Sunday, January 8, 2017

How news works...

Newsnight editor Ian Katz is following the lead of BBC News boss James Harding forging a sideline as presenter.

Ian interviewed Dean Baquet, editor of the New York Times, back in December about hacking and journalism. A clip made a news story for BBC Online on 15 December, and then came a fuller piece at 11 minutes, on Newsnight. The next day Ian posted what looked like the full interview, at 15 minutes. The Newsnight item sits atop of the programmes's YouTube list of 2016 highlights, along with a Katz mugshot - one hopes, only through recency.

Now, this weekend, BBC World has a half-hour version of the blessed thing, called "Hacking: Truth or Reason", running no less than six times over 48 hours.

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