the work being done by open style lab shows what can be done when technology and lateral thinking meet a social need. with a bit of luck, fashion of the future will all be designed with this much style. that's it for the short cut of click for this week, the full—length version is up on iplayer for you to watch whenever you like. and don't forget, we live on throughout the week on facebook and on twitter @bbcclick. thanks for watching and we'll see you soon. hello, this is breakfast, with steph mcgovern and charlie stayt. a lifeline for thousands of businesses hit by the collapse of carillion. £100 million worth of taxpayer—backed loans are being offered to firms who need help, but some companies tell breakfast it's too little, too late. good morning, it's saturday the 3rd of february.
also this morning: rage boils over in court. a father of three girls abused by the doctor of the american gymnastics team apologises for his actions and says he's no hero. talk is cheap. the boss of the fbi hits back at donald trump in a row over a memo that accuses the bureau of bias. in sport, scottish hopes soar as they start the six nations in wales today, and they're both hoping to snuff out england's hopes of becoming the first side to complete a hatrick of titles in 130 years. ireland kick off in france. they're back, the spice girls say the time is right to explore new opportunities, but what will those those opportunities be? we'll try and find out. and ben has the weather. good morning. your saturday looks
great, damp and cold in most places. there will be snow in some high ground in the north and then the weather looks set to stay cold through the rest of the weekend and into next week. all the details on the way. —— looks great. thanks, ben, see you in a bit. small businesses affected by the collapse of carillion are being offered the chance to apply for government backed loans from high street lenders. thousands of suppliers were left unpaid after the firm went into liquidation in january. our business correspondent joe lynam reports. britain's second biggest construction company collapsed three weeks ago, leaving debts of almost £1 billion and a pensions deficit ofa similaramount. apart from those directly employed at carillion, thousands of smaller suppliers and contractors faced ruin due to unpaid debts. now the government is providing guarantees to small firms worth £100 million through the state—backed british business bank. these will allow companies who lost money due to carillion get bank loans. but it also means taxpayers might be on the hook if someone defaults.
additionally, the uk banking sector has promised to take the circumstances surrounding carillion into consideration if individuals face problems repaying loans, overdraft or mortgages. the extent of the damage to the wider uk economy of one firm's collapse is coming into sharp focus. joe lynam, bbc news. this is a story we will get reaction on this morning. the leader of the liberal democrats, vince cable, has responded to today's announcement. he says the government should have taken this step sooner. later on in the programme we'll be catching up with one business owner who carried out services on behalf of carillion and getting his response to today's announcement. a father whose three daughters were among those abused by us gymnastics doctor larry nassar has apologised after trying to attack him at a court in michigan. nassar was sentenced to up to 175
years in prison last month, after more than 150 women testified that he had sexually abused them. randall marg raves‘ daughter morgan spoke after the incident in the courtroom. nedder towfik reports. to my parents, thank you for all your love and support through all of this. throughout larry nassar‘s sentencing hearings, women have shared their horrific tales of abuse at the hands of the disgraced doctor. on friday, the testimonies continued, with the heartbreaking account of the margraves family, whose three daughters were all victimised. after hearing two of his daughters recount their ordeals, randall margraves asked for a turn to speak as a distraught father. i would ask you to, as part of the sentencing, to grant me five minutes in a locked room with this demon. i have a feeling... would you do that? that is not how our... yes or no? no, sir, i can't do that. would you give me one minute? you know that i can't do that. that's not how our legal system... well, i'm gonna have to...
the chaotic and raw moment showed the guilt and pain that parents and families are still struggling with. believing the father had suffered enough, the judge said he would be released without charge. there's no way that this court is going to issue any type of punishment given the circumstances of this case. at a press conference afterwards, the margraves girls defended their father. he reacted in a way that i feel most fathers would have done and probably wanted to do in a situation like this. it was hard for my dad to hear what each of us experienced specifically today and it's easy to get caught up when emotions arriving why. -- when emotions are running high. he reacted in a way that i feel most fathers would have done and probably wanted to do in a situation like this. after reflecting on what happened earlier, my father is remorseful. randall margraves said he was not a hero, but the real heroes were his girls and the other victims. if it wasn't for all the brave girls and women that have come forward before now, i don't know if my family could have
come forward now. the case has inevitably sparked numerous investigations into why michigan state university, where he was employed, along with usa gymnastics and the us olympic committee failed to stop him. nedder towfik, bbc news, new york. the conservative mpjacob rees—mogg, a prominent brexit campaigner, has been caught up in scuffles with protesters who tried to disrupt a speech he was making to students at a university in bristol. police were called but, so far, no arrests have been made. the university of the west of england said it was appalled by what happened, and it fully supported free speech. i think that we live in a free society and freedom of speech is very important. and people like me who advocate freedom of speech must support it when it's not exactly what we want, as well as when it is what we want, so i think they're entitled to protest, they're entitled to disapprove and dislike my views.
