tv Review 2021 BBC News December 31, 2021 1:30pm-2:01pm GMT
england continuing across scotland. england and wales, particularly further east, seeing spells of sunshine. the wind will be an increasing feature, increasingly windy especially up west. as we head through the evening many places will be dry but we see a band of rain working across northern ireland, into south—west scotland and north—west england by midnight, some could be quite heavy. confirmation of the extraordinarily high temperatures as we get to midnight. the wind continuing to pick up as well. gusts of up to a0 or 50 mph, pick up as well. gusts of up to a0 or50 mph, may be pick up as well. gusts of up to a0 or 50 mph, may be even strongerfor some exposed western coasts. as we start january the 1st, low pressure is in charge, moving to the north—west of the uk. lots of white lines and isobars are squeezing together showing we will still have brisk wind to take us through new year's day. one weatherfront, a band of cloud and rain working east out of wales into england, not necessarily widespread rain but it could be heavy
elsewhere some spells of sunshine. it stays windy and extraordinarily mild. and for sunday still unsettled with stronger spells of rain. a shift in the wind direction, coming in from the west and still very mild but not quite as mild as it is right now. a bigger change as we get deeper into next week. low pressure still close by so it will still be quite unsettled as the slow moves eastwards as we get into tuesday, it opens the door to this northerly wind with single digit temperatures. these temperatures stay low through the week and it stays unsettled. when we get there, happy new year's eve. 0urtop
when we get there, happy new year's eve. our top story this lunchtime, the number of nhs staff off work in england because of covid went up by a0% during christmas week. hello. i hope the year has been kind to you. the media industry is defining a new normal, and coming to terms with the second year of a global pandemic. print and distribution costs are growing pretty much everywhere. but so too are online subscriptions and targeted advertising. big tech is more dominant than ever, but governments and regulators around the world, including here in the uk, are waking up to new ways to shape these giants of global media. or at least squaring up
for a fight with them. nevertheless, many of the biggest headlines this year came from more traditional media. presenter piers morgan left itv�*s good morning britain after saying that he didn't believe a word that meghan said in that interview with oprah winfrey. concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he is born. what? from race to mental health, progressive californian values to the british monarchy, every element of 0prah�*s interview with prince harry and meghan has been catnip for the frenzy and fury of today's culture wars, in which all of us are pitched against each other. has she said anything about... sometimes, it boils over. but yet you continue to trash her. - ok, i'm done with this! broadcaster piers morgan left itv, unwilling to apologise for saying he didn't believe meghan's claims. the next morning, morgan was bullish. no, i believe in freedom of speech. i believe in the right to be
allowed to have an opinion. if people want to believe meghan markle, that's entirely their right. into this heady brew, britain launched a new experiment, partly inspired by america. and while piers was busy throwing a fit before he quit, the all—white teenybopper trump fan club was getting equally hysterical about the interview. in the us, cable news is no longer regulated. it prioritises personality and opinion in prime time slots, from the liberal msnbc, to the right—wing fox news. britain still has a broadcast regulator, 0fcom, but is moving in the same direction. more than 30 years after he was the launch chairman of sky, former sunday times editor and ex—bbc broadcaster andrew neil played the same role for the new gb news, pitched as a centre—right antidote to established broadcasters. will we be different from the existing networks? yes! because they all do the same thing.
so what's the point of doing what they do? will we cover stories a different way? yes! will we give voices to people outside the metropolitan consensus? yes! do we have an interest in fox news? no! disinformation? no! conspiracy theories? no! oh, man alive, why would you argue... gb news will exploit the subtle but significant distinction between impartiality within programmes, and balance across a network that the likes of radio station lbc have navigated. in an age of super—abundant information, our attention becomes the most precious resource. and the momentum within our news culture is with those who can best grab that attention. but generating noise is easy. generating news is hard and expensive. gb news will galvanise british broadcasting, but it will do so mainly by accelerating trends that we are already seeing, online and in america, towards big personalities. we do not need further division by creating a system of broadcasting where people only see the opinions that they like.
