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At 14:15, the team assembles again in the office of the editor of Channel 4 News, Jim Gray. Jon is still out at the Guardian Student Media Awards. Programme editor Ed Fraser gives an update on the main stories.|
The team in New York covering the UN World Summit is trying to get comments from UN officials, including Kofi Annan, the Secretary-General. A producer in the newsroom has been assigned to work on the content for a box-ticking graphic, showing how each of the millennium goals has been watered down.
Jim Gray wonders if the piece from Jonathan Rugman, reporter at the UN, will be part of the edited package or whether it will stand outside. If it's included in the package he will have to do the interview and feed it to the news station earlier than if it is broadcast live. Ed confirms that there is a feed from New York booked between 19.00 and 19.15, which means that Jonathan Rugman's piece will probably be live.
Turning to the bomb blast in Iraq, Ed says that there are strong pictures available. The story is currently top of the newsbelt but Jim Gray wonders if it should be further up the running order.
After a discussion about the fuel protest story|, it is dropped down the running order. Victoria MacDonald tells the team what she and Naga have found out so far, including an allegation that police threatened hauliers with the withdrawal of their licences if they took part in blockades. Jim Gray senses a possible angle here (police intimidation) and asks Victoria to investigate the claim to see if it stacks up.
Finally, Ed talks about how three developing stories| are progressing.The team in Northern Ireland is still trying to get an interview with a friend of Robert McCartney who was attacked last night. If he agrees to an interview, it will be moved to the top of the report. Felicity Spector, the Chief Sub Words, asks if Peter Hain, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, has reacted to the attack. Ed confirms that he has called the attack 'despicable'.
Hurricane Katrina is still on the news agenda. Jon will be putting together a report about a New Orleans care home where residents were found dead after the hurricane. Charges have been brought against the owners.
The light take on the fuel protest story for the end of the programme hasn't progressed significantly. It will be interview-based and Ed says that bids are in for Jeremy Clarkson and a sociologist or psychologist.