i think it's sad that they don't want to engage and discuss them. the boss of the fbi has hit back at donald trump in a row over the release of a secret republican memo, which accuses the agency of political bias against the president. in an e—mail to staff, christopher wray said talk is cheap and that the bureau would continue to investigate independently and by the book. democrats have said the release was another effort to undermine the inquiry into alleged collusion with russia. 0ur north america correspondent peter bowes reports. this is the memo that sunk relations between the president and the fbi to a new low. the document, written by republicans, makes the case that the justice department and the fbi showed bias towards donald trump while buying on one of his advisers. a warrant for the surveillance operation was based on a dossier of information compiled by a former british intelligence agent who was desperate for donald trump to lose the election. i think it's a disgrace what's happening in our country,
and when you look at that and you see that and so many other things, what's going on, a lot of people should be ashamed of themselves and much worse than that. but the democrats say the memo doesn't tell the full story and is a shameful effort to discredit the ongoing investigation into the trump campaign's links with russia. reporter: is the memo a dud, sir, is it a dud? donald trump is smiling again but this is a vicious fight at the heart of the us government. some are saying the only winners are the russians. peter bowes, bbc news. many gps feel undervalued, unable to provide safe care and that they have no choice but to quit, according to in depth research with doctors who have left the profession early. nhs england has promised an extra 5,000 gps by the end of the decade but the most recent statistics show the number has
instead dropped by nearly 1200. the department of health and social care says it has the highest ever number of gps in training. this is something i never thought i would say on television! the spice girls have confirmed they're reuniting to work on new opportunities. they posted this picture with emma bunton, better known as baby spice, commenting that the future is looking spicy. it's the first time they've been seen together like this since 2012. the group were hugely famous in the 19905 with their ‘girl power‘ philosophy, they split in 2000 but performed at the closing ceremony of the london olympics. this was one super—fan's reaction. if i'm gonna be completely honest, i broke down in tears. i was literally in the back of my friend's car, i was, like, "they're back!" there's been rumours for literally months, years, decades, all saying they're going to get back together, they're gonna do something, an anniversary special, another tour.
0bviously since the olympics there's been this massive craze, "we need the spice girls back!" millions of people still want them. i think now especially with the metoo movement and feminism being at the forefront of news and stuff, which is great. i wonder what the definition of a superfan is? i wonder what the definition of a super fan is? him. definitely! love the spice girls, very exciting news! i know you're not as excited as me. you know what, i'm excited... i think it's great, why not? i remember it first time around. think it's great, why not? i remember it first time aroundli think it's great, why not? i remember it first time around. i was 14 remember it first time around. i was 1a when they first came out. remember it first time around. i was 14 when they first came out. what we need is more detail about what they're going to do. we just have they're going to do. we just have the one image. physically they have met but what next? wales will kick off this year's 6 nations championship later against scotland. but there'll be someone missing. shenkin the regimental
goat of the royal welsh, who traditionally leads the players onto the pitch, died in september. it means the regiment needs a replacement, and our reporter alex humphreys has been to help them with the search. it's one of the best vantage points along the north coast of wales, home to seals, rare plants and goats. yes, the great 0rme in llandudno is also home to the royal herd, and i'm on the hunt for a new goat mascot with the 3rd battalion the royal welsh. what is it you look for in a good goat mascot? well, we came up yesterday afternoon to do a recce to find a couple of herds where they've specifically got young billy goats. there was one specific one who when i called him and made a noise to attract his attention, he's in very inquisitive, he stared at us. that's a good sign, is it? he's got a bit of cheeky smile about him and he's got a lovely flop of hairjust in front of his horns. a bit like your hat? a bit like my hat. so, tom, how do you catch a goat?
well, we've got to find them first, we're going to be strolling the great 0rme to find the herd and find the goat we actually want. then i'm going to rugby tackle him. you're kidding? don't kid. not today, luckily for me and the goat. we've got an rspca vet who's gonna dart him for us before we take him home. but catching him isn't as easy as it sounds. things don't quite go as planned. it looks like goats 2—0 royal welsh at the moment. that's it. eight hours later... so, can't you just choose a different goat? no, we looked at him yesterday, he had a good bit of character about him. he was local today, we saw him this morning and he's the one we want. the elusive shenkin has definitely been kidding with us today. so the moral of the story is never to work with animals, especially goats.
