tv Outside Source BBC News December 14, 2017 9:00pm-9:45pm GMT
hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source. rupert murdoch's media empire has just got a lot smaller. walt disney's has got much bigger. it's spending over $50 bilion on most of 21st century fox. here's why. after some musing, there seemed to me there might be an opportunity to put our companies together and create something that's even better than the two that was separate companies. theresa may attends a crucial brexit summit in brussels saying she's disappointed after last night's parliamentary defeat. a huge development for internet users in the us — net neutrality is coming to an end. good for business or bad for equal world depending on who you ask. and remember hurricane harvey that battered texas? well guess how much water it actually produced... we'll reveal all from that from a major scientific gathering in new orleans. for more than 50 years
rupert murdoch's media empire has got bigger — today all that changed. walt disney, led by bob iger, is buying the bulk of mr murdoch's 21st century fox. the price is $52.4 billion. for that disney gets a 39% stake in sky and 20th century fox film studio. not everything's included. fox news and fox sports aren't, they'll become a new company. here's bob iger on how the deal got done. i had ihada i had a lot of respect for rupert murdoch and what he was able to build over the years. he and i would
musing about the industry and the need to reach consumers in the way i described and the disruptive forces we broke witnessed in our time in this business. after some musing it seemed to me there might be an opportunity to put our companies together and create something that even bigger than the two that was separate companies. next the bbc‘s media editor amol rajan, on why the timing is right for disney and rupert murdoch. there is a revolution going on in media where people want to watch something at a specific time in a specific place. you can watch where you like, when you like and pretty much what you like. disney say they wa nt much what you like. disney say they want even more eyeballs, more content and scale if we want to compete with the big players, apple, netflix, amazon and google. as he
would say, it is a humble day in what has been a not very humble life. as you heard from amol there, disney wants to be able to allow people to watch what they want, when they want. this is fox's on demand hulu service. you can see it saying here, all your tv in one place. it was a huge reason this deal happened. disney wants it to take on netflix. perhaps disney's decision is easier to understand than rupert murdoch's. andrew neil is a top bbc news presenter. andrew's also edited mr murdoch's sunday times and he helped him to set up sky television. here's his reaction. the deal is remarkable because it represents the end of rupert murdoch's quest to build a murdoch dynasty. he has been trying to do that for a0 years. i used to sit with him in restaurants in london in the mid—i9 80s and he talked about a
murdoch dynasty, putting his children into key positions. letting them fight for the top position and whoever wins would take over and the murdoch men would go on for ever. here, he is unbundling the empire and the dynastic ambitions have gone. here is a perspective from the us. i don't think you will see any media change, but what's clear is consumers are going to have expanded options. having two of the premier collections of assets that will be available to them. i think this is all about adapting to help consumers are accessing content, going away from traditional to margin platforms. i think disney will be in one of the best position is ever to be able to adapt, provide consumers with expanded choices and potentially at cheaper prices
because it is all about going from the bundle to the cheaper alternatives and this is what netflix and others have been doing so well. it is a measure of the influence number power of netflix and amazon and a different degree, facebook that these two giants have decided tojoin facebook that these two giants have decided to join forces? that is exactly right. it is all about scale and the ships in the media landscape being so fast that companies like disney are forced to adapt. you are forced to think about the leveraged you can have. whether it is the distributors distributing the content, or the internet companies aggregating the content. what you have here is a plague that the scale. the big eu gets, the more you are able spend on content across a host of platforms and disney is the best at doing that in the entire
industry. the practicalities, how long does it take for a deal like this to get approved and to go through? companies have talked about 12 to 18 months, but the one factor thatis 12 to 18 months, but the one factor that is out there is how the bskyb deal will be approved. they are talking about the first half of next year. this deal doesn't depend on but approval, but i suspect the regulator in the us industry will be scrutinising very closely to have two very large studios combine with sports from fox and i believe this deal has a decent chance of passing the regulatory process with conditions attached. the pace of the brexit story is quite something. last week, we had that deal to take the talks to the next phase. last night, theresa may was defeated in a key brexit vote in westminster, because of a rebellion
