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


With me is Jenni Russell, a columnist at The Times,


and Iain Martin - the Editor of Reaction...


A look at the front pages for you first of all...


The Metro focuses on the news from America - the FBI is looking


into links between Russia and Donald Trump's presidential campaign.


The Daily Telegraph headlines the complaint by some


MPs that the BBC is too "pessimistic" about Brexit.


The BBC's alleged "gloomy" coverage of Brexit is the headline


The Financial Times says the FBI's investigation into the Trump


campaign's links with Russia is a "blow" to the President.


The Times focuses on the numerous big firms who've pulled their online


ads from Google after they appeared next to extremist content.


The I features a "save the date" for next Wednesday,


when Theresa May officially notifies the EU of Brexit.


The Express warns that violent Russian hooligans plan to cause


And finally - the Sun leads with the story that a rapist who had


a sex change in prison has been moved to a women's jail.


Let's dip into a good portion of those in the next 15 minutes.


The i newspaper front page, save the date, Wednesday the 29th of March is


a date for us to earmark? It is a strange headline as it implies there


is something fantastic you will be doing, but it would be interesting


to watch when the Prime Minister says what is happening. It implies


you will have a party, I am holding a wake, Ian is holding a


celebration... I voted Brexit but I don't think I will be celebrating on


Wednesday, the interesting thing is if it was a couple of days later, it


would be April Fools' Day... So it was all a joke? I expect that they


avoided it for good reason! Lets go into more detail, I suppose. The


Financial Times focuses on what Theresa May will be doing on the


29th which is all about a letter, among other things... The Financial


Times reports that the letter goes on, and it essentially goes to


Donald Tusk, the EU Council president. He assembles a response


over the following 24-48 hours and communicates it to the 27 members of


the EU who are not Britain, and essentially, then you get a report


that the notification has been received and after that, probably


not very much is going to happen. Publicly. For a few weeks. Maybe if


you months, they have delayed the summit at which it will be


discussed. It won't be formally discussed with publicity until June,


and that's partly deliberate. Because the French elections are in


the middle of that. I want to know if we will get an idea of what the


government will argue for, when it occurs it is coming out for Brexit.


You're a's complaint is that they have no idea what Britain will ask


for in terms of immigration control -- Europe's complaint. What kind of


body they will suggest can rule because Britain is no longer willing


to accept the EU Court of justice. There are details that Europe or


want to know about and it's good to know if we will be told anything.


The suspicion is that the government does not know enough about what it


wants from Brexit itself. We have slid from the Brexiteers promising


us that we can be part of the single market to owing a fantastic trade


deal with Europe, and now we hear... We crash out of Europe with no


agreement or future. We had to slap tariffs on everything exported, and


everything imported, as part of the WTO organisation deal. And it would


be an economic disaster. Will the Prime Minister give any clues in her


letter? Not really... It will be a standard letter. But the difficulty


is, you have the French elections coming up and then you have the


German elections. That's in the autumn. It is not precisely clear


who the UK will be negotiating with. It's quite a different conversation,


if it is Martin Schultz of Germany, or Marine Le Pen in France... I


think the government will want to keep their cards close to their


chest. And they will start talking quickly. Time is against Britain on


this. We need to be out of the EU two years after we say we invoke


Article 50. The closer we get to be entered negotiations without a deal,


the worse the situation looks for us. If we leave without a deal, we


will be trading on unfavourable terms with the rest of the world.


The EU know that. It is in our interests


to get negotiations started as early as possible and settle things as


quickly as possible. What we hear publicly could be different to what


happens privately. You hear it privately as well... What it will


all be about as establishing the compensation bill, the divorce Bill,


and the future trade agreement... The British will not hand over a


blank cheque and say, can we talk about future relationships. There


are negotiations to happen. The other reasons the UNIDO deal is that


they depend on the City of London because it makes the Eurozone go


around, it is the capital. 2019, and the Daily Express are already


celebrating! They are celebrating already, it is the Daily Express but


it is a clever and simple device, throwing it forward. That is the


date on which Jenni will be holding her awake for us leaving the EU...


-- holding her wake. There's nothing I want to hear more


that there is a good deal for Britain and that we are not


salvaging our relationship with Europe -- savaging.


I'm not confident, from what we see of the Cavalier ignorance of many


Brexiteers so far, that will happen. In two years, let's see who is


wearing a black tie... Let's move onto a Brexit related story, the


front of the Daily Mail talks about the BBC's bias. This is based on a


letter a number of MPs are sending to the director-general? I don't


feel qualified to make a judgment on this. I was a BBC editor for about


15 years. We were always accused of bias. Sometimes, the BBC gets things


wrong, but I do not feel in watching the coverage that is what I felt


I've been getting from it. But you might have a different perspective?


