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July 1, 2013

Canada approves revision to previously anti-competitive broadcaster acquisition

Canada approves revision to previously anti-competitive broadcaster acquisition

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Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE)’s most recent bid to buy Astral Media‘s television and radio services for CAD$3.4 billion has been approved on Thursday by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the Canadian regulatory body which supervises broadcasting and telecommunications.

The CRTC rejected BCE’s initial bid for Astral in October, citing concerns over market competition. According to Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC, BCE’s most recent bid protects Canadians’ interests because BCE will have to invest in new Canadian programming to the tune of $246.9 million in addition to selling almost two dozen of Astral’s services.

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The CRTC said they will also be imposing a number of competitive safeguards. For example, BCE is required to adhere to certain sections of the CRTC’s code of conduct for commercial arrangements, the purpose of which is to limit potential behaviour which would stifle competition as well as to treat independent programming services and distributors fairly. It must also provide to its competitors “reasonable access” to advertising opportunities on its radio stations.

When the deal is completed, BCE’s share of the English-language and French-language market will grow to 35.8% and 22.6%, respectively. BCE will be required to keep running all of its local TV stations while maintaining their current levels of local programming.

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February 18, 2013

Country superstar Mindy McCready commits suicide

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37-year-old country music star Mindy McCready shot herself at her residence in Heber Springs, Arkansas last Sunday, as the result of an apparent suicide. The singer, whose real name is Melinda Gayle McCready topped the country music charts in 1996, with her hit song, “Guys Do It All the Time”. In more recent years she struggled with many personal issues.

Reports indicate Ms. McCready first shot her dog that had previously located the bullet that took the life of her boyfriend David Wilson; she then proceeded to turn the gun on herself. McReady’s body was found on the same porch where her Wilson had died on February 13, 2013. McReady leaves behind two young children, 6-year-old son, Zander and 9month-old, Zayne.

At the time of her death, McReady had only recently been discharged from a rehab facility after spending two days there as an inpatient due to a court order. But years of struggling with drugs and alcohol abuse, three suicide attempts, and trouble with the law, came to an end on Sunday tragically when Ms. McCready apparently decided to take her life.



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February 13, 2013

\’Banana Joe\’ wins Westminster

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Banana Joe V Tani Kazari, a five-year-old Affenpinscher, won last night’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Joe is the first Affenpinscher to win Westminster’s Best in Show. The small black dog beat out six other dogs that had won in their respective contest groups — Adam, a Smooth Fox Terrier; Oakley, a German Wirehaired Pointer; Jewel, an American Foxhound; Matisse, a Portuguese Water Dog; Honor, a Bichon Frisé, and crowd favorite Swagger, an Old English Sheepdog — to win the title.

Joe will be turning six next month and is retiring from his career as a show dog. Today, he is to fly back to the country of his birth, The Netherlands.



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Banana Joe V Tani Kazari, a five-year-old Affenpinscher, won last night’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Joe is the first Affenpinscher to win Westminster’s Best in Show. The small black dog beat out six other dogs that had won in their respective contest groups — Adam, a Smooth Fox Terrier; Oakley, a German Wirehaired Pointer; Jewel, an American Foxhound; Matisse, a Portuguese Water Dog; Honor, a Bichon Frisé, and crowd favorite Swagger, an Old English Sheepdog — to win the title.

Joe will be turning six next month and is retiring from his career as a show dog. Today, he and his owner Mieke Cooijmans are flying back to the country of his birth, The Netherlands.



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December 8, 2012

Solicitor of presenter Stuart Hall denies indecent assault

Solicitor of presenter Stuart Hall denies indecent assault

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Louise Straw, a solicitor representing UK television and radio presenter Stuart Hall, has said Hall is innocent of charges of indecent assault. In relation to complaints about alleged events between 1974 and 1984 involving three females between eight and seventeen years of age, Hall was charged with three counts of indecent assault after being arrested Wednesday.

Hall, who has been released on bail, is expected to appear at Preston Magistrates’ Court on January 7.

