve. mr green has repeated his insistence that he didn't view the material. our political correspondent, tom barton, joins us now from our london newsroom. good morning. there are reports on the front pages that the cabinet is split over this. what exactly has dominic grieve taken issue with? this all dates back to those further allegations that were made yesterday bya allegations that were made yesterday by a second met police officer around allegations that pornography was found on damian green's parliamentary computer, after a raid in 2008. mp5 parliamentary computer, after a raid in 2008. mps have been rallying around him. david davis has warned
downing street not to sack him over these claims, while the former attorney general dominic grieve has been questioning the conduct of those officers involved. they choose to put material that an ordinary citizen would be prohibited from acquiring under data protection rules into the public domain on their ownjudgement. rules into the public domain on their own judgement. there is rules into the public domain on their ownjudgement. there is a way of dealing with that. if you think something is relevant you do it by proper official means. you do not go freelancing, as this officers have done, and it has the smack of the police state about it. damian green is theresa may's closest ally, the second most important person around the cabinet table, and this row matters because it puts his word against that of two former police officers. a senior government official is looking into these allegations, as well as separate allegations, as well as separate allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards a conservative activist. those allegations are also
denied by damian green and her report could well be on the desk of the prime minister within days. we will keep across it, as will you, i'm sure. thank you. pope francis is bennet is final day in bangladesh, after rallying support for the rohingya muslims —— is spending. he used the word rohingya for the first time yesterday. let's cross to oui’ first time yesterday. let's cross to our correspondent. there's been so much attention on the words the pope has or hasn't used. ring us up to date. that's right. yesterday he sent out a very strong message about the rohingya a crisis. he met with a group of rohingya refugees here in dhaka. about 16 of them. he touched their hands. a little girl, an orphan, was brought in front of him and he placed his hand on her head.
he asked the rohingyas for forgiveness for the injustices of the world. he asked how people fleeing the rakhine state identify themselves. and it is also a word myanmar doesn't recognise. he says he and being in bangladesh could upset the myanmar government and that's perhaps why he didn't say it while he was in myanmar. he faced criticism for not sending a strong message while he was in that country and when he came to bangladesh everybody was waiting and listening to every speech he made, to see if he would send out a stronger message. he seems to have done so yesterday. today he visited a church in dhaka and a cemetery. he will also meet some students and then he will be leaving this country. thanks for the moment. white house officials have indicated that president trump is likely to announce next week that the united states will recognise jerusalem as the capital of israel. the status ofjerusalem is highly contentious, with both israelis and palestinians claiming all or part of the city as their capital.
critics have warned that the decision by donald trump could jeopardise peace negotiations. it's feared there could be hundreds ofjob losses at toys r us, after the retailer announced it would close around a quarter of its uk stores. the move, which would see the closure of 25 shops, is part of a deal by the owners to renegotiate debts with its landlords. it's thought christmas trading and gift vouchers will not be affected by the move. people are being asked to nominate events and people they feel should be commemorated as part of a new national memorial scheme. the heritage group historic england has already received a wealth of nominations from battle sites to birthplaces, as david sillito reports. the site of the presentation of magna carta. the place where the pilgrim fathers set off for america. and here, the memorial to the landing at brixham of the glorious revolution. there are some monuments to great moments in history, but historic england wants more.
there are many plaques to where people were born or lived. it now wants suggestions about events and have already received a few. we've done our research and spoken to people across the country and we've found really passionate enthusiasts who want to see unknown histories marked out. we've had people wanting to mark out where the pilgrim fathers set out to make that more well—known. we've had people wanting to mark out the birthplace of grime music in east london, music in coventry, all sorts of people with different passions and interests who want to share their knowledge of the history that happened on their doorstep. so it doesn't have to be just the famous places in the history books, they are looking for sites that capture the whole of british life. quite what the memorials will look like hasn't yet been decided. the immediate job is to find the people who have a passion to honour the places where history was made. let's return to our top story this morning. reports from the united states suggest the president's former national security adviser michael flynn, who yesterday
pleaded guilty to lying to the fbi about his contacts with russia, is prepared to testify against donald trump's son—in—law, jared kushner. mr flynn is the most senior member of the trump administration to face charges in the ongoing investigation into russian meddling during the american election. let's speak to dr leslie vinjamuri, who's a us analyst at the foreign affairs think tank chatham house. thank you very much forjoining us this morning. what you make of this, in terms where this takes trust, the reputation of the trump advice committee, so to speak. what is this moving us towards? this is very significant. this is the first indictments towards an individual who was actually in the trump white house. the others were people involved in the campaign didn't actually get in the white house.