i must listen to opinions i don't agree with, and i don't like. that's how i come to know the truth. morgan wasn't out of a job for long. he signed a deal with rupert murdoch's news corp and fox news to launch a global tv show, and become a columnist. but andrew neil left his role at gb news after presenting just a few programmes. he told question time why. the differences were such that the direction they were going in was not the direction that i had outlined, was not the direction i had envisaged for the channel. but i was in a minority of one. despite initial technical challenges, gb news is steadily building an audience, both on digital platforms and on linear tv. its star presenter is nigel farage, who brought in a global exclusive interview with donald trump.
gb news will need continued steady growth if it is to flourish financially. another product which is flourishing is times radio. to launch any new business is hard. to do so in a pandemic is harder still. and to do so in a pandemic, in a market dominated by the mighty bbc and to achieve a solid audience is a remarkable achievement. he said no rules have been broken. if that turns out not to be... the first official audience figures for times radio in october showed a weekly reach of 637,000. it's vindicated rebekah brooks�* decision as leader of news uk to pivot to radio. the station has extended the times brand and could yet be a healthy earner for the company. 25 years after the panorama interview with princess diana, the report written by lord dyson and commissioned by the new director—general of the bbc had some scathing criticism, both of the corporation and of the correspondent, martin bashir. lord dyson condemned both the way that the bbc secured that interview and its failure to investigate its own
journalists, as my colleague david sillitoe reported. the story that's emerged — that landmark interview with princess diana was based on a deceit. the dyson report concludes that fake documents were used to win the trust of princess diana's brother, that martin bashir was devious and dishonest. the bbc investigation was declared woefully ineffective. prince william says the deception fuelled his mother's paranoia and distrust. it is my view that the deceitful way the interview was obtained substantially influenced what my mother said. the interview was a major contribution to making my parents' relationship worse and has since hurt countless others. the bbc knew back in 1996 about the fake bank statements. lord dyson said the bbc knew martin bashir had lied
when he said he had not shown them to earl spencer. the defence was this note from princess diana, saying she had not seen the offending documents, but there were people in the bbc who had concerns. the problem, they say, was the corporation's culture. very late 1995, i bought the documents to the attention of the bbc management, as i was asked to do by a bbc lawyer, and was told within 24 hours of doing that that effectively i would no longer be part of the programme. i had been "disloyal". that's what happened to whistle—blowers at that time at the bbc. the bbc has handed back the bafta won by the programme, but lord dyson says the evidence suggests an interview would have taken place, come what may. the issue is the methods that were used to coax and persuade. in prince harry's statement, he says, "this is the first step towards justice and truth, yet what deeply concerns me is that practices like these and even worse
are still widespread today." this is, he says, "bigger than one outlet, one network or one publication." the bbc and the graphic designer matt wiessler have since agreed a settlement. this year, tensions between china and the west have escalated over media coverage. the english language satellite news station china global television network had its license revoked by the uk regulator. and, in retaliation, bbc world news was banned in beijing. there have also been tit for tat expulsions ofjournalists in both the us and in china. beijing, it seems, still wants to try to control public information. take a look at how low bbc would go to speak ill of china by giving up objectivity and why that... one of the world's oldest known civilizations is using the world's newest technology to propagate its message and curtail that of rivals. this is what the media want you to believe. in february, the uk's independent broadcast regulator, 0fcom, removed
the licence of china's state—controlled network, cgtn. the station had failed to prove its independence from china's leadership. they immediately struck back, banning the bbc�*s world news channel in a tit—for—tat measure. it was merely an escalation of tension. the chinese authorities have long been unhappy about the bbc�*s coverage of detention camps for uyghur muslims in xinjiang province, but were particularly angry about reports that have led to an international outcry and won awards. we are constantly followed and turned back at makeshift barriers and roadblocks. the bbc team in beijing often face hostility. filming around the country is often difficult, with a heavy state presence never far away. when i arrived in china about four years ago. the new york times bureau chief has been doing hisjob from seoul, having been thrown out at a few days�* notice. if you're covering topics that
are deemed sensitive, you know, you will be met by the police or the secret service and you'll be harassed by the local authorities who will tell you you don't have permission to be in the region. which isn't true. we do have permission to be anywhere in china — except tibet, where we are forbidden to go. and that includes not just blocking our work, but also blocking the work of our chinese colleagues. china claims it only expelled american journalists after expulsions from the usa. the wall streetjournal team has been down to just four after ten were expelled in the last two years. it's never been easy to be a foreign correspondent in china, but over the last year or so, it's gotten much more difficult. part of that, of course, is the coronavirus. it's difficult everywhere, but especially in china. we feel so much more pressure here from the authorities, and from the public, and from the media here in terms of what we write and how we report on china. a report from the foreign correspondents�* club of china argue journalists faced growing
harassment, weaponising of visas and seeing their work distorted, misrepresented or attacked with fabricated charges. global conflicts used to be mostly about natural resources, such as land or water. today, they are increasingly about public information — that is, media. in this, the too—much—information age, knowledge is power as never before. in a long statement, the chinese government said it opposes ideological bias against china, fake news under the cover of freedom of the press and violation of professional ethics. it also says it does not recognise the correspondents�* club and says its "so—called report" is fraught with ideological bias and slander. in february, the world plans to descend on beijing for the 2022 winter olympics, but which china will the world be allowed to see? but these tensions haven�*tjust been between the west and china. in august, the bbc�*s moscow correspondent sarah rainsford left russia.
