it was the latest in a long—running transport saga. a third runway at london's heathrow airport. the government finally gives the go—ahead, saying it will help the uk fright after brexit. after almost two decades of the transport secretary said the controversial ru nway secretary said the controversial runway would be in the national interest. one viewer rang us that this response to the days coverage. why is heathrow airport responding to make receiving rolling it news all day long? 35 million of us don't live anywhere near it. i don't care if it is there are already is an there. this is pure london based news, which is a big problem with the bbc. nearly all of our news is london—based. the bbc. nearly all of our news is london-based. after last week 's comments of the coverage of the irish referendum on abortion, it attracted attention following an item on wednesday's outside sources. in brazil, for women die every day while trying to end a pregnancy,
according to government statistics, the country has some of the most harshest abortion laws in the world. it is considered a crime and is only allowed in cases like raped. fiona wrote to us with her thoughts are. media outlets around the world are proliferating fast, producing a huge quantity of reports and news flashes, not all of them reliable. there is a greater need than ever for a body which gathers, translate and evaluate the information in such and evaluate the information in such a body exists as part of bbc news. abc monitoring is its name and has just moved here into the broadcasting house in london. it has a long and established history at its home of 75 years. listening post at caversham park are a major source of news and information. a close checkis of news and information. a close check is kept on what the rest of the world is saying. bbc monitoring was founded at the start of the second world war to inform the war office of broadcast by nazi controlled media outlets then, it
has continued to work the governments around the world and commercial organisations including think tanks and security groups as well as servicing other parts of the bbc. over the years it has played a crucial role in events such as the cuban missile crisis, the breakup of the soviet union and the gulf war. and now it listens to, analyses and summarises news and 150 countries. —— from. technology has moved on and social media provides new sources of information, with tweets from ukraine proving crucial in verifying that malaysia airlines flight 17 had gone missing four years ago. in an era of social media, multiple new sources, fake news and budget cuts, where next for bbc monitoring? sarah is the director of bbc monitoring. welcome to news watch. in the days of the cold war, the role of monitoring was clear focus on broadcasting. how difficult will it be now? is already different, that
is already, digital media and the explosion that has happened has been a part of our work is sometimes. if you look at how we are working into the future, we need to be even more able to follow that huge range of sources, if we, the monitors, cannot keep up with the media that we are following, then we are in trouble is a big say that keeping up with the changes, which sources are relevant, which sources you need to listen to, which sources you need to listen to, which ones are less influential... how do you do that? our monitors are, if you look at them now, i would like to bust the myth of headphones tuning into a radio station. our monitors are very fluent in the digital media they are following. they may be following for raw five broadcast screens at the same time as looking at tweets and threads across a range of sources. so it is a very fluid, fastjob now.
at the same time as i am talking about digital, for the ukrainian elections, politicians in iran were using live social media feeds to do their press conferences. on the other hand, when the recent e. coli outbreak in the democratic republic of congo, we were trying to access regional vernacular radio stations. there is a huge range, it is not an equal level field right now and the real skill for monitoring journalists is that they know what is relevant and what is important is and that is an essential insight that our human, the journalist brings, which you cannot get with an algorithm or a search. what are they doing specifically about fake news? you could say we are needed or than ever. we are able to service a much broader range of fake news stories 01’
broader range of fake news stories orjust disinformation, misinformation. because we are following our sources all the time. when you have a much broader lens, when you open it up you are able to see that these incidents or this way of messaging is happening in lots of different countries. it is not something that is the sole subjects of the white house or the brexit debates topics we had a recent story about the venezuelan elections. there were a lot of fake news stories around those elections. as you know, they have cut staff and budgets, what have you lost and white? we did have to make some very serious cuts white? we did have to make some very serious cuts over white? we did have to make some very serious cuts over the last two yea rs. serious cuts over the last two years. —— why. had a savings target to meet and just like the rest of bbc news, monitoring wasn't exempt from that responsibility of having to find cheaper, better ways of doing what we do. we look very hard at what we did and we prioritise the areas we have real strength. there