michael flynn is a senior person, the first national security adviser. the shortest lived national security adviser. he didn't last long because of this conversation with the ambassadorfrom of this conversation with the ambassador from russia, which of this conversation with the ambassadorfrom russia, which he lied about. at what the vidic at about this is that it's a short charge, a single charge. —— what is significant about this. in the agreed statement of the fax between the us government and michael flynn, michael flynn says that he communicated with senior members of trump's transition team before he established contact with the russian ambassador and he fed back to them. so now the question is who he spoke to, what they agreed and why was the transition, why was trump so concerned, to try and persuade the russians not to respond to the sanctions that president obama had issued in response to the report from the intelligence agency, saying that russia had launched this
disinformation campaign, trying to undermine your selection? remember there was a bipartisan consensus in washington really to take a hard line on russia for this question of interfering in the election, so to kind of approach the ambassador, it's not clear why, there are a lot of questions about how far this goes. and off course we are very interested and asking questions. you've been talking to people in the us. there is a very divided opinion when it comes to president trump. what are they saying about what this investigation means?” what are they saying about what this investigation means? i think people... you know, some people might if you look at it at first glance say the violation right now is something called the logan act. that as a member of the transition tea m that as a member of the transition team you don't have the authority to speak to a foreign official. not something that is taken very seriously. but i think most people
see that there is a broader question about why this communication was going on, how far up it went and what it had to do, if anything, with this broader question of russia's interference in the campaign. and right now what people are suggesting is that it seems to be a few people have said it is jared kushner, who michael flynn was communicating with, the president's son—in—law. america is divided, but remember that president trump right now has very low approval ratings. he is down to 38%. we saw about 20 minutes ago that the senate has passed the tax bill, so that could actually change his approval. it's very interesting timing right now. the critique of this president has been that he hasn't gotten any major legislation through. that's just legislation through. that's 'ust sorry, you will have to changed. sorry, you will have to briefly explain this tax bill. the tax bill has been tax cuts,
especially corporate tax cuts, have been very high on this administration's agenda and it's been very hard to get any legislation through. it hadn't looked as recently as a week ago that this would be necessarily getting through the senate and it has a very major move... sorry? so he is getting stuff done in terms of this tax bill. this is the first one he has pushed through, so to speak. but still there are questions about the son—in—law. if the president's son—in—law is being implicated, this is speculation, how does that affect him? when does that lead to him? what we know now, there have been some people saying this will wrap up soon, this clearly isn't going to wrap up soon, it's now taken on an entirely different level and scale. remember, flynn is now cooperating and if it is the president's
son—in—law and other senior members of the transition team who are in the administration, possibly in the current administration, flynn of course is out... what does that lead to in terms of the broader question of russia's interference and the trump administration's complicity? these are the questions that are clearly going to be things robert mueller is pushing for, he is a very assured investigator and this investigation has tremendous momentum and it's very grave... there's nothing insignificant about this charge and the fact that the former national security adviser has confessed to lying to the fbi, but more significantly that he is cooperating with a very significant investigation that is really moving right into the heart of the president's inner circle. good for you to explain that to us and give us you to explain that to us and give us your views, doctor leslie vinjamuri, associate fellow at
chatham house, thank you very much. thank you. let's look ahead to the weekend weather with darren. good morning. good morning. a different look to the weather this weekend, couldn't be more different to what we've seen over the past week when we had the cold northerly winds, sunshine and wintry showers. this weekend the wind is coming from the atlantic and slowly but surely temperatures will be rising as it turns milder. lots of cloud around this weekend and it will be thick enough to give us wind and drizzle —— rain and drizzle now and drizzle —— rain and drizzle now and again. a different look, this is the morning into the afternoon, turning dreier in east anglia and the south east. not much sunshine and some rain coming into northern scotla nd and some rain coming into northern scotland into the afternoon and hear the winds will be stronger. for many, like winds, and still some cold air in the south—east and east anglia, temperatures at the moment not far from freezing and only rising to five or six. otherwise five or six. some sunshine in
