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this temporary defence will hold up one last time. Now it's time for


News watch. We explore a new way of getting news headlines on your


mobile phone. Such an occasion arose on Thursday


night in Peru jail where prosecutors had appealed against the acquittal


of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito on the charge of murdering


Meredith Kercher. Like much of the worlds media, BBC News Channel


keenly awaiting the verdict. We have the senior judge coming along, he


will be the man who will deliver the verdict, and we do trust we have


simultaneous translation. The application of Amanda Knox and


Raffaele Sollecito... Today, they have been... They are going to be


detained as a precautionary measure, to prevent them leaving. We have had


the verdict in Italian, we did have a translation. With me is a London


based translator. From what I understood, they are guilty. The


pair had been found guilty, not that one would have known it from the


simultaneous translation in the court room. Then Wells was not


impressed: Next, question about impartiality in


reporting the street protests in Ukraine. They continued this week


despite the resignation of the Prime Minister and the offer of senior


jobs to the opposition by President Yanukovych. The question arose


around the News at ten on Sunday and it phrase used by the reporter.


During the night, protesters besieged and exhibition centre near


Independence Square. They received information that 200 police officers


were stationed inside. They used fireworks and rocks to break in.


Police retreated. Later, citizens streamed to the captured building.


The only exhibition on today was a display of people power.


There has been controversy this week on a Lib Dem councillor. He tweeted


images of Jesus and Muhammad after a discussion on a BBC One show. He has


since faced a petition against it candidacy and death rates online. On


Wednesday, Newsnight took up the story behind the tweet last Sunday.


He had just been a guest on a BBC programme. In the front row were two


students wearing T-shirts showing the Jesus and Muhammad cartoon. A


debate ensued as to whether they had the right to wear them. Do they have


the right to wear those T-shirts? No, why are you trying to offend


religious faith? That T-shirt does not threaten my God, my faith, the


Koran, any aspect of my religion. I do not feel threatened by that


T-shirt. It was the BBC's decision not to show a close-up that prompted


the tweet. But was the BBC right not to show a close-up I'd originally or


subsequently on Newsnight? We know that the way people access


News online is constantly changing. December last year was the first


month in which BBC News website was used more on mobile and tablet


devices than desktop computers. The BBC is responding to that change


within interesting experiment. The 38 years, the corporation divided


news and information via teletext. In 2012, Ceefax was not thought to


be in the vanguard of innovation and the BBC was looking for new ways of


disseminating news to a social media generation. A mobile app that


enabled its users to create and post six second video clips and then


Instagram, originally a photo sharing site, and you can record


videos, 15 seconds. Good for magic tricks and animals doing amusing


things but does this have any relevance to news? The BBC has used


footage of Kiev. It is now publishing 315 second videos, either


rounding up the day's news or focusing on a simple story, so is


this service pandering to shorter attention spans or an


acknowledgement that some people now want their news delivered at a


different way? With me to explain more about Insta facts, its name is


a combination of Instagram and Ceefax is Chris Hamilton. Welcome


back to News watch. Some people will say a 15 second news item and


certainly a 15 second news summary is too short to have any real value.


I disagree with that because I think you can convey information, say with


tweets, a one-minute radio summary, 15 seconds is shorter but if you do


it well and we have a good team behind it, you can convey


information and if you look at the comments people are leaving they


seem to appreciate it. The most interesting comments are from people


saying, I haven't used BBC News and I will now. Let's look at a recent


one. A summary of the day's events. So this takes three stories. It


gives a headline. You could argue it is old-fashioned, like a newspaper


headline. There is no audio or interview clips. The idea is to


convey in a brief hearing at what the top stories. That is one type of


Insta fax we are doing. We are doing two others which focus on a


particular story so over the course of 15 seconds instead of three


headlines you get more information and pictures on a particular story.


An example we saw, talks on Syria, you see two faces, neither


identified. I wonder how much information it gives especially


given you have to go somewhere else to follow up the stories. You don't


click on the video. It is an experiment. We are trying out


different ways of how it works, different types of information but


we don't think this is the future of news. This is part of a whole range,


starting with 15 seconds, is all the way through to version of paranoid


-- panorama. People can find out more information. This is one way of


delivering a snapshot of the news in a way the audience appreciate.


Ceefax is the inspiration because what has never been bettered since


Ceefax is the idea of a line which is a headline, it gives you enough


information and you could click on that line and going to the story.


You have to go to the website to follow up. That is true, it is one


of the drawbacks, the inability to link directly through, but that is


part of the reason we use the caption alongside to try and convey


more information. I agree about Ceefax, one of the great inventions


and it became a stalwart warhorse of the newsroom that was great at what


it did, conveying information in a short space of time. They are all


about sharing content and the power of that aggregated. You would not


share the 15 second of the news, would you? I am not sure, some


people might if they found a story compelling or they wanted to share.


That is one thing we are doing here, some of the Insta fax that


focus on a particular story are shareable. We did one about a man


who has invented a full sized toy car, which looks like a full-sized


toy car, but it goes on the road. That is the type of thing people


want to share. That is not the content we are doing on its own. We


also are covering the rear, climate change, science stories -- Syria.


Chris Hamilton, thank you very much. Thank you for your comments this


week. If you would like to share your opinions or appear on the


programme, call us. Or e-mail us. You can find us on Twitter. Have


another look at this or previous programmes on our website. That is


all from us. We will be back to hear your thoughts about BBC News


coverage next week. Goodbye. Hello. Today's heavy rain is


clearing away but we are a long way from any calming down of the


weather. More problems to come over the next 24 hours. All thanks to an


area of low


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