ITV, BBC in concluding talks for new UK rival to Netflix
LONDON (AP) — Britain's ITV said Wednesday it is in the final phase of discussions with the BBC to create a new on-demand video platform to rival the likes of Netflix in the U.K.
Russian media regulator probes BBC quoting IS leader
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's media regulator says it's checking if the BBC violated Russian law when it quoted the leader of the Islamic State group.
Communications oversight agency Roscomnadzor said Thursday that BBC reports with statements by IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi "conveyed ideological principles of international terrorist organizations."
The agency says it's evaluating whether the segments complied with Russia's anti-extremism law. The BBC has insisted it strictly abides by Russian laws.
Russian regulator launches probe into BBC’s operations
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's media regulator says it has launched an investigation into the Russian operations of the BBC.
Friday's announcement comes a day after British broadcasting regulator Ofcom said that Kremlin-funded television channel RT broke impartiality rules in covering the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy. Ofcom said it was considering "statutory sanctions" against the company, which could range from a fine to a license suspension.
UK lawmakers slam BBC for failure to fix gender pay gap
LONDON (AP) — The BBC has failed to live up to its duty to pay men and women the same for equal work, a committee of British lawmakers said Thursday, in a damning indictment of the publicly funded broadcaster after years of pay scandals.
Parliament's media committee said in a report that BBC salaries were set by "an opaque system of discretionary decisions by individual managers."
BBC journalist dies of cancer several days after statement
LONDON (AP) — Rachael Bland, a BBC radio journalist, has died of breast cancer several days after she announced on social media that her death was near. She was 40.
LONDON (AP) — A list of top earners at the BBC released Wednesday shows that men still dominate the highest-paid jobs despite pledges to grant women equal pay.
The BBC's top earner is soccer presenter Gary Lineker, who took home between 1.75 million pounds ($2.32 million) and 1.76 million pounds. "Strictly Come Dancing" host Claudia Winkleman is the top woman, making 370,000-379,999 pounds.
The salaries were published in bands, rather than as exact figures.
LONDON (AP) — The BBC struck a deal Friday with a senior journalist who quit her post to protest the British media company's gender pay gap.
The broadcaster accepted that Carrie Gracie, the broadcaster's former China editor, had been told she would be paid along the same lines as the North American editor when she took the job. It also apologized for underpaying her.
LONDON (AP) — The BBC says former "Friends" star Matt LeBlanc will leave the popular British auto show "Top Gear" after the upcoming season.
In a statement Thursday, LeBlanc said the program was "great fun," but the time and travel commitment "takes me away from my family and friends more than I'm comfortable with."
LeBlanc's fourth and final season as host is due for broadcast later this year.
LONDON (AP) — Prominent BBC broadcaster Andrew Marr plans to have surgery to remove a malignant tumor on his kidney.
Marr, 58, told viewers of his Sunday show that he will be off-the-air for "a couple of weeks or so" while he recovers. His agent says Marr is expected to make a full recovery and return to his show soon.
The surgery comes five years after Marr suffered a severe stroke. He was hospitalized for two months and needed extensive physiotherapy to recover his mobility.
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The BBC says one of its Afghan reporters has been killed in an attack in the eastern Khost province.
The broadcaster says Ahmad Shah, 29, had worked for its Afghan service for more than a year and "had already established himself as a highly capable journalist who was a respected and popular member of the team."
LONDON — It has been widely denounced as one of the most divisive and racist public addresses made by a British politician in modern history.
LONDON (AP) — Longtime British rock icon Cliff Richard's case against the BBC's coverage of a police raid at his home has begun in a London court.
Richard is suing the broadcaster for its coverage of the 2014 raid, when police were investigating an alleged sex assault.
The 77-year-old singer was never charged with any crime. His lawsuit claims he suffered "profound" damage to his reputation as a result of the BBC's coverage of the police activity at his home.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A panel of archaeologists has granted a British television crew access to an ancient site near Athens to film scenes for a TV adaptation of spy novelist John le Carre's "The Little Drummer Girl" — reversing a decision last week following strong government criticism.
The Central Archaeological Council on Tuesday granted access to the 2,500-year-old Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion on April 12 after the production company said it would limit the number of hours needed.
Navratilova ‘angry’ at pay gap to McEnroe for BBC work
LONDON (AP) — Martina Navratilova said she is "extremely angry" and feels let down by the BBC after learning that John McEnroe gets paid at least 10 times more than her for their broadcasting roles at Wimbledon.
In a list of the BBC's highest-paid workers published last year, it was revealed that McEnroe earned between 150,000-199,999 pounds ($210,000-280,000) for working at Wimbledon. Navratilova said she gets paid 15,000 pounds ($21,000).
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The BBC said Monday its journalists will appeal for the first time directly to the United Nations over what the British broadcaster describes as the "persecution and harassment" by Iran of those affiliated with its Persian service.
The decision by the broadcaster comes after an Iranian court last year froze the assets of more than 150 people associated with its Persian service.
Egypt urges boycott of BBC after report on disappearances
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state media body is calling on officials and the "elite" to boycott the BBC after it broadcast a report on the repression of dissent under President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi that addressed torture and forced disappearances.
Journalist says BBC treating women as ‘enemy’ over pay gap
LONDON (AP) — A senior BBC journalist who quit her post to protest the media company's gender pay gap argued Wednesday that management is hurting the corporation's credibility by failing to address the issue.
Carrie Gracie, the broadcaster's former China editor, testified before a British parliamentary committee that BBC managers have treated women who speak out about pay "as some sort of enemy."
Gracie said once confronted, the corporation tried to "throw money at me to resolve the problem."
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BBC proposes pay cap in gender equity dispute
LONDON (AP) — The BBC proposed a 320,000 pound ($449,000) pay cap for news reporters and anchors Tuesday as the taxpayer-funded corporation tries to narrow the gap between men and women.
