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  • Drudge: BBC World Service to sign funding deal with US state department

    03/20/2011 5:07:21 PM PDT · by torchthemummy · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Guardian ^ | March 20, 2011 | Ben Dwoell
    The BBC World Service is to receive a "significant" sum of money from the US government to help combat the blocking of TV and internet services in countries including Iran and China. In what the BBC said is the first deal of its kind, an agreement is expected to be signed later this month that will see US state department money – understood to be a low six-figure sum – given to the World Service to invest in developing anti-jamming technology and software.
  • BBC bias is getting worse – Trotsky would fit right in

    03/16/2011 9:37:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Telegraph ^ | March 11th, 2011 | Ed West
    How Left-wing do you have to be, do you think, before you’re beyond the pale at the BBC? Would open admiration for Mao be too extreme? I doubt it. Stalin? Borderline, I’d say – didn’t he improve tractor technology or something? Trotsky? Barely even worth mentioning. ... The BBC’s bias seems to be getting worse. Yesterday it made enormous play of the fact that Barnardo’s was to run family welfare services at the government’s pre-departure accommodation centre for failed asylum seekers, and implied they were collaborating in some terrible crime. Why is this a story? If a court has decided...
  • The dehumanization by MSM "news" - Itamar massacre

    03/14/2011 11:39:35 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 11 replies
    The dehumanization by MSM "news" - Itamar massacreHow does the "objective" MSM report / react to the Arab-Islamic aiming at infants in Israel? Itamar Massacre: Bloggers Get It, MSM Doesn't | IsraPort.org Source: HonestReportingBackspin http://www.israport.org/itamar-massacre-bloggers-get-it-msm-doesn’t Jewish Family Massacred? Not Big News for World by Gil Ronen As five members of one Jewish family were being laid to rest, news of their sadistic massacre had all but disappeared from the world's leading news websites. As of 11:00 AM EDT Sunday the item was completely missing from CNN's homepage, while appearing in a low spot on both the BBC and FoxNews websites....
  • BBC On Palin – Fairer Than Your Average US Media?

    03/08/2011 3:00:53 PM PST · by sussex · 5 replies
    http://conservatives4palin.com/ ^ | 08/03/11 | the Aged P
    Being an Englishman and a political junkie I watch BBC Newsnight regularly. As with the US networks the BBC has an inbuilt left/liberal bias but, although you could never get an Obama/Clinton style love-in for Governor Palin, the recent Newsnight profile of her was reasonably fair.
  • Newspaper: BBC program deceptive

    02/20/2011 11:56:05 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 2 replies
    upi.com ^ | Feb. 20, 2011 | UPI
    London's Sunday Mirror newspaper says a BBC series called "The Real Hustle" is deceptive because it hires actors to play the victims of con artists. The newspaper said the reality show claims it isn't staged, but that its investigation allegedly found that some people taking part in the program are actors and are paid for their time.
  • Gun habit takes hold in neighbourhood of unlocked doors

    02/15/2011 4:16:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | 14 February, 2011 | JUSTIN WEBB
    Returning to the US, former BBC North America editor Justin Webb is perplexed by a gun ownership surge in his old crime-free neighbourhood, where people leave front doors unlocked.
  • BBC Persia: Mouthpiece of the Mullahs?

    02/12/2011 7:40:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 12, 2011 | Reza Kahlili
    The British television station goes out of its way to trash the film Iranium — and to label its director as an Israeli Jew. The movie Iranium premiered on February 8, and has made a lot of noise since then. First, the Iranian Embassy in Canada tried to prevent it from being shown. Then Islamic thugs threatened the organizers. Then the Iranian Foreign Ministry released a statement saying the documentary shows Western countries will do anything to hurt Iran’s nuclear activities. Quite clearly, the Islamic regime is fearful of this documentary, which vividly reveals the truth of Iran’s three decades...
  • The BBC Culture

    02/07/2011 8:31:10 AM PST · by SeanG200 · 10 replies
    Religio-Political Talk (RPT) ^ | 2-7-2011 | Papa Giorgio
    ....It was the day that a host of BBC executives and star presenters admitted what critics have been telling them for years: the BBC is dominated by trendy, Left-leaning liberals who are biased against Christianity and in favour of multiculturalism. A leaked account of an ‘impartiality summit’ called by BBC chairman Michael Grade, is certain to lead to a new row about the BBC and its reporting on key issues, especially concerning Muslims and the war on terror. It reveals that executives would let the Bible be thrown into a dustbin on a TV comedy show, but not the Koran,...
  • How BBC warmists abuse the science

