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time for Newswatch.
Hello, and welcome to Newswatch with
me, Samira Ahmed. Coming up... The
News at ten can't tell the
difference between three Bollywood
actors in reporting the death of
film star Usher Kapoor. And how the
BBC is sending journalists into
schools to tackle fake news. First,
how the death of the renowned Indian
actor Shashi Kapoor was covered on
the News at ten this week. The BBC
chose to play on the very brief
footage as Huw Edwards announced the
star had died aged 79. But neither
of the actors show work Shashi
The veteran Indian actor
Shashi Kapoor has died in hospital
in Mumbai at the age of 79.
One of India's greatest acting
families, he appeared in more than
150 films, including a dozen in
English. He starred in some of the
biggest Hollywood blockbusters of
the 1970s and 80s.
noticed and complained on social
media, and the programme's editor
Paul Royal College on Twitter
shortly after. -- apologised on
And on the following night, on the
News at ten, the word is apologised
and yen over photographs of Shashi
Kapoor -- Huw Edwards apologised.
They confirmed that mistakes were
due to human error at.
Last night we
showed the wrong images, which we
apologised. The actor appeared in
more than 150 films, including
another of English-language
productions. Shashi Kapoor won
numerous acting prizes during his
long career, as well as one of
India's highest civilian award.
Well, the BBC said sorry. Was that
good enough? Many viewers got in
touch to question how such a mistake
could be made. Nadia Hussain
And Art Patel was not impressed
A lot of people who watch
Bollywood movies, it's part of that
cultural history, identity, they
would find this very upsetting. It's
not very nice to show another actor
who is also a very big part of many
people's identity and culture to be
in the opening clip as opposed to
the person who passed away, Shashi
Kapoor. Shashi Kapoor is completely
different, for the BBC not to do
this distinction right from the off
is very inconsiderate.
review on the Andrew Marr Show got
rather heated last Sunday, leading
some viewers to question whether
Andrew Marr had control over the
panel. Ukip's former leader Nigel
Farage, a former Labour adviser and
Kate Andrews from the Institute of
Economic Affairs were on the sofa.
The freeze, take back control, take
back control and give it to the
Irish, you know, we are in such a.
Well, that's why we're going to talk
about, we have to stand up
Brexit is failing because of
the government. It's an absolute
waste of time
Graham Lee's e-mail to
And Monte Hellman called in...
Andrew Marr was unable to control
them. As a licence payer, somebody
who just wants information and to
learn something from these people,
this contributes nothing.
term fake news may have first been
popularised by Donald Trump Geraint
his presidential election campaign,
but it's become a major concern, not
just because politicians throw it at
journalism they don't like, but also
because of the evidence of fake
stories created and spread,
especially through social media
platforms, noticeably in the run-up
to the US election. How easy is it
just got fake news? There has been
rapid change in how young people
consume news, and the BBC has
started a scheme to help secondary
school pupils identify it. The BBC's
editor and roll Rajan spoke at six
formers in Kent.
How do you consume
I'll be honest,
mainly through SnapChat.
hand up if you are an Snapchat.
gauge the news literacy, we showed
the pupils an image that was shed
thousands of time on social media.
It depicts a Muslim woman pictured
after the Westminster Bridge terror
attacks, yeah, she seems like she's
not caring. But this was fake news.
The image was attached to it wit
from an account linked to Russia,
and our pupils did detect
I think if
she was of a different race this
treat would never have been put out.
It's really Rob that people feel the
need to do that.
From March, up to
1000 schools will be offered meant
to ring in class, online or at
events by BBC journalists, including
the likes of Huw Edwards and the
BBC's economic editor Kamal Ahmed,
and he joins us now. Have you ever
been caught out by fake news?
don't think so, no. Obviously we do
our best to make sure that we're
I was once almost caught out.
A Mark Carney Twitter feed started,
who's the Governor of the Bank
of England, and I must admit,
for a moment I thought, my goodness,
the Governor of the Bank of England
is going to start tweeting.
That was the only time
I thought to myself,
check yourself, Kamal!
Is that really believable?
I think when you're thinking
about fake news, that is probably
the first thing to do.