would be a lot of distressing imagery uploaded, for example by a jihad as fighters, how do your staff deal with that? really good question as it is incredibly important. of course, you cannot as it is incredibly important. of course, you cannot control what you are monitoring and we have specific things, we have eight specialist tea m things, we have eight specialist team which is exceptionally strong and unique. a team dedicated to following the output of some of the jihadists movements across the world. they support each other but we have recently commissioned a report into what else can we do in that area. that is the trauma and vicarious trauma they can be received in other parts of news organisations, not just monitoring. it is also an area that is developing and finding new approaches as it goes, so we find it ha rd to approaches as it goes, so we find it hard to be plugged into those specialist. what are the big issues you are focusing on right now? for
oui’ you are focusing on right now? for our future, it is about focusing on technology, we are trialling new tools, new systems that can help us ta ke tools, new systems that can help us take some of the graft work, if you like, the basic work, the translation and transcription, if you can use the shingle and translations to get the information into our system and then our journalists at that layer of insight and analysis topic —— on top. if you look at where the strengths lie, we are more 01’ look at where the strengths lie, we are more or less in the geopolitical hotspots. we have a very strong russian team, the jihadists team, the middle east, iran, north korea. those are our areas of strength. if you think about the news agenda, these are all stories that are not really going away at the moment. thank you so much. before we go, carol kirkwood has presented
brea kfast carol kirkwood has presented breakfast weather reports in the company of a number of animals. on thursday she was at the south of england show in west sussex with some little pigs. we can also see some little pigs. we can also see some tomorrow across south wales, an isolated one may be across the midlands and also east anglia. by the time we get to saturday, i am being eaten alive! by the coming to saturday, you will find it will write an up and there will be sunshine around and they are more likely to be in northern ireland and western scotland. i am being eaten alive! their bites really hurt as will. don't put this kit in your pocket is! —— biscuits. will. don't put this kit in your pocket is! -- biscuits. opinion was divided about that encounter, with carol considering it: thank you for all of your comment this week. if you want to share your opinions on current affairs or even appear on the programme, you can call us. or e—mail us. you can find
us on call us. or e—mail us. you can find us on twitter. have a look at our website. that's all from us, we will be back to hear your thoughts about bbc new coverage again next week. —— bbc new coverage again next week. —— bbc news coverage. hello. it looks like a fairly decent weekend ahead for many of us. we had very few showers through the course of friday. we had a good deal of sunshine, as well. and is very similar picture for saturday. it is warm, it is muggy, there will be some sunshine, but, at this time of year, you cannot rule out the chance of a shower. a lot of the showers fell across northern ireland. this was a photograph taken yesterday here, as you can see, at lurgan, and that was because we have a lot more sunshine, or we had
a lot more sunshine, across northern ireland and scotland. and those high temperatures, the sunshine, triggered some heavier, thundery showers. we also had the remnants of a weak weather front sitting across parts of england and wales. there was more cloud across northern england and parts of wales during friday. a similar story for saturday. some dry, brighter spells to the south. so as we dawn saturday morning, still chilly in the north—east of scotland. a lot of low cloud having returned back in off the north sea. that will clear away. one thing worth pointing out again is the very high levels of grass pollen, particularly for england and wales, but for northern ireland, as well. so unfortunately no sign of respite as well. so for the day ahead, plenty of sunshine to start across northern ireland. mist and low cloud clears away. if anything, the showers will be more prevalent for scotland. and we will take a while to get that cloud clear back to the coast. it could linger across, as you can see, shetland. but around morrey, we have some of the study is whether, yesterday, so we could well see that again. if anything, the showers will be more widespread over the hills. heavy hail and thunder, perhaps fewer showers for northern ireland. one or two for northern england, wales, south—west, and the odd homegrown one as well, potentially, across the home counties. they can't be ruled out.
but for many it is fine and dry after a murky start, potentially. through the evening and overnight, temperatures will fall away again in the north and the east. a few showers to continent with. if anything, there will be focused eastwards, across scotland, the north—east of england, as we go through the day on sunday, perhaps a few more across northern england and wales and the south—west again. we'll watch developments to the south, in the channel islands, and just one or two elsewhere. but if anything, temperatures will be just a little higher on sunday. but there's a lot of warmth close by. some exceptional heat at the moment across scandinavia. high wildfire risk here. whilst it's a little cooler across iberia. but without heat and low pressure moving northwards, as are mentioned, some showers crossing into the channel islands. of course, that would trigger some sharp showers that could be because of interruptions at roland garros. it looks as if it will be kept at bay for a while and, actually, our main rain, that will start to come in the atlantic as temperatures dip away from midweek onwards. as ever, there's plenty
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