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General Election 2019: How computers wrote BBC election result stories

General Election 2019: How computers wrote BBC election result stories

Technology
For the first time, BBC News published a news story for every constituency that declared election results overnight - all written by a computer.It was the BBC's biggest test of machine-generated journalism so far.Each of nearly 700 articles - most in English but 40 of them in Welsh - was checked by a human editor before publication.The head of the project said the tech was designed to enhance the service provided rather than to replace humans."This is about doing journalism that we cannot do with human beings at the moment," said Robert McKenzie, editor of BBC News Labs."Using machine assistance, we generated a story for every single constituency that declared last night with the exception of the one that hasn't finished counting...
General election: Markets surge on Tory election victory

General election: Markets surge on Tory election victory

Business
The pound and the FTSE 100 have surged higher as the Conservatives secured a majority in the general election.Sterling climbed three cents against both the dollar and the euro as the result emerged overnight while UK-focused stocks helped the FTSE 100 rise by about 1.5%, or more than 100 points, in morning trading. That was partly held back by the performance of dollar and euro earning companies whose values were depressed by the pound's strength.The more domestically-focused FTSE 250 rocketed by about 5% to hit fresh record highs.It came as the election result seemed to ease some of the uncertainty over Brexit. Advertisement Image: The pound hit a three and a h...
‘I won’t sleep for over 24 hours on election night’

‘I won’t sleep for over 24 hours on election night’

Business
On the day of the election, Jordan Rochester will start work at 06:30 GMT and won't leave his desk until 09:00 on Friday - more than 24 hours later.Mr Rochester is a foreign exchange currency strategist at Nomura. His job is to make sure his clients - big corporations, fund managers and private banks - make money no matter which way the pound swings when the election polls come in.He'll be watching exit polls closely and the results as they come in to give him an idea of what the result will be.The 29-year-old has a good track record. The night before the outcome of the European referendum vote he advised colleagues and clients to stay at their desks, because even though the exit polls showed Remain winning by 52:48 he believed ...
Johnson reveals first 100 days plan with election a week away

Johnson reveals first 100 days plan with election a week away

Business
With just a week to the general election, Boris Johnson is already confidently - if not complacently - talking about his plans for the first 100 days of a majority Tory government.With opinion polls still suggesting a comfortable lead for the Conservatives, the prime minister has announced plans for a Commons vote on Brexit, a Queen's Speech and a post-Brexit budget. Labour has responded by claiming a Tory victory would mean more austerity, privatisation and tax giveaways, while the Liberal Democrats have denounced Mr Johnson's promises as fantasy. ...
General election 2019: Labour says NHS figures show decline in GP services

General election 2019: Labour says NHS figures show decline in GP services

Health
Labour has highlighted NHS figures which it claims show a decline of GP services under the Conservatives.The figures show that in October there were six million GP appointments - out of 31 million - for which patients had a wait of more than two weeks. Labour said it was "yet more damning evidence of the crisis our NHS is in after a decade of Tory cuts". The Tories responded by highlighting their plans to deliver 50 million more GP appointments by 2024-25 if elected.The figures, from NHS Digital, do not distinguish between those patients who were content to wait for a more routine meeting at their local surgery and those who wanted a more immediate appointment and could not get one.The latest data from NHS Digital show that 2.45 million patients waited b...