    02/05/2011 2:52:10 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | Jan 29 2011 | Christopher Booker
    ... The formula the BBC uses in its forlorn attempts to counterattack has been familiar ever since its 2008 series Climate Wars. First, a presenter with some scientific credentials comes on, apparently to look impartially at the evidence. Supporters of the cause are allowed to put their case without challenge. Hours of film of climate-change “deniers” are cherrypicked for soundbites that can be shown, out of context, to make them look ridiculous. The presenter can then conclude that the “deniers” are a tiny handful of eccentrics standing out against an overwhelming scientific “consensus”. Monday’s Horizon exemplified this formula to a...
  • English Soccer hooligans taking the fight to Islam (EDL on BBC)

    02/05/2011 2:05:24 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 92 replies
    BBC ^ | BBC London News
    As many here on this web site has advocated. The English soccer hooligans - i.e. the normal lower class Brits - are finally standing up. The cannon fodder of Gallipolli, Sword Beach etc. are standing up and want to be heard. You even have the British equivalent of Sox and Yankees fans walking arm in arm. Even the BBC have noticed. Have a look at it. Cheers.
  • Mexicans furious after being branded "lazy, feckless and flatulent" on UK's Top Gear

    02/02/2011 12:41:34 PM PST · by epithermal · 39 replies
    news.com,au ^ | February 02, 2011 | NewsCore
    TOP GEAR is under fire today for comments its hosts made about Mexico, labeling Mexicans as "lazy, feckless and flatulent" and condemning the country's cuisine as "refried sick." On Sunday night's episode of the BBC's top-rating motoring show, presenter Richard Hammond described the similarities between Mexican cars and Mexican people, saying both were "lazy, feckless, flatulent, leaning against a fence asleep looking at a cactus with a blanket with a hole in the middle on as a coat."
  • BBC World Service Leaves The Balkans - Al-Jazeera to launch Balkan operations

    01/27/2011 2:46:51 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 14 replies
    Radio Free Europe - Radio Liberty ^ | January 26, 2011 | Daisy Sindelar
    A protester holds up a placard during a rally in front of BBC's Bush House in London on January 26. BBC World Service radio listeners throughout the Balkans this morning tuned in to some disappointing news. Citing budget cuts, the World Service announced that it was closing down radio programming in five of its broadcast languages -- Albanian, Macedonian, Portuguese for Africa, English for the Caribbean, and Serbian. The move effectively shuts down the last World Service broadcasts in the Balkans, after earlier closures of the Croatian, Bulgarian, and Slovenian language services. The departure of the World Service leaves RFE/RL,...
  • Left-wing bias? It's written through the BBC's very DNA, says Peter Sissons

    01/22/2011 9:18:46 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 22nd January 2011 | Peter Sissons
    For 20 years I was a front man at the BBC, anchoring news and current affairs programmes, so I reckon nobody is better placed than me to answer the question that nags at many of its viewers — is the BBC biased? In my view, ‘bias’ is too blunt a word to describe the subtleties of the pervading culture. The better word is a ‘mindset’. At the core of the BBC, in its very DNA, is a way of thinking that is firmly of the Left. By far the most popular and widely read newspapers at the BBC are The...
  • BBC marks anniversary of King James Bible by claiming King David was gay

    01/20/2011 1:05:56 PM PST · by NYer · 52 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 20, 2010 | HILARY WHITE
    LONDON, January 19, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – BBC Radio 4 has marked the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible by claiming that King David, the Jewish king of the Old Testament who slew the giant Philistine Goliath, was in the Bible’s “only gay relationship.” On a literary program, one of a series on the historic Bible translation, aired on Sunday, January 9th, playwright Howard Brenton claimed that David had been in love with Jonathan, the son of King Saul. Brenton said, “To a secular reader the story of David and Jonathan’s love is obviously homosexual, the only...
  • Oil to exceed $150 a barrel, ‘probably go over’ $200 warns investor (Video)