Saying Hall was not able to provide any additional comment at present, Straw criticised the apparent “systematic, measured leaks to the media, which have given a misleading impression of what this case is about.” She stressed it was “a matter of concern” given the recent release of the Leveson Report. Straw also said because police arrested Hall at his residence in the town of Wilmslow in Cheshire, he “was not afforded the opportunity to attend voluntarily at the police station. In due course, the decision that he should be arrested will be the subject of some scrutiny”.

John Dilworth of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said there was “sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and … it is in the public interest to prosecute this case.” Stating Hall was innocent, Straw explained: “There will be a trial and his defence will then be in the public domain.”

Hall — who has recently been featuring as an association football commentator on BBC Radio 5 Live — will not be working at the BBC as police inquiries continue because of “the very serious nature of these charges”, a spokesperson for the corporation has said.

Hall, who notably presented UK game show It’s a Knockout, was given an OBE at the New Year Honours for services to charity and broadcasting. His broadcasting career has lasted some fifty years.



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Solicitor of presenter Stuart Hall refutes indecent assault allegations

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Louise Straw, a solicitor representing television and radio presenter Stuart Hall, has said Hall is innocent of charges of indecent assault. In relation to complaints about alleged events between 1974 and 1984 involving three females between eight and seventeen years of age, Hall was charged with three counts of indecent assault after being arrested Wednesday. Hall, who has been released on bail, is expected to appear at Preston Magistrates’ Court January 7

Saying Hall was not able to provide any additional comment at present, Straw criticised the apparent “systematic, measured leaks to the media, which have given a misleading impression of what this case is about.” She stressed that it was “a matter of concern” due to the recent release of the Leveson Report. Straw also said that because police arrested Hall at his residence in the town of Wilmslow in Cheshire, he “was not afforded the opportunity to attend voluntarily at the police station. In due course, the decision that he should be arrested will be the subject of some scrutiny”.

John Dilworth of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said there was “sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and … it is in the public interest to prosecute this case.” Stating Hall was innocent, Straw explained: “There will be a trial and his defence will then be in the public domain.”

Hall — who has recently been featuring as an association football commentator on BBC Radio 5 Live — will not be working at the BBC as police inquiries continue because of “the very serious nature of these charges”, a spokesperson for the corporation has said.

Hall, who notably presented UK game show It’s a Knockout, was given an OBE at the previous New Year Honours for services to charity and broadcasting. His broadcasting career has lasted some fifty years.



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Louise Straw, a solicitor representing television and radio presenter Stuart Hall, has said he is innocent of charges of indecent assault. In relation to complaints about alleged events between 1974 and 1984 involving three females between eight and seventeen years of age, Hall was charged with three counts of indecent assault after being arrested Wednesday.

Saying Hall was not able to provide any additional comment at present, Straw criticised the apparent “systematic, measured leaks to the media, which have given a misleading impression of what this case is about.” She stressed that it was “a matter of concern” due to the recent release of the Leveson Report.

Straw also said that because police arrested Hall at his residence in the town of Wilmslow in Cheshire, he “was not afforded the opportunity to attend voluntarily at the police station. In due course, the decision that he should be arrested will be the subject of some scrutiny”.

Stating Hall was innocent, Straw explained: “There will be a trial and his defence will then be in the public domain.”

Hall — who has recently been featuring as an association football commentator on BBC Radio 5 Live — will not be working at the corporation as police inquiries continue because of “the very serious nature of these charges”, a spokesperson for the BBC has said.

Hall, who has been released on bail, is expected to appear at Preston Magistrates’ Court January 7.

Hall, who notably presented UK game show It’s a Knockout, was given an OBE at the previous New Year Honours for services to charity and broadcasting. His broadcasting career has lasted some fifty years.



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December 5, 2012

UK police charge presenter Stuart Hall over indecent assault allegations

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In the United Kingdom, Lancashire Constabulary have charged television and radio presenter Stuart Hall with three counts of indecent assault offences. The charges relate to complaints about alleged events between 1974 and 1984 involving three females between eight and seventeen years of age. Hall has been released on bail and is expected to appear at Preston Magistrates’ Court January 7.