she was expelled by the authorities there after being accused of being a threat to national security. they said that the move was in response to the expulsion of a russian journalist from the uk two years ago. this was sarah�*s last report from moscow. this was the moment i discovered i was being expelled from russia. according to a specific law, i�*ve been designated a threat to national security and, as such, i�*m not allowed into the country. pulled aside at passport control, i was told the fsb security service had banned me for life. i recorded the conversation. i was returning from belarus, where i�*d confronted alexander lukashenko on the mass repression and torture of peaceful protesters.
his loyal supporters rounded on me in a coordinated attack. vladimir putin is presenting this as just another working visit. .. i�*ve reported from russia for two decades, the whole span of vladimir putin�*s presidency. there have been highs, like the world cup. but i�*ve also charted the slow erosion of freedoms here — the crackdown on dissent. a year ago, the government put me on short—term visas. then i became the news as state television announced i had to leave. after tense negotiations, i had been allowed to enter russia, but only to pack. i was then told my visa wouldn�*t be renewed. supposedly what happened to a russian reporter in london — though that was two years ago. it�*s happening as the pressure on russian journalists who don�*t toe the kremlin line is intensifying. dozhd tv has just been added to a growing blacklist of media labelled "foreign agents"
for getting funds from abroad. the status of foreign agents means that we — dozhd — we are enemies of the state. the pretending of being a democracy is over. it is very bad and it could become much worse any time. so i�*m leaving a country i first came to as the soviet union fell apart, when free speech — all freedoms — were new and precious. it feels like today�*s russia is moving in reverse. the bbc continues to press the authorities in moscow to reverse the expulsion and, meanwhile, sarah is due to take up a new posting as eastern europe correspondent. the injuly, i met up with the boss of google. sundar pichai said that he believes that the western model of a free and open
internet is under attack. google is under huge pressure from regulators around the world for its approach to privacy, data, market dominance and tax. for the past two decades, one californian company, more than any other, has designed and built the internet with a dominance in digital advertising. now google is journeying into the unknown with two big bets — unimaginably powerful quantum computers and, above all, artificial intelligence. i viewed it as the most profound technology that humanity will ever develop and work on and we have to make sure we do it in a way that we can harness it to society�*s benefit. sundar pichai is the man leading google into this new era. be it healthcare, be it education, be it how we manufacture things
and how we consume information. if you think about fire or electricity or the internet, you know, it�*s like that, but i think even — even more profound. born of humble roots in tamil nadu in south—east india, sundar pichai trained as an engineer. he moved to the us to pursue his dream and joined google�*s founders, larry page and sergey brin, when the company was just six years old in 200a. now, he�*s the boss of both google and its parent company, alphabet, which includes youtube. and he faces unrelenting scrutiny... raise your right hand. you swear that the testimony... ..from us lawmakers, to most recently at the g7 and g20 summits, where tax was in focus. historically, has google paid
enough tax in the right places? we are one of the world�*s largest taxpayers. you know, if you look at, on an average, over the past decade, we have paid over 20% in taxes. we do pay the majority of our share of taxes in the us, where we originate and where our products are developed. i think there are good conversations, and we support the global 0ecd conversations, figuring out what is the right way to allocate taxes and, you know, this is beyond a single company to solve. you�*ve got two teenagers, i understand? what�*s your policy on screen time for kids? i think this generation needs to learn to adapt to technology — it�*s going to be a big part of their life — so i�*ve encouraged them to develop boundaries on their own. but, you know, i�*ve approached it as a journey of personal responsibility. how worried are you that today, the internet seems to be splitting into different domains, where we have a kind of californian internet and, increasingly, a chinese one, and the chinese one might be in the ascendant? the free and open internet has been a tremendous force for good and i think we take it for granted a bit but i do think the model is being attacked and, you know, so i think it�*s something we take for granted but i hope we can stand up, particularly