alex humphreys, bbc news. so just to clarify, they've got a temporary goat today but they're still looking for this goat with character that they want to get hold of to be the new shenkin. who knows, maybe the temporary go today will turn out such an amazing performance with so much character that they don't need to look for a new code?‘ good point, i like it! —— a new goat. the number of women who die from breast cancer has fallen by ten % in five years, according to figures released by cancer research uk. in 2010, 39 women out of every 100,000 in the uk died from breast cancer. in 2015, that figure reduced to 35 women per 100,000. the charity says a better understanding of the genetics of the disease, together with new drugs and surgical techniques, have all been linked to the decrease. from cancer research uk and gail hanson, a former breast cancer patient.
good morning to you. a special welcome to you. yours is one of the success welcome to you. yours is one of the success stories? it is. give us a brief summary of what happened. a routine mammogram in 2010. the lump was slow—growing and very far in so it would have been a long time until i found it. did you think there was something wrong? until i found it. did you think there was something wrong7m until i found it. did you think there was something wrong? it came out of the blue, my second routine mammogram. surgery, then you have three weeks radiotherapy. luckily, it was all clear. it sounds awful, on the drugs. the first one was tamoxifen, which is the generic one
and after menopause, i was swapped to another one. and i go back every two years. eight years in may and then ten years and they say we don't need to see you any more. how are you feeling in yourself? it's hard because it's a while ago but it could've been so different. gail is a walking, talking example. talking about prostate cancer. the problems of men not presenting themselves thinking about the rome bodies enough. does the opposite hampton with women? women are more inclined just to understand their own bodies. anecdotally, and there is evidence to suggest, they are aware of their bodies and if there are any changes,
they go to their gps. men think it is probably nothing to worry about. women are more likely to go. early diagnosis is very important, for all cancers. how has treatment changed? it's been refined. breast cancer has fallen 10%, prostate cancer only 6%. that is why you see this change where prostate cancer kills more people than breast cancer. the investment into breast cancer happened earlier. in the 90s, there was a big campaign, more money in research, better treatment. there has been a refinement. what about the screening process? screening for breast cancer, we had a massive campaign. it is standard practice. men tend not to go. but we should encourage them. gail, you said it
came from the mammogram. were you very aware of it? i have been a volunteer for cancer research uk very aware of it? i have been a volunteerfor cancer research uk in one of the shops. you probably have it more on the back of your mind. you are a mum and a grandmother as well. do you see a change in the generations beneath you about awareness? a lot of changes in your lifetime? yes. because back in the day, i'm sure people died of cancer. nobody talked about it, and i would like to think by the time my grandchildren are grown—up, would have knocked the head. that generational change is interesting. you have worked in the same area for afairamount of you have worked in the same area for a fair amount of time as well. you would have seen that.|j a fair amount of time as well. you would have seen that. i think so.
cancer research uk has such a big brands now that people talk about cancer and brands now that people talk about cancerand gail is brands now that people talk about cancer and gail is right. i remember asa cancer and gail is right. i remember as a child, people just didn't talk about it. he is not well or she is not well. now people like gail are prepared to talk about it and i think that's very important, changing attitudes. do you talk in yourfamily changing attitudes. do you talk in your family about it? it's been a while but i never hid it from anybody. i suppose it is the bits of people's bodies that you don't talk about. if it saves a life you've got to talk about things. with thank you very much. you're watching breakfast from bbc news. some of us are going to see some snow today. some more of us could get some snow as we head on into
next week but as far as today's concerned, a cold feel to the weather. damp weather to many. the chance for some snow. all because of this slow—moving band of cloud which has pushed its way in from the atlantic. a frontal system which is stalling at the moment. it is running into some pretty cold air. that is why we are going to see some snow mixed into the rain. and potentially some ice into north—eastern areas. this cloud, this patchy rain, only very slowly limping its way eastwards. we suspect across eastern scotland, some snow mixed in over high ground. something brighter into western scotland. some sunshine here but also a scattering of hefty, bunbury showers. it may well be parts of east anglia and kent don't see much rain. but the much of england and rails --
rain. but the much of england and rails —— england and wales, patchy rain and snow over the high ground. as we run through the rest of the afternoon, it's a process of the band of cloud sitting in place, rain and hill snow fizzling in place. the six nations match in cardiff and also in paris, temperatures around five or six degrees. through tonight, cloudy theme. the risk that some ice as well. temperatures will drop perilously as well. across a good part of continental europe, temperatures tomorrow morning a good deal lower than that. why do i mention that? increasingly through tomorrow, that is where our air will be coming from. as this builds down through scandinavia. strong cold winds particularly across southern areas. also bringing some wintry
showers. more likely rain during the afternoon. temperatures on the thermometer, 4— seven degrees. norwich for example will feel like it is freezing. we will stick through that cold north—easterly wind. some snow showers for east anglia and the south—east. elsewhere, largely dry. it stays cold through the coming week. the chance of some further snow in places. you managed to get your copy in quick without anyone noticing. we should have a look at the papers this morning. let's start with the times. a picture with gillian anderson. you got some copy on her face. the main story is about
oligarchs and corruption, being forced to explain their luxury lifestyles in britain. a full spectrum attack on organised crime. the front page of the telegraph having a bit of fun. the spice girls. the first time they have been together for a long girls. the first time they have been togetherfor a long time. the telegraph is gone with what we want. we haven't said what they might or might not do. just saying something might not do. just saying something might happen. in the telegraph, heterosexual couples will be given the right to enter civil partnerships. the biggest shakeup of marriage laws since the 1800 is full -- 18005. many have "18005. many have been in touch over the spice girls story. simon says he saw them live back in the 19905 and he
