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BBC Chief Resigns Over False Child Sex Abuse Charges

Posted November 10th, 2012 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The head of the British Broadcasting Corporation has resigned after a television news broadcast led to a top politician being wrongly accused of child sex abuse. George Entwistle was BBC director-general for less than two months. He said Saturday that he was also editor-in-chief of BBC news and ultimately responsible for all its content. Entwistle […]

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British Police: 300 Possible Victims in Savile Abuse Scandal

Posted October 25th, 2012 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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British police say they have identified 300 potential victims of alleged child abuse by the late BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile. Police Commander Peter Spindler said Thursday authorities have so far spoken with 130 people, all but two of whom are women. He said the majority of alleged offenses involve Savile but other people might also […]

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BBC World News TV Channel Blocked in Pakistan Over Documentary Controversy

Posted November 30th, 2011 at 7:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistani cable operators have begun blocking the BBC’s international news TV channel, BBC World News, amid controversy over a documentary described as “anti-Pakistan” propaganda. Since Tuesday night, subscribers to the TV channel have had nothing to look at but a still shot of a satellite with a big red “X” drawn over it. The cable […]

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BBC World Service Canceled in Pakistan Over Documentary Controversy

Posted November 30th, 2011 at 6:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistani cable operators have canceled BBC World Service programming amid controversy over a documentary described as “anti-Pakistan” propaganda. Since Tuesday night, subscribers to the TV channel have had nothing to look at but a still shot of a satellite with a big red “X” drawn over it. The cable operators said the move is in […]

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BBC To Cut 2,000 Jobs Over Next Five Years

Posted October 6th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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The British Broadcasting Corporation has announced plans to cut 2,000 jobs over the next five years as part of the government’s efforts to reduce a record deficit. BBC Director General Mark Thompson told the staff Thursday the decision followed a nine-month consultation with staff on ways to save money. Thompson said the 20 percent budget […]

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Key Haqqani Leader: US Asked Us to Quit Violence, Join Afghan Govt.

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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A key Afghan insurgent leader says the United States has contacted his militant group to encourage it to abandon violence and join the Afghan government. In an interview with the BBC published Monday, Haqqani network operational commander Siraj Haqqani says the United States is one of many nations whose intelligence agencies have asked the group […]

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BBC: Haqqanis Deny Killing Afghan Peace Envoy

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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The BBC says it has interviewed the operational leader of the Haqqani Network, the Taliban-allied militant group. In an interview posted on the BBC website Monday, Sirajuddin Haqqani denied that his group killed Afghan peace envoy Burhanuddin Rabbani. Haqqani also said the Haqqani Network, which has been blamed for a string of recent attacks on […]

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BBC: Iran Detains 6 Independent Filmmakers

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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The BBC says Iran has detained six independent documentary filmmakers who are not BBC staff members. Iranian media reported Monday that authorities have arrested at least five people working for the BBC’s Persian service. The BBC says that while the organization has bought the rights