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Tonight, a woman so distraught
about her experience
at The President Club ball her mum
called in the police.
We hear the story of Anna,
speaking out for the first time
of the fondling, the massages,
the possible prostitution
and the other jobs.
A lot of the girls were handed the
men's business cards. I know there
were a lot of nanny jobs are being
offered, they were getting work from
these rich men.
To go and be a
To go and nanny as well as
Also tonight, Newsnight has details
of how Saudi Arabia's
is being conducted and talked
to the Canada-based
businessman at its centre.
He didn't look comfortable. He
was... He was unshaven. He didn't
look in his best condition.
mentor spreading beyond the
political arena? -- is Momentum.
People coming together in
solidarity, we get ourselves a good
We talk to Momentum's
chairman Jon Lansman,
successfully elected to Labour's
National Executvie Committe,
what does want Momentum to do now?
Good evening, she returned
from The President Club ball
extremely upset and confused.
Anna's mum told me today,
"not even daring to explain to me
what she'd witnessed because she'd
signed a non disclosure agreement".
Her mother, distraught,
called the police.
The stories that are emerging
about The Presidents Club dinners
at the Dorchester Hotel
are getting harder to hear, not
easier with time.
Anna herself, one of the 150 women
who'd attended the event,
both last week and in a previous
year, told me today of her dawning
realisation that the women there had
been hired to do nothing but
euphemistically - "have fun".
She described women giving the male
guests massages as they sat and ate,
she described being fondled by a man
who reached for her backside and
berated her for not being fitter.
She described the after-party,
where a group of women changed
into the same uniform
of sheer white robes,
women, she understood
then, to be prostitutes.
And she described the men
who offered the girls
who caught their eye nannying jobs
for their own children.
Anna is not her real name.
We have disguised her and her mum
to protect her identity as she said
When we got into the
room we were all...
We were sitting down and then
we got told to sign an NDA
and hand our phones in, which were
just put into plastic bags.
And then we were given dinner
and we got given a glass of wine
with dinner and then we were taken
for a rehearsal, which involved...
We basically had to stand.
We had to line up and then stand
at the top of the stage.
And we went in twos.
And we would pose at the top
of the stage and then walk.
As if they said it was a cat walk
around the room and then stand
by your assigned table.
So you were paraded around the room.
Up until this point,
it just feels like a sort of unusual
You're told what to wear.
It was somewhere between that and...
You know, we thought
we would be waitressing.
It wouldn't be food.
We were told it wasn't,
you know, offering food,
but it would be drinks.
You went through the night,
you served drinks.
And then were you
talking to the man?
Or what did you...
The thing was, there were actually
drinks already on the table,
but there was also a bar.
A lot of the girls felt awkward,
because we didn't know how to...
Because, you know, the standing
up, the sitting down.
Because, you know, we're standing
up, their sitting down.
They're at a dinner.
We didn't really know
what we were supposed to do
because they already have alcohol
on the table from what we saw.
So we sort of realised,
we're not here to serve drinks.
And they come up to us
if they so we weren't speaking
to the man and sort of say,
you need to engage in conversation.
Which just felt so forced.
And just a bit strange, because that
wasn't what we were told.
We were all standing up
and it was very, you know...
It's quite claustrophobic
and you don't really know
how to speak to them,
while they're eating.
And did they engage
you in conversation, or...?
Yeah, they did.
And the thing was that I realised,
is there was just a massive mix
of people attending the dinner,
because some of the men...
It was quite obvious
that they were very
confused what our role was.
And also why we were there.
And they were quite shocked
by it and sort of...
I remember some of them actually
having a really nice conversation
with me and there's the other side
of the men, where they're
quite, just, flirtatious
and also grabby.
some of them, you know,
you'd stand and they would try
and hold your hand and speak to you.
Or hold you by the waist.
I had one man...
I was standing there
and he grabbed my bum and he said,
"You don't work out a lot, do you?"
And that's when, actually,
another of the men stood up for me
and said, "Don't let him
speak to you like that".