threw a large pair of white underpants with his phone number on them to geri. he is still waiting for a call. the daily mail. so we were talking about breast cancer ju5t were talking about breast cancer just a moment ago. prostate cancer was the focus yesterday. the daily mail is talking about prostate cancer. looking at boosting funding. could 5ave cancer. looking at boosting funding. could save the lives of 7000 men a year. those statistics around prostate cancer really are very shocking. sticking with health, the daily mirror has a story about ta rg ets daily mirror has a story about target5 being axed after nhs chiefs 5aid tory cut5 make them impossible. a full review of the papers coming up. the sister of film star natalie wood says she's pleased the late actress's hu5band robert wagner has been named as a person of interest in the investigation into her death. she drowned in 1981 during a yachting trip, and her death was ruled
to be an accident. in an interview with the sun, her sister larna says she hopes the truth will now come out. joining us from los angeles i5 entertainment journalist jeanne wolf. good morning to you. this story, which dates back so many years, nearly 30 years, it made an extraordinary impact in the us and around the world because of those involved. theirfame. around the world because of those involved. their fame. so around the world because of those involved. theirfame. so many my5teries that surround it. involved. theirfame. so many mysteries that surround it. the my5teries are what keeps the story going. it's been almost 40 years since this happened but 5ix going. it's been almost 40 years since this happened but six years ago, they reopened the investigation and they now say that some new witne55e5 and they now say that some new witnesses have emerged and the sheriff's department made a statement saying that robert wagner's testimony hasn't matched
what other witnesses 5ay. fir5t wagner's testimony hasn't matched what other witnesses 5ay. first of all, it's a long time. second of all, it's a long time. second of all, the night about horrible accident, everybody, including natalie and robert wagner, including christopher walken, who was on the boat, had been partying and drinking and when robert wagner wrote his memoir, he admitted that he had a fight with natalie bhatti 5aid memoir, he admitted that he had a fight with natalie bhatti said he knows he is not responsible for the death but he continues to feel the pain of the responsibility because he should have watched out for his wife. you've got to remember, these are movie stars, some of the most beautiful colouring people you have seen, but they are human beings. bringing this all up again mu5t seen, but they are human beings. bringing this all up again must be so bringing this all up again must be so painfulfor robert bringing this all up again must be so painful for robert wagner. bringing this all up again must be so painfulfor robert wagner. to some degree you think, what's the
point? that's an interesting point you raise. a lot of people might be curiou5 you raise. a lot of people might be curious as to how it is after such a long period of time, it is only because in an interview with the captain of the boat. six years ago, that was the case once again. the captain used to quote that now the sheriff ‘5 department is quoting, 5he sheriff ‘5 department is quoting, she didn't get off that boat by herself. well, it's not as if he saw it will anyone will ever know. it's kind of like marilyn monroe in the sense that when someone beautiful dies before their time, there is still so many questions, so many unknowns surrounding it, itjust keeps going on. it almost turns into
a movie for the audience. it makes great media but great pain to the family. there is a process going on, and investigation ongoing. whether or not this will reach some kind of conclusion. of course, it's too early to say. and you can also says the prostration when people go back and say, g, the original investigation was not thorough enough. they quicklyjudge did an accident. now they are saying an accident. now they are saying an accident in undetermined circumstances. i don't know how you can trust the word of two people in a boat across the water who said they had an argument and waited all this time to come out for the police or the authorities waited all this
time to contact them about their tip. it's painful and silly in some ways. happening such a long time ago. you really wonder how they going to find more evidence after all these years when, at the time, they didn't come up with anything. thank you very much real. police in the united states have confirmed that the actor robert wagner is being treated as a person of interest in the death of film star natalie wood. you're watching breakfast from bbc news. still to come this morning. together again. does this picture mean the spice girls are set for a reunion? we'll be joined by a super—fan who's a little bit excited. hello, this is breakfast with steph mcgovern and charlie stayt. good morning, here's
a summary of today's main stories from bbc news: contractors affected by the collapse of carillion will be able to apply for government backed loans from high street lenders. thousands of suppliers were left unpaid after the construction giant went into liquidation in january. ministers say the state—owned british business bank will guarantee £100 million of lending to those firms, which should make it easier for them to borrow. a father whose three daughters were among those abused by us gymnastics doctor larry nassar has apologised after trying to attack him at a court in michigan. nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison last month after more than 150 women testified that he had sexually abused them. it was hard for my dad to hear what each of us experienced explicitly for the first time today, and it's easy to get caught up
when emotions are running high. he reacted in a way that i think most fathers would have done and probably wanted to do in a situation like this but after reflecting on what happened earlier, my father is remorseful. justice cannot be served by one individual, it must go through the judicial system. the conservative mpjacob rees—mogg, a prominent brexit campaigner, has been caught up in scuffles with protesters who tried to disrupt a speech he was making to students at a university in bristol. police were called but, so far, no arrests have been made. the university of the west of england said it was appalled by what happened, and it fully supported free speech. i think that we live in a free society and freedom of speech is very important. and people like me who advocate freedom of speech must support it when it's not exactly what we want, as well as when it is what we want, so i think they're entitled to protest, they're entitled to disapprove and dislike my views. i think it's sad that they don't want to engage and discuss them.