in her own party. now the prime minister is in brussels for a working dinner. according to a senior government official, she will tell eu leaders "that reaching the agreement on phase one has required give and take on both sides but a fair outcome has been achieved" and will urge them to rubber stamp the deal. that will almost certainly happen tomorrow. allowing talks to move on importantly to trade. which both sides want, according to dutch prime minister mark rutte. what is necessary is we put the handshake of last friday into legally binding text. and into article 50 text as soon as possible on the exit bill and the border issue. the prime minister's authority took a hit in the house of commons last night. she's opposed an amendment that requires full parliamentary scrutiny of the final brexit deal,
but it got through with the help of rebels from her own party. if you askjeremy corbyn, he will say it is a humiliating loss. ask the prime minister, you get a different answer. we have 135 out of 36 votes on the eu withdrawal bill and it is making good progress in the house of commons and that means we are on course to deliver, as according to the vote of the british people, to leave the european union. what we can agree on is that this amendment applies yet more time pressure on these talks. britain will leave the eu in march 2019. that means a deal needs to be ready by autumn of next year. that's because it'll come under scrutiny from not just the uk parliament, but also the 27 other national parliaments in the eu. as i say time is tight. don't take my word for it, this is luxembourg's prime minister. it is the second time uk citizens
wa nt it is the second time uk citizens want a vote, the referendum and now a true vote in westminster to decide the agenda of the european union. this isn't good for theresa may because the agenda will not move. soon as she negotiate something she will have to go back to london to get approvalfrom will have to go back to london to get approval from the parliament and this is not making her life easier. it just makes it this is not making her life easier. itjust makes it complicated for the uk government. we will be live in brussels in a moment. a number of ways to get analysis of what's happening from the bbc. one is to download the brexitcast podcast, which is in danger of becoming a runaway success. one of the most popular audio podcasts in the uk now. latest one has just been uploaded, features tim shipman, political editor of the sunday times. we can talk to kevin connolly, in brussels. kevin, we were in touch earlier
because you sent a useful briefing note about how we should mention trade in the context of phase two. perhaps you could share your advice with our viewers? i will spare them the details, but it is an interesting point. because everything now is about what happens in phase two. phase one, everyone agrees is pretty much over. wejust need to get back confirmed tomorrow, but we know what will happen. they will have been deemed to have passed the point of sufficient progress. do trade talks begin immediately? we don't think they do. first, there is a period of transition talks which is about creating a two—year cushion immediately after brexit soap written doesn't crash out when it ceases to be a full member of the eu. in parallel, you have to talk about future issues. technically, legally, you can only have trade
talks with somebody who is a third party. next year, the uk will be in the area peen union but will want to talk about trade. we think it should be called talks about a future relationship. part of that wonky, legalistic reason, but also because theresa may will use the argument that this is so much more than trade and money. it will be about defence and money. it will be about defence and security cooperation. they are areas the uk feels it has very strong cards to play in the future conversation. he will have to look at the future relationship in the round. certainly trade of course, but other stuff as well and no trade deal between the eu and the uk into the uk is, what's known in international legal tarns, is a third party, a separate entity. international legal tarns, is a third party, a separate entitym was interesting listening to the premise of luxembourg and their concern about the defeat in the
commons last night and theresa may's ability to sell any deal from brussels to those in westminster. they almost look to help her out at times, in this situation? that has been the noteworthy thing. a lot of the time, in the british media and in british politics, the relationship between london and brussels is pitched in adversarial terms. but the last couple of weeks, quite a lot of senior european politicians have sounded strikingly supportive of theresa may. that is because they are worried if she were to wobble or leave office, the whole business of brexit would be reset to zero and there would be no chance on getting it done on time. so there are practical reasons from the european point of view to support theresa may. some politicians look at that result in westminster last night and worry. but the irish prime minister, he said aida minority
government, everybody knows parliament will be difficult. people are aware of the tight arithmetic at westminster. some are inclined to think it is the rough and tumble politics and things can work out 0k. that is the view of theresa may herself. a quick word about phase one, that continues? yes, what we are saying on those celebrated phase one issues, the irish border, citizens rights and a financial settlement, sufficient progress has been made to allow the talks to go on. it doesn't mean they fixed finalise, but plenty of talking about all of those issues and the irish border, not the first time the irish border, not the first time the irish question has been a big issue in politics, but the irish border, as always, will take some fixing. kevin, thank you. let's turn back to the us.
