The BBC's Evan Davis talks to the BNC!

We are absolutely thrilled to bring you our chat with Evan Davis. He now presents the PM news programme on BBC Radio 4. Evan is a former presenter of BBC programme Newsnight. Before this, Evan was a presenter of the Today programme on Radio 4. He also spent seven years as the Economics Editor of the BBC. In addition, he is the host of Dragons Den. Evan's latest book is called "Post Truth" and is all about what we can do about the avalanche of misinformation and misleading news around today. We'll let Evan introduce himself...

What inspired you to write a book about truth and information?
discreet_drum, Upton Cross Primary School

What inspired me? Working in news and dealing with people all the time...I have observed people trying to shape the truth in the way they speak...they're not lying but they're trying to craft a story that isn't quite true

Evan Davis on his inspiration for writing his book

Has someone ever given you false information when you have been researching/interviewing?
buzzing_grapefruit, New Horizon's Children's Academy

Do you have any top tips for spotting fake news and lies?
sceptical_rainforest, Beaumont School

Ask yourself, when someone tells you something, where is this person coming from? What do they want to believe?

Evan's top tip on spotting misinformation

Do you come across people who refuse to believe the truth on social media, and if so how do you deal with them?
independent_leopoard, Caister Academy

Why do people create fake news and misinformation?
wonderful_photograph, Rogiet Primary School

Thank you very much to Evan Davis for his wonderful answers!

  • What did you learn from watching them?
  • Did anything surprise you?
  • What would you like to know more about?

Comments (5)

  • New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg buzzing_grapefruit | New Horizons Children's Academy
    24 Mar 2021

    Thank you very much for answering my question. I learnt that there are many ways of someone giving false info, as in its not just people want to give false info just because they are bad... It can be also because they have viewed something from a different angle or that they thought what someone else said is true snd copied it.
    Again thank you very much, Buzzing_Grapefruit

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      buzzing_grapefruit's comment 24 Mar 2021

      Great observation, buzzing_grapefruit! Your question must have been a good one as it caused a long pause and lots of chin-scratching!

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg discreet_drum | Upton Cross Primary School
    25 Mar 2021

    Thanks for answering my question.

    I learnt that people spread false information because "...they want our society to fail by making people bitter and angry...". But to be honest, what surprised me the most is that, why would anyone want to do that? As Evan Davis said "...there are always going to be malicious people out there" I would like to know more about "Do you come across people who refuse to believe the truth on social media, and if so how do you deal with them?" Because if you deal with them in a proper way and people know how more, some people might stop posting fake news.

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  • Rogiet logo wonderful_photograph | Rogiet Primary B
    15 Apr 2021

    Thank you very much for answering my question, I am very thankful.

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  • global-conversation.png fulfilled_peach | Rafah Prep Girls B | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    15 Apr 2021

    healthy eating /Rafah preparatory girls school B

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