    01/20/2011 10:31:22 AM PST · by Rufus2007 · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 20, 2011 | Jeff Poor
    Oil has been steadily on the rise since the beginning of 2009. But could it reach mid-2008 levels or climb higher still? Jim Rogers, an American investor who co-founded the Quantum Fund with George Soros, told the BBC’s Justin Rowlatt on Wednesday the prices are certain to exceed those levels. “Well, the surprise is going to be how high the price of oil stays and how high it goes, because Justin [Rowlatt] we have had no major elephant [field] oil discoveries in over 40 years,” Rogers said. “The International Energy Agency is going around the world pleading with people to...
  • Editor sacked over 'hoax' photos (Flashback- Piers Morgan Fraud)

    01/19/2011 8:39:54 AM PST · by mnehring · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | Friday, 14 May, 2004
    Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan has been sacked after the newspaper conceded photos of British soldiers abusing an Iraqi were fake. In a statement the Mirror said it had fallen victim to a "calculated and malicious hoax" and that it would be "inappropriate" for Morgan to continue. The Queen's Lancashire Regiment (QLR) said the Mirror had endangered British troops by running the pictures. Roger Goodman, of the QLR, said the regiment now felt "vindicated". Mr Goodman added: "It is just a great pity it has taken so long... and that so much damage has been done in the meantime."
  • Sceptics ask: Is the UK government’s climate propaganda machine finally falling apart?

    01/11/2011 10:32:30 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 51 replies
    JoNova ^ | January 12th, 2011 | Joanne
    Just when you think things are as inanely silly as they can be, they raise the stakes. It’s a game of double or nothing in the race to the bottom. The close common interests of three big government agencies is fragmenting and instead of skeptics launching the FOI’s, this time, the BBC is.Just in case there is anyone who doesn’t know, the UK Met predicted a winter a couple of degrees above the usual. Then supertankers of snow turned up and dumped on the nation, surprising people, and making life difficult for everyone who hadn’t made arrangements for the return...
  • Fury Over BBC's Nativity Insult

    12/29/2010 7:50:37 PM PST · by Coleus · 32 replies · 6+ views
    Express UK ^ | 12.29.10 | David Stephenson
    THE BBC has angered Christians with a TV drama in which the Virgin Mary is branded a prostitute and sex cheat. In The Nativity, written by EastEnders scriptwriter Tony Jordan, 15-year-old Mary is attacked by people who do not believe her claim that she is pregnant by the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph accuses her of “whoring” and even suggests that her pregnancy might have been the result of rape. The Church of England has described the four-part drama, which goes out before the 9pm watershed from tomorrow, as “a gritty interpretation”. But Stephen Green, of the ministry Christian Voice,...
  • My Blackberry Is Not Working (Humor)

    12/23/2010 5:12:12 PM PST · by Scutter · 9 replies · 18+ views
    YouTube ^ | 12/20/2010 | BBC One
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  • BBC journalist Brian Hanrahan, is counted out at the age of 61

    12/20/2010 9:07:24 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Daily Mirror ^ | 21/12/2010 | Mark Jefferies
    BBC journalist Brian Hanrahan, is counted out at the age of 61 by Mark Jefferies, Daily Mirror 21/12/2010 HE counted them all out… and he counted them all back. And yesterday friends and colleagues were counting the loss of war reporter Brian Hanrahan – as a great bloke. The BBC stalwart, who made his name in the heat of battle in the Falklands, has died aged 61 after a short illness. He delivered his famous line about Harrier jump jets during the 1982 conflict to get round restrictions on revealing how many planes had taken part in any particular operation....
  • A History of the World [in 100 Objects]

    12/04/2010 7:00:17 AM PST · by AndyJackson · 41 replies
    This is a website providing access to an online web and video presentation of the history of the world shown through 100 objects that are in the British museaum. Of the 100 British Museum Objects , objects 1-10 are: 1: Mummy of Hornedjitef. 2: Olduvai stone chopping tool. 3: Olduvai handaxe. 4: Swimming reindeer 5: Clovis spear point. 6: Bird-shaped pestle. 7: Ain Sakhri lovers figurine. 8: Egyptian clay model of cattle. 9: Maya maize god statue. 10: Jomon pot.
  • BBC REPORTS ON ISLAMIST PROBLEM IN GREAT BRITAIN