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—John Dilworth, Crown Prosecution Service

Lancashire Constabulary described the nature of the allegations as “historic” and said the suspect was being interrogated at a police station today. They arrested Hall at his residence. John Dilworth, from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said “there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and … it is in the public interest to prosecute this case.”

Hall notably presented UK game show It’s a Knockout. He has recently been featuring as an association football commentator on BBC Radio 5 Live, although the corporation said he was not scheduled to present at the station this weekend. Hall was awarded an OBE in the last New Year Honours for services to charity and broadcasting, having had a broadcasting career lasting fifty years.

Dilworth stated the following information about the ages of the alleged victims and the dates between which these incidents allegedly occurred: one aged 16–17, between September 1 and December 31, 1974; one aged 13, between July 1 and September 27, 1984; and one aged 8–9, between January 1 and December 31, 1983.


 
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October 14, 2012

Actor and television host Gary Collins dies aged 74

Actor and television host Gary Collins dies aged 74

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Actor and television host Gary Collins died yesterday at age 74. He died at Biloxi Regional Medical Center, in Biloxi, Mississippi, of natural causes according to Harrison County, Mississippi Deputy Coroner Gary Hargrove.

He starred on television series The Sixth Sense, Born Free, The Iron Horse, and The Wackiest Ship in the Army. He hosted Hour Magazine from 1980 to 1988. He appeared on television shows such as Charlie’s Angels, Fantasy Island, and The Love Boat. From 1985 to 1989 he hosted the Miss America Pageant. He was also a radio personality.

In 2011, Collins separated from his wife Miss America 1959 winner Mary Ann Mobley after 44 years. He had a previous marriage to Susan Peterson.

Gary Collins was born on April 30, 1938 in Venice, California. Collins attended Santa Monica City College prior to enlisting in the US Army. He was a disc jockey and announcer for Armed Forces Radio. After he left the army his civilian television career got underway with the television series The Wackiest Ship in the Army.

He is survived by three children, two of them by his first wife.



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September 19, 2012

George Entwistle becomes new BBC director general

George Entwistle becomes new BBC director general

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George Entwistle became the new Director-General of the BBC Monday. He replaces Mark Thompson, who had held the position since 2004.

On the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Thompson said Sunday the corporation was “getting very, very close to the edge” following recent sixteen per cent real-terms budget reductions. “When you look around the operation, it’s very hard to see what more you can cut,” he said.

Negotiations about the UK’s licence fee are a prominent issue for Entwistle to deal with between 2015–2016. The licence fee in the country currently stands at £145.50 (about US$236 or 181) per house. Two years ago, Thompson froze this fee for six years, causing BBC funding to decrease by sixteen per cent in real terms.

Thompson is due in November to become the chief executive officer of The New York Times Company.

Entwistle is a former director of BBC Vision, thereby being responsible for the television output of the corporation.

“There’s no question that we’ve seen over the last eight years, not just with the BBC but with the whole of public life, a real change in attitudes to these things [re licence fees], and we’ve tried to respond to it,” said Entwistle. “I think the BBC will continue to wrestle with that challenge. How do you get the best sports rights, the best presenters, and the best creative leaders, and do that in a way that is acceptable to the public.”

The salary of Entwistle, who is scheduled to meet with programme creators and staff at the BBC this week, will reportedly be £450,000 (US$730,000 or €560,000), considerably less than that of Thompson who, in his final year, made £622,000 (US$1,009,000 or €773,000). While he was in office, Thompson’s salary dropped by approximately a quarter.

“I think [Entwistle] cares deeply about the BBC”, said Michael Grade, once chairman of the BBC. He further told BBC Radio 5 Live‘s Stephen Nolan: “I think he’s intelligent enough to know how difficult the job is — some would say the job is like being Prime Minister; it’s almost impossible. But I think his whole life has been a preparation for this and I think he will carry the respect of the staff because editorially he’s accomplished. I think he’ll be a huge success.”

When the decision was announced to appoint Entwistle in July, Chris Patten, chairman of the BBC Trust, said of him: “His experience of making and delivering great programmes that audiences love — built up through many years of working for the Corporation — will prove invaluable as he and his team work to ensure the BBC remains the greatest broadcaster in the world.”



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