Is what you're seeing
And as soon as you've checked,
is Mark Carney going to be
on Twitter anywhere else,
everyone was saying, well,
of course, the Governor of the Bank
of England can do that.
-- cannot do that.
So I think it's thinking about,
what's the source of the story,
does it look believable,
is it being reported anywhere else?
And I suppose the responsibility
is on us as the BBC to help people
navigate this new world of news
that they live in.
Well, let's talk about that,
because people might say,
why does the BBC feel it needs to do
anything about this?
I think we do have a role,
if the BBC's role, its mission,
is to educate, inform and entertain,
educate is part of what we do,
and I think it's an important part
of the conversation.
And also I think, Samira, for us,
we need to listen as well.
We need to listen to young people.
Amol Rajan's piece there
was very interesting,
what people felt about some
of the news information
they were being given.
So it's a learning
exercise for us as well.
Let's look at a couple of the things
you mentioned there.
We saw Amol going into schools,
as you said, what actually
are people like him and you doing
when you do go into them?
Well, I'm going back to my old
school in the New Year in London.
I think what I would love to do,
and I think this is what the BBC
is planning, is just go through some
of those stories and talk
to the young people,
the sixth formers and others,
about what they think about the news
coverage and how it works.
And do they think about,
is it fake news?
Is a deliberately misleading
piece of information?
And how can you check whether it is?
It's very clear that young
in their teens and early 20s,
they don't consume traditional
curated TV news bulletins
like we all used to.
Do BBC editors understand
their world enough?
The BBC certainly does.
I would not claim myself
that we should say, we understand
the world that young people live in.
But certainly we have
all sorts of content
on Facebook and on Twitter,
on Instagram, we have a piece of our
of our organisation called
News Labs, which looks
at how news is shared
and different ways on mobile.
Newsbeat and Newsround,
they are on lots of these
social media outlets.
In terms of who you send out
to spread that message,
if you don't mind me saying so,
apart from Tina Hayley,
who has worked on Radio One,
one might think you're not actually
of that generation.
You know, who would be the right
people to be sending,
and is it people like you?
Well, I think it's young people,
but I think it's about showing
that the BBC takes it seriously
at whatever level of its
organisation you happen to be
and whatever age you are.
I'm certainly no celebrity,
and I wouldn't claim that I am,
but I think I work at the front line
for the BBC in economics,
which lots of young people talk
about and are very interested in -
inequality, those type of issues
are issues that I cover.
And I think if I can help
people navigate that
and also listen to that,
I think that is of advantage,
I hope, to them, and it
certainly will be to us.
Kamal Ahmed, thank you. The tone of
Brexit coverage is a regular issue
with Newswatch viewers. This week,
breakfast presenter Charlie Stayt's
interview with Transport Secretary
Chris Grayling about Brexit
negotiations came in for criticism
by several viewers who thought it
I'm not sure what your
role was today in being sent out and
doing media interviews, I know you
are doing the rounds today, this is
how this works, but was your job to
reassure people that everything is
going well and everything is in
hand, because I'm not sure that you
have done that?
My job is to say to
people, we are in the middle of a
negotiation, it's a complex
negotiation, negotiations have their
ups and downs, we are confident that
we will move... Dogra Charlie Stayt
conducted the most appalling
interview with the trance but
secretary Dogra Chris Grayling, he
was rude and arrogant and often
aggressive. Surely Charlie Stayt
does not expect the Government to
reveal their strategy on live TV for
the world to C, yet he continuously
pressed Mr Grayling over and over
again, becoming increasingly rude
and offering his own sarcastic
responses when he didn't get the
answers that he was looking for. I'm
surprised that Mr Grayling did not
storm of the set. I would like to
think that BBC reporters can show
some respect that guests,
unfortunately it is becoming clear
that this is not the case.
Keeler, embroiled in the 1960 the
Profumo scandal which was a young
woman, died this week aged 75. The
then teenager was the centre of the
news media frenzy over her brief
relationship with a Government
minister, John Profumo, which shut
Harold Macmillan's government. Jack
Wheeler tweeted his discomfort with
the language used to describe her on
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