north—east england for a while in south—eastern scotland, there's the rain coming into northern scotland, wettest across the highlands. that's a weak weather front that will go south overnight. you can see the ragged rain moving southwards away from scotland and into northern ireland and northern england and eventually down towards wales and the midlands and in this zone where we have the cloud and rain, it will be mild, but the cloud will break up in scotland after the rain moves through so it could be a bit chilly first thing here, otherwise pretty mild. the really cold air is either out in the north sea all on the continent and we're getting milder aircoming in on continent and we're getting milder air coming in on top of an area of high pressure —— or on the continent. that will bring drizzly rain to northern ireland and western scotla nd rain to northern ireland and western scotland through the day but ahead of its some sunshine across scotland, brighter skies and sunshine across northern england. is
those temperatures rising even across the south—east, could be up to around ten or so. this is monday, it looks really dull, lots of cloud again. a little sunshine here and there in more sheltered eastern areas but on the whole, cloudy with light winds, quiet for the start of the week and those temperatures on the week and those temperatures on the mild side, nine or ten. a quiet start to next week, a lot of mild, cloudy weather and the middle part of the week looks like it could get very wet and that will signal a change after that. by the end of the week we might see those cold northerly winds returning an some sunshine and eventually some wintry showers. that's it, back to you two. i can't help myself, i like to read into what our team is wearing in the morning, i notice you're tied.|j haven't got glasses on so that's ok —— trousers —— try. haven't got glasses on so that's ok -- trousers -- try. rainbows, is
there a clue in that one? it was very early this morning as you know and this is the first thing that i found. no judgement, you and this is the first thing that i found. nojudgement, you look very smart! if it was hinting towards rainbows. no, it's not. iwould make the point darren said he has he has trousers on but we don't know. you have ruined the illusion. see you later, darren! the christmas period can be stressful and overbearing at the best of times, but it can be even more challenging if you are a parent of a child with autism. the change of routine, noise and unfamiliarity can all combine to make the festive season particularly difficult. so breakfast'sjohn maguire has been to visit a santa's grotto with a difference, one that's been adapted to become autism—friendly. as the song goes, it's the most wonderful time of the year, but not for everyone. i used to hate
christmas because you never got it, you didn't want presence and i would just wait until new year's day. you missed out on everything. julie's 13—year—old sun joe missed out on everything. julie's 13—year—old sunjoe has autism and in the past christmas has been difficult for the whole family. we couldn't wrap the presence for a few yea rs couldn't wrap the presence for a few years because he couldn't bear the noise of them opening, the autism affects the senses so you have to reduce everything, so you can't have a big celebration, everything is kept on the down low, but as he's got older it's expanded each year and there's been an extra element each christmas, this year the presence will be wrapped so an looking forward to that. julie approached her local garden centre in liverpool and suggested this, silent santa night, designed for children with autism. the music is wild, there are no views and julie's trained father christmas and her pals what to say and crucially what
not to say to the children. have you been a good boy, that could really stress someone out and little tips where they can say, just try to be the best you can be, or have you been the best you can be, rather than challenging the child. been the best you can be, rather than challenging the childlj been the best you can be, rather than challenging the child. i had it turned off. really quiet i like it. a few weeks ago we met oscar and this family who told us about the difficulties they face when going shopping. well, tonight a very excited and a very happy is doing this two something this parents say would usually be just too much for him. i'll give it to the elves and we'll see what we can do. are you real? of course, feel my beard. a really nice experience, we've normally avoided santa grottos at christmas time because of oscar's condition. it can be the lights, it
can be sensory overload, but coming here he's really excited and he's able to engage and understand the whole process, which is not what we would experience in general. what else did he tell you, what's he going to do with your list? take it to the elves stop white to the north pole? yes, at the north pole. it's a long way! it is a long way. it's hoped these nights will become commonplace, making christmas as special for as many people as possible. bye-bye, john. bye-bye, oscar. we will talk more about that later in the programme. meghan markle has had a taste of her future royal life, joining herfiance prince harry on their first official public engagement in nottingham yesterday. crowds lined the streets to see the couple who were visiting a charity fair hosted by the terrence higgins trust to mark world aids day. the royal commentator, james brooks, was at the event along with lizzie jordan, who's an hiv campaigner.