There were girls there that had done
it, clearly, before,
and they were very...
It looked like they
were enjoying it.
There were some girls
in the middle of the room,
on the longer table,
it was sort of...
They were so touchy,
massaging the men while they were
having their dinner.
Some of the girls were sitting
on men's lap and the men were sort
of feeding them their food.
There were definitely some of
the girls who enjoyed the evening.
A lot of them were handed
the men's business cards.
I know there were lots
of nanny jobs being
offered, so they were getting work
from these rich man.
To go and nanny.
Yeah, to go and nanny
as well as other things.
And then there were,
you know, the girls who were
They were 19.
Some of the men on their
table didn't want
them on the table because they said
they were too young and they
wouldn't entertain them properly.
What's going through your head
at this point, then?
It almost felt like we were escorts.
That was not our role and we weren't
told that would be our role.
And yes, some tables weren't eating.
They didn't have enough girls
on their table, so they complained
about not having enough girls.
Tell us what else you saw
at the after party.
Things changed, because all us
girls were in black.
You know, black dresses
and black belts.
And then at one point,
a song came on and these girls...
I can't remember exactly
how many there were.
I think about five women came
in, in sort of gowns
that were quite sheer
and sequins everywhere.
And they basically were also paraded
into the middle of the room.
And it seemed...
Like they were prostitutes.
That's what some of the girls
who had done it before said.
And did you see any of the men
actually pairing off with the girls?
Yeah, at the after party.
Quite a few others did.
We didn't see them going back
to their hotel rooms, but a lot
of the girls said they were taking
them back to their hotel room.
of the girls said they were taking
them back to their hotel rooms.
You were still up
when Anna got home.
She woke me up.
And what do you remember
of that night?
She was incredibly upset
because she was confused.
She didn't know how to act.
She was incredibly concerned
that there would be legal
consequences if she even spoke
to her own mother about it.
And what did you do the next day?
I called the police.
I was very angry and I felt that
something should be done
about it, so I called the police
and the police came over and then
I also felt quite protective
daughter, who wasn't keen for this
to go any further and...
The police then came
back a little bit later
and said that, unfortunately,
there was nothing they
could do, because if
a bunch of middle aged men
want to employ women
in whatever capacity at a dinner,
it's not against the law.
It makes me furious.
Anna thought then she'd
never go back, but she
came under pressure to do so and
reluctantly returned this year.
What did you find, this time?
Was it different?
Had the atmosphere changed?
It was different in the fact that,
at the after party, there
weren't these women
who came in in white.
That never happened
at the event last week.
But it was along the same lines.
And you found it easier, did you?
Yeah, I did find it easier
and I was actually able, sort
of, to look after some of the girls
who were quite shocked by what was
What did you think when you saw it
had been exposed, it was
all over the papers and the news?
I was very happy!
And kind of amazed,
because I didn't think that would
But I think it's a great
thing it's happened.
One of the women from The Presidents
And just to add that,
the Metropolitan Police have
confirmed they received a third
party allegation of sexual assault
against a female at an event held
at a hotel on Park Lane on 21st
They also confirmed she did not
want to proceed with the allegation
and consequently the investigation
Our business editor
Helen Thomas is here.
What else have we learned today?
This evening, we heard that Lord
Mandelson, the Labour peer, was
asked to step back from the front
bench. He attended part of that
evening. He agreed to do so and it
could put pressure on others who
attended the event. We're getting a
fuller picture of exactly who was at
this dinner. They were not very
wealthy and well-known people, like
the likes of Sir Philip Green, owner
of top shop. A broad range of
people, tables of some younger
professionals. Men in finance or
real estate but not the boss class.
Vice Chancellor of Bolton University
confirmed he was there and he said
he didn't witness any of that
behaviour but said he felt
uncomfortable and left early. Senior
bankers. The old lawyer.
Another guest we spoke to, another
person who left early and didn't see
anything told us he remember there
being a verbal warning, you've got
some lovely ladies to look after
you, they are someone's sisters and
daughters, so, please respect them.
