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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be

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With me are the Daily Telegraph media commentator Neil Midgley

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and columnist at the London Evening Standard Rosamund Urwin.

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Tomorrow's front pages? The Metro leads on Team GB's heroes

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who achieved the country's best ever overseas Games in Rio -

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claiming the country is now an 'Olympic Superpower'.

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The Guardian bids a fond farewell to Rio after 17 days

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Its main story accuses the NHS in England of a 'disgraceful' lack

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of diversity with white men in the majority of top jobs.

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Mo Farah's joyful leap is pictured in the Mail with speculation that

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many of Team GB's sporting stars will be rewarded

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Britain Will Keep Booming says the Express -

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coupled with a positive story about the post Brexit economy.

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In contrast - a sharp fall in spending on big

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The paper says new Prime Minister Theresa May is not acting

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quickly enough to rebuild the economy following Brexit.

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Good evening. Where are we starting? With the Metro. That fantastic

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picture montage of our Great British Olympians. It is a double page

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spread, a wraparound, the actual front page, I have to say, has a

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preponderance of male faces. Poor old Nicola Adams is the only woman.

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There is another. The female achievements at these Olympics have

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been brilliant. Laura Trott is there. And the woman's hockey team,

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where they pool that victory from one Friday night... Nobody knows!

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And the flagbearer tonight. What did you think? It has been a fantastic

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two weeks, I always like watching the sports you know nothing about

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and for me, Jade Jones is here, she won the gold medal in tae kwon do

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and I do not understand that sport but she is phenomenal to watch. Just

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delightful. And she admits that after 2012, she really did struggle

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a little bit for that first year with formal, suddenly being in the

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spotlight and then to go back and knuckle down and work so hard and

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come back and win, I think that is phenomenal and I really enjoyed Joe

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Clarke, in the kayak, the canoe slalom, that is fascinating to

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watch! I don't understand that but they are brilliant! And Britain are

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global power in gymnastics! Nobody would have thought, for a while Max

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Whitlock was the highest scoring non-American athlete at the Olympic

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Games until Usain Bolt started running and for him... While BBC One

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was broadcasting Countryfile! And he was winning his first gold medal!

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The coverage has not moved over from BBC Two at that point last Sunday

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night! And obviously, Amy Tinkler? The 16-year-old winning bronze on

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the floor. And she will be fantastic to watch in four years. Such talent

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coming through the ranks. If you look at Andy Murray, brilliant and

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he defended his gold and more power to him but we don't have that bench

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in tennis whereas on the other sports like gymnastics and something

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and ruling, we have a lot of talent coming through. Did you catch the

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boxing? Some very unhappy people with that result? I did watch it. I

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don't understand why people want to punch each other as a sport! I did

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watch that through my hands and, to me, as a complete non-boxing expert,

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our boy did seem to land more punches than the other fellow. I am

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very much looking forward to the closing ceremony. The shoes will be

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lit up, Team GB, their shoes. OK, it is great news, second, there is the

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record they have matched? Since 1908. The last time they were at the

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top, London 1908. The highest medal tally in terms of sheer number of

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medals, having eclipsed London 2012 and beating the Chinese, which

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nobody would ever have expected, least of all the Chinese and I'm

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sure there will be some very high-level discussions in Beijing

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about how they can regain that crime. Good news according to the

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daily express foreigners in Britain. More good news! Yes, the Brexit

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supporting daily Express says that despite Brexit, Britain will keep

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booming! How do we know this? There was a survey allegedly of the

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financial industry issued tonight indicating that bosses are broadly

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competent and weathering the post Brexit storm and that is all there

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is on the front page. No detail or any figures who was involved in

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this. Obviously, there are conflicting indicators coming out at

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the moment, the jobless figures and retail sales were pretty good and

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there is a story on the front page of the FT tonight saying

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infrastructure contracts are down by 23% in July. Year-on-year. So

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clearly it is still too early to tell. We will not have a clear

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picture until we get the ONS figures, which are coming out in

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October. Quite a long way. And August is not necessarily the

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greatest time to make these judgments either. It is really

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encouraging that jobless figures did not go through the roof and retail

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sales did not go through the floor at the same time. You would expect

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heads of companies to put a positive spin on things because they do not

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really want to talk down and lower morale? Quite, you do not want to

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knock confidence when your business relies on consumer confidence, you

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would expect them to talk this up a little bit but I think this is the

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express with its own agenda and I might be inclined to read that story

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in the FT and put more emphasis on that. We will hopefully get that for

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the next paper. At 11:30pm. Meanwhile, the Guardian, we have two

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stories from the front page. Which is the first one? The lead is

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talking about the people at the top of the NHS, those running the NHS

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Trusts and they say how appalling the lack of diversity there is,

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coming from a Freedom of Information request that it has done. All about

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how people, despite a big diversity drive and the NHS has a diverse

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workforce lower down, absolutely, a huge number of languages spoken, but

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at the top it is not. The point is that people are appointing in their

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own image and it is run by white men and that has been perpetuated,

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despite an attempt to change that. You can see that this, these are

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people making the spending decisions and that means that you really have

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to think this is somewhere we do need diversity. It seems even more

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important than all the other things. I do a lot of work on getting more

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women running FTSE 100 companies, more diversity that way, but there

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seems even more important to me. Only 2% of NHS Trusts are chaired by

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people from a black or ethnic minority background compared to 12%

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of the population at large. This could be said of most companies, to

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be honest. The BBC has the same criticism. I read stories like this

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and I think, well, OK, show me the solution? The BBC is ?4 billion

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every year, the NHS is ?130 billion. You can have a short list that has

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to include a diverse range of candidates, that is not forcing them

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to appoint them but at least say there is this candidate and put the

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name forward rather than just having people thinking, maybe I play golf

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with him whatever it is, we cannot have those things still having some

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effect. More people thinking he is a lot like me, when it comes to

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interviews. Some employers are recruiting with skills interview

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conducted by people from high up the company and then the values

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interview by peers at the same level as the position to be appointed,

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which does not necessarily go to the colour of the person's skin or

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gender. Do you both believe in short lists? I think it helps. What

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happens at the moment is we hear these phrases and platitudes rolled

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out, we must get more diversity, and the obvious steps that you can take

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to make more of change, they do not happen. OK. Final story... I will

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quickly glanced down. Where is this? What is this about? Students,

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illegible ink leaves GCSE markers feeling blue. People who mark GCSEs

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apparently do not get walloping great envelopes full of papers by

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secure delivery. All other papers are scanned into an and they get a

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PDF. If you are a student and you have written your GCSE answers in

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light green or light blue ink, then the marker cannot necessarily

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decipher them and they cannot turn the PDF towards the light, as they

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could with paper. It does say on the front, big letters, right in black

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ink! And you would hope that teachers would tell the students

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that. That is fundamental. You will be failed instantly for not reading

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the instructions! And they give out pens! Just give out black pens! GCSE

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results, Thursday? Yes. Thank you, Neil Midgley

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and Rosamund Urwin -- you'll both be back at 11.30pm

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for another look at the stories

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