The BBC has been forced to reveal the salaries of nearly 100 high-paid media personalities after fighting “tooth and nail” against the list’s publication, but has deflected criticism over the bill by focusing on their own gender pay gap instead. Top Gear presenter Chris Evans was paid at least £2.2m by the BBC last year while Gary Lineker received more than £1.75m, according to figures published by the corporation after a government order to disclose the figures. Culture Secretary Karen Bradley told the Commons last September that it would help ensure the BBC “produces value for money for the licence fee”, and that more transparency could lead to savings that could then be “invested in even more great programmes.” In a bid to limit the damage, BBC boss Lord Tony Hall sent a video message to staff prior to the list’s publication, reminding them that their salaries are large sums to most licence fee payers, stating: “We are dealing with the public’s money.” Former … [Read more...] about Outrage as BBC Forced to Reveal Salaries of Highest Paid ‘Stars’
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(CNN) The Oscars were different this year, and not everyone was thrilled about it. Ratings plummeted 58 percent from last year , making it the lowest-rated Academy Awards ever. And while there were some shining moments, to some, the ceremony seemed to have ended abruptly -- instead of ending with best picture, the awards ended with best actor, which went to Sir Anthony Hopkins instead of the late Chadwick Boseman , the odds on favorite. Hopkins was not present to receive his Oscar. Rob Mills, executive VP of unscripted and alternative entertainment at Walt Disney Television, talked to Variety and focused on the show's positives, which aired on ABC this year. Read More "There was a lot of really great risks that some might view didn't pay off," Mills said. "But it was just great to do something different and not know what was going to happen next -- and not have those glazed eyes of, 'Oh gosh, I've seen this before I know … [Read more...] about Oscars: ABC exec talks ‘great risks’ that some think may not have paid off
Art nearly imitated life for actor Chris Clanton, who blasted the soaring crime rate in the of city of Baltimore after he was shot in the head in Charm City last Thursday. Clanton, who portrayed a character named Savino in the popular HBO crime drama The Wire , suffered a perforation to his ear and bullet fragments to his skull in an incident that occurred at around 7 p.m. on April 28, Fox News reported. “I’m pissed. I’m pissed because it’s uncalled for,” Clanton said according to Fox. “My son was not far from this incident. He was in the vicinity. Luckily, he didn’t see what happened.” Clanton said he was not the target of the shooting and he also credited a Baltimore police officer named Stewart whose actions Clanton says probably saved his life. The actor added that the climbing crime rate is frustrating because he is a native of the city. “I’m from here, I love it,” he said, adding, “But something has to change.” Baltimore has suffered a rising crime rate even as … [Read more...] about ‘The Wire’ Actor Chris Clanton Rips Baltimore’s Crime Crisis After Surviving Shooting
By Aaron Krolik and Kashmir Hill, The New York Times Company I wanted to slander someone. My colleague Kashmir Hill and I were trying to learn who is responsible for — and profiting from — the growing ecosystem of websites whose primary purpose is destroying reputations. So I wrote a nasty post. About myself. Then we watched as a constellation of sites duplicated my creation. To get slander removed, many people hire a “reputation management” company. In my case, it was going to cost roughly $20,000. We soon discovered a secret, hidden behind a smoke screen of fake companies and false identities. The people facilitating slander and the self-proclaimed good guys who help remove it are often one and the same. The stain At first glance, the websites appear amateurish. They have names like BadGirlReports.date, BustedCheaters.com and WorstHomeWrecker.com. Photos are badly cropped. Grammar and spelling are afterthoughts. They are clunky and text-heavy, as if they’re … [Read more...] about An inside look at the slander industry, where reputations are destroyed
On Friday, the European Union took aim at one of America’s most iconic companies, Apple, with a multibillion-dollar antitrust lawsuit . The Europeans are hopelessly uncompetitive in the major tech industries , so they resort to lawsuits to slash at American supremacy. The Euro-socialists want to pilfer as much as 10 percent of Apple’s profit stream. This flimsy charge of “monopoly behavior” by the EU is becoming standard practice as Germany, France and others continue to fall technologically behind and their citizens become rapid purchasers of Silicon Valley products and services. The move by the EU is a classic shakedown — the money it wants is akin to imposing a foreign tariff on American products. This could cost U.S. shareholders hundreds of billions of dollars . Europe has similar suits against another trillion-dollar American company, Google. So the U.S. government is rushing to defend America’s crown-jewel companies that have added hundreds … [Read more...] about Why isn’t Washington defending American companies from foreign assaults?