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

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

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and Iain Martin - the Editor of Reaction...

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

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

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

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The Daily Telegraph headlines the complaint by some

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

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

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

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

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

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ads from Google after they appeared next to extremist content.

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

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when Theresa May officially notifies the EU of Brexit.

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The Express warns that violent Russian hooligans plan to cause

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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that the notification has been received and after that, probably

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The EU know that. It is in our interests

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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salvaging our relationship with Europe -- savaging.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Tory MP quoted in the piece is a former

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Would you like a statement from the BBC?

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

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events following the referendum vote in a responsible and impartial way

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

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contribution to the UK creative sector.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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fashion fan, and a reader a reader of Vogue.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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last two or three. The Guardian, the enquiry into

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GCHQ were aspiring on the orders of a bomber.

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

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

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evidence that there was any wiretapping by Barack Obama and the

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

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

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

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under such suspicion from his own intelligence services. He

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difficulties for James Comey is that he admitted they had been

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

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their public views about the Clinton investigation just two weeks before

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

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

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

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

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cannot monitor it, domestic companies like Marks and Spencers

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were finding their adverts were coming over homophobic videos or

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

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

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

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

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

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

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businesses. But actually, they are the biggest advertising businesses

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

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

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

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

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seven days a week on the BBC website.

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Thank you to both of you, and goodbye.

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We had a taste of spring last week. This week, to begin the

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No need to wait until tomorrow morning to see what's in the papers - tune in for a lively and informed conversation about the next day's headlines.


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