the boss of the fbi has hit back at donald trump in a row over the release of a secret republican memo, which accuses the agency of political bias against the president. in an e—mail to staff, christopher wray said talk is cheap and that the bureau would continue to investigate independently and by the book. democrats have said the release was another effort to undermine the inquiry into alleged collusion with russia many gps feel undervalued, unable to provide safe care and that they have no choice but to quit, according to in depth research with doctors who have left the profession early. nhs england has promised an extra 5,000 gps by the end of the decade but the most recent statistics show the number has instead dropped by nearly 1200. the department of health and social care says it has the highest ever number of gps in training. the lead singer of the temptations, dennis edwards, has died in hospital in chicago. he was 74. he grew up in detroit, the home of motown, where he learnt his craft in a church choir.
he joined the temptations in 1968, replacing david ruffin. as a lead singer he featured on hits such as papa was a rollin' stone, i can't get next to you and ball of confusion. those are the main stories and mike is here with the sport. it's the beginning of the six nations. the beginning of the six nations. the beginning of the six nations. the beginning of a massive six weeks, all the highlights on the sporting calendar —— one of. and we will be crossing live to 0lly foster in cardiff before the big game today. our other big story: no andy murray, no kyle edmund, but great britain could have unearthed a brand new star in cameron norrie. he's 22 and made his davis cup debut against spain yesterday and came from two sets down to beat world number 23 roberto bautista agut, and level the tie at 1—1. liam broady lost the first singles match to albert ramos—vinolas, but norrie produced the performance of his life to beat a man ranked 91 places above him in the world. he only turned professional last
june and this was his first ever professional match on red clay. jamie murray and dominic inglot play in the doubles rubber later today and you can follow the match live on bbc two and the bbc sport website from 1pm this afternoon. ijust looked at my forehand the whole match and thought i was tougher than the guy through the whole match. physically had some problems in the end but i was really pumped with my efforts, it's given me lots of confidence. my first match on clay so i'm just stoked. not surprised! in the championship, bolton wanderers are out of the relegation zone after a 1—0 win over promotion chasing bristol city. former newcastle forward sammy ameobi scored this cracker late on. city remain in fifth. wigan made a strong start to their super league season with a 40—12 win against salford. wakefield trinity also won at hull kr, but the result of the night came at st helens as the home side thrashed last season's runners—up castleford 46—6.