we can talk to them now. we will talk more about the campaign ina we will talk more about the campaign in a moment and the reason they were there but you met both of them yesterday? yes, with my son. described the scene, many people we re described the scene, many people were seeing the pictures from outdoors when they first arrived meeting and chatting with people and you are inside, they walk in, what was it like? a fantastic room of different organisations and representatives, all there with something to tell them. around 50 people with some fantastic african music playing, a great atmosphere and vibe in the room. of course they entered and there was the buzzer, eve ryo ne entered and there was the buzzer, everyone was so excited —— buzz. we got some good time to talk to them about what we had to speak about. it was a phenomenal opportunity. so
what did they say? they recognise me. meghan had seen the documentary harry and myself were in earlier in the summer. had you met harry before? no, we werejust in the summer. had you met harry before? no, we were just in the same programme. she said, we watched the programme, i remember your story from the documentary. after that it was a bit of a blurred because the fa ct was a bit of a blurred because the fact she recognised me was just amazing. —— lower. fact she recognised me was just amazing. -- lower. in itself is one thing but it's a very important thing, those little moments when you think someone does care, they've gone to the trouble and she is new to this game that she's involved in now. and they chose to do it for a highly stigmatised condition on world aids day for their first public engagement as the new royal couple. there was the terence higgins trust and other
organisations, we couldn't have asked for a better day and the spotlight that was shone on these organisations and what they are doing. as down-to-earth as the image of this couple is at the moment, this was still very thought about in terms of what. .. this was still very thought about in terms of what... as their first engagement, considering princess diana's legacy with hiv, the terence higgins trust as well, this was planned quite carefully, wasn't it? it was. you see from the way harry is and what he's involved in now, it is and what he's involved in now, it isa is and what he's involved in now, it is a reflection of carrying on that legacy that he wants to carry on from his mother, but also i think you've got him wanting to bring meghan into the fold and get hurt involved in the interests they do share. what do you make of what lizzie said, she said meghan tapped harry on the arm and said, we watched this. in itself that is
quite casual, she is bringing a different tone, that that's what people are fascinated by. it will be interesting over the next few years. the next few months we will see more of these visits during the lead up to the wedding. but what is interesting is that protocol yesterday almost went out of the window. especially down in the city centre, you saw harry taking a back step almost, meghan was being introduced to dignitaries before him, she was walking in front of him but he didn't seem to mind. that was really nice, you're seeing a more informal partnership and in that interview they had when they announced their engagement, they really talked about being a team and i think that's what's really interesting now, they're almost coming together. you saw a lot of arm patting and kind of rubbing each other's backs, it's quite tactile i think was the word that was used.
that's what's going to be really interesting over the next few months to see if that carries on or whether that takes a back step. lizzie, you're ina that takes a back step. lizzie, you're in a good place to give us some kind of sense of that, you were at the event with your son, who is 12. people are saying this couple is a couple for a different generation, they are closer to your son's age than certainly i am and for a lot of people, do you get a different feel about them and the way they're going to operate? it was very informal, very relaxed and very casual and they were very tactile with each other and they were holding hands the whole time. talking about hiv, they are bringing the focus to that, toa they are bringing the focus to that, to a new generation which don't necessarily remember diana and all of her work and actually by bringing that spotlight to a younger generation, we couldn't ask for a better couple to do that for us. we're going to talk again with you in aboutan we're going to talk again with you in about an hour and a half or so, it will be interesting to see what our viewers make of it. harry and
meghan, are they changing the face of the royal family and bringing more interest to the royal family? get in touch if you think so. still to come: it's been an incredible run so far for england at the rugby league world cup, will it end in gory? england international sam tomkins will be here looking ahead to the final which takes place later this morning. stay with us, headlines coming up. see you soon. good morning. here's a summary of today's main stories from bbc news: donald trump's former national security advisor michael flynn is prepared to testify against the president's son—in—law, jared kushner, according to us media reports. it's thought mr flynn, who pleaded guilty to making false statements to the fbi, will say he was directed to hold discussions with kremlin officials by senior members of trump's campaign team, including mr kushner. the white house says mr flynn has implicated no—one but himself.
the uk national cyber security centre has warned government departments not to use russian anti—virus software if their computers contain sensitive information. the russian company kaspersky lab was banned from us government networks earlier this year, because of concerns it had ties to intelligence agencies in moscow. the company denies having links to the kremlin. despite its warning, the national cyber security centre says the general public shouldn't be concerned about using the software. our guidance is to choose an anti—virus product that meets your needs and does well in industry standard tests. we're not saying, and we specifically say this in our guidance on the blog, that we are not telling people to rip out kaspersky willy—nilly because that makes no sense. this is about entities that may be of interest to the russian
government, so for us that's about national security systems in government, of which there are very small number, and for example if you have a business negotiation that the russian government may be interested in. two former police officers who leaked allegations that pornographic images had been found on the tory minister damian green's computer were in "flagrant breach" of their own code of conduct, according to the former attorney general dominic grieve. mr green, now first secretary of state, repeated his insistence that he didn't view pornographic material on the computer. the former attorney general said he found the behaviour of the ex—officers behaviour troubling. they choose to put material that an ordinary citizen would he prohibited from acquiring under data protection laws, into the public domain, and their own judgement. there's a way of dealing with that. if you think is relevant you do it by proper official means. you do not go freelancing as this two officers have done and it has the smack of the police state about it. pope francis is spending his final day in bangladesh, after using his highly—anticipated asia trip to express support for the rohingya muslims.
yesterday, the pope met a group of refugees and referred to them using the word "rohingya" for the first time. he was criticised for not using the term on his earlier visit to myanmar, which does not regard them as an ethnic group. white house officials have indicated that president trump is likely to announce next week that the united states will recognise jerusalem as the capital of israel. the status ofjerusalem is highly contentious, with both israelis and palestinians claiming all or part of the city as their capital. it's feared there could be hundreds ofjob losses at toys ‘r' us, after the retailer announced it would close around a quarter of its uk stores. the move, which would see the closure of 25 shops, is part of a deal by the owners to renegotiate debts with its landlords. it's thought christmas trading and gift vouchers will not be affected by the move. refugee families who are being resettled in the uk from syria, should not be forced to split up —
and be allowed to bring children, up to the age of 25, with them. the british red cross is calling for current rules to be relaxed, so that older family members are not left behind in war zones. this week, the home office announced that over the past two years around 9,000 syrians had been allowed into the uk under its vulnerable person resettlement scheme. let's be clear. we are talking about children who are part of the family unit. people watching this now, think of your family, the children who still live at home, who may be away studying. that's what we're talking about. let's bring those families back together. families belong together. a new scheme, which aims to recognise more places and people with historic importance, is set to be launched by historic england. the heritage body wants people to suggest sites that deserve to be permanently acknowledged, but aren't already marked with a plaque. the campaign will be piloted over three years. one other story this morning. a huge waterspout has formed off italy. it is rather remarkable.
i originally thought that was a tornado, but it sucks the water up and that's how it becomes a waterspout. it was spotted off the coast of sanremo, before moving inland as a tornado. the weather phenomenon caused significant damage to the city, but luckily no—one was hurt. you can see the violence as the water was swept up. all of the sport now. there is a lot happening this morning, but a long way away. focusing on australia. in the rugby league i can sense a bit of overconfidence on australia's part. i've been looking at the brisbane times and the rugby league cup final is the fourth sports story behind
football and cricket. the draw? that the top story on the brisbane times website and the rudd elite in fourth. they are saying they hope the crowd will be over 40,000, so not fall at all because the stadium holds 50 2000. so i suppose when you've won three out of four world cups, are the australians are bit blase? but it's still a world cup! the english can make the most of this. maybe we are clutching at straws. england are aiming for their first win over australia since 1995 in world cup final at nine 9am this morning in brisbane. the hosts are widely regarded as the favourites to win, having already beaten england in the group stages of the tournament. however, these travelling fans are confident the visitors can provide an upset. yes, very hopeful. really good atmosphere. i think the home of rob
elite is back on in the uk. —— rugby league. 22 years. come on! england this year have been so much better than recently. i think we have a chance. we've been around all week and it's been great all week. with us on the sofa is sam tomkins, of wigan warriors and england fame. thanks for coming in. can you understand those fans thinking they can smell an upset? definitely. it's a two horse race. 80 minutes and we've got a quality team and we've been written off by pretty much everyone, apart from the english fans. i think it's a good place to be as underdogs and we knew that would be the case going into the final. how much does it help that england lost the opening match against australia? how much can they learn? they can take massive positives from it. they have been
beaten by two tries, but we were competitive in that game for a long time. when you play against the best tea m time. when you play against the best team in the world they have individuals that can score for nothing, but we can learn really valuable lessons. i think we probably turned the ball over too much. i don't understand what you just said. we were dropping the ball and giving the australians a chance to come out us and score tries. they are the best in the world and have been for a long time is if you give them the ball long enough they will score points. you've been in some of these high—pressure situations. we are now and quarter away from kick—off. what's happening now? what's the atmosphere? what happens in the moments before? in the dressing room you get there are about one hour or one and a half hours before the game. they will be getting ready. you start hearing the fa ns getting ready. you start hearing the fans coming through. there will be between 40 and 50,000. that sound
gets through to the dressing room and your excitement and nerves as you come up to the game. then in the warm up the adrenaline comes in. some people are noisy as the nerves kick in, others get more composed. there's everything from some people sit with headphones and not speak to someone, then other guys will be playing games on their phones and joking around. it's a bit of a different one with international by. different one with international rugby. you only play with these guys three orfour times, but rugby. you only play with these guys three or four times, but at club level you play with these guys 30 times a week, so you know who not to joke with. it can be sticky if you get it wrong. what's your routine? i don't take it too seriously in the changing room. i'm one of the ones annoying everyone. sam burgess is captain today and familiar to a lot of people from rugby union of course. what is his style? as a leader. what's he like? he is the
kind of coach who leads by example. he can dish out a shout at someone if he needs to, what he does all of the little things. there are things probably a lot of people don't appreciate. a couple of metres he makes up in the defensive line, or a tough carry with the ball. he is a leader in what he does when he's got the ball. he is huge for us. i'm quite interested in the buildup. when the warmup is taking place you are in front of the fans. how will the australian fans react to the england team? the australian fans react to the england team ? what the australian fans react to the england team? what do you hear?l lot of things i couldn't repeat. so it can be quite hostile even at that point? it's a very hostile situation. when you are warming up you are warming up at either end of the field and you are right in front of the opposition fans. that's what gets you going for the game. that's when it puts a bit of fire in your belly? that's right. sometimes it
can work for you. i have to ask you. what do you reckon? i think the english will win. it will be close, but i'm backing the boys. i believe we can do it. england by six points. you are of course involved in the semi—final team, the last—minute defeat. that could be motivation! we can look forward to watching you on bbc one, the buildup from 8:30am. i don't you've got to go to the other studio. radio 5 live and the bbc website as well. staying in australia. we've had two rain interruptions on day one of the second ashes test, but play is under way again in adelaide. and england have made the breakthrough, after some confusion between the australian openers. they tried to take advantage of a miss—field from england, but it backfired. cameron bankcroft run out by chris woakes. australia has since settled down.