    11/26/2010 9:16:07 AM PST · by geraldmcg · 27 replies · 2+ views
    Special Guests ^ | 11-26-10 | Special Guests
    After viewing the 30 minute segment from a BBC news program called, 'Panorama' the old saying, 'better late than never' comes to mind. 'Panorama' is a show that very closely resembles a news show in the United States known as '60 Minutes.' The network that airs 'Panorama' is not at all a far right media outlet, making the contents of its recent report even more striking. Former Muslim terrorist Walid Shoebat and Forum For Middle East Understanding president Keith Davies are extremely familiar with the findings unearthed in the Panorama report. It is not news to them but what is...
  • England 2018 bid chief slams 'unpatriotic' BBC

    11/17/2010 10:09:35 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies · 1+ views
    AFP ^ | November 17 2010 | Rob Woollard
    The head of England's 2018 World Cup bid on Wednesday slammed the BBC as "unpatriotic" over its plans to air a documentary about FIFA corruption just days before the vote to decide the tournament hosts. The England 2018 bid had already written to members of FIFA's 24-strong executive committee to distance themselves from British media reports which alleged officials had offered their votes for cash. However England 2018 officials are incensed by the British Broadcasting Corporation's decision to screen an edition of its Panorama programme three days before the December 2 World Cup vote in Zurich. The programme is believed...
  • How the BBC became a propaganda arm of the UK government (and WWF)

    11/16/2010 1:05:08 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    JoNova ^ | November 17th, 2010 | Joanne
    Andrew Montford (Bishop Hill) and Tony Newbery (Harmless Sky) have put in a submission to the review of the BBC’s impartiality on science. It’s the anatomy of how government and activist groups take over an arm of a public broadcaster. There is no sneaking in the back door here. The main problem facing government and policymakers was convincing the public that concern about anthropogenic global warming was well founded, and not just another scare story that would soon be forgotten. The Climate Change Communications Working Group (DEFRA, EST, UKCIP, Env. Agency, DTI, Carbon Trust) was set up, and in February...
  • Terror and infantilism

    11/09/2010 12:48:52 PM PST · by 198ml · 4 replies
    Spectator [UK] ^ | 11/4/10 | Melanie Phillips
    On last night’s BBC Radio Four Moral Maze, on which I am a regular panellist and which you can listen to here, we discussed whether, in the light of the Yemeni ink cartridge plane bomb plot, we in the UK had got the balance right between liberty and security. Once again, I was left open-mouthed by the fact that some folk go to such extreme lengths to deny the reality of the Islamic jihad against the west. And to maintain this position, otherwise intelligent individuals say extraordinarily silly things.
  • BBC:You Know Palin’s Latest Video Shows She’s Still Shallow But Oh So Cunning..

    11/05/2010 7:59:49 AM PDT · by sussex · 54 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | 5/10/10 | the Aged P
    Of course there is an element of snark in this BBC piece on the latest Palin video but there is also a reluctant admission "It is one minute and nine seconds of pure advertising genius - a dazzling calling card from the woman who, most now agree, wants to be president."
  • Yemen UPS Bomb Scare Is A Hoax : Youtube confirms NO Explosives

    10/31/2010 3:35:30 PM PDT · by sushiman · 48 replies · 1+ views
    Pardon me if this is old news . I'm in Japan and just woke up . Couldn't finy anything via search .
  • IRAN: President Obama outlines position on Islamic Republic to BBC Persian

    09/25/2010 5:00:29 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 24, 2010
    President Obama gave a much-anticipated interview to the BBC Persian’s Bahman Kalbasi on Friday in which he tackled Iran’s nuclear program, sanctions, Afghanistan, the Arab-Israeli peace process and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s controversial comments blaming the American government for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. “It was offensive. It was hateful, and particularly for him to make the statement here in Manhattan, just a little north of ground zero, where families lost their loved ones,” Obama said of Ahmadinejad's comments made during a speech on Thursday at the United Nations in New York. “It just shows once again the sort of...
  • Tory Minister Deflates BBC Motormouth Kirsty Wark On Cutting Deficit

    09/16/2010 5:02:48 PM PDT · by sussex · 3 replies
    The Aged P.com ^ | 16/09/10 | the Aged P
    The new UK govt is being attacked by special interest groups and the BBC for cutting expenditure to reduce the deficit. On BBC TV a Tory minister spells out the cold hard facts and protestors cannot think of an answer...sweet...and also an answer that would also apply in the US debate over the stimulus...
  • The BBC completely fails to understand the Tea Party movement