BBC’s China Editor Resigns Over Gender Pay Gap
PBS to air BBC show with Katty Kay in Rose time slot
NEW YORK (AP) — PBS will broadcast a BBC news program featuring Washington correspondent Katty Kay for the second half of Charlie Rose's vacated time slot, pairing it with a Christiane Amanpour program that began airing last week.
The program, titled "Beyond 100 Days," features the London-based Christian Fraser as co-anchor. It began as a temporary show to report on the Trump administration, but has continued indefinitely — hence the unusual title. PBS said Tuesday it will begin airing on Jan. 2.
Khalid leads the longlist for BBC Music Sound of 2017
Khalid is among those nominated for this year's BBC Music Sound of 2017 honour.
BBC complains to UN about Iran targeting its Persian service
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The BBC filed a complaint Wednesday to the United Nations over Iran freezing the assets of more than 150 people associated with its Persian service, calling the Islamic Republic's actions "a deprivation of human rights."
Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran and Stormzy were amongst the big winners at the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards on Sunday (10.22.17).
The 22-year-old pop babe took home the Best Single prize for her hit 'New Rules' and she thrilled the fans in attendance with a performance of the girl power anthem.
BBC says Iran freezes local assets of Farsi service staff
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian court order has frozen the local assets of over 150 people associated with the BBC's Farsi-language service, the British broadcaster said on Tuesday, the latest effort by Tehran to crack down on the service's popular newscasts.
Iranian officials and state media did not immediately report on the order, which the BBC said banned current and former staff, as well as contributors, from "selling or buying property, cars and other goods."
LONDON (AP) — Some of the BBC's most prominent female journalists and TV presenters are banding together to demand that the broadcaster fix its wide gender pay gap immediately rather than in several years as management has proposed.
BBC forced to disclose salaries of top-earning stars
LONDON (AP) — The publicly funded BBC was forced to publish the names and salaries of its highest-earning actors and presenters Wednesday, unleashing a national debate about fame, gender, race and the use of taxpayers' money.
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CBS News announces partnership with BBC
NEW YORK (AP) — Britain's BBC News is ending a long-running agreement to share reporting and resources with ABC News in the United States and instead will match up with CBS.
CBS News President David Rhodes said Thursday the deal with the BBC gives the network access to an organization that is larger and more comprehensive than Sky News, which had been its British partner. He said it does not mean CBS will be looking to cut back on its own staff.
PRINCETON — "Professor Sprout" is coming to Gibson County this month, as YMCA Camp Carson hosts award winning Harry Potter actress Miriam Margolyes for three days of filming a documentary segment for the British Broadcasting Corp.
‘BBC dad’ sheds light on the hilarious interview blooper that made his family famous overnight
His very public “family blooper” made every work-from-home parent around the world laugh (and cringe) with empathy as they felt the pain of Professor Robert Kelly during his interview with BBC about the political state of the Korean Peninsula.
Interview interrupted: Small kids derail dad’s BBC chat
LONDON (AP) — Two small children have lightened up a serious television interview on a weighty subject by barging into their dad's office while he was on the air.
“Tomah to Portage, Wisconsin” may not be the jazziest title for the episode of a television series.
“Tomah to Portage, Wisconsin” may not be the jazziest title for the episode of a television series.
Thai prime minister cautions news media on lese majeste law
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister warned Wednesday that the BBC could be prosecuted if an online report published by its Thai-language service about the country's new king is found to have violated the law safeguarding the monarchy's reputation.
BBC, Voice of America reporters detained in southeast Turkey
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish authorities detained two reporters working for foreign news organizations in southeast Turkey, the latest journalists taken into custody as part of the government's sweeping crackdown following a failed coup in July.
Portage and its canal received some international attention this summer.
A BBC television crew from Great Britain made two trips to Portage to record a segment for the travel documentary series "Great American Railroad Journeys."
Martin Bashir returning to BBC as religion correspondent
LONDON (AP) — The BBC says journalist Martin Bashir is rejoining the broadcaster as religion correspondent after many years in the United States.
Bashir said Monday he was "delighted" to return to the BBC as religious affairs correspondent, covering the major issues affecting different faiths in Britain and around the world.
Bashir gained fame for a 1995 BBC interview with Princess Diana in which she discussed the breakup of her marriage to Prince Charles.
Matt LeBlanc signs 2-series deal to host BBC’s ‘Top Gear’
LONDON (AP) — The BBC says former "Friends" star Matt LeBlanc has signed a two-series deal to host its popular car show "Top Gear."
The broadcaster announced Monday that LeBlanc will front the program when it returns for a 24th series in 2017.
LeBlanc was one of two hosts when "Top Gear" was relaunched in May after the loss of its longstanding team of presenters. His co-host, Chris Evans, quit in July after the show drew lackluster ratings and lukewarm reviews.
Mary Berry quits ‘Great British Bake Off’ to stay at BBC
LONDON (AP) — "The Great British Bake Off" is losing one of its main ingredients.
Cookery writer Mary Berry announced Thursday that she will quit as a judge on the hit TV baking competition when it leaves the BBC next year for another channel. Her co-judge, bread expert Paul Hollywood, said he would stay.
Flour furor: BBC loses rights to ‘Great British Bake Off’
LONDON (AP) — The fate of a sweet-toothed TV baking contest with millions of fans has left some Britons with a sour taste.
The BBC says it has lost the rights to "The Great British Bake Off," which it has broadcast since its first series in 2010. Rival Channel 4 offered more money to program maker Love Productions.
The publicly funded broadcaster said in a statement that "Bake Off" is "a quintessentially BBC program," but "the BBC's resources are not infinite."