Gosh, so everyone left early apart
from those who obviously staged for
the after party. Where does this go
There have been calls for the
police to investigate. Vince Cable
and Joe Swinson, leader and deputy
leader of the Liberal Democrats
wrote to the Metropolitan Police.
When we spoke to the mat, they said
there hadn't been any complaints or
reports by many individuals as yet.
But as part of this we will see a
focus on nondisclosure agreements.
The hostesses were asked to sign
5-page agreements and the Prime
Minister's office today has said
that is something they will take a
look at, how those are being used.
Newsnight has discovered details
about how Saudi Arabia's
is being conducted.
It began last November,
with the rounding up and detention
of dozens of citizens,
of the royal family.
A Canadian-based businessman
who was flown to the Kingdom to help
the authorities construct a case
against the most celebrated
Al-Waleed bin Talal.
And now that businessman has been
talking to our diplomatic
editor, Mark Urban.
Viewers should be aware
that there is flash
photography in the film.
Early in November, something
happened that many Saudis would have
From their homes across the country,
dozens of the Kingdom's richest men,
including members of the Royal
family, were swept up
and detained in the gilded cage
of Riyadh's Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
It's been called an anti-corruption
drive and those facing interrogation
include Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal,
whose estimated $18 billion fortune
makes him Saudi Arabia's
Waleed bin Talal is important,
because he is the richest
of the detainees, by far.
So, he is very important
in financial terms.
But he is also important
because he is one of the best-known
princes in the west.
And he has many Western connections
and he has many Western businesses.
Waleed is known for his
gold-plated private airliner,
his friendship with celebrities
as well as his business,
Kingdom Holdings, that has
stakes in EuroDisney
and Western tech companies.
But his wealth and family
connections also made him a rival
to Mohammed bin Salman,
Crown Prince and architect
of the anti-corruption drive.
We drive in under police escort,
just past midnight.
No-one enters here, now,
without official permission.
The BBC got a swift look
inside the Ritz-Carlton,
but opposition sources have claimed
inmates were being tortured
and required to sign
over their fortunes,
in order to be released.
On Monday, the Arab Digest
website reported that
Alan Bender, seen here to the right
of Waleed bin Talal, had been flown
to the Kingdom as it built
a case against the Prince.
Mr Bender was taken
to a site near the hotel.
Alan Bender had a unique insight
into the situation in the Ritz,
because for the past two and a half
months, there's been very little
information escaping -
that the Saudis have controlled
the inflammation flow.
Newsnight managed to locate
Mr Bender in Toronto.
He was able to confirm his trip
to Riyadh in December and he spoke
via video conference
while there with the detained
He was brought in
He was brought in through
He was sat down.
We were looking at each
I think he was surprised to see me.
He looked different from what I'm
used to seeing him look.
Did he look as if he was,
in some way, being ill treated?
Or was he just shocked to see you?
How would you describe
I would say he didn't
He was unshaven.
He didn't look in his
best condition at all.
He looked tired.
A lot of twitching,
while I was reading
the script out to him.
The Saudi authorities had prepared
a script of allegations
for Mr Bender to read
out to Waleed bin Talal
via a video conference link.
In the script, it contained a lot
of information related to regarded
conversations that Prince Al-Waleed
had, with or without his knowledge.
It touches political,
financial and moral issues.
I would say my presence
was to be used as, probably,
evidence of details that they needed
to confront him, because I was
probably the only person
who was involved in personal
and direct negotiations with him,
related to a very personal matter
that was supposed to be kept secret.
Those very personal matters related
to Waleed's separation
from a former long-term partner.
Mr Bender has represented her
in settlement negotiations
and she alleges that the Prince
engaged in abusive
and immoral conduct.
The Saudi authorities, it seems,
want to use these personal pressure
points to force Waleed to sign
over his foreign wealth.
Alan Bender has had a sequence
of meetings with Waleed bin
Talal over the years,
face-to-face, very tough
negotiations, concerning this very
So, these two know
each other very well.