if you use the internet, there's been a moment of the utmost significance in the us. regulators are changing the rules that control how the internet is provided. this is the issue known as net neutrality. at its heart is the principle that companies like comcast and verizon in the us, or bt and sky in the uk — must treat all internet traffic equally. so companies can't pay for their websites or services to be faster. and there's been a major campaign to keep things that way. this is an open letter to the us regulator. it was signed by guys like vint cerf and sir tim berners—lee who helped create the internet. along with big names like apple's co—founder steve wozniak. but the chairman of the federal communications commission, this man ajit pai, is not convinced. he says removing government regulation will boost innovation. he's also said "the hysteria has reached a pitch which is completely disproportionate to the facts."
yogita limaye has the latest from washington. just a couple of hours ago in the building behind me, there was a vote and three people were for repealing these rules and two people against. what has happened is regulation which ensured internet service providers in america could not charge different prices for different websites, but regulation has been removed. this is not a rule that needs to be passed by congress, said it could come into effect. but we have had protesters outside this building all day and many groups have said they will go to court against this decision and try to stall it. essentially, what can happen from now on, and internet service provider could go to a web—based business and pay them a certain amount of money so they could provide that particular website or that particular service
ata website or that particular service at a faster speed. and those who refuse to pay them, that service could be provided at a slower speed. as pa rt could be provided at a slower speed. as part daily—macro far as the customer is concerned, we will give you this website for a particular price. if you want more, you have to pay more. that is what could happen. but internet service providers here in america, these companies have said they are not against the principles of net neutrality, but they are not inclined to slow down access to a website or deny access to it completely, they say what has happened, the regulations that have been removed will help them invest more in the sector and help them connect to roll roll and more remote parts of america. stay with us on 0utside source, still to come: we will be at a major scientific gathering that has been calculating how much rain fell during hurricane harvey in texas and what it tells us
about the changing weather in our world. the scottish government has said it's going to raise taxes for higher earners. those earning more than £2a,000 will pay 21p in the pound. that's a higher rate than in the rest of the uk. catriona renton explains. this budget came against the backdrop of the scottish government facing a shortfall in its budget of hundreds of millions of pounds from the block grant that comes from westminster. today they were able to make announcements of money for the nhs, education. a big announcement about lifting the cap public sector pay, 2% more for people earning less than £30,000 a year. but people want to know how it was going to be paid for. income tax. people who will pay more, if you are paid more than £2a,000 a year you will be paying
tax ina £2a,000 a year you will be paying tax in a new intermediate tax band of 21p. the other higher rates will increase by a penny... this is 0utside source live from the bbc newsroom. 0ur lead story is... disney is to buy large parts of the media giant, 21st century fox, for more than $50 billion. let's look at what is making the headlines across the bbc. a collision between a school bus and a train in the south of france has reportedly left at least four people dead. nine ohers are said to be injured — seven seriously. the bus was at a railway crossing near perpignon. it's thought it was children aged between 11 and 15. a suicide bomber disguised as a policeman has killed 18 officers at somalia's main police academy in mogadishu. witnesses said the victims were there ahead of an early morning parade. and we've been learning more about the sacking of reality tv star turned white house aide 0marosa manigault. accounts vary — but it seems
she was sacked by chief of staff john kelly last night and then had her pass deactivated. she's denying reports that tried to find the president at his white house residence, or tripping the alarm system. we have the first estimate of how many rohingya muslims have died in the first month of the crisis in myanmar. the figure is 6700, according to medecins sans frontiers. that includes 730 children under the age of five. these people didn't die of natural causes. ask the myanmar government, it'll tell you that the figure is a00 people. what we can be sure of is that over 600,000 muslims have fled into bangladesh from rakhine state. many many stories continue to be told.