    09/07/2010 8:40:43 PM PDT · by Labour-Watch · 16 replies
    Telegraph ^ | Sep 07, 2010 | Janet Daley
    With the smug incomprehension in which it takes so much pride (can’t understand – won’t understand!), the BBC sets about the American Tea Party Movement as if it were a cross between the Klu Klux Klan and the German neo-fascist brigade. Not once in all the demonic depictions I have seen and heard (last week’s Newsnight package was particularly outrageous) have I heard a mention of what the TPM is actually about: taxation. (Note to BBC editors: the movement is named after the Boston Tea Party because it is protesting about the imposition of higher federal taxes and over-weening controls...
  • BBC Chief Admits 'Massive' Left-wing Bias, Vows to Remedy Imbalance

    09/02/2010 6:49:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 9/2/10 | Lachlan Markay
    BBC Director General Mark Thompson admitted to the UK Daily Mail in an article today that Britain's state-run news outlet has had a "massive" left-wing bias. He insisted, though, that the network is taking steps to remedy the ideological slant. BBC has a history of promoting the ultra-leftist agenda on most issues. But to see the channel's top dog admit it in an interview with the Daily Mail was quite a sight. Now if only some television outlets on this side of the pond would do the same.
  • BBC had "massive bias to left:" director general

    09/02/2010 7:44:35 AM PDT · by Textide · 41 replies · 1+ views
    Breitbart ^ | Sept. 2, 2010 | AFP
    The director general of the BBC admitted Thursday that his organisation had been guilty of a "massive bias to the left" but said "a completely different generation" of journalists now works at the broadcaster. "In the BBC I joined 30 years ago, there was, in much of current affairs, in terms of people's personal politics, which were quite vocal, a massive bias to the left," Thompson said. "The organisation did struggle then with impartiality. And journalistically, staff were quite mystified by the early years of Thatcher."Now it is a completely different generation. There is much less overt tribalism among the...
  • Stig was SAS hero (Racing driver for UK TV's Top Gear taught 'escape & evade' driving to SAS Troops)

    09/01/2010 9:43:09 PM PDT · by Stoat · 35 replies
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | September 2, 2010 | DUNCAN LARCOMBE, Defence Editor, LEIGH HOLMWOOD, Deputy TV Editor, and RYAN SABEY
    EXCLUSIVE Stig was SAS Hero  RACING driver Ben Collins, unmasked yesterday as Top Gear mystery man The Stig, is a former member of the SAS. Ben trained SAS heroes in daring "escape and evade" driving skills while serving with the regiment, The Sun can reveal.     No more mystery nice guy ... Ben Collins aka The Stig   Millions of viewers have seen the race ace coaching celebrities on how to achieve the fastest time around a TV circuit in Top Gear's reasonably-priced car. But sources close to the special forces unit - motto Who Dares Wins - last night...
  • The Stig's ID is 'Top Gear' secret no more

    09/01/2010 8:11:37 PM PDT · by kosciusko51 · 18 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | September 1, 2010 | JENNIFER QUINN
    LONDON – The opaque visor of one of Britain's most famous helmets has been lifted. The identity of The Stig, the always-anonymous test driver on the popular television show "Top Gear," has long been a closely guarded secret. On Wednesday, lawyers said the BBC had been refused an injunction blocking publication of a book revealing the identity of the character.
  • BBC Implying, Obliquely, That Obama Is Being Pushed Under The Bus?

    07/31/2010 7:11:47 AM PDT · by sussex · 44 replies · 1+ views
    The Aged P.com ^ | 31/07/10 | the Aged P
    Remember how the Romans tried to discover the will of the gods by slicing up a chicken and the Vikings did it by reading stones? And Kremlinologists looked at a man’s placement on a podium overlooking Red Square? Well, the American left elite sends it’s signals via the media elite (WaPo, NYT etc) and sometimes, oddly enough, this is bounced through the UK’s BBC because, as any fule kno, there is a symbiotic relationship between the great and the good of both nations.
  • Parasailing donkey stunt sparks police inquiry

