The BBC license fee will be frozen for the next two years by the UK government before returning to an inflationary rise, which will likely cripple the corporation’s programming budgets. Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries confirmed the speculation from the weekend to the UK’s Houses of Parliament and also stated a review into the entire funding model will begin shortly, existentially threatening the future of the corporation. Amidst rising inflation and soaring programming costs, the fee will remain at £159.50 ( $217.70) for the next two years before returning to an inflationary rise. A swift BBC statement from Director General Tim Davie and Chair Richard Sharp called the settlement “disappointing” for both the BBC and cultural industries and said the corporation will now have to “absorb inflation.” The BBC has previously stressed that it will be required to make savings of around $2BN over the next two years if the fee is frozen and, as recently as this morning, a … [Read more...] about UK Government Freezes BBC License Fee For Two Years And Confirms Major Review Of Corporation’s Funding Model
Repeal of 4 yearly reviews and other measures
F ROM JONESBORO, ARKANSAS, TO SPRINGFIELD, OREGON, the serial carnage in American schoolyards has generated the predictable outrage aimed at rap music and devil teenagers. Why are kids shooting each other, their parents and teachers? Americans always enjoy a lusty discussion of what’s wrong with the younger generation. Plus, it lets everyone avoid the politically explosive question of what’s wrong with the guns. While talk shows and right-wing preachers obsess about the moral depravity of youth culture, the usual political adversaries are lining up for yet another long-running congressional struggle over various gun-control measures. The National Rifle Association knows that people are upset by the spectacle of gun-toting students and hopes to soften its image with Charlton Heston as its new president. Meanwhile, Handgun Control Inc., the leading advocacy group of reformers, unveils a new grab bag of modest legislative ideas for reducing the bloodshed, such as mandatory trigger … [Read more...] about Will the Smart Gun Save Lives?
Kabir Khan's 83 which starred Ranveer Singh as former Indian captain Kapil Dev released in theatres in December last year. However despite glowing reviews from the critics, the film failed to attract the audience towards the cinema halls. Further, the new restrictions related to COVID-19 in many states massively massively affecting the film's box office performance. Kabir in his recent chat with Film Companion, opened up on this and admitted that he was dejected by the daily restrictions. However, he also admitted that he never considered even once an OTT release for the film adding that the film will continue playing on big screens even if only two are running. 83 Movie Review: Kabir Khan & Ranveer Singh Are Going To Make Every Indian Happy With This Thrilling Innings The filmmaker said, "There are definitely moments of despair and disappointment, when everyday you wake up and read about another state going down, another state shutting down theatres, … [Read more...] about 83: Kabir Khan Reveals What Kapil Dev Told Him After Pandemic Hit His Film
Over the past years, discovery+ has augmented its position as the hub of armed forces led content. Home to an exclusive, never-seen-before Military content, this Republic Day discovery+ celebrates the tales of bravery and courage with the 'Home of Patriots' campaign by launching new series from the fan favourite franchises Mission Frontline and Breaking Point. Premiering on 20th January, Mission Frontline features the actor, writer, producer, and director Farhan Akhtar along with the supremely popular action director and producer Rohit Shetty, followed by the launch of 4 new episodes from the hit series Breaking Point on 21st January. Post the overwhelming response to Mission Frontline starring talented actors like Rana Daggubati and Sara Ali Khan, the action-packed episodes will see Farhan Akhtar, and Rohit Shetty spend a day with the Rashtriya Rifle soldiers and J&K Police's Special Operations Group in Srinagar respectively. Full of adventure, endurance, backbreaking … [Read more...] about Discovery+ To Launch New Series Featuring Farhan Akhtar And Rohit Shetty
In 25 months , the novel- coronavirus has infected 320 million people worldwide and killed 5.5 million of them. But the SARS-CoV-2 virus could have been worse. The latest Omicron variant is highly transmissible, but not as deadly for vaccinated people. The previous Delta variant is usually more severe, owing to its tendency to attack the lungs rather than stay in the throat like Omicron does. But mercifully, Delta doesn’t spread as fast as Omicron does. Now imagine a coronavirus that’s both deadly and highly transmissible. It’s certainly within the realm of possibility. To head off a potentially worse coronavirus pandemic, a University of Illinois at Chicago scientist named Changchuan Yin is looking for warning signs. Genetic hints of the plague to come. But experts warned his proposed system might be flawed, because it assumes coronaviruses will evolve in predictable ways. There are lots of coronaviruses out there in the animal kingdom; scientists … [Read more...] about Omicron Could Hold the Key to Identifying the Next Coronavirus Outbreak