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this is bbc news, i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 10pm. us cable giant comcast outbids rupert murdoch's 21st century fox for control of the broadcaster sky, after a dramatic blind auction. the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, criticises the way eu leaders treated the prime minister in salzburg, and has urged them to "step back from the abyss" of a no—deal brexit. brexit is set to be a key issue at the labour party conference, jeremy corbyn says a general election should be called if the government can't deliver. iranian leaders accuse us—backed gulf states of being behind an attack on a military parade. 29 people are killed and dozens more injured. and at 10:30pm and again at 11:30pm, we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers, martin bentham, the home affairs editor for the london evening standard, and martin lipton, who's deputy head of sport at the sun. comcast has outbid 21st
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century fox for control of sky, in a dramatic bidding battle, after months of boardroom rangling. the auction, ran by the uk's takeover regulator took place this evening, and went to the maximum three rounds. comcast‘s bids of £17.28 a share, beat the smaller bid of £15.67 a share from 21st century fox. the deal values sky atjust over £30 billion. sky shareholders will still have to approve the deal. our business editor simonjack has been following the story.
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well it's probably the most epic, protracted boardroom battle i've ever witnessed. it has been going on for months. both of these companies want sky very, very badly for different reasons. if it was going to be very close, i would have expected fox and disney to carry on and fight this, but sources tell me now that comcast are offering 10% more than fox disney. fox is now predominantly owned by disney. and this is a knockout blow which will see comcast win this very big battle. now comcast are the biggest paid tv provider in the us, their market has been dwindling, they want to expand into other markets, they are up against netflix, etc, so this gets them 23 million subscribers in a stroke. they have ended up paying up a lot for it, £17.28. they were at £111.75, they had closed bidding, they had to put their offers in an envelope and go through three different rounds of bidding.
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they have done enough to win this, his will be a disappointment to fox disney who, remember rupert murdoch, owner of 21st century, sorry, it is quite complicated, he wanted to sell it to disney, he would have liked to have done that, including 39% of sky, and indeed all of sky. will sky viewers notice an enormous difference? probably not immediately. but we don't know what comcast‘s plans are for charging, what fees they will charge. they also are keen to get hold of premiership football, which sky has the rights to. that may be interesting in terms of rolling that out to other markets. was it one of the most epic and drawn—out boardroom battles in history? absolutely. i think comcast have landed this knockout blow, and that's the end of it. and we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30pm
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and 11:30pm this evening in the papers. our guestsjoining me tonight are martin bentham, the home affairs editor for the london evening standard, and martin lipton, who's deputy head of sport at the sun. we hope you canjoin us for we hope you can join us for that. labour should be prepared to back demands for a new brexit referendum, deputy leader tom watson has said. he told the observer he would prefer brexit to be debated in an election, but if party members favour another public vote, their views must be respected. labour has never formally rejected the option of a new vote, but leaderjeremy corbyn has indicated he would prefer the issue to be resolved at a general election. mr corbyn told a rally, ahead of the party conference tomorrow, that they would challenge the government on key issues. we will challenge this government on whatever deal it brings back,
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on our six tests, onjobs, on living standards, on environmental protection, and protection of those jobs, and the ability of an incoming labour government to invest and intervene in an economy to bring about peace and wages, jobs, and full employment! and if this government can't deliver, then i simply say to theresa may, the best way to settle this is by having a general election! in a moment, we'lljoin viewers on bbc one for the main evening news, and after that, a full review of tomorrow's papers. but first: reports in the us say the woman who has accused the us supreme court nominee brett kavanaugh of sexual assault will testify against him at a confirmation hearing next week. allegations from a university professor, christine blasey ford, emerged in the media last week.