journalist kaamil ahmed one woman said... "they used their machetes so much, the blades stopped cutting." she's called momtaz begum, she says she was locked in her home before it was set on fire. this is msf giving more details on its research. we performed some surveys, six surveys in various refugee camps the rohingya is in bangladesh. amongst the popular patient that had fled since august since the violence began. we found the majority of these people had arrived since august. we spoke to around 2500 different households so it represents a population ofjust over 11,000 people. we asked them what had happened to them. what was their health concerns, but also who had died in their families. health concerns, but also who had died in theirfamilies. when we spoke to them, we were getting consistent reports from every household of stories of death,
violence against their families that occurred inside myanmar, particularly this one month period that started at the end of august through to september. we told you about greenland. well there's another story emerging from that huge annual gathering of scientists in new orleans called the agu. they have been turning their attention to hurricane harvey. you must remember this storm in august, it hit texas terribly. the scientists say they have now weighed that total rainfall. the figure is 127 billion tonnes of water. we have been trying to put this into perspective. there is a new orleans superdome. the amount of rain that came down is the equivalent of filling it 26,000 times. what is interesting is how they measured it. they measured how the earth was
compressed by it, the way you would comprise someone's size and weight after they had sat down on a chair or mattress. i was going to show you texas and the fact louisiana was next door. let's go live to new 0 rlea ns, next door. let's go live to new 0rleans, victoria next door. let's go live to new 0rlea ns, victoria gill next door. let's go live to new 0rleans, victoria gill is with us. we had to start with how do you measure the way rain makes an impression on the earth? quite. this is something they already knew the amount of rainfall from hurricane harvey was colossal, standard rain gauges had about 50 inches of rain. but these scientists here in the us wa nted but these scientists here in the us wanted a much more detailed measurement and what they used with gps stations, an array of gps stations that advertised their exact position on earth. what they could do was actually see how much the earth was pressed down as the huge weight, the tonnage of rainfall fell. so one scientist described
this, when you look at the data and these positions shifting, d epar almost ripples and breathes like a living animal. you can see it being squashed and rebounding so that is a clear measure of the weight of the rainfall. we all knew the store was huge so we would expect the amount of rainfall to be considerable, support else can the scientists learned by gauging big exact rainfall? it is important to understand how much rain fell because of the impact, particularly of climate change on the severity of the storm. we know climate change is fuelling the kind of engine behind those tropical hurricane ‘s, because the warm air is the feel for the engines that are those storms. they have said for the first time, there isa have said for the first time, there is a direct causal link between the amount of precipitation and climate change and back climate change did
directly increase the amount of precipitation. but scientists 75:33 to more certain less 75:33 to more certain with i less gagserggtigg saith. their lgﬁﬁuéﬁé ’ ,.,-, mtg e change e its selﬁsh; and we changingyﬂ l.,.g,3gh%.——,, — — changingyﬂ weathers. in ~ , , m in order w understand our to understand how to protect our cities and protect living near the coast, we need to understand how the weather is going to change. so when weather is going to change. so when we need to protect our urban environments and communities from flooding in the future, we need to know what the scale of the flooding will be. that is why these detailed meza mentioned our soap crucial. will be. that is why these detailed meza mentioned our soap crucialm seems they are making an explicit link between the scale of this storm and this climate change, but what about the frequency of the storms? with this research they were talking about specifically the amounts of rainfall, the crucial focus of this study, about the intensity and the