    07/20/2010 4:15:03 PM PDT · by Charlespg · 16 replies
    bbc news ^ | 20 July 2010 | bbc
    Police in southern Russia are investigating allegations of animal cruelty after a donkey was made to parasail as part of an advertising stunt, Russian media report. The donkey was sent up into the sky last week by entrepreneurs hoping to attract people to their private beach.
  • Geithner Says U.S. Economy No Longer World Leader

    06/25/2010 4:58:35 PM PDT · by nysuperdoodle · 44 replies · 2+ views
    ECR ^ | 25 Jun 10 | EC
    I guess we really shouldn't be surprised. After all, this is what Obama and his team of globalists wanted, wasn't it? It's pretty much what he promised his hate-America base. If anyone was listening, they would have heard it. US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has told the BBC that the world "cannot depend as much on the US as it did in the past". He said that other major economies would have to grow more for the global economy to prosper. He also played down any differences in policy between the US and Europe regarding deficit reduction. Mr Geithner was...
  • Gaza flotilla: 2 dead, dozens injured in navy boarding

    05/30/2010 9:42:20 PM PDT · by Cindy · 170 replies · 4,470+ views
    JPOST.com - JERUSALEM POST ^ | 05/31/2010 07:00 | By JPOST.COM STAFF AND YAAKOV KATZ
    "Gaza flotilla: 2 dead, dozens injured in navy boarding." By JPOST.COM STAFF AND YAAKOV KATZ 05/31/2010 07:00 SNIPPET: "Passengers tried to wrest weapons from soldiers, Army Radio reports; Turkish leadership in emergency meeting to discuss response to attack at sea. Passengers tried to grab weapons away from soldiers boarding the Gaza protest flotilla, starting the violence, Army Radio reported Tuesday morning, responding to accusations that Israeli commandos assaulted the ships guns blazing."
  • BBC Apologises for 'Queen Death Joke'

    05/18/2010 2:45:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies · 633+ views
    NDTV ^ | 5/18/2010
    A BBC radio jockey stirred a sensation over the airwaves in the UK by jokingly announcing that Queen Elizabeth II had died and then switched on the national anthem 'God save the Queen', forcing the organisation to tender an "unreserved apology". Disc jockey Danny Kelly, 39, played the national anthem and told listeners that he had an important announcement to make and then said "Queen Elizabeth II has now died." The announcement was made on Tuesday over BBC WM, local radio service beamed to British city of Birmingham and West Midlands. A BBC spokesman later confirmed that "Danny Kelly had...
  • TV review: 'Foyle's War' plumbs postwar life (Foyle returns)

    05/01/2010 5:23:08 AM PDT · by tlb · 14 replies · 445+ views
    Chronicle ^ | April 30, 2010 | David Wiegand,
    Foyle's War: "Masterpiece Mystery." "The Russian House," 9 p.m. Sun. "Killing Time," 9 p.m. May 9. "The Hide," 9 p.m. May 16, on KQED. World War II did come to an end in 1945, and so did "Foyle's War," sort of, in 2007. First it was canceled by ITV, proving that idiocy reigns as supremely in British TV as it does so often on these shores. After viewers complained and the supposed finale, "All Clear," drew significant ratings in its 2008 British telecast, ITV wisely saw the error of its ways and came to Horowitz, hat in hand, to ask...
  • Study: Brain games don't make you smarter ("Bang Goes the Theory")

    04/20/2010 1:22:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 622+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/20/10 | Maria Cheng - ap
    LONDON – People playing computer games to train their brains might as well be playing Super Mario, new research suggests. In a six-week study, experts found people who played online games designed to improve their cognitive skills didn't get any smarter. Researchers recruited participants from viewers of the BBC's science show "Bang Goes the Theory." More than 8,600 people aged 18 to 60 were asked to play online brain games designed by the researchers to improve their memory, reasoning and other skills for at least 10 minutes a day, three times a week. They were compared to more than 2,700...
  • Peace At Last

    03/27/2010 8:49:33 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 4 replies · 407+ views
    It was in the year 2008. The Israelis at long last gave up their attempts to resist the pressures of the world. They elected a new government headed by Prime Minister Yossi Beilin, the original promoter of the Oslo Peace Process, in coalition with the Jewish and Arab parties of the Left. They announced that Israel was willing to accept the unanimous proposal for peace supported by every single country in the world, and would return to its pre-1967 borders, remove all Jewish settlements from the territories of the new state of Palestine, recognize Palestine and grant Palestine all of...
  • BBC Speculates about Pope Benedict’s Resignation

