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tonight at 10pm — the former football coach barry bennell, is convicted of more than 30 counts of child abuse. bennell had denied dozens of offences involving 11 boys, one of whom claimed to have been abused on more than ten separate occasions. during the trial, witnesses described how bennell had exercised a power hold over them, as ambitious young players. the jury asked for more time to consider seven others counts, we'll have the latest from liverpool crown court. also tonight — jacob zuma is formally told by his own party, to stand down, as president of south africa, following allegations of corruption. lung cancer patients, including many who have never smoked, say it's time to devote far more resources to research. it felt like i was being punished for a crime i hadn't committed. i've never smoked. in fact, i used to be the butt ofjokes at school because i wouldn't. sky and bt sport pay over £45 billion for football
rights, but is it as much as the premier league had been expecting? commentator: christie is out of it ain! and, at the winter olympics, the moment when britain's elise christie crashed, on the last lap, of the women's speed skating final. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news: could spurs recover from a terrible start in the champions league knockout stages against italian giants juventus in turin? good evening. the former football coach, barry bennell, has been found guilty of multiple sex offences against young boys in the 1980s. bennell had denied 48 charges, including indecent assault and serious sexual assaults, but the jury convicted him on dozens of counts,
and asked for more time to consider seven others. during the trial, prosecutors described him as a predatory paedophile who molested young boys on an ‘industrial scale'. our correspondent danny savage is at liverpool crown court tonight. thejury in this the jury in this case listened to evidence for five weeks in total. they went out to consider their verdicts last thursday and came back this afternoon with the majority of their verdicts. barry bennell, the football coach who abused his position to molesting young boys, listened on via a video link and shook his head and muttered as those guilty verdicts were returned with some of his victims in court watching on. he was the charismatic coach who convinced the parents of promising young footballers that staying at his house was all part of the game. we really work the kids, they're learning all the time, and we do a lot of talking to them as well...
but in the words of the prosecution, barry bennell was a child molester on an industrial scale. now a shadow of his former self, the 64—year—old was today convicted of sexually assaulting boys aged between eight and 15. he was found guilty of assaulting ten of the 11 boys this trial centred on. he was the gatekeeper to a dream in football, to a dream world in football, but his victims had to silently suffer horrific abuse. he assaulted some of the boys at his homes, one of which was in this derbyshire village. he had arcade games and exotic pets, and always had a reason for the youngsters to stay over. his victims were associated with crewe and manchester city, where he was involved in the junior setups. he was said to have been treated like god at manchester city's maine road ground. in court, it was said bennell had groomed the parents of the complainants so he could carry on the abuse. he offered no evidence
in his defence, and his barrister accused some of the men, who were boys at the time, of inventing stories about him and jumping on the bandwagon. bennell has previously received jail sentences in the united states, and here in the uk, after being convicted of similar offences. this afternoon, as throughout his trial, this serial child molester appeared via video link. he shook his head as the guilty verdicts were returned. some of his victims had come to watch. hearing finally that the man who abused them when they were little boys has been convicted. so, what happened today is that he was found guilty of 36 of the charges and the jury is still considering seven others. so the judge has told them to go away and continue their deliberations tomorrow, although he will accept a majority verdict on those seven outstanding cases. this trial is not finished yet, thejury outstanding cases. this trial is not finished yet, the jury must still go through some deliberations on those of the charges and that will be
starting from tomorrow morning. danny savage, many thanks, our correspondent at liverpool crown court. in south africa, the ruling african national congress has asked presidentjacob zuma to resign. the anc says he's agreed to stand down, but only after a transition period of three to six months, which the party says is unacceptable. mr zuma has come under increasing pressure to resign, following a series of corruption scandals. our africa editor fergal keane sent this report from johannesburg. not quite the night of the long knives but still the party moving definitively to be rid of a defiant president. late last night the convoy of the anc leader cyril ramaphosa coming to tell his executive that after a short meeting jacob zuma was refusing to resign voluntarily. with the media kept at bay the party debated what to do next. it's half—past midnight and they're still talking in there. more than ten hours after they started. now, there's a sense that the whole future of the anc,