ben barba collected man of the match going overfor two tries, while mark percival scored a hat—trick, barba setting him up here. let's get back to the start of the six nations, and our man 0lly foster is at the principality stadium in cardiff ahead of their opening match today, where wales will be hoping to burst the scottish bubble. absolutely, good morning to you, mike. a big old empty stadium but my favourite stadium in the world for the, 74,500 will be here this afternoon —— for rugby. 15 matches across the next six weeks. that's what it's all about. wales have their name on the trophy a couple of times, you've got to go back to 2013 for that. scotland have never won this trophy, 1999, the last time scotla nd this trophy, 1999, the last time scotland won the five nations, but victory is few and far between for
the scots, but could this be their year? what an opener. they've had a fantastic year last year, rounding it off beating australia as well. gregor townsend has really got the scots going. they're really playing some fantastic rugby. this six nations championship will be notable idling for the players who aren't here. all sorts of endure you worry is for all the teams across—the—board. is for all the teams across—the—boa rd. —— is for all the teams across—the—board. —— injury worries. wales, 500 caps warren gatland can't choose from. has ten scarlets players in his team hoping their clu b players in his team hoping their club form replicates. what an opener we have an here are the two coaches about how they hope to start the championship —— he has ten scarlets players. it's a good game for us to get first up. the players involved last year were disappointed with losing away in murrayfield and they feel there is a great chance for us to get the campaign off to a good
start and against a scottish team who have definitely been resurging and are going to test us and cause us a number of problems. the most recent evidence is they're able to train at a pace and intensity that can match the best teams in the world, that can go to places like cardiff and put on a really good performance, and they're together. we feel there's a real togetherness that's been built up for a while now, it comes out in the way they talk to each other, the way they work hard each other. looking ahead to the other matches, ireland in france later today and england in italy tomorrow. england chasing history, trying to become the first nation for 130 years to win three in a row. but ireland star as many people's favourites? absolutely, remember what ireland did to england last year as well in the final match —— start. england going for a hat—trick of titles and no team in the history of the home
nations am of the five nations, the six nations has three in a row out right by themselves —— no team in the history of the home nations, the five nations. england were going for the winning run but ireland upset them. ireland are in paris. they have less injuries than everyone else and england, for all their injuries, they have quite an easy introduction, going to the traditional wooden spooner team, italy, on sunday. alongside the men's championship, the women's fixtures as well, they mirror the men's. we had a fantastic start to the women's six nations championship last night in colwyn bay. wales beat scotla nd last night in colwyn bay. wales beat scotland by a single point, 18—16. they really ran away with it. —— 18-17. the they really ran away with it. —— 18—17. the scots came charging back
at them in the second half. two tries for the welsh but then the scots came back, a drive from lake put the welsh 18—5 up —— a try from. chloe rutherford scored two second—half tries to get them within a point but the welsh just hung on. they will be hoping that is a very good omen for the men. scotland probably narrow favourites here this afternoon and i cannot wait for this place to start filling up. it's an amazing stadium. absolutely. we will join you later and we will try to arrange some company for you. if i was there on my own now i would sing, just burst into song! you have sungin sing, just burst into song! you have sung in that stadium! that's probably why, it takes me back! now for something with just as many crunching challenges as the six nations. it's the mainly women's sport of roller derby. 38 nations are competing for the world cup in manchester this week and you can watch it live on the bbc.
for a taste of how physical it gets, i've been to train with some of the highly—fancied england team. rollerskating has never been so physical. in the sport of roller derby, thou shalt not pass. it looks like organised chaos, but this is all about tactics and preparation for the third world cup. it's basically british bulldog on roller skates, mainly played by women since roller derby was started in america in the 19305. and believe me, there are all tactics going on at the moment in this melee. so, there are two teams of five attacking and defending at the same time. each team nominates a player to be their so—called jammer. they wear a helmet with star on and they score a point for every opposing player they can muscle their way past. they can be helped by their teammates to get through, but their opponents are out to hit them off their feet, or at least off the track, and don't forget your opponents
are trying to do exactly the same and get their own jammer through, hence the carnage. you grow rhino skin, so after awhile you don't see the bruises anymore and you just become immune to it. there are injuries, you can get hurt, but it's the same with any sport, it's the risk you take. if you bend your knees and if i come in and just make a hit... 0k, yeah, that's legal. so that's not a foul, that's perfectly good. that was a great fall as well. was it? that's one of the things you have to learn. and once you've got that, you can have a go at being the jammer. you can maybe go around the outside or dart through the middle. we've gotta be nimble, we've gotta be quick. it's pretty full on, it's good teamwork. the camaraderie of working with people, figuring things out, coming up with crazy tactics that work. it's claimed this is the fastest—growing women's sport in the world...