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she gave details of an incident which she says happened at a party in 1982, as our washington correspondent, chris buckler, explains. i think it is extremely significant, and sets up a potentially very sensitive but nonetheless very high—profile hearing next week, whenever we expect to hear christine blasey ford give what her lawyer has described in a letter as first—hand knowledge of brett kava naugh‘s sexual misconduct. nowjudge kavanaugh denies these allegations that he sexually assaulted her 36 years ago when they were both teenagers. nonetheless, she continues to say that it did happen, and now she is prepared to say that in front of the senate judiciary committee. forjudge kavanaugh‘s part, he also wants to give evidence and is planning to do so next week, he said, in order to clear his name. the real question has been about christine blasey ford, whether or not she was prepared to go ahead and speak. and there have been a long series of negotiations taking
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place behind the scenes, because she has a number of terms and conditions which she wants accepted. for example, she does not want brett kavanaugh in the room whenever she gives testimony, she wants him to give evidence first, and perhaps most specifically, she also wants only senators to question her because republicans are very sensitive about this whole issue, because on thejudiciary committee, there are only male republican senators. and as a result, some of them would be suggesting that they could bring in lawyers or they could get female staffers to question christine blasey ford instead because of the sensitivity of all this. nonetheless, christine blasey ford says herself that that is unacceptable. and in this letter to the committee from her lawyer, she says that she is very critical of the committee in what its process, which has lead to leaks and bullying, she claims. she also suggests that the proposals so far do not set out a fair
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and impartial investigation, which is what they have promised. and as a result, they say that they want to continue negotiating on the terms of her giving evidence. nonetheless, this is a clear indication that she is prepared to speak at senate at some stage next week. and as a result, you can imagine that all eyes will be on those hearings. and all eyes also have been following donald trump's reaction to this. starting from a fairly understandable point of view, his frustrations grew through friday, finally lashing out? yes, and some have been very critical of one particular tweet he made, in which he kind of suggests that if this had happened, why hadn't she or her parents gone to the authorities some 36 years ago? which did lead to a number of people raising eyebrows that was unacceptable from the president. other times, he has been much more careful in his language. nonetheless, we are hearing
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from the white house this evening, there are certainly reports here in the us that officials have been suggesting that this does not say very clearly that she is prepared to give evidence, only that they are prepared to negotiate about her giving evidence, and that she wants to, provideed the terms. and they say that could be seen as a delaying tactic. certainly republicans are frustrated about this, but i would say that is also true from dr blasey ford's point of view, as well, and ultimately this sets up a very difficult and sensitive showdown. britain tells the eu to "step back from the abyss" and compromise to avoid a no—deal brexit. the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, says eu leaders must engage with the government to solve questions over the irish border. the us cable giant comcast wins a multi—billion—pound battle to take over the broadcaster sky. a man is rescued two days after a ferry capsized in tanzania, killing hundreds. # when me rock and roll records wake him up
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# gertcha! # when the poles knock england out the cup... and chas hodges, one half of the musical duo chas and dave, has died at the age of 7a. good evening. the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, has urged eu leaders to "step back from the abyss" of a no—deal brexit and engage with the british government's proposals for a future relationship with the european union. he says there's still been no full explanation of why eu leaders rejected theresa may's brexit plans at a summit in austria this week. the president of the european council, donald tusk, says britain already knew about the eu's objections, but he suggested a deal was still possible. here's our political correspondent matt cole. international law, international
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commerce, and the media — what have we got to fear? at a rally today, the former brexit secretary david davis telling theresa may she's got it wrong and should seek a new way of leaving the eu. the european union has not accepted chequers. that the next option is to find a new strategy. the new strategy ought to be a free trade plus strategy complete with our own irish strategy, northern irish strategy, and that's the way she should go and that's way she will carry the tory party with her, and a goodly part of the labour party, too. so if leaders in europe have rejected her plans and she's being buffeted by backbenchers, who can theresa may rely on for support? step forward the foreign secretary, insisting she's right to demand concessions from brussels. if the eu's view is that just by saying no to every proposal made by the united kingdom, we will eventually capitulate and end up either with a norway option or, indeed, staying in the eu — if that's their view, then they've profoundly
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misjudged the british people. this social media post from donald tusk, the eu council president, has helped stir the bad blood, mocking mrs may for what he says is trying to cherry—pick the best bits out of the single market. mr tusk played host at the salzburg summit, where the so—called chequers plan was dismissed. but he's rejecting suggestions the ideas were knocked back without explanation. in a statement, he said... trying to get beyond the growing acrimony, he continued... so, what next for eu negotiations? who's going to blink first? theresa may says eu leaders have to come up with new counter—proposals for future trading relations. but there's little sign of that. however, the prime minister says her officials are working on new proposals for northern ireland's border