in countries with strong democratic traditions and values. sundar pichai is clear — it�*s up to democracies, as much as any tech giant, to shape our digital future. and you can catch my full interview with sundar pichai on the bbc iplayer, or listen to it as a podcast on bbc sounds. facebook made headlines earlier this year when it blocked news content in australia in a row over proposals to make it pay for news on its platform. here in the uk, the boss of the competition and markets authority described australia�*s proposals as "sensible" and said maybe the uk should consider following a similar route. dr andrea coscelli also described google and facebook�*s dominance of online advertising as "a problem". the western web today is based on free and open access. you don�*t pay for links. but the price of that freedom is that we leave personal data trails that are monetised by the likes of google and facebook — giant advertising companies. in a rare broadcast interview, the boss of the competition and markets authority said that google�*s 90% share of the uk�*s search advertising market is a problem. and then, he turned to facebook. there�*s a £5.5 billion — according to your own cma figures — £5.5 billion display advertising market in the uk. facebook has more
than 50% of that. is that too much? er, yes. why? when companies have too much economic power, that creates a number of distortions, first for competitors, secondly for consumers. some level potentially in terms of the political process as well, in some cases. overnight, australia and facebook reached a compromise over a new law to force it and google to pay news publishers more for their content. facebook had blocked news content in the row but that�*s now being restored. under a new deal, there will be mediation to agree payments before any final arbitration kicks in. i think that the australian approach is a sensible one, which is to try to force the companies into proper commercial negotiations, with the backstop of a possible intervention by a regulator.
the tech giants argue that publishers choose to be on their platform because they derive value from it. they can build an audience to whom they can sell adverts. we don�*t ask car makers to pay radio stations each time they play on a car radio so why ask tech platforms to pay journalists? the answer, at least according to an emerging consensus, is that our public information system, the media, is too precious and too damaged to be left to a californian duopoly. but what if britain did follow the route that australia�*s taken and facebook pulled news services from uk users? i think it would be pretty serious. i think would be unlikely that facebook would do it, given what�*s happened in australia and the aftermath of that. and i think potentially, the uk should introduce regulation to potentially prevent this type of action by facebook as part of the legislation. what does that reveal
about the imbalance in power between individual global organisations — companies — and democratic sovereign nations? yeah, i think it�*s a very worrisome development and i think it really shows that we need to urgently do something to reduce this imbalance of power. dr andrea coscelli, the boss of the uk competition and markets authority. a few weeks ago, a former facebook employee, frances haugen, turned whistle—blower to express her concern about the company�*s strategy. frances haugen handed over internal documents to us lawmakers, which she claimed were evidence the trillion—dollar company harms children�*s mental health, stokes division, and puts profits before people. the company intentionally hides vital information from the public, from the us government and from governments around the world. in a statement on his facebook page, mark zuckerberg said of the allegations by his former employee:
he went on to say: one of the criticisms of facebook is it has just grown too big. when that happened to google, google created a parent company — alphabet. and that�*s what facebook has done. it�*s created meta, an umbrella organisation for facebook, instagram, whatsapp and all its other businesses, which takes its name from the metaverse, the virtual reality domain that mark zuckerberg believes is the future of digital life. and it�*s all change at twitter, which has a new boss. a few weeks ago, jack dorsey announced — or rather tweeted — he is to resign from the company he created 16 years ago. chief technical officer parag agrawal has taken over. here in the uk, the regulator 0fcom introduced the children�*s code to protect children�*s data online. its focus will be gaming, social media and video streaming. companies, even those
who are based abroad, will have to adhere to a series of standards. if they don�*t, they could face heavy sanctions. hi! today�*s teenagers have never known the world before the internet. life online has massively expanded. ijust wondered if i could talk to you guys for a little while about whether or not you worry about sharing too much personal information online. when it asks for location, i don�*t really trust it because it�*s giving private information away to people. i can see, like, 18—plus adverts, which aren't exactly appropriate for my age group. well, i see game adverts about people killing each other, which i don't think is appropriatej for my age as well. when it asks to collect my data and i don�*t know what it�*s being used for, sometimes that scares me a little bit. the new children�*s code is now enforced by the information commissioner�*s office.