we got halfway round... ..and they're so good they are teaching us men. it's quite rare in sports, especially with so many well—developed sports, for women to really push and drive the progression. you can see how popular the women's game has become at the third world cup, which comes to a climax this weekend in manchester. it's live on the bbc as 38 nations try to knock the usa off their perch. it's amazing to have it, it's the first time it's been outside north america and because it's promoted a lot for women, it's just giving them the opportunity to really get involved and feel like it's ok. back on the training track with the england players who skate with the rainy city club, i was working on my rhino skin and seeing the tactics that will be so crucial, which mainly involved putting me on the floor. it is nice to feel good at something, falling, apparently i was good at that, which is all part of
learning roller derby. live in manchester this weekend on the red button and via connected tvs. england trying to go one better than last time when they were runners—up. good luck to them. harking back to the cameron norrie story in the davis cup, you should stay with a match whatever happens. i saw the first two sets and i thought, this is going a certain way, then it went the other way. was doing 0k is going a certain way, then it went the other way. was doing ok but he was 2—0 down in his debut in the davis cup, first time ever in a professional match on red clay against someone 91 positions above him. you've got to have faith! maybe it's the fact that you've switched off which made him come back! more later on. yes, more on the six nations. this this £100 million of government—backed loans are being offered to firms affected
by the collapse of carillion. a father whose three daughters were abused by us gymnastics doctor larry nassar has apologised, after trying to attack him in a court room. also coming up in the programme: he's spent years encouraging others as leader of the inspirational voices choir. wayne ellington will be here to tell us what inspired him to go solo and audition for the voice. let us look at the weather. it will be cold, right through into next week. at times, some of us will see
some snow. cold and damp weather. some snow mixed in, cold enough for some wintry showers. if you look at the satellite picture, this is moved in from the west, slow—moving weather front which is stalling across the uk. it is running into some pretty cold air. that is why we are getting some snow out of this weather front. potentially some are getting some snow out of this weatherfront. potentially some ice in the north—east as well. as we gone through the day, this frontal system, patchy rain and hill snow, four northern and eastern scotland, lunchtime to be cloudy and damp. southwest scotland, some heavy, thundery showers. down across the heart of england, a lot of cloud, outbreaks of rain. through wales down to the south—west, hints at something brighter. as we go through
what is left of the day, you can see this area of cloud not moving anywhere much. i think some patchy rain is on the cards. the six nations matches this afternoon. then into this evening, cloud and patchy rain but that will still see some wintry showers feeding in from the east. we will see a frost and some icy stretches. a couple of degrees above freezing for most of us. that will not be the case cost —— across most parts of continental europe. why do i mention it? during tomorrow, this area of high pressure squat —— squashes its way down from scandinavia. caldaire, it will feel better across parts of the south and
south—east. further west, better across parts of the south and south—east. furtherwest, it should be dry. those temperatures on the thermometer, around 5— seven degrees. 0nly factor in the strength of the wind, it will feel more like freezing. into monday, we keep this barely cold wind. the weather system could bring some snow fall in between largely dry spells. it stays cold throughout the week ahead with some further snow at times. cold, but delivered with such a warm smile. cheesy but nice. we'll be back with the headlines at 8 o'clock. now it's time for newswatch. hello and welcome to newswatch with me, samira ahmed. with the prime minister on an important trade mission to china, did the bbc‘s political editor ask the wrong questions? and how well has the bbc
reported on president trump and his first year in power? the purpose of the prime minister's trip to china this week was to promote trade. but at a news conference on wednesday, the bbc‘s political editor laura kuenssberg had matters closer to home on her mind. to get things done, leaders have to be able to lead. the prime minister says she will fight on but concedes something has to shift. prime minister, on the journey here, you acknowledged that you and your government have to do more to be convincing. what is it that you plan to do differently and will you stand up to your critics? several viewers felt that was not the time and place for such a question. barbara fierek put it like this: on friday, laura kuenssberg
pursued the same theme people are asking you again and again to be clearer about your priorities. how long can you stay on, do you believe? well, let's be very clear about this. i've set out what my vision is. i've set out and i've said to people that at every stage where we can fill in the detail, we will do so and that's exactly...
but how long can you stay on? that line of questioning prompted more complaints, including this from tony webb: on tuesday night, donald trump addressed a joint session of the united states congress in his first state of the union address, just over 12 months since he took office. to say it's been a newsworthy and controversial first year as president is something of an understatement. the weightiest issues on the planet were discussed at donald trump's inaugural address, but what the president is in a white rage about are suggestions that the crowds for him weren't as big as they were for barack 0bama eight years ago, even though the evidence is incontrovertible. many people around the world will be saddened and sickened to see the president of the united states appearing to validate tweets from a far—right group.