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with the republic, and if those plans can find a way to keep goods flowing freely after brexit, then perhaps they might be able to give some momentum back to the wider talks, too. in dublin today, ireland's foreign minister suggested a solution was doable. everybody has accepted, including the british prime minister, that unique solutions are required in order to put a backstop in place to ensure the border infrastructure between northern ireland and ireland cannot re—emerge. so we need to get on now and negotiate that in a way that's acceptable to both sides, and i believe it is possible to do that with an intensification of negotiations. but getting brussels to agree on britain's divorce is only half the battle. theresa may needs the support of her own mps to get the deal through parliament, and a tricky conservative conference in just over a week's time might revealjust how hard it will be to unite the party behind her. matt cole, bbc news, westminster. the shadow chancellor, john mcdonnell,
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has accused the government of being out of its depth in its handling of brexit. he's been speaking as the labour party conference gets under way in liverpool. meanwhile, the deputy leader tom watson, in an interview for a sunday newspaper, says labour should back a second referendum on any final brexit deal, if members want one. here's our chief political correspondent vicki young. familiar scenes and a guaranteed rapturous reception forjeremy corbyn. his grassroots supporters propelled him to the top of the party and new rules could soon be agreed that give them more power in the future. but on brexit, is mr corbyn listening to labour members? we will challenge this government on whatever deal it brings back, on our six tests, onjobs, on living standards, on environmental protection and protection of those jobs and the ability of an incoming labour government to invest and intervene
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in an economy, to bring about decent wages, jobs and full employment! if in power, labour says its brexit position would be to ask brussels for full access to the single market. they want the uk to be in a customs union with eu. but labour says it wants to manage migration fairly with a flexible work visa system. stop brexit! labour's been accused of keeping its brexit policy deliberately vague to mask divisions in the party. especially on whether to back another referendum, a so—called people's vote. arriving in liverpool earlier, the shadow chancellor said the government was falling apart and it was time for labour to step in. we have to respect the referendum result, that's democracy. i want a general election, i'd rather have a general election. we're not taking the people's vote off the table, it's an option we'll consider. but i want a general election. activists here are gearing
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up for what's likely to be a lively argument. i'm not sure about the idea of a second referendum. i think it's so unlikely that we'd get one. we need to make sure that labour stands for a referendum on the final deal. it's really important that we make sure that brexit doesn't harm the hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people in the country. do you have a referendum to say, shall i go on with chaos? the temptation for labour is to sit back and watch theresa may's brexit plans unravel but some in the party want mr corbyn to show more leadership on the issue. and there is more pressure on mr corgan tonight to change his party's policy. a yougov poll found that 80% of labour members now support another referendum so we have grassroots activists and now tom watson piling in. he is tonight it's
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important the party respects the view of labour members. jeremy corbyn so far has been reluctant to accept this and what labour do could be pretty crucial. all eyes will be on theresa may that eventually this whole brexit issue will return to parliament. thank you, vicki young. after a two—year battle, america's biggest pay tv company, comcast, is set to take over the broadcaster sky. it follows a dramatic final auction against rupert murdoch's 21st century fox company. in buying sky for £30 billion, comcast will have access to 23 million new subscribers. our business editor simon jack is here. it's a massive deal, more media consolidation. two heavyweights of the media world slugging it out and comcast delivered at knockout blow, 10% more than 20th century fox,
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backed by disney, offered. the prize, 23 million customers around europe, 10 million in the uk. comcast has a dwindling market share at home so it gets diversification. disney was hoping to add a distribution system for its own original content, things like star wars, the avengers, the simpsons and x—men, why are all these mega deals happening? people like netflix and amazon are gaining millions of customers around the world, sky customers around the world, sky customers may notice very little at first. both companies said they would back sky news for at least ten yea rs would back sky news for at least ten years and it will be hard to put up prices but it marks the end of rupert murdoch's long running battle to ta ke rupert murdoch's long running battle to take hold of sky. he has already
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sold his shares to disney that he is not going home empty—handed. a man has been rescued from a ferry, two days after it capsized on lake victoria in tanzania. he's thought to have survived in an air pocket under the upturned vessel. more than 200 people died in the accident. abubakar famau reports from tanzania. an anxious wait from the shore. relatives unable to hold back their tears. she sobs. the ferry capsized two days ago. officials say it was filled four times its maximum capacity. divers resumed their search for survivors today after hearing knocking from inside the vessel, rescuing an engineer. he is said to have survived in an air pocket inside the mv nyerere ferry and is in a serious condition. while some families wait for the news, others have started a difficult process of collecting their relatives
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and preparing them for burial. angelina's daughter died on board the boat. translation: she was trying to find a job. i work hard to educate her and was relying on her to help me financially in my old age, but this is god's will. the government is already making plans for the bodies that have not been claimed or identified, digging graves just metres from the site of the accident, ahead of a burial tomorrow. an official investigation into what happened will take place once the rescue effort to find any survivors has ended. abubakar famau, bbc news, ukerewe island in tanzania. chas hodges, one half of the musical duo chas and dave, has died. he was 7a. known for their "rock and cockney" style, chas and dave enjoyed the height of their fame in the 1970s and ‘80s. david sillito looks back at his life and music.