there are 15 standards which will govern how children�*s data is protected online. these include strict rules on data collection and sharing, making high privacy settings the default and switching location tracking off by default, too. a key figure behind this new code is the film director and now campaigner baroness beeban kidron. personal data is the mechanism by which the companies make money, so it�*s follow the money. it�*s designed to grab the data. and in doing so, a lot of things, unintended consequences, happen to our children. and that by actually saying, "no, don�*t take kids�* data, take the kids out the business model, make your profits "after you�*ve taken care of young people," we change the system itself. most big technology companies insist children�*s safety is a priority and say they welcome smarter regulation, but these rules strike the very foundation
of some of their business models and, as such, are being watched very closely from washington to brussels and canberra. what sort of legal and financial power will you have to sanction those who fall foul of this new children�*s code? the change we�*ve seen already in large platforms around the world is actually because they want to do the right thing. but we do have the power to charge a% of their global turnover, which is a material amount for those who are the most persistent offenders. how do you feel about the fact that your personal information is being used online to make a few people very rich? i feel like they shouldn't do i that, cos they shouldn't make money from other people's personal information. - it�*s my information to start with and even if i did give it to them, the fact that they�*re making money out of my personal information quite annoys me a lot. guys, you�*re brilliant. thank you so much for doing this! well, that was one of the more fun video calls of the year. we�*re nearly at the end of our review. butjust before we go... oh, i love this!
..we�*ve got a new culture secretary, nadine dorries. she�*s the tenth in ten years. and one of her key decisions is whether or not to privatise channel a. # three is a magic number... and bbc three is going to return as a linear channel in the new year. well, it�*s been an intense 2021. there�*s plenty more to come next year. i hope you get a chance to relax over christmas. thank you for watching. hello, it is exceptionally mild out there and after an exceptionally mild new year�*s eve daytime the evening looks like bringing some very high temperatures as well. it will be quite windy into the start of 2022. dry for many but not quite for all of us. those are the afternoon highs. eight or nine degrees
in northern scotland, a bit above average. 15, 16 or 17 further south, a lot above average. through this evening and tonight this band of rain will work across northern ireland into south—west scotland and north—west england by midnight. some of that rain quite heavy. many other areas mostly dry and the temperatures by midnight holding up between nine and 13 degrees. increasingly windy, though, through the night. gusts of a0 to 50 mph or a little bit more around exposed western coasts. and then tomorrow, for new year�*s day, we will see this band of rain working its way eastwards. some sunny spells elsewhere, more showey rain later into parts of northern ireland and western scotland. it will remain fairly windy and it will remain very mild, highs of 13 to 16 degrees.
this is bbc news broadcasting to viewers in the uk and around the world. our top stories... they�*ve been welcoming in 2022 in australia — with a firework display in sydney harbour — but around the world many celebrations are cancelled or scaled back due to concerns over covid. china is attempting to stick to a zero covid strategy ahead of its lunar new year celebrations and the beijing winter olympics. one in 30 people in the uk were estimated to have tested positive for covid heading into christmas — a new record high for infections. mourners in south africa have been paying their respects to the late archbishop desmond tutu. wildfires rip through parts of colorado in the united states — destroying hundreds of homes and forcing tens of thousands to evacuate the area.