and indeed of this country, hinges on what happens now. this afternoon in johannesburg after a meeting that eventually ran for 13 hours, the anc revealed that its patience was exhausted. in its wisdom the nec decided as follows — one, to recalljacob zuma. recalled, in other words they were calling on jacob zuma to resign. and if he doesn't it's likely they'll force him out through a motion of no confidence in parliament. but it's potentially risky. the president still has many supporters in the party. do you worry that this is going to split the anc, divide the movement irreparably? i don't know whether the anc will split. but we are leaders, we belong to branches and we are appealing to our structures to understand that the national executive committee has taken decisions. so, as the anc officials believe
they have now thrown down a gauntlet to presidentjacob zuma. they've given him time, lots of time, they say, to respond to their demand that he step down. it's now up to him. nobody could accuse the anc of rushing to remove jacob zuma. the leadership did nothing while corruption scandals multiplied during nine years of his rule. an indian immigrant family, the guptas, was allowed to purchase vital national enterprises, employing the president's son in what became known as state capture. now the opposition believes president zuma no longer cares about dividing his party or country. now he's just defiant. you know, these are the last kicks of a dying horse. but it becomes dangerous. he doesn't care. he's not even scared of impeachment. so, he is prepared to lose everything. jacob zuma has lived and ruled in the shadow of greatness. however it comes about, he will leave office a
humiliated figure. well, tonight the finance minister, a man who was formerly a close ally ofjacob a man who was formerly a close ally of jacob zuma has a man who was formerly a close ally ofjacob zuma has come out and said he expects the president to do the right thing and step down and it's significant that in the last 2a hours no cabinet ministers have come out in support ofjacob zuma. it matters greatly that the anc doesn't descend into factional fighting matters greatly that the anc doesn't descend into factionalfighting over this because that would leave the new president, cyril ramaphosa, the new president, cyril ramaphosa, the new leader of the organisation, trying to rescue this country's shattered economy and root out the deep corruption, while at the same time trying to contain struggles in his own ranks. fergal, thank you once again, africa editor fergal keane with the latest on the presidential story in south africa. borisjohnson, in a major speech tomorrow, is expected to reach out to those who still have deep misgivings about brexit, and to underline what he says are the potential benefits
of leaving the european union. the foreign secretary will say that he's detected a deepening of the anger in relation to brexit. our political correspondent ben wright is at westminster. is this some kind of admission that the government still has a lot of work to do to unite people? yes, it's a call for national unity a long time after the referendum in a very conciliatory tone of the sort i don't think we have heard very much from cabinet ministers. boris johnson will use his valentine's day speech to try and woo despairing remain voters who feel brexit is a disaster and he's written a piece in tomorrow's sun along those lines. he's one of the leading figures of bo—lieve campaign, or he was, and he says he understands the grief and alienation of our brexit many people feel and he detects a hardening of the anger. he says it's not good enough to say to the 48% who voted remain get over it for survey says
concerns and excite is need to be listened to. he says it would be a disastrous mistake to try and stop brexit and cause britain's departure from the eu the great project of age. the tone of this is really interesting. i think for people who are sceptical about brexit, maybe people watching on from the eu, it's not the tone, it's the conduct of mr johnson's speech and other ministers‘ johnson‘s speech and other ministers‘ speeches in the next few weeks that they will judge this speech by, what would would have us about how divided cabinet plans to get the brexit deal that no 10 wa nts. get the brexit deal that no 10 wants. ben wright, thank you, the latest from westminster. the government has unveiled an online tool, powered by artificial intelligence, that it says can accurately detect jihadist content and stop it from being viewed. the home secretary, amber rudd, says she wouldn‘t rule out bringing in a law that would force technology companies to use it. but with extremist propaganda from so—called islamic state appearing on more than 400 platforms
last year, there are concerns that such groups will simply adapt their methods to reach new audiences. 0ur media editor, amol rajan, has the story. militaristic, cinematic and often shot with high—level production values, these propaganda videos for the so—called islamic state espouse terror and hatred. they‘re also easy to find on the internet right now. so what we have here are two videos, one of which is extremist content, the other which is perfectly legitimate news coverage. now an artificial intelligence firm in london has used home office money to target such extremist content. the creators claim the technology, which is obviously secret, can spot 94% of is content online with an accuracy of 99.995%. the technology distinguishes between news and extremism and flags up examples, such as the one on the right, with a high probability of being extremist content, to be vetted by a human. what we are looking to do is to try and remove this content from the public web.
