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Colbert Show to resume taping on Monday following brief unplanned hiatus

The Colbert Report is to resume taping on Monday following a brief hiatus called unexpectedly last week. There are reports that Stephen Colbert took time off to care for his 91-year-old mother, although that hasn’t been confirmed. News of the show’s brief hiatus caused concern for fans, who noted that it was unusual for a … Continue reading

BBC’s Mark Thompson expected to step down in 2012

BBC Director General Mark Thompson is reportedly planning to step down from his post after the 2012 London Olympics. After eight years, the 54-year-old is believed to have decided that he has reached the natural end of his time in the job and is reprotedly looking for a new challenge. Thompson has been a steady … Continue reading

French journalist Gilles Jacquier and several others killed in Homs, Syria attack

French journalist Gilles Jacquier is among almost a dozen people who were killed in an attack in Homs, Syria today. Working for France 2 TV, Jacquier was reportedly killed when a rocket-propelled grenade hit the vehicle in which he was travelling. About 8 or 9 Syrians were also killed. The situation is quite chaotic, so … Continue reading

Dakota Fanning Cosmopolitan cover sparks complaints and petition

Has Cosmopolitan gone too far? A recent issue featured teen star Dakota Fanning on the cover, prompting the launch of a petition to get the magazine sold in a non-transparent cover to over-18s only. Have fashion magazines in general become too sexual, or are some people simply out of step with modern life? The petition … Continue reading

Did hackers get into Gordon Brown’s Downing Street emails?

As the phone hacking saga has dragged on, relatively little attention has been paid to the parallel inquiry into possible computer hacking among members of the British media. Yet there are disturbing, though fairly predictable, signs that computer hacking might well have taken place on a widespread, industrial scale at some media organisations. The latest … Continue reading

BBC criticised for allegedly filming Tony Blair obituary

The BBC has been criticised for allegedly filming an obituary for Tony Blair, despite the former prime minister being less than 60 years old. The BBC has refused to comment on he claims, but a Labour Party source has been quoted describing the obituary as ‘ghoulish’. It’s standard practice for many media organisations to pre-prepare … Continue reading

BBC World News blocked in Pakistan after war on terror documentary

The BBC World News channel has been blocked in Pakistan following the broadcast of a documentary that questioned the country’s commitments to the ‘war on terror’. The country’s cable TV organisation has reportedly pulled BBC World News from most parts of Pakistan, with the remainder set to vanish on Wednesday. The documentary, Secret Pakistan, explored … Continue reading

Prank caller Captain Janks allegedly hits CNN claiming to be released US student Gregory Porter

A legendary prank caller appeared to strike CNN this week, pretending to be Gregory Porter, one of three US students allegedly arrested briefly in Cairo during the recent demonstrations. Speaking to CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield, Captain Janks allegedly gave thanks to “the North Shore Animal League” and to “Baba Booey’s monkey nuts”. In the call, the … Continue reading

NBC Nightly News host Brian Williams has to deal with fire alarm during broadcast

NBC Nightly News host Brian Williams was just getting into a report on the bankruptcy of American Airlines this evening when a firealarm sounded. Noting that it was just a (rather poorly scheduled) test drill, Williams and reporter Tom Costello continued with the broadcast as the alarm continued to sound. The whole incident is pretty … Continue reading

After 156 years, Liverpool Daily Post to change name and go weekly

The Liverpool Daily Post, Liverpool’s oldest daily newspaper, is to change its name and shift from daily to weekly publication. The move is the latest indication of increasingly tough trading conditions for the regional newspaper industry. The new newspaper will be released every Thursday and will focus on business, sport, art and politics. Sister paper … Continue reading