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tv   The Briefing  BBC News  December 23, 2019 5:45am-6:01am GMT

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the allegations came to light after a 6—year—old girl opened a box of charity christmas cards from the supermarket and discovered a plea for help inside one of them. and finally, do you trust reviews whilst shopping online? according to an investigation by the mail, many people are being duped into buying shoddy goods after reading fake reviews on amazon. the paper's investigation found glowing appraisals are sold for £13 amazon has responded and in a statement said "it is relentless in its efforts to protect the intergrity of reviews". we hope to give you a good review of these papers. with me is eileen burbidge, who's a partner at passion capital and a technology entrepreneur. let's get started with a rather
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shocking story on the front page of the times, of goings on within britain's prisons. it is talking about the fact that there are probably a lot of, sort of influence and conversion to islamic extremism in prisons, and it follows of the back of a review in 2016 looking at how this could be approached, and pa rt how this could be approached, and part of the problem, when i was looking at this, is we haven't had a consistent justice secretary for more than 18 months since 2015, so over the past four and a half years we have had five different secretaries, and we don't have consistency in looking to address the problem, even though this has been widely researched and there we re been widely researched and there were a whole suite of recommendations made in 2016, but it will clearly be a growing problem,
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and prisons will be a natural cultivating ground for extremism, and views of every type because of the close contact, the close quarters, and how disenfranchised people will be feeling within the presence. let's move on to the second paper we have, which is the independant, and the racist abuse being... fans were wind three times to stop the monkey noises and the racist charging, and itjust seems that football cannot shake off this problem. another sobering story like the first one. i watched this match, and unlike what we have seen in the last couple of weeks, this wasn't
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actually captured on television. it was really clear by the player's reaction that he had heard something, and then there were objects thrown onto the pitch, absolutely uncalled for, extremely shameful behaviour, and it is appalling. i don't know that it is the case that, well it is, that football has not been able to get rid of theirs, but it is also the case of what is happening in society in general, and i think every day in this country, and the fact that this is now a topic of conversation that isn't going away is a useful thing, and there will be continued dialogue, but as you say, we recently introduced new measures about how it would try and react if there was going to be any allegations of racism at matches, so they did make the three announcements, different things i have read suggest that they should have read suggest that they should have also suspended play and let the players walk up to the sidelines of. whether they chose that to do that because it was extra time or other reasons, i don't know, but hopefully the more the premier league does to call this to account and make announcements across it, the more empowered other people, spectators in the stands will be able to call out and keep other fans to task and say this is unacceptable and you are not representing your team or the game in any positive way, and hopefully that starts to happen and then we have a wider discussion
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about how we stop it in society more generally. there are campaigns, the check it out campaign has been going for a long time, and you would think this footballers in the way people look up to them, if they say this is unacceptable, you cannot do this, people would take note, you would think, but still, the problem persists. let's have a look at the business section of the times. we talk about the trouble facing retailers, and people think of that is affecting the traditional high street stores, and shopping malls and things, but this suggests that actually, the problems and woes are spreading to online retailers just as much. this doesn't surprise me at all. i work in the digital sector, and it is obvious in the last five to ten years, you have seen a huge rise of online retailers are
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stubbing this particular article in the times is talking about fashion sides or clothes and accessories, and it is easier and easier to start digital technology businesses, so you have had a large rush, and we have had 9000 online retailers now saying that they are in trouble, or they are in financial distress. i think there are tens of thousands that started over the last few years but it makes sense that you will have almost a culling when so many started in just a few years, and if you are competing online, just as physical stores are competing for footballers, online you are fighting for our attention, and you have to spend a lot of marketing to get customers to go to your website. what is really interesting, quite far down and talks about the discounting they are resorting to, citing various sites offering 60 to 80% of items, before we even get into the traditional sales.. we are seeing a quick race to the bottom. everyone is doing price matching, online and high street, and being led by what is happening with the most online dominant retailers such as amazon. the guardian with this
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story, a six—year—old girl writing christmas cards in a home in london, open one and found a message, a plea for help from the people thought to be forced labour in the factory in china, packing these cards to go on sale in the supermarket. must've been really shocking to find this message, and even the girl's father thought it was a prank before dawn on him that he thought it might be really serious and for real, which of course it looks like it has been discovered to be. tesco is saying that it discovered to be. tesco is saying thatitis discovered to be. tesco is saying that it is committed to not having any prison labour in its supply chain, saying it has cut off the manufacturer, who was even recently audited, and said it had passed not using prison labour, but it is clearly not doing enough, there was not enough ways to actually audit this and believes this, and one thing i was thinking was whether or not those that are in the presence and are actually being forced to do this labour, if they are going to be