And the Saudis flew in Alan Bender
and other old business adversaries
of Waleed, to try to
put pressure on him,
to try to crack him and make him do
what Mohammed bin Salman wants,
which is hand over all his foreign
assets and make video-taped
to all his guilt and
The Saudi authorities have announced
the Ritz-Carlton will soon revert
to its normal role as a hotel.
But there's evidence
that some key detainees,
including Prince Waleed had been
transferred to detention
elsewhere, even in December.
The room he was in definitely
was not a hotel room.
I would say it looked more
like a detention room or something
related to a jail cell.
Even the sound of the doors,
sliding back and forth.
It didn't look or sound
like he was at the Ritz-Carlton.
You've known him, obviously,
for many years, what sort
of change do you think had come over
the man that you saw
through that video teleconference?
He looked completely
different from the man I saw.
Whether in North America or in
Saudi Arabia or in Switzerland,
he wasn't the same person, at all.
He looked very sad.
Alan Bender's account is a singular
one and the Saudi authorities
have not yet responded
to our request for comment.
But it gives a good idea
of the lengths the Kingdom's rulers
are willing to go to humble a prince
who was their most
Well, Mark Urban joins me now.
How Clear do you think we are now on
what's actually going on in Saudi
One of the things that is so
remarkable about Alan Bender's
account is we go very little from
any sort of reliable sources. The
whole thing has been cloaked in
secrecy and mystery. I mean, from
what we understand, because of the
powers the Saudi monarchy can wield,
some of these detainees have agreed
to surrender huge amounts of wealth.
So everything that's on the Saudi
side of the balance sheet, if you
like, is open to expropriation
ordeals. Some Saudi officials have
been talking about raking in up to
$100 billion from this
anti-corruption drive, so the sums
involved are huge. One Prince
reportedly released after agreeing
to pay $1 billion. Then you get to
the wealth outside the country, like
Prince Waleed's big stake in
EuroDisney, for example, much more
complex, much more likely to be
litigated. It is perhaps for that
reason that they're going to be
bowled like Alan Bender is to find,
if you like, dossiers of evidence
that could be used either to
persuade Prince Waleed not to impose
this in foreign courts ought to be
used in foreign courts.
sense of what happens now is?
Saudis say this thing is winding
down, that there are a few dozen
people still in custody, that 90
have been released, that many deals
have been done. They say if you
agree to pay compensation for your
corrupt acts and to be sincere in
your repentance, you can be
released, and indeed it's known that
that's happened in the case of many
families. But the are still dozens
of people detained. About 60, it's
pleased, in highest security prison
including Prince Waleed outside
Riyadh. Their future is unclear.
The arrival of three Momentum
candidates last week
on Labour's ruling executive,
the NEC, was dubbed a Lan-slide.
A playful take on the name
of the charismatic figure
at its centre, Jon Lansman.
If Tony Blair's New Labour thought
it had shut down the socialist left
of his party for good,
the rise of Momentum,
which now stands at the party's very
core, is a reminder of how
much can change.
The group were formed
following Jeremy Corbyn's successful
campaign for the Labour leadership
in 2015 and now boasts 150 local
groups and over 200,000
members and supporters.
In a moment, I'll be
speaking to Jon Lansman,
but first David Grossman has been
to Lancaster to see what Momentum
look like in action.
Here's a project
making a difference.
Deborah Finn is collecting unwanted
food from this warehouse in Preston.
It's the start of a process
that she hopes will not just help
some people who need some help,
but will also change society.
The question is, is this politics,
is it activism, is it charity
or is it something else?
It's not party politics,
in that sense.
It is political, because
community is political.
When I started doing this,
I kept being told off, that,
you know, politics has no
place in community.
I was just bewildered by that.
I mean, what is community if it's
not full of political decisions?
And, so, for me, this...
I only got into this,
this whole process,
in September 2015, guess why?!
And got involved then with
the Labour Party and with Momentum.
So, why Momentum?
Why not just the Labour Party?
For me, I don't see
a distinction, to be honest.
So, why have the two memberships?