if it requires somebody to have ten passwords and an incredibly complicated tor browser before they can get access to content, we see that as a win. it means that it can‘tjust be shared between friends on, like, their mobile phones. while attention is focused on big firms like twitter, google and facebook, crucially, this technology will benefit smaller platforms, who will have free use of it. islamic state supporters used over 400 unique platforms last year, 145 of them for the first time. like other forms of modern media, terrorist propaganda has now shifted online. what‘s so striking about this new tool is both that it‘s funded by government rather than technology firms, and that it‘s powered by artificial intelligence. in other words, it‘s an admission that machines rather than manpower will be most effective at finding and removing extremist material online. 0ne formerjihadist, who now works in counter—radicalisation, argues that terrorists will always adapt their methods to find
new audiences and the platforms need to be willing to take action. the big players in this area are taking a lot of action, but what we‘ve found is that it‘s the smaller companies who aren‘t necessarily prepared to play ball with government, sometimes because they‘re suspicious of government, sometimes because they simply don‘t regard it as being part of their business model. it‘s not yet clear how widely the technology will be taken up, but the government says its instinct is to collaborate with industry. we‘re not going to rule out taking legislative action if we need to do it, but i remain convinced that the best way to take real action, to have the best outcomes, is to have an industry—led form, like the one we‘ve got. your algorithms are doing that grooming and that radicalisation. it‘s a war of attrition, but the chair of the home affairs select committee says the onus is still on the biggest digital companies. i think it's imperative on the tech giants, on all of these companies, to do more to operate swiftly to remove illegal material. if they don't, there has to be some form of penalty on them
for not doing this because, in the end, this is about illegal material. it‘s important to be realistic about the costs and consequences of the open web. while technology and government pressure can reduce harm, the fight against digital extremism is a war without end. amol rajan, bbc news. lung cancer claims more lives in the uk than any other form of cancer, and its victims include many who have never smoked. despite the fact that it‘s the uk‘s biggest cancer killer, it still receives relatively little research funding. around 35,000 people die from lung cancer in the uk every year, and around 44,000 new cases are diagnosed. but just £708 is butjust £708 is spent in the uk per person who dies from lung cancer. a fifth of that spent on breast cancer and a tenth of the amount
on leukaemia research. our legal affairs correspondent, clive coleman whose sister sarah recently died of lung cancer, has been finding out more about the non—smokers who are affected, why it attracts less research funding than other cancers. when you‘re first diagnosed with cancer, it‘s really scary and i was very scared. i was diagnosed with non—small cell lung cancer in august 2015. this is my younger sister, sarah, she died of lung cancer in december, two years after being diagnosed. in the months before her death, she made this film about her condition. before she got the illness, i knew relatively little about it. i suppose i shared the common view that it was a smoker‘s disease. i had no idea how many healthy, non—smokers got it or that in the uk it kills more than breast, prostate and pancreatic cancer put together. keep into the sides, that‘s it. safely. like my sister, joanne marshall has never smoked, but has stage 4 lung
cancer because of a non—inherited fault in her genes. she‘s being treated with targeted drug therapies. they provide a very effective stay of execution. so for me, for example, i‘ve been on a targeted therapy for about a year, which meant that i could live, essentially, a normal life. i was very active, i could breathe properly. but they don‘t last forever, that‘s the problem, cancer tends to be one step ahead. the children help just by being here. i mean, they‘re really doing everything they can. my husband... his life has completely changed and it‘s not what i wanted for him. but, you know... if we get through this, we‘ll be so strong. scientists don‘t know why seemingly
more and more healthy non—smokers are getting lung cancer, but visiting joanna and her family, i had learned that the disease kills 98 people each day in the uk. i4% of those who get it have never smoked and yet, in terms of research funding, it receives a small fraction of the money spent on breast or testicular cancer or leukaemia. it‘s a massive problem because these people who are diagnosed with lung cancer, who‘ve never smoked, are really quite angry that it‘s assumed that they have smoked and that they have self—inflicted this cancer upon them, when clearly they haven‘t. because of the way that the disease behaves and that these people are not expected to be diagnosed with cancer, they‘re not high risk, they‘re usually diagnosed at a later stage and therefore treatment can often not be curative, which is a complete
and utter disaster for them. lung cancer remains the ugly, poor relation of the cancer family, it doesn‘t discriminate between smokers and non—smokers and there‘ll be many more cases, like my sister‘s, before a long—term treatment‘s found. clive coleman, bbc news. a parliamentary committee has taken the unusual step of using its powers to force the financial regulator to hand over a report into the mistreatment of business customers by rbs. the financial conduct authority had said it could take weeks or months to publish the report, which found that mistreatment of business customers by the rbs global restructuring group, was widespread and systematic, as our economics correspondent, andy verity, explains. glenn eggels the golf venue in 2007 rbs natwest promised to lend the