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penalised if there is no longer work for them. is one of the situation thatis for them. is one of the situation that is really tragic across the board. a symptom i suppose of the global supply chain that we have now, it becomes very hard for retailers or companies that are selling the end product to know every step of the way, and be able to say absolutely, this is com pletely to say absolutely, this is completely above board, from start to finish. it is certainly difficult and complex but it is their responsibility, they have to do more, because consumers are going to demand to know that and have that assurance, so that is the responsibility they have to take. this investigation by the daily mail, very timely, very interesting, people looking for some inspiration for what gifts to buy. they could look at the reviews on amazon and be guided by those reviews, but this investigation suggest that those reviews in some cases are being sold, and firms are buying them to
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make the product seemed better than they are. a problem for the competition and market authority and something needs to be regulated and scrutinised a little bit more, but not surprising. as long as you have companies that are ranking products based on review, or you have customers looking for those reviews, you're going to have cottage industries bringing up on the site to try and help retailers manufacturers of the product, trying to get the best placement. clearly, there needs to be more done, amazon is saying it's been £300 million in the last year to try and ensure that consumers that are shopping on amazon have a safe experience, not having fake reviews, are not being inundated with fake products, but it is not necessarily surprising and it is not necessarily surprising and it is happening everywhere, as long as
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on ebay, facebook, and it is not different from fake news. when you have online services that are accessible from anybody in the world, which brings a lot of good benefits, you also are going to have some bad actors as well and people looking to manipulate that.|j suppose looking to manipulate that.” suppose with this sort of thing, it isa suppose with this sort of thing, it is a case of the law may not necessarily have account of this thing, it is playing catch up to the technology. absolutely, it is not illegal in the strict sense of the word, it needs to be looked at, and needs to have better practices attributed to it, but you are right, we don't have laws that have kept up with what is happening online. really interesting investigation, and something that is very relevant to people at this time of year. really good to talk to you, thank you very much indeed. and if you are guided by reviews online, let me know, it's our talking points, just get in touch using the hashtag bbc, the briefing. stay with us here, plenty more to come throughout the day.
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hello. sunday saw the winter solstice, that means that at least from an astronomer‘s point of view, we are officially into winter. the days are also starting to get just that little bit longer. how about the weather? the start of christmas week — a bit of a mixed bag, sunshine and showers on the way. we're in between weather systems, one weather front moving out towards the east, another one heading our way for later on monday. but during the day on monday, we're in this sort of clearer slot here, but it's not completely clear. you can see some speckles of cloud. those are showers coming off the atlantic and that's exactly what's happening right now. showers across western scotland, end of the night, start of the morning, maybe one or two further south, but generally speaking, the weather is dry and it's not particularly cold even where the skies clear. six or seven in the south, a touch of frost there, as you'd expect this time of year in scotland. here's monday's weather forecast. so the weather is approaching but it's still way to the south—west of our neighbourhood, that does mean the weather is largely dry during the daytime itself,
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apart from showers which may affect western scotland for a time. there could be one or two moving through the lakes, but there's more clear weather than wet weather around on monday. so i think a very decent day on the way for cardiff but birmingham, as i say a few showers there for glasgow, edinburgh, maybe carlisle. 11 degrees, so mild in the south, nine in glasgow. we are watching the next weather front approaching the neighbourhood, the thinking is after dark, it'll start to turn cloudy then wet in cornwall, devon, throughout wales, and that rain will move across other parts of the uk as well. with it also comes mild air, and it's notjust across the uk but also spreading deeper into europe too. so the weather is very mild throughout the continent at the moment. let's have a look at christmas eve. you can see the extent of the cloud early in the day, outbreaks of rain, the rain will probably come and go from thicker cloud during the afternoon as well across the south but the trend will be for the weather to gradually improve through the day on christmas eve, and that's a hint of things to come for the big day itself, because christmas day
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is expected to be a fine day throughout the country. high pressure is expected to build, the winds will fall light, the sun should be out for the morning on, a bit of mist start with but on the whole, but overall a fine day to walk off those calories. temperatures around nine or 10 degrees in south, six degrees in the north. so we don't get the snow but we do get the sunshine this christmas. goodbye.
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good morning, welcome to breakfast withjon kay and louise minchin. 0ur headlines today: racism in football — calls for a government inquiry after a premier league match is stopped for the first time because of allegations of abuse from the stands. chelsea's antonio rudiger, who made the complaint, says he hopes the offenders will be found and punished, while tottenham have vowed to take the strongest possible action. stories of survival from the australian bushfires. we'll hear from the residents of one community that's been devastated by the flames. it's apparently the busiest day for food shopping of the year, with an estimated 13 million of you buying supplies for christmas day.


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