deluge of the rainfall and how much rain fell. in this case they were talking about putting a specific quantity on how much the store was fuelled and increased in its level of precipitation in hurricane harvey. we note the warm ocean temperatures are the driver of the intensity of these storms. there is a link on how we are changing the weather, those increasing temperatures, the intensity and the frequency of hurricane is. it is a concern for this area, it is quite apt this conference is taking place in louisiana. victoria, thank you very much indeed from new orleans. also in new orleans isjonathan amos from the bbc science unit. we will hear from from the bbc science unit. we will hearfrom him later in the programme abeid greenland and how its ice is melting. the next detailed uk forecast coming
up the next detailed uk forecast coming up in half an hour but at this time we go beyond our shores and take a look at some of the big brother stories happening elsewhere. i will start in europe, just further apart from the uk. succession of weather systems affecting south—eastern areas with rain. more heavy downpours affecting italy, but more of the balkans at this stage, look at the bright colours. there will be some intense downfalls in croatia, albania once again. we have seen flooding here. look northwards into colder air, flooding here. look northwards into colderair, rain, flooding here. look northwards into colder air, rain, sleet flooding here. look northwards into colderair, rain, sleetand flooding here. look northwards into colder air, rain, sleet and snow working through france and colder airto working through france and colder air to germany. but this is the picture into the south—east, going to see more rain as we go to the weekend. drying up in rome. it is a cold wind blowing through eastern parts of canada into the north—east of the usa. friday begins with icy
conditions for some. but elsewhere, north america is a dry looking picture. but all the talk about the well fires in southern california. a hint of something,, lighter winds for the next couple of days and temperatures might come down a couple of degrees. but the winds might pick up again later in the week. look at the cold air to the great lakes and eastern parts of canada and the hot air to parts of australia. adelaide will surge to nearly a0 celsius in the coming days. but in perth, things are getting cooler and certainly more active in terms of the weather. temperatures coming down, it is the ashes test match, the wind picking up ashes test match, the wind picking up and there is a chance later on sunday into monday, of some interruptions of showers as thunderstorms move through. as we go northwards, another area of cloud and this will be affecting parts of
the philippines, and developing tropicals to all. you can see the circulation of the wind and the rain through central part of the philippines and he will see the heaviest rain over the next few days. slow—moving system but eventually moving on to sunday, this rain could total in hundreds of millimetres in places. there is a likelihood of flooding so we will keep a close eye on that. friday's weather in the uk is looking quieter. wintry showers around, north sea coast in the west and running into northern scotland. many places will have a fine day with some sunshine after a frosty and icy star. temperatures are stuck in single figures. hint of a change on the horizon by the time we get to sunday into next week. but is milder airgoing to sunday into next week. but is milder air going to last for christmas? find out in half an hour. welcome back to outside source, i'm ross atkins. rupert murdoch's media empire has shrunk today because what disney has bought quite a lot of it.
it's spending over $50 billion on most of 21st—century fox, this is the reason why. after musing, it seemed to me that might be an opportunity to put our companies together and create something even better than the two that were a separate company. a memorial service has paid tribute to the victims of london's grenfell tower fire. six months after the tragedy. but amid putin has held his annual make a press co nfe re nce , putin has held his annual make a press conference, our correspondent was there. not that the russian president spotted him this time round. we'll also be hearing from the huge gathering of scientists in new orleans, some of which have been looking at how ice is changing in greenland. six months after the grenfell tower
fire in london, survivors and relatives of the victims were joined by hundreds of others for a memorial service at st paul's cathedral. 71 people died, 18 of them children. in the early hours of for people died, 18 of them children. in the early hours of - for ti“? e the early hours ofjune.1a,formany 7,5 i