property developer enough money to buy two plots of land here and develop them into luxury homes. but then in 2008 the bank moved derek into what became the rbs global restructuring group, within months the bank broke its promise. his business was wrecked and the home he was lived in on this street was lost. he fought back, acting as his own lawyer and won in the supreme court, but it took well over a year for the bank to compensate him. court, but it took well over a year for the bank to compensate himm was unfair. actions against me and the actions against lots of other people. that really leads me back to where is the accountability? in 2013 the financial conduct authority commissioned a report which found inappropriate treatment was widespread and systematic. it published a summary of the findings but mps have been pressing the relu cta nt but mps have been pressing the reluctant regulator to publish it in full. i'm going to write to you, probably in the next couple of days, with a clear request to publish and a time scale within which to
publish. 0therwise a time scale within which to publish. otherwise it will be the case that the financial conduct authority finds events overtake him. authority finds events overtake him. a copy of the full report was published on the internet. what it contains are phrases that neither the bank nor the regulator wanted the bank nor the regulator wanted the public to see including phrases like, "rope, sometimes you need to let customers hang themselves." another one, "grg management was aware or should have been aware. we view these issues as part of an intentional or coordinated strategy. it was this strategy that was the underlying cause of the poor treatment." the businessmen who first accused the bank of mistreating customers say those behind the scandal aren‘t being held accountable. the whole fca process has taken far too long. 0ver four yea rs has taken far too long. 0ver four years is ridiculous. but what‘s probably worse than that is the way they seem to have worked hand in glove with rbs and negotiated behind—the—scenes with rbs about what would be in the report. to the
point where the regulators are saying, i‘m not sure we want to publish this yet because rbs might sue us. publish this yet because rbs might sue us. who is regulating who. neither the bank nor the regulator will give an interview but neither is objecting to publication. they are being forced to hand over a unredacted copy by friday. andy verity, bbc news. a brief look at some of the day‘s other news stories. israeli police say there is enough evidence to indict the prime minister benjamin netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two separate cases. they relate to claims he received luxury gifts in exchange for political favours and asked the publisher of a newspaper for favourable coverage in return for reigning in a rival publication. mr netanyahu says the allegations are "baseless" and he intends to continue as leader. inflation remained unchanged last month at 3%. the cost of food and some imported materials fell, but prices for clothing and some leisure activities rose. last week the bank of england warned that interest rates may go up quicker than expected to help curb inflation. prince harry and meghan markle have
made theirfirst official joint visit to scotland. the trip began with a walkabout at edinburgh castle, where the couple had a close encounter with the mascot of the royal regiment of scotland — a shetland pony — before visiting a cafe in the city which helps the homeless. ajudge has upheld the uk arrest warrant for the founder of the wikileaks website, julian assange. it was issued when he breached bail conditions in 2012 and sought refuge at the ecuadorean embassy in london, where he‘s been ever since. he was facing sexual assault allegations in sweden, which have since been dropped. the country of guyana, in south america, is one of the smallest in the world, with a population of under 800,000, and yet it has the highest suicide rate among women, some five times higher than the uk, according to the world health 0ganisation. 0ur reporter, tiffany sweeney, reports now from the capital georgetown on the scale
of the problem and the latest initiatives to tackle it. from the lush greenery of its countryside, to its vibrant capital georgetown, it‘s a place of beauty and colour. but below the surface, there‘s a darker under current. underlying all of this is a cultural acceptance that suicide is part of guyana. it‘s notjust one thing that makes someone think that, you know what, i‘m going to end my life. every day my parents would have money and many of those things are contributed to it. and it was seeing her parents find it difficult to feed her family that led to lisa‘s depression and trying to take her own life, at the age of 14. yeah, ifelt as though, you know, they were struggling a lot and i wanted to do more and to help them. i felt like if i was out
of the equation, then things would be much better. good morning. but lisa is here today because one teacher encouraged her to talk. she won miss guyana and used her platform to set up pora, —— pots, prevention of teenage suicide. # i would take back everything back #. lisa shares her story of how she became a singer and a model, it‘s her way of inspiring young people. after the discussion, five school children wanted to talk. about things that happen. i‘m always in school. i never, never like to let people know my feelings, i always smile. they all shared similar stories,
of family members dying, absent parents and bullying at school. some were so overwhelming, it was clear they needed support. support that this school gives through its teachers, but here they‘re still waiting for a counsellor, something the government has pledged. if you‘re so young and vulnerable at that age and no—one‘s telling you that you can be something or you can make something of your life, i believe in you, then you feel worthless, and that‘s essentially what these kids are feeling. so what's the best theme? mine one is, say it... beverley cyrus is the head teacher at this school, she believes tackling issues at home are just as important as education. some of them are living, like, in different homes at different periods of time. so most of them are not in a stable home. so you find various behaviours are coming out because what mum would encourage, grandmum wouldn‘t.