Why be a member of Momentum
and not just Labour?
I suppose just to signal
the strength of belief amongst
the membership that,
actually, we do want a different
kind of Labour Party.
That we want one that really does
believe in the new politics
of hope, of solidarity.
The food from the warehouse
is laid out at the friend's
meeting hall in Lancaster, piles
of perfectly good in-date produce.
It's a waste of a system Deborah
says needs to change.
This isn't charity.
This isn't a food bank.
No, no, not even remotely.
This acts like a cooperative.
This is about people coming
together in solidarity.
When we get together,
we get ourselves a good deal.
At half past six, the Lancaster
Community Food Club opens its doors.
The members pay the club
dues, £3 a week.
They vote on the club rules
and they socialise over tea.
This is not, though,
a political meeting.
There is no mention at all
of Jeremy Corbyn or Momentum.
This is not about getting
people to vote for change,
but being a change.
Do you talk to them about Momentum?
No, no, no, no.
No, no, no.
There's absolutely no
politics in the club.
But Momentum's part of you and this
is why you're doing it.
It's about my belief
as a human being about how
I think society should be.
And I think, if we are socialists,
we need to live our values.
I think we can't go
I think we have to demonstrate it,
that is how we will achieve change,
by living our values.
We do need to change society,
from the ground up.
Do you think, in a sense,
that the problem with
the Labour Party was that it lost
sight of that connection
with the communities
that they were serving?
It was more, sort of, top-down?
It was a sense that,
"As long as you give people stuff,
you know, they'll be grateful
and they'll vote for us".
And it stopped working, didn't it?
At the end of the evening,
the club members take turns
to collect a share of the food.
Around £35-£40 worth it.
Not surprisingly, there's
a waiting list to join.
How much is it really a model
for a new type of politics?
How much is it simply a reflection
of the fact that, as Deborah says,
people love a good deal.
Jon Lansman, Momentum
Chairman, joins me now.
Nice of you do come in. Give us
sense. We'd seen some of the
projects like the food, the sort of
community projects going on. How
much do you think that should be the
state's responsibility still and how
much should it be the work of
Momentum and the work of local
activists now to take on some of the
bigger problems, A&E provisions of
those sort of thing is?
I think it
should be a state of microbe
responsible at to do those things
that the state has off-loaded. The
collapse in recent days of trillion
has demonstrated the folly of
privatising public services.
privatising public services. -- the
collapse of Carillion. Private
sector contractors are at risk.
Still having to pick up the bill at
the end of the day. It would be so
much better for us to do it. I also
think it's important that we do live
the values that we preach and the
work that Deborah's doing up in
Lancashire is fantastic.
Momentum stays local. It's
individual groups and it's a kind of
It's both. We
got local groups that do things on
the ground, that work at elections,
that, you know, campaign in their
communities and in their workplaces.
And at a national level, you know,
we try and provide the back-up and
support. We developed digital tools.
We mobilise people to do the things
So let's look ahead, then.
Momentum backed councillors could be
the dominant voice on Haringey
Council. Come May, if you have that
push behind you, how radical but the
change be? How much would you like
to see? You mentioned the failure of
Carillion. Would you like to see an
end to the public-private
partnerships under way? The
development of the biggest state
between land lease and the council?
I don't accept there's going to be a
You've got to have
a strong voice.
We will, but it will
be a Labour council. It is now and
will remain so. I think that the
deal, I can understand why
councillors in the past but you may
have to do those deals as perhaps
the only option, but I think now we
could be only months away from a
Corbyn government. I think we got a
much greater opportunity.
will you be? If you have this boys,
will you say, I don't want to see
any more public-private by the ships
on the council? Let's take a Labour
run council, Manchester, I don't
want to see those deals any more?
Will you feel able to tell those
Labour councillors what to do?
think the great thing we've achieved
as Jeremy 's election as leader, is
we can enforce what they believe,
the state can do good things. The
state has been slapped off by
unfortunately too many politicians
across the spectrum over the last 30
You are the radical man. You
either chairman of momentum. Let me
take you back to Haringey Council.