I'm pro-Brexit and I voted for this. I don't get it, 70 MPs do, they have


written a letter to the Director General Lord Paul, country file has


been accused of pursuing an anti-Brexit agenda. As pro-Brexit, I


don't get it. A lot of the BBC programming, I'm not just saying it


because we are on the BBC now but I see people scrupulously trying to


provide balance. Many people on the Remain side but that was too much.


The Tory MP quoted in the piece is a former


journalist for the BBC but is concerned about what has been said?


I think the BBC will take it seriously, from the moment I joined


this organisation as a trainee it was drummed into us about our


responsibility to make sure that you reflect both sides of any argument.


I think it runs like a stick of rock through BBC staff. Things go wrong


but nobody in the BBC sets out to stand on one side of the argument or


the other. But the main point concerning -- but the main point of


concern is that the news is not properly reported. I think a lot of


it is, they are aware of it. I watch a lot of the BBC. It's classic


politician complaining, enough good news is not mentioned. It is


perfectly possible that news will be more difficult in the next year.


Politicians tend to have the idea, why don't you report more positive


stuff? And the Country File thing is interesting, I was having dinner on


Saturday with a group of landowners. They are all Brexiteers, now they


are worried about the consequences of it on farming. Especially if we


have two trade with the rest of the world under WTO rules. They have


tariffs of 14% on agricultural exports which would cripple them.


Would you like a statement from the BBC?


A BBC spokeswoman said the BBC is covering the political and financial


events following the referendum vote in a responsible and impartial way


and is one of the great exports of this country and makes a significant


contribution to the UK creative sector.


I think that is what I said but so much more boring! Don't you agree?


Well obviously, I did have a view! The Daily Telegraph are talking


about the BBC as well but we won't look at it again. Let's have a look


at this image of Theresa May, in American folk. I think this was a


shoot? That is right. Shall we start with you? -- American Vogue. There


will be a lot of analysis on this, why has she done this, wearing


Al-Qaeda Bennett? Was she stung by the criticism -- wearing LK Bennett.


But I wonder whether a lot of this isn't about the fact that she is a


fashion fan, and a reader a reader of Vogue.


She is having the time of her life so when Vogue ask, can we send Annie


Leibovitz, a famous American photographer, to take pictures, you


will say yes! Can I say, I think it would be a serious point here, that


Theresa May is trying to influence Donald Trump and is one of the few


world leaders he feels warm towards. The American public have no idea who


she is. If she is in American Vogue, read by the top swathe of American


society, she introduces herself to them and impresses Donald Trump who


loves nothing more than glamour and prestige, and people appearing in


publications like this. But he isn't in the top swathe of American


society... That's one of his problems! I don't pick you read


anything but he looks at it. Time is relatively tight, let's look at the


last two or three. The Guardian, the enquiry into


Moscow connections. A fairly strict report on what has been said? It is


one of those stories that does not need any dressing up. It is an


extraordinary day, an extraordinary Newsday, in Washington with the FBI


director, James Comey, on the stand. And Michael Rogers of the NSA


devastating day for Trump, really. So embarrassing, really, that at one


point, the evidence in that later session, is that a reflection of


your evidence? She said, no. It's demolished the Trump suggestion that


GCHQ were aspiring on the orders of a bomber.


-- it's demolished the Trump suggestion that GCHQ were working on


the orders of Barack Obama. They have all said there is no


evidence that there was any wiretapping by Barack Obama and the


Department of Justice and the FBI have said that they are clearly very


worried about the potential links between Russia and Donald Trump. It


is extraordinary. Not since Nixon have we seen a president who is


under such suspicion from his own intelligence services. He


difficulties for James Comey is that he admitted they had been


investigating this since July last year but they seem to have expressed


their public views about the Clinton investigation just two weeks before


polling day but kept quiet on this. There are big questions to come on


that. And The Times front page, global brands shunning Google.


Companies are very worried about advertising here? It's debris and


story. It was done by the newspaper, my newspaper, The Times. Because


cannot monitor it, domestic companies like Marks and Spencers


were finding their adverts were coming over homophobic videos or


extremist videos. Google is in a mess, a lot of brands advertise with


them and stock is falling. They have promised to take action, but they


have 400 hours worth of video posted every minute. How do you police


that? They need better algorithms. What is wonderful and a fantastic


story from The Times, that Google and Facebook have given the


impression for years that they are these free to air marvellous social


businesses. But actually, they are the biggest advertising businesses


in the world. They had eaten the lunch of a lot of mainstream media.


Not that we have anything to worry about here! Now they are getting it


in the neck. That's all, thank you very much


indeed. You can get more online, it's their


seven days a week on the BBC website.


Thank you to both of you, and goodbye.


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