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Ex-BBC head denies burying sex abuse probe

The former head of the BBC on Wednesday denied any role in shelving an investigation into allegations of widespread abuse of underage girls by the late British TV star Jimmy Savile. Mark Thompson, who is set to become CEO of the New York Times next month, told the newspaper he…

BBC pulls plug on world’s oldest teletext service

BBC Ceefax, the world’s first teletext service, stopped transmission yesterday after delivering 38 years of up-to-the-minute news and sports updates to the British public. Olympic champion Mary Peters (pentathlon 1972) brought the curtain down on the service when she turned off the last analogue TV signal in Northern Ireland at…

‘Top Gun’ director on drugs when jumped to death

LOS ANGELES — “Top Gun” director Tony Scott had traces of anti-depressant and sleep-inducing drugs in his body when he killed himself by jumping from a California bridge, according to coroners. Scott did not have any life-threatening conditions including cancer, the Los Angeles County Coroner said on Monday. Hollywood was…

Petition site Change.org to accept corporate and conservative sponsors

The petition website Change.org plans to implement new “open” advertising guidelines, eliminating their policy of only partnering with those who shared their progressive values. The site’s new ad policy will “now be a Google-like open advertising policy in which determinations about which advertisements we’ll accept are based on the content…

Daily Mirror faces high-profile hacking claims

LONDON — Ex-England football boss Sven-Goran Eriksson and a former nanny to the Beckham family are taking legal action against Britain’s Mirror Group Newspapers over alleged phone hacking, according to Sky News. Media lawyer Mark Lewis said he had also issued High Court claims against newspapers in the Mirror group…

National Geographic to sell archive photos to nurture emerging photographers

NEW YORK — Photos and art depicting some of the most inaccessible and eye-catching places around the world will go on auction in a sale of National Geographic archive works. The collection is expected to raise more than $3 million when it goes on the block December 6 at Christie’s…

Canada’s Globe and Mail begins charging for online content

Canada’s national daily, The Globe and Mail, on Monday began charging readers a Can$20 monthly subscription to access news on its website. The Toronto-based newspaper’s print edition on Monday was wrapped in an advertisement for the new online service, which can be accessed from a laptop or tablet computer, or…

Colbert and Back Again? Comedy Central host to appear in ‘The Hobbit’

Fans of Comedy Central’s faux rightwinger Stephen Colbert will be pleased to learn that he’s set for a cameo in the second movie in Peter Jackson’s forthcoming trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.” An unnamed but “knowledgeable” source told The Hollywood Reporter (THR) that the role was firmed up…

Sex abuse scandal ‘worst BBC crisis in 50 years’

Unfolding claims of sexual abuse against late BBC star Jimmy Savile have plunged Britain’s national broadcaster into its biggest crisis for 50 years, a senior reporter has warned. Veteran BBC foreign editor John Simpson explained in an interview to be aired Monday that the scandal had left the broadcaster in…

Murdoch aims to buy the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune

Two US newspapers, the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, are reporting that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation is gearing up to acquire them. The titles are currently owned by the debt-laden Tribune Company, which is likely to end up in the hands of two investment firms and a bank…

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