Would you like to see public worker
salaries over £60,000 cut?
isn't a proposal I'm familiar with.
Am I the radical man? I think I'm
the mainstream man. Momentum is the
Is that something
you'd like to see?
I think there is
in many parts of the private sector
is far too great gap between the top
paid and the lowest paid, but that
isn't the top priority for me in
Haringey. I think we need, actually,
good managers to be able to take
Council tax, Chris
Williams's idea. A rise in council
tax for larger houses, cut it for
smaller ones. Where is your big idea
now? This is your moment. You've
come of age and you can start
saying, this is our radical plan.
This is what we want to see.
developing radical plans and I think
a lot of local authorities are
thinking of new ways of delivering
public services in the public sector
and that is what I want to see. I
don't think that's radical. I think
it is now mainstream.
commitment to cut salaries, no
commitment to raise council tax on
big houses, none of the ideas that
have been floated over the past few
I want to see us build
houses. We've hardly build any
houses in Britain for generations.
Everyone wants to see that. What
You say that, the Tories
might say it but they haven't done
it. Unfortunately, neither did the
last Labour government. I want to
see it in the next.
clearly that Momentum will not
campaign for the deselection of
anyone anywhere, I think was your
phrase. Do you think there are
elements pulling you away from a
I am pleased with
the new spirit of unity that we saw
on the NEC this week, is that I
think we now see in the PLP, that
recognises that Jeremy is here to
stay. I think we are seeking a
spirit of unity, when you have for
example a local Momentum group
continuing to support and campaign
for a man who's been suspended for
the Dubler from the Labour Party for
his anti-Semitic views, what role do
you need to play as chairman of
Momentum? Where do you stand on
I have experienced
anti-Semitism. My children are only
half Jewish, they have experienced
You know what I'm talking about.
Local Momentum group, Walthamstow
supporting David Watson who was
suspended from the Labour Party
Scott and trying to get to the
bottom of this. Do you tell that
local Momentum group to get in line
because Labour has suspended this
man for anti-Semitic remarks?
Someone who has suspended Seu been
suspended hasn't yet been removed.
There are processes. One of the
things I want to see is speeding up
those processes. However, there
should be proper processes. I want
to see them improved and sped up but
we are very clear in Momentum that
if people are not members of the
Labour Party, they cannot be members
of Momentum. We are a Labour Party
What would your
message be to Momentum? Don't like
someone who's been suspended for
anti-Semitic remarks, or do what you
If people have made
anti-Semitic remarks, we have to
deal with that. But we have to do it
all so through a process because we
believe in applying the principles
of natural justice.
State visit is
now back on, working visit for
President dropped. Jeremy Corbyn
will be meeting him when he comes, I
I don't know whether he'll
be meeting Trump, but I don't think
he will welcome the visit and I
certainly don't. I think most people
in Britain won't.
Will you be out
there protesting it?
I think I will
be protesting Trump's visit. He has
shown himself to be a racist, to be
completely against what most people
in Britain believe in. I think his
politics have no place in British
society or in the United States.
Thank you very much.
Now, from events inside
Labour to events inside
the Conservative Party.
And, who knew, there's a bit
of a ruccus tonight on Brexit.
Nick Watt is here.
Take us through it.
We now have a
full-scale row in the Conservative
Party right up to the senior levels
in the Cabinet after a speech by the
Chancellor, Philip Hammond, to the
CBI in Davos. Talking about the
nature of a future trading agreement
between the UK
nature of a future trading agreement
between the UK and the EU he said
. The Chancellor did clarify his
. The Chancellor did clarify his
remarks, but it really looked the
blue touch paper. His clarification
was not good enough for Downing
Street and this evening, Downing
Street issued a statement in which
they said, "The UK is going to be
the customs union and the single
market and these could not be
described as very modest changes".