ten months into this unorthodox and provocative presidency, donald trump still has the capacity to shock. and it wasn't until i became a politician that i realised how nasty, how mean, how vicious and how fake the press can be as the cameras start going off in the background. that antagonistic relationship with the press has been caused, in the opinion of some newswatch viewers, by relentlessly negative reporting on the part of much of the media, including the bbc. 0thers detect what they feel is an obsession with reporting on president trump, bordering on an addiction. for tim weston: and gillianjones agreed there
was too much trump trivia on air: well, one person who has spent much of the past year following donald trump's presidency is nick bryant, based in new york butjoining us today from washington. welcome to newswatch, nick. trump has been called the great disruptor and one wonders how much of a disrupter he's been to the way the bbc reports from america. well, i don't know. i don't think we've ever had a president who has given such a volume of news at such a high velocity. it begins very early in the morning, as it did today with a presidential tweet, quite an extraordinary
presidential tweet this time, attacking the leadership of the fbi and the justice department. and often, it ends the day with a midnight tweet which can be equally extraordinary, as was the case a few weeks ago when he announced that he wasn't going to be coming to london. well, you've dived straight into one of the issues that viewers do bring up which is trump's use of twitter and, i must say, newswatch viewers do regularly complain that the bbc, they feel, jumps to broadcast every tweet and that you should be far morejudicious in what you choose to report. have they got a point? i promise you, we don't publish every single tweet and we don't react to every single tweet either. but, of course, twitter has become a primary medium to communicate with the american people and, of course, a lot of his tweets are incredibly newsworthy. he has announced policy on twitter, like the ban on transgender people in the us military. that took his defence chiefs by surprise. a lot of his diplomacy has been conducted on twitter. so when a tweet is newsworthy, we report it and, obviously, some of his retweets are newsworthy as well, as was the case when he retweeted
britain first. yes. one of the main criticisms we also get is that coverage is too focused on him personally and negatively and you mentioned his diplomacy via twitter, well, the policy with north korea arguably seems to be bearing fruit. you know, the economy is doing well and has the bbc been too negative? i think we've made the point in recent times that it does seem that that tough stance towards north korea has borne fruit. you know, you've had the north koreans taking part in the winter olympics, for instance. i think at the year anniversary, we stressed how well the economy is doing right now. look, i think it's really important to tell all of the story of the trump administration and, often, you get a very different view in washington, where i am today, from new york or elsewhere in the country. and there, there are an awful lot of people who think that what donald trump is doing is absolutely great and they sent him to washington to disrupt washington and he's doing just that and i think that's
an important part of the story. from the point of view of british viewers, perhaps it's unfair to ask you, sometimes they feel that trump and what he's doing or saying or what his supporters are saying and thinking gets an awful lot of airtime and i know that yourjob is to provide news and you don't make all the editorial decisions, but do you get a sense that trump is maybe sort of taking over the news agenda more than he should because he is, dare i say it, entertaining? look, i think that's one of the great challenges of covering donald trump is that he does tend to set the agenda an awful lot with these early morning tweets. i do think there is, you know, legitimacy in the criticism that, you know, we can be a little bit too reactive to some of the tweets and that we should be setting our own agenda and following our own path. and we do try and do that. you know, one of the things that i've been keen to do recently is to show the effectiveness of the trump administration in many ways. it has set about a very ambitious deregulatory programme and, in many ways,
it has achieved that. trump has seemed to come across as more conciliatory in tone in recent weeks. in davos, the state of the union address. is there a sense that the bbc might have failed to recognise that in its reporting of him? i don't think so. watching the coverage of the address, i think the point was made, trump did make some conciliatory moves on immigration. but at the same time, i mean, that speech was a highly partisan speech. it's going to be a highly political and a highly partisan year because the mid—term elections are coming in november when the make—up of congress will be decided again. the politicisation of virtually everything is going to be a feature of this year. 0n the media, president trump, it's very clear, has been very aggressive towards the news media, the ones he doesn't like or appears not to like, including the bbc. how have you been dealing with that? practically, how does it affect you? donald trump almost declared war on the media from the very get—go. his initial sort of onslaught was about the media's reporting of that inauguration crowd. you probably remember that on the first full day of his presidency. he's described the media as enemies of the people, he keeps on saying that a lot of the media is fake news.
my view is that it's a mistake for the media to sort of declare war back. i just think we should be doing ourjobs and we should just be reporting on the facts and we shouldn't be drawn into that kind of combat and that kind of battle. we should just do what we have always done with presidents of the united states, whether they are democrat or whether they are republican. nick bryant, thank you so much. finally, on thursday, lt greenwood contacted us to ask: that question was prompted by a report from nina warhurst about former chancellor george 05borne's call for more funding that question was prompted by a report from nina warhurst about former chancellor george 05borne's call for more funding for the northern powerhouse project. six years old and the future mapped out. children in darlington do well at primary level, but come gcses and getting jobs, their life
chances slide dramatically. if building a powerhouse means making the north a global economic force, something isn't quite adding up. today, this former chancellor was hitting out at the current one. the government says it has stepped up by increasing investment, but they're also pleading for patience. it's a complicated equation. more government money plus more business investment could equal 850,000 newjobs in the north by 2050. but can the maths add up? lt greenwood's email to us went on: thanks for all your comments this week. if you want to share your opinions on bbc news and current affairs, or even appear on the programme, you can call us on 0370 010 6676 or email. you can find us on twitter @newswatchbbc, and do have a look at our website. the address for that is bbc.co.uk/newswatch. we'll be back to hear your thoughts
about bbc news coverage again next week. goodbye. hello, this is breakfast with steph mcgovern and charlie stayt. a lifeline for thousands of businesses hit by the collapse of carillion. £100 million worth of taxpayer backed loans are being offered to firms who need help, but some companies tell breakfast it's too little, too late. good morning. it's saturday 3rd february. also this morning: