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africa editor fergal keane was on the spot in zimbabwe for the news at ten. it is the night of the free, a night like no other in their lives. a great tension has broken. the epoque of fear, of desperation, of robert mugabe has ended. how rarely does politics translate into something so truly felt? this is history in the making. this is history, you skies! that was the bbc reporting the choice reaction of zimbabweans or joining in reporting the choice reaction of zimbabweans orjoining in the celebrations itself? one viewer that the latter writing... one consequence of robert mugabe resignation was the queen became the worlds oldest living head of state and as it happened her majesty had
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had her own cause for celebration the previous day common anniversary which featured prominently on the news all day. when it came to newsnight on bbc two, emily maitlis signed off with the programmes own ta ke signed off with the programmes own take on the landmark occasion. before we go on the 20th of november 1937 and a skies and cheered on by thousands of well—wishers, princess elizabeth wright lieutenant philip mountbatten. 70 years later the queen and prince philip are celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary but the relationship with europe was about to change. spain was in crisis as warring factions fought for control. some things don't change, including those grey skies. here are some pictures from the 1937 day. good night. apt parallels between 1937 on the present day but was the wedding of the queen and prince philip actually
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in 1937 as confidently stated there twice? know, the year was 1947. surely it should have been apparent that the princess elizabeth would not have married at the age of 11. few checks facts and surely emily maitlis's common—sense should have told her none of this could be true. what next? an article about prince charles visiting the quy wednesdays news was dominated by the
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budget. the bulletin started with a report from political editor laura kuenssberg. almost ready to go, a big day for downing street. his prescription for months has been shaky, to say the least. —— whose grip. the priority for number ten and 11 those powerful next—door neighbours was for today's events not to slip, to keep the budget is tightly within their grasp. the chancellor, the aim to be the steady national bank manager not terror the rules altogether. knowing his own job as well as the government's fortu nes job as well as the government's fortunes would be shaped by what she was about to say. much more followed. glenn almost picked up —— also picked up on the westminster village aspects of the coverage. if ever there was a prime example of
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westminster media card talent is the prior reporting the budget. i would suggest the most important thing for the people of this country is not whether the chancellor keeps his job all the respect of his cabinet collea g u es all the respect of his cabinet colleagues but how the budget will affect each and every of us. we do not want an opinion from the westminster insiders, wake up and smell the coffee, political presenters. there was plenty of detail around the budget coverage, including a welter of facts figures and statistics. to help the audience make sense of these, bbc news and especially its web—site provided a number of graphs and other visual material, enabling us all to see the impact of some of the chancellor's measures. and the state of economy. these are all part of a big area of growth for bbc news known as data journalism. and with me now to tell us about it isjohn walton. data journalism is talked about a lot, what is it and is it something new. i think data journalism is no
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different from traditional journalism, except for the raw materials a data journalist is using. so a data journalist is often starting their story with data or statistics. so you might find them rummaging in a spread sheet, which is quite different image from that of the typical kind of roving reporter. but i think it has been with us for a long time. you could argue that people like florence nightingale could be a data journalist, if you look at the kind of visualisation she did of the figures around the crimean war, so that kind of thing has been around for a long time. there is ever increasing amounts of data and it's part of daily life, so we need to be across that. a lot of what you do is personalised. can you talk us through what you did on the budget? yes, so for the budget we produced, in collaboration with the business team and deloitte, we made a budget calculator where people coming to the web—site could tap in about 10 or so questions, put in their figures and from that we would give them a quick summary of how the budget might have affected them. so that's getting
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people way from just having to deal with the averages or the national figures that the chancellor might be giving them. what we are hoping to do is put somebody in the story themselves, so they can see directly how this affects them. how much data are you dealing with on stories, perhaps you would look at the house pricing story you did recently. so the house pricing story is a really good example of that. we wanted to see how house prices had recovered since 2007 and the crash. and what we did to do that was we looked at eight million rows of data — all the house sales in england and wales over that period. so we could look at how that had changed across england and wales. and we were able to look at those figures and estimate that about 58% of neighbourhoods had not recovered once inflation is ta ken into account. so their house prices were actually lower than when they started in 2007. are you finding new stories as well through this? yes, so one series of stories was on the nhs, when we looked at nhs figures.
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we have also done the house price story that we mentioned. but we are looking in all sorts of places. we did some civil aviation figures. so there is lot of different data sources and this is a growth area for journalists. there is so much data. not everybody has the skills to interpret it themselves. some people have said that the personalised stories that can appear on the news web—site, can seem oversimplified. do you put in enough data for them to be really meaningful? i think we do, i think that as long as you put context around the figures, if you can show how they may have changed or you can show how they may compare to another country, as long as you're putting context around the figures, i think the audience can make their own judgments as to how useful they find them. we also with more than half of the audience to the web—site at least coming on a mobile phone, we have a very small canvas to work with, so people have to be able to take in
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figures that are just on that small screen and we have to work with that. one complaint we have had at newswatch and it comes up, when they're watching reports that give a number, x million pounds extra to nhs, but not a context tot make a judgment about them. that has not been a criticism of web—site, but sometimes of news reports. why is that happening and what can you do about it? i think it happens simply because you, if you're covering something like the budget it is difficult not to get into the figures. but i think there are things you can do to humanise that. if you want to help people understand figures you can bring them down to a human level and instead of saying there maybe one billion pounds spent on such and such, you try and work out what that figure might be per household. or per person. or if it is education per child. so you humanise the figures and make them smaller and making them more relevant to people. before we go, a taste of what
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thursday's afternoon life brought its viewers in the studio ahead of this weekend uk beats botching championship were jack ruppert demonstrating that at simon mccoy. ta ra tara mulholland posted her reaction on twitter. but after the item was re—shown an hour later, richard mills thought... do let us know if you would like to see more 01’
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do let us know if you would like to see more or less beat boxing on bbc news and if you have any other opinions on bbc news and current affairs or would like to appear on the programmes you can call us... that is all from us. we're back to hear your thoughts about bbc news coverage again next week. goodbye. hello there. no surprises, a cold weekend on the way and temperatures falling away sharply. lighter winds today, still some showers around mind you, especially across the north west and as the wind picks up, we will blow the showers down to the west cou ntry we will blow the showers down to the west country where we could see snow on the moors. a cold night more widely tonight, temperatures in towns and cities not far off freezing but in the countryside a
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frost is quite likely. the coldest air across scotland over the far north of scotland will get rain rather than snow, the wintry showers across mid and southern scotland and also across northern ireland and feeding in on this line over the irish sea into the north—west of england, with wales and the midlands, sunny skies across the eastern side of england into central southern england 12 showers left the south—west and across wales as well. it will continue to be western part thatis it will continue to be western part that is the wintry showers through the day, snow on the hills but some strong and gusty winds, sunnier skies further east that every now and again some cloud coming along at the least. those are the temperatures but feeling colder because the wind will pick up. feeling freezing across the northern half of the uk. there is strong winds continue overnight, showers continuing as well but bump of high pressure coming in at head office
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weather system here will turn to kill off the showers as we head into sunday. showers across northern ireland and the irish sea and into north wales and towards midlands across the midlands with the wind direction. cloud turns to increase, sunshine hanging on across the eastern side of england and scotland but another cold day, five or 6 degrees typically. the weather front that lurks in the north—west will sweep its way down across the whole of the country so a spell of rain overnight and still around in southern england on monday morning eventually clearing away from the south—east. westerly wind behind that, temperatures not too bad the time of year, seven to 10 degrees with showers likely in the north—west and the air will get colder again. the northerly winds return across the uk so cold weather returns as we head into next week. this is bbc news. the headlines at 8.00pm: at least 235 people have been killed in a bomb and gun attack in egypt. scores more were injured
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after gunmen stormed a crowded mosque in the sinai peninsula in the deadliest attack of its kind in the region for years. a new president and a fresh start for zimbabwe, as emmerson mnangagwa promises elections and vows to serve all citizens. trying to move the brexit talks forward — theresa may meets the president of the european council, donald tusk, in brussels. also this hour: the black friday sales bonanza gets underway. shoppers are expected to spend a whopping £8 billion over the next three days. england and australia are neck and neck as they go into the third day of the ashes in brisbane. look who's back — tom baker, the longest serving doctor, films new footage to complete an episode abandoned because of a strike at the bbc.
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