    03/27/2010 6:07:28 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 60 replies · 1,099+ views
    <p>Folks, can you believe it? Well, OK, there’s precedent. I remember clearly how after Pope Benedict’s election the BBC journalist practically wished him a short tenure via natural causes, as he continuously spoke about his advanced age and the fact that Benedict’s was a “transitional election”.</p>
  • The Meaning of the Second Amendment

    03/20/2010 7:14:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies · 541+ views
    The New American ^ | 18 March, 2010 | Dennis Behreandt
    Open carry laws in the State of Wisconsin have gotten a lot of attention lately, most recently from the BBC. In a column titled "Armed and ready to shop," posted by the BBC on March 11, North America editor Mark Mardell recounts his experience following Nick Clark and Kim Garny as they go about their daily business in the Milwaukee area while openly bearing arms on their hips. Commenting on their trip to a local grocery store while so armed, Mardell writes: "There's a revolver amid the ravioli, an automatic among the avocados. Like cowboys out of Westerns, the couple...
  • TV licence fee rises £3 to £145.50 despite BBC cutbacks

    03/09/2010 6:43:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies · 91+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | March 9, 2010 | Staff
    The cost of the BBC licence fee will increase by 2 per cent to £145.50 from April 1, it was confirmed today. The rise from £142.50 for the colour licence is part of a six-year BBC funding settlement agreed in 2007.
  • Botched sex-game may've killed BBC host

    03/02/2010 9:37:11 PM PST · by ketelone · 47 replies · 1,613+ views
    Times of India ^ | March 3, 2010 | Agencies
    Botched sex-game may've killed BBC host AGENCIES, Mar 3, 2010, 12.28am IST LONDON: Kristian Digby, a TV presenter working for the BBC, was found dead in his apartment after his bid to get a thrill from a suspected solo sex game apparently went wrong. Digby, 32, is believed to have suffocated while starving himself of oxygen for sexual arousal. The death of the ‘To Buy Or Not To Buy' host, who was gay, has been described as "unexplained" by authorities. "At this time we believe he died from auto-erotic asphyxiation," The Sun quoted a source as saying. Auto-erotic asphyxiation (AEA)...
  • TV Presenter Kristian Digby Died After 'Solo Sex Game Went Wrong'

    03/02/2010 10:13:48 AM PST · by Steelfish · 93 replies · 3,973+ views
    London Times ^ | March 02, 2010 | Russell Jenkins
    March 2, 2010 TV Presenter Kristian Digby Died After 'Solo Sex Game Went Wrong' Russell Jenkins Kristian Digby, the popular daytime BBC television host, who was found dead at his home yesterday, is believed to have died after a solo sex game game went wrong. The 32-year-old presenter of BBC1’s To Buy Or Not To Buy was pronounced dead at the scene after the ambulance service was called to his house in Newham, East London, at 7.45am on Monday. Police are officially treating the circumstances surrounding the death as “unexplained”, but a post-mortem examination being conducted today is expected to...
  • BBC staff revolt after spending cuts announced

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  • Sick Canadian Should Have Gone To Costa Rica?

    02/28/2010 10:49:07 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 34 replies · 832+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Remember Danny Williams, the premier of a Canadian province who ditched Canada-care in favor of having heart surgery done in Miami? Lucky for him he didn't speak first with Katty Kay. She might have convinced him he'd be better off in Costa Rica . . . On today's Meet the Press, BBCer Kay mentioned that in some sort of world rankings, the US has the 37th highest quality of care, "just above Cuba, just below Costa Rica." View video here.
  • BBC to make 'wide-ranging spending cuts' as it ends era of excess [BBC Roundup]

    02/25/2010 11:38:13 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 4 replies · 306+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | February 26, 2010 | Kate Loveys and Tamara Cohen
    The BBC is to make wide-ranging spending cuts to signal an end to its era of excess, it emerged last night. The budget for American imported programmes will be slashed, two radio stations will close, its web pages will be halved, and a cap will be imposed on spending on broadcast rights for sports events in an overhaul of services due to be announced next month. The plans to downsize follow months of criticism about the BBC growing out of control, becoming bloated and has led to accusations that its dominance of the market was 'Orwellian'.