she, like lisa, believes by nurturing the children to focus positively on the skills they do have, it will help to improve their mental health. the government is opening several specialist centres this year to address the fact the suicide rate among women is the highest in the world and for men the second highest. suriname is two hours from the capital and is the region most affected. the hospital here says one of their main issues is the negative way in which suicide is commonly discussed. you hear it sitting in a car. it‘s discussed, it‘s laughed at. it‘s like an every day conversation. she called for other governmental bodies to play their part. as i‘ve said, we can‘t stand alone, we‘re a house, so we need all the pillars to ensure our people stand.
the authorities are trying to find a way out, but it will take a cultural shift to change the conversation surrounding mental health to one that will change the tide in a positive direction. tiffany sweeney, bbc news, guyana. the english premier league has tonight revealed how much uk broadcasters will pay for the right to show football over a three—year period, starting next year. 0ur sports correspondent, richard conway, is here and has been casting an eye over what we know so far. tell us about the figures. what deals have been struck? sky are the big winners tonight. theyed have secured 128 games under this new deal. they will pay £1.2 billion per season for those games. that will extend over a three year period. the company will pay 16% less per match though. a reduction on their current
contract. bt, they have secured one of the seven packages available them will show 32 games across saturday lunch times at a cost of £295 million per season. £9 million per match twochlt more packages of games remain. for bank holiday and midweek games. they remain to be sold am they are multiple bidders interested in them, we are told. there is speculation the tech giants, netflix and amazon and facebook they could come for those packages remain we have to wait and see on that. in all, the bt and sky have paid £4.5 billion over three years. it‘s a huge sum, not as much as last time. it will mean that the clubs in the premier league will still be able to fund the big transfers, big wages and the big money to agents. more to come from overseas deals. fans, they will want that dialogue over fair ticket policies to continue. they will want to know what is happening with grass—roots money as well. the big money remains in english
football, but the broadcasters appear, for now at least, to have reached a limit on what they are prepared to pay. richard thank the again for latest on that. richard conway there for us. in the champions league, tottenham hotspur made a remarkable comeback in italy againstjuventus after going two goals down. after harry kane scored, christian eriksen equalised from a free kick to give spurs two away goals to take back to wembley for the second leg. in the other tie, manchester city cruised to a 4—0 win in basel, all but securing them a place in the quarter—finals of the competition. hopes of a first medal for britain at the winter olympics, in south korea, were dashed today when the speed skater, elise christie, crashed on the last lap of the women‘s 500 metres final and finished last. 0ur correspondent, andy swiss, reports from pyeongchang. elise christie! racing for redemption, elise christie hoping to turn heartbreak into 0lympic glory. commentator: away they go, the final is on. they get away first time. four years ago in sochi, christie endured a personal nightmare.
crashes, disqualifications, she nearly quit the sport. surely it couldn‘t happen again? commentator: she has work to do to get back into contention. but stuck in fourth place, she spied a gap, went for it and what followed was horribly familiar. commentator: christie tries to make it on the inside. she's third. christie crashes out. christie is out of it once again! fontana going with choi min—jeong. it's a photo finish on the line! once again, christie‘s hopes were sent sliding into the barriers, it was sochi all over again, and as italy‘s arianna fontana took gold, christie was left in utter despair. well, can you believe it, another 0lympics, another tumble for elise christie. she still has two more events to come, but her games have started in disappointment. replays suggested christie‘s hand had been hit by a rival‘s