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# with your incessant talking # you're becoming a pest # rabbit, rabbit, rabbit... when they emerged in the late ‘70s, the age of punk and disco, chas and dave rather stood out. # you're a wonderful girl... chas hodges' music was a unique mix of rock and roll with old—school cockney singalongs. # no, you won't stop talking # why don't you give it a rest? he'd grown up in north london. his mum made ends meet playing the piano in local pubs. and in the ‘60s and ‘70s, he played in bands such as mike berry and the outlaws, and head, hands and feet. what troubled him was the way he sang. i remember ringing up dave, i said, let's go out for a pint. i said, i've got an idea of writing songs about things that i know about and singing in me own accent. # come on, you, spurs are on their way to wembley... what followed was a
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series of hit singles, a number of them football songs for his beloved tottenham hotspur. # the boys from white hart lane... i remember him as a complete and total gentleman, someone that had came from the back streets and risen to fame, someone who had not changed one little bit. and a talented musician and songwriter. this was far more than just a novelty act. i'll be around! chas hodges, who's died, at the age of 7a. with all the sport now, here's oli foster at the bbc sport centre. good evening, clive. anthony joshua's world heavyweight title fight is under way at wembley stadium.
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he is facing the russian challenger alexander povetkin. they are currently in the 2nd round. our correspondent david ornstein is there. an early scare forjoshua? there has been, a sharp combination from alexander povetkin in the first round has drawn blood from the nose of anthonyjoshua. he has come back from adversity more than once in the past and is the firm favourite to win this, it would be an enormous shock at the worst upset by alexander povetkin. a full house at wembley, anthony joshua alexander povetkin. a full house at wembley, anthonyjoshua packing a major stadium for the fourth time in 17 months. is to unify the full heavyweight division. he currently holds three of the four belts. it looks like that one will have to wait, maybe dion tape wilder or
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tyson fury back here in april but for that to happen he needs to come through here tonight. 12 rounds is the maximum distance, will he go that far? we are into the second round. david orangeism, thank you. —— ornstein. sir alex ferguson was given a standing ovation at old trafford this afternoon. it was his first appearance at the stadium since undergoing emergency brain surgery in may. he said that he is feeling really good at the moment. some of the doctors who performed the operation were also at today's match against wolves. that was one of eight games in the premier league today. all the goals are coming up on match of the day after the news but if you want the results now, then here they come. manchester united could only draw 1—1 against wolves, as liverpool continued their perfect start. they are top of the league, with six wins out of six. mo salah was one of the scorers in a 3—0 win against southampton at anfield. there were also wins for tottenham and burnley. fulham and watford drew 1—1.
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manchester city are up to second. they won at cardiff 5—0. it was goalless between crystal palace and newcastle. leicester beat huddersfield. the scottish premiership leaders, hearts, dropped theirfirst points of the season. they had a penalty saved as they drew at home to livingstone. hamilton are on the up. their 3—0 victory at home to st mirren was only their second of the season. there were also wins for hibs and aberdeen. andy murray is going to playjust two more tournaments before taking the rest of the year off. the former world number one says he needs a long period of training and reconditioning to get ready for next season. he has fallen outside the top 300 following hip surgery injanuary. that is all your sport for now. there's much more on the bbc sport website. that's it, so from me and the team, have a very good night. good evening. saturday brought us a day of mixed fortunes in terms of the weather. quite a lot of cloud and outbreaks of rain over the southern half of the uk. this was the picture in rye in east sussex earlier today.
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but this picture was taken in east lothian, clear blue skies there. the cloud has been streaming in across the southern half of the country. we are set to see more of the cloud with further outbreaks of rain in the south. you can see the first batch of rain clears the south—east coast and the next area works in to the south—west later tonight. colder under those clearer skies with a few showers, particularly to the north—west of scotland, but they could be a touch of frost, and you can see the blue colours indicating the coldest temperatures in the morning. temperatures not far from freezing across scotland, northern england and northern ireland, too. high pressure sitting out towards the north—west but here is the pressure set to bring some rain. heavy rain across south wales and the south—west of england and then pushing eastwards
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through the day. some fairly heavy spells of rain for a time over the south east with gusty winds as well. possibly as strong as 50 miles an hour over some of the exposed coasts in the south—east. further north and west, a different story. clearer skies with a scattering of showers and sunshine across wales and northern ireland as well. some of the showers could be heavier later on with the odd rumble of thunder but a chilly feel to the weather through the day on sunday with the breeze. temperatures between 11 to 15. we've lost the wet weather during the course of sunday evening and then things quietened down into the new working week. a few showers around on sunday night and on into monday but high pressure starts to build in from the west, so to start the new working week, high—pressure moving in, won't be as wet and won't be as windy as we've seen through the course of this week. a bit of rain and fairly breezy
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and the far north and north—west. warmer, brighter, and drier in the south. goodbye for now.
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