another wicket has gone. david warner is out, three runs short of his half—century. australia are now 91-2. pub landlords have been toasting england's world cup draw, because all of their games in russia will be played at 7pm in the evening or sunday afternoon, so people don't have to take time off work. they can all gathered together in a big social occasion! diego maradona was the man who pulled england's name out of the pot in the kremlin. gareth southgate's side are in a group with belgium, tunisia and panama, but he says a good draw on paper doesn't mean a jot, given england's recent world cup record. we've been good at writing teams off and then getting beaten, so we have to make sure that we're prepared for all of those games. it's fantastically exciting to be here for the draw with every other coach. it's been a great experience and really looking forward to getting on with it. the big game in the premier league today is the evening kick—off between arsenal and manchester united. celtic play motherwell in scotland
and the fa cup continues. last night, an upset — non—league afc fylde earned a replay with wigan athletic of league one. danny rowe's penalty giving them a 1—1 draw. so both sides will be in monday's third—round draw. newcastle snatched a very late victory at northampton, in rugby union's premiership. after a scrappy try from the final play of the game, tarney takula kicked the crucial conversion to give them victory by 24—22. and glasgow warriors' great run continues. they made it ten wins from ten in the pro 14, with a bonus point victory over cardiff blues. 40—16 the score. alfie hewitt has joined gordon reid in the semi—finals of the wheelchair tennis masters. he came from a set down to beat stephane houdet of france. reid and hewitt are the reigning wimbledon doubles champions. there's live coverage from loughborough on the bbc sport website and connected
televisions from 11 o'clock. tiger woods said he'd proved his latest back operation had been a success. he let his strokes do the talking, after he shot another under—par round at the hero world challenge in the bahamas. it's his first tournament for almost a year, but he's now seven under at the half—way stage, tied for fifth place. charley hoffman is the leader. england's tommy fleetwood who was leading is three shots back. tiger woods, you reckon this will be a longer spell back in the game? he's not going to win, but it is great for the younger players to play alongside him. you can't have a character like that in a sport who has left the game. long, who made such an impact and such a difference to the game, to come back and ignore him. regardless, he brings good things to the idea of greatness in
golf. the likes of tommy fleetwood can say they played alongside him. he likes playing with them as well. it's all been good. thanks. let's talk to darren, england in the by, talk to darren, england in the rugby, 22 years since they've been in the final, let's talk about the weather, what's going on? about 25 at the moment in brisbane but look at the radar picture and there are some showers heading towards brisbane, they may well arrive during the match and if you get a shower during the game it could be heavy and accompanied by gusty winds as well. at home we had a lot of showery wintry showers but this weekend the weather has changed significantly with our winds coming in more from the atlantic and slowly
lifting the temperatures but dragging ina lifting the temperatures but dragging in a lot of cloud this weekend and that cloud thicken off to give us rain and drizzle here and there and this is how it looks this morning, cloudy skies out there, especially in wales, and then in the afternoon wet weather arrives in northern scotland, a glimpse of sunshine here and there but not much for the south—east and wales, still drizzly showers. cold air in the south—east and east anglia, the mild air doesn't reach here today, a cold start and those temperatures relu cta nt to start and those temperatures reluctant to rise, only five or six and eight or nine will be typical. sunshine to the east of the pennines and the south—east of scotland for a while ahead of this ragged patchy rain heading into northern scotland in the afternoon where we have stronger winds but for many the winds will be like overnight. the patchy rain works south away from scotla nd patchy rain works south away from scotland into northern ireland and northern england and down to wales, the midlands and east anglia and underneath that there will be a lot of cloud and it will be very mild
but as we see the wetter weather move away from scotland the cloud will break and temperatures will dip. cold air is in the north sea and then a continent. high pressure to the west but near the top of it we draw in milder air and that weather front responsible for this rain in northern ireland, that will go back towards western scotland through the day. a lot of the cloud we have in the south, through the midlands and south east england and east anglia will break up and for many eastern parts of the uk, a better chance of seeing sunshine tomorrow, still rather damp and drizzly to the west but a milder day, even in the south—east temperatures getting to ten or so. a quiet start to the new week, again dominated by high pressure but around it, a lot of cloudy mild air to come with temperatures, nine or ten, most of the rain in the north—west of scotland probably but the middle part of the week may well turn wet and also rather windy and we could see cold air returning by the end of next week. sometime off,