That is throwing the Chancellor's
words back at him. The reason for
that absolute fury in the Cabinet,
I'm hearing from people not 1
million miles away from Cabinet
ministers, things like the
Chancellor's speech is making a
complete mockery of the Prime
Minister's Florence speech. He is
playing a very dangerous game and
the Chancellor wants to stay in the
EU in all but name.
Where is the
strength? What will happen?
Interesting speech this evening from
Jacob Rees Mogg, he is the leader,
the Chairman of the Eurosceptic
European reform group. Talking about
that mindset of the Chancellor, he
said we have to be careful about
being timid, about cowering and
about being terrified of our future.
The next step tomorrow is David
Davis, the Brexit secretary giving a
speech, giving more details of the
incoming patient period or
transition period. I'm told this
speech will be billed as a speech
from a principled pragmatists. It's
about keeping faith with your
respect -- Eurosceptics. And this is
not a speech of a "Weak supplicant".
And I think they are quite keen that
we compare that to the Chancellor's
We might all recoil from the slew
of smartphone images
that saturate the world.
But the response of one master
photographer has been to devote
years to a single picture at a time.
Of course, it doesn't hurt that
Andreas Gursky's large prints
of subjects such as tulip fields,
and one of Amazon's warehouses,
have been likened to abstract art.
As a new exhibition of his images
opens at a revamped Hayward Gallery
in London, the photographer gave
a rare interview to Stephen Smith.
This is a rave in
Germany, in Dortmund.
So, in a way, I'm very close
to this kind of music.
You like this music, don't you?
I like it very much.
I've read it's all
you listen to, now.
Is that right?
So in a way I'm also...
I feel like a member.
You're a raver?
I'm a raver, yeah.
Andreas Gursky has brought his
outsize, meticulously composed
pictures to the refurbished
on London's Southbank.
The pick of four decades of work,
some are eerily lonely.
In others, people teem -
human ant hills.
This is Gursky's view of one
of Amazon's despatching centres.
He's been called a chronicler
of late capitalism.
The remarks are right, because my
subject matters come from news
and this is the themes
with which we are concerned,
but this is only one aspect
of my work, so I'm a picture maker
and my main interest
is doing images.
A striking and uncluttered
stretch of the Rhine.
This image fetched
an astonishing £2.7 million
at auction, seven years ago.
A then record for a photograph.
It isn't quite what it seems.
You've removed factories,
or a factory.
What was your thinking, there?
It was just a consequent decision
to get the perfect image.
So, the location by itself I know
quite well as it's not far
from my studio and I do
there my daily jogging.
And so the idea came up by jogging
and looking on the river and then
on later on to realise the image,
it took me nearly two years.
Back at his studio,
manipulation of digital images
is now an established part
of Gursky's practice.
A bird's-eye view of a race track
in Bahrain becomes almost abstract.
Painstaking compositions like this
are Gursky's riposte to the Niagara
of images now flooding the world.
I think, in a way, my task is to set
something against this many,
many thousands, millions of images,
so, I'm producing very big,
heavy images and that means, yeah,
a decision in advance.
The photographer's high vantage
point has been called Godlike.
Is it benign?
You're more interested in the mass
of people than in an individual.
Why is that, Andreas?
In German, or in French,
we say "la condition humaine" -
this is what I'm more interested in.
That's all from us, but before
we go, for some they were eyesores,
for others they were status symbols,
but Sky today announced
that they will be ditching the dish.
Starting in Europe,
but before long in the UK,
Sky will be switching its TV
transmission from satellite
to broadband, and those
appendages will start
to disappear from the terraces
and tower-blocks of Britain.
Here's a look back at the exciting
moment when Tomorrow's World
broadcast the first pictures
from Sky's Astra satellite.
There are two satellite broadcaster
starting up this year, using
different types of television signal
and with satellites in different
parts of the sky.
And we've got a dish which is up on
the roof, ready to receive the very
first pictures from Astra.
crossed, we should get those first
pictures coming in. There we are.
Those are pictures of the control
The Presidents' Club hostess speaks, inside the Saudi corruption crackdown, an interview with Momentum's chief, plus photographer Andreas Gursky.