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London to trespassing, after scaling the walls of Buckingham Palace. At


ten o'clock we will have a full round-up of the day's news. First


Newswatch. Welcome to Newswatch. Coming up, Newsbeat's website and


application is disappearing, what is going to happen to young people's


news? And was it worth tracking down this man in America just a comment.


When a plane drops out of the sky When a plane drops out of the sky


without explanation, broadcasters are faced with a challenge. When in


Egypt Air flight bound for Cairo dropped off the radar, it was clear


something serious had occurred. For a long time it was not clear what


happened. This man was not happy... Although the inquests into the


deaths of 96 football fans at Hillsborough 25 years ago has


finished, a criminal enquiry into the disaster has continued. One of


those under investigation is the match commander David ducking birth,


the BBC has been trying to track down the commander, on Wednesday he


was tracked down on a family trip to San Francisco. Can I ask you a


reaction? Just at the moment ongoing criminal enquiries, I am afraid I am


unable to comment. I hope you excuse me. Do you have a message for the


families? I have said what I'm going to say. A polite encounter,


prompting a question from viewers. Why on earth was it necessary to


send Duncan Kennedy to San Francisco airport to spring and harass David


Dukinfield, regarding Hillsborough? It was an appalling unjustified


intrusion by a reporter hell-bent on pushing a microphone into his face.


Knowing full well he would not be able to answer questions, quite


rightly. Due to the ongoing legal issues. Someone is very obviously


monitoring David Dukinfield's movements. Which in itself is


worrying and disgraceful. Why did the BBC feel it was necessary to


send a reporter and camera crew to San Francisco to ask questions of


David Dukinfield, because of the potential for future litigation, he


was unable to answer? Was this a sensible use of resources? We asked


BBC News for a response. BBC News announced a big shake-up of


online offerings this week in light of government pressure to offer


distinct content, which does not in pain during commercial rivals.


Making the headlines about other changes, was the fate of 11,000


recipes, some on the licence fee funded BBC Food, some on BBC Good


Food, which suddenly became the subject of fevered debate. Many


people think the BBC has been encroaching on the market. The BBC


recipe website will close. All of the recipes will survive, but many


will be increasingly hard to find. Shortly after that was broadcast, on


Tuesday afternoon, and as an online petition against the proposals


neared 200,000 signatures, there was a U-turn. All of the recipes on the


BBC Food website would now be available on BBC Good Food. What


does this have to do with their conversation? More than you think.


Commercial rivals want BBC Two lessen its content. There will be


changes how you find reason to -- how you find regional news, and the


closing of Newsbeat. Those content will be moved to the main BBC News


website. There was concern on Twitter about this.


I'm joined by Debbie Ramsey, the editor of radio one and Newsbeat.


Newsbeat as a Brown has been around since the 1960s, it was just radio.


Remind us of the range of content you make. Targeting 16-24


-year-olds. What is the aim and secret of attracting them? The aim


is to tap into subjects important to them. Lifestyle, money, music,


education, politics. Makes sense of the world for them, so they are


equipped to go forward. Also to give them a voice, so they can tell


stories to the wider world. We do that in a range of ways now. A very


long time since Newsbeat was just a radio programme, we make visual


documentaries, we have a YouTube channel, all the social media, we


reach them and tell stories that way. People would say in 2016, a


dedicated website and app is exactly what young people need? Our


audiences coming mainly through their website, 16-24 URLs, that is


how they find us, through social media. -- 16-24 year olds. We will


have a prominent place on the front page. Everybody will see us, that is


really exciting. We will have an index page. We will keep doing those


stories, there will be no letup in the original journalism we do. What


about for people who were accessing news only through the Newsbeat app?


Young audiences put off by the existing mainstream news products,


and they need a different way in. That is what the BBC should be


doing? Very few people tap in through the main site. Very small


number, about two percent go to the home page. They are finding us from


online news and social. We are taking the stories to them, really


important for a young audience we are where they are. We will keep


working in the same way, reducing those stories that nobody else is


telling. We will be doing stories on Drake, the world's biggest artist


signing to a small British label, because that is what our users want.


Nobody else will touch it, but we will. There is a feeling that


Newsbeat's presents will be reduced? We have social media, Facebook pages


growing. We tell our stories in different ways. Not just an online


site. Yesterday we tell the story of what is happening in Venezuela in 60


seconds via a video on Facebook. That is not involved in the site,


communicating with the audience. We pride ourselves on talking to our


audience, on all the different mediums. If we are focusing on one,


we are behind the times. We think of our audience, radio, online, online


articles and stories, social media as well. They talk to us on those


platforms, telling us things, we want to hear more about rights for


under 25-year-old mothers to be at work. It turns out we can give a


really good slant on stories in the mainstream as well, absolutely what


we should be doing. Nobody is tackling. Thank you so much.


We will be keeping our eyes out for further changes to the BBC website


and other announcements expected from BBC News about the future of


services in the next few weeks. A couple of your other comments. We


know from recent announcements by Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson,


any pronouncements about Adolf Hitler can get you into trouble. It


was dangerous territory for this play out. You may be wondering how


they reacted in Brussels when they heard Boris Johnson was comparing


the EU to Nazi Europe. By pure good fortune, the exact moment the news


broke was captured in the EU office. Allen last clip is from the same


programme. EU referendum special edition of Newsnight. Kevin Davies


explaining who contributed what to the European Union budget? If you


look what you're putting, net, per head, Britain makes the seventh


biggest contribution. Some legal life viewers noticed a surprising


entry. We knew it took part in the Eurovision Song contest, rather


successfully last weekend. We think they meant Austria! Thanks


for your comments. If you want to share your news and opinions on


current affairs, or want to appear on the programme. You can call us or


e-mail us. Have a look at our website. That is


all from us, back to hear your thoughts about BBC News coverage


again next week. Goodbye.


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