though, milder the moment. the end of next week. sometime off, though, milder the momentlj the end of next week. sometime off, though, milder the moment. i like it mild at the moment. i will take that. now it's time for newswatch with samira ahmed. hello and welcome to newswatch with me, samira ahmed. everyone loves a wedding but did bbc news go into overdrive with harry and meghan? and... my congratulations to harry and meghan. i wish them well. jeremy corbyn congratulates the happy couple. what could possibly go wrong with bbc subtitling ? first, a row involving donald trump's twitter account is not a new thing. but this week was the first time that theresa may got involved so directly. the us president had re—tweeted three videos from the far right group, britain first, alleging to show violent acts by muslims. roger watts felt the wide coverage given to the story was unhelpful, e—mailing. .. at the start of the week, the government handed over
an 850—page document, detailing how it thought the uk's departure from the european union would affect 58 sectors of the economy. but, some sections of the so—called brexit impact studies were blacked out to the fury of opposition parties. there was little about this on bbc news on monday or tuesday, which prompted chris hill to write: well, one reason why that story received less attention than it have done was a certain engagement announced this week, which we think you mightjust have noticed. victoria derbyshire was on air when the long awaited and much predicted news broke on monday morning. clarence house have just announced in the last few
seconds that prince harry is to marry his american girlfriend, meghan markle. for the rest of the day, the bbc news operation, in common with almost all british media organisations, went into overdrive. with presenters and reporters deployed to kensington palace, bulletins devoting more than half their time to the engagement, a scheduled edition of panorama changed to a special programme on the royal news, and extensive coverage on the news channel and online. the response of sarah louise ellis: ian holton told us: other viewers had another objection,
articulated here by carolyn watts. i was quite amazed that i heard the news reader actually say, ms markle, who is of mixed race, and then went on to the item of news, regarding the arrangements that are going to take place. why does she have to say that? why is it relevant that she is of mixed race? what difference does it make what colour she is? i do sometimes feel that by making these statements, the bbc is sometimes being divisive and is actually setting up barriers where there aren't any, they just don't exist. i know that she herself actually says that she is mixed race and has used this to her own benefit and to the benefit of others, and i think that's great. to actually say it, in the introductory line, i don't think that's right.
well, another viewer who contacted us this week about the coverage of the royal engagement was bob davie. hejoins us now from sheffield. with me in the studio is richard burgess, uk news editorfor bbc news. bob, first, what did you feel about the coverage? i just thought that, with other events happening in the world of far more significance and importance to the people of this country, to waste more than half the six o'clock news bulletin to coverage of the engagement, which everyone knew about already, i thought was absolutely pointless. this is the issue, isn't it, richard, it's the excess. it's a simple fact. most people knew it was coming. more than half the bulletin. well, it was announced that morning, so we didn't know it was definitely happening that day. and at six o'clock was the first time we'd actually had the chance to hearfrom both harry and meghan in the interview they did with michelle hussain.
i think there were a lot of interesting issues to get into in relation to how their relationship developed, how he proposed, all stuff we found out for the first time in the six o'clock news bulletin. so, i appreciate bob's point that there was quite a bit of time devoted to it. but, as far as we can tell, a lot of the audience was really engaged with the story and actually really enjoyed the coverage. bob, did you feel a lot of other stories got squeezed out? well, yes. the announcement of the engagement matters not the slightest. it's not going to make the slightest difference to anyone in this country's life. and yet events that are happening in parliament are going to affect people in this country for decades to come. surely we should be paying more attention to that than the fripperies of what the royals get up to. you see, you look at what was on the news. the pope in burma, the redacted brexit impact studies, you know, which the government released
with a huge row, the chennai six. we needed to have these stories properly explained. they all get squeezed and other stories get dropped off for us to find out how he proposed? well, i think we did cover all those stories, and have done over the course of the week. we led with the rohinga muslim situation on tuesday, when the pope actually did not mention them by name in the meeting with ang sung su kyi. ok, channai six, on the day, that would have been your lead, wouldn't it? well, maybe. let's face it, the interest in the harry and meghan engagement was extraordinary. 5.6 million watched the six o'clock news on monday. that's the biggest audience we've had for a news bulletin all week. it was the most popular news story on the website by a long distance, nearly 7 million people read the main story. so, there really is the interest there in it. the other stories you mentioned, we have covered and we continue to cover in depth. i think, like a lot of viewers, you also had concern about the tone of the coverage of the engagement, didn't you? yes, it seems as though the royal reporters are fawning and sycophantic.
i don't know how they get theirjobs. i thought nicholas witchell was quite a good reporter until he became the royal reporter and then seems to have gone the way ofjennie bond. to be fair, bob, do you have an issue that you personally don't care for royal coverage? not really, no. to be frank. it was perhaps worth a mention. it would perhaps have been at the bottom of page eight in the guardian or something like that. but, apart from that, no. you know, richard, it is a happy occasion. we all know, it's not time for a tough grilling. but, a lot of viewers do detect what they see as a fawning tone, don't they? let's face it. we were reporting what ostensibly was a happy story on monday. most people saw it as good news and most people saw it as a positive story.
so, i think, you've got to reflect that in the tone of your coverage but we also reflected the issues that the royal family have had in the past with marriage. we reflected the fact that she is a divorcee. so, i think there were issues to cover but ostensibly monday was a happy story that, clearly, when you look at the figures our audiences really enjoyed. richard, we also know a few viewers, and we had one on webcam there, felt uncomfortable about the amount of discussion of meghan markle's mixed race background. separate whether she raises it, dropping it into an introductory line, did the bbc perhaps misjudge how to discuss that? make too much of it? no, i don't think we made too much of it. it was one question within michelle's interview. it is an element of the story, an element of her story. we're telling the audience about who she is. she also raised it herself, her and prince harry issued a statement about racial undertones they talked about in comment pieces and racism on social media. she talked in the interview about her pride at her ethnicity. so, i think it was an element of the story and it was important we reflected that element of the story. do you think you got anything wrong
in the coverage of this? quite clearly people enjoyed the coverage and we've had a lot of positive feedback but i know there are people like bob who will always think, actually, too much. there are people in my own family who think that. it divides people. of course. but i think this was a good news story for a lot of our audience and i think they enjoyed the positive news. bob, a final word to you, the wedding was in may, how would you like to see bbc news coverage handle this story over the next six months? well, i think it would be interesting for some people. i don't know if ok or hello magazine is going to cover it but i would have thought that would be sufficient. those that are interested will buy hello and ok magazines, the rest of us can get on with our lives and address important things. bob davie, thank you so much, and richard burgess. finally, the bbc two comedy series w1a, presented a satirical, but not entirely unfamiliar view of life at the bbc. one episode in the last series dealt with an issue we've addressed on this programme. so, it's been live for 24 hours now and basically we're
looking at 93% accuracy. right. except in those one or two areas, obviously. a new version of the bbc state—of—the—art syncopatico operating system hasjust gone live, including a major upgrade of the syncopati—caption automatic live subtitling software. so, can we talk about the other 7%? yeah, sure. although synchopati—ca ption 2.0 is already out subtitling its predecessors in many areas, the area where it's least accurate is that of proper names. like tweezer may, for instance. to be fair, phonetically, that's actually pretty close. politically and in every other way except phonetically it's a disaster. yeah. worse still, vladimir puking. yeah, that was really bad. subtitling blunders like that couldn't happen in fact as well as fiction, could they? well, on monday, jeremy corbyn was congratulating prince harry and meghan markle on their engagement in a speech saying, "i really do admire the way that harry and his brother have drawn attention to mental health conditions."
but this is what viewers with subtitling switched on saw on their screens. it was a particularly unfortunate error, considering the criticism mr corbyn has faced for referring to his friends in hezbollah and some viewers were unimpressed with will pollock asking: while elisabeth lefebvre commented: the bbc is said the voice recognition technology used when subtitling live news broadcasts misrecognised the phrase, "his brother", and the error was corrected on screen. but that wasn't the only on—screen oddity on monday. not a subtitling issue this time but it will have come as a surprise to many that the royal engagement led to crisis talks between the leaders of the two main parties. thank you for all your comments this week. if you want to share your opinions on bbc news and current affairs, or even appear on the programme, you can call us on 0370 0106676, or e—mail firstname.lastname@example.org. you can find us on twitter at newswatch bbc. and do have a look at our website. the address for that is
bbc.co.uk/newswatch. that's all from us. we'll be back to hear your thoughts about bbc news coverage again next week. goodbye. hello, this is breakfast with naga munchetty and charlie stayt. the investigation into russian meddling in the us election closes in on president trump's inner circle. his former national security advisor michael flynn admits lying to the fbi as us media reports that he's prepared to implicate the president's son—in—law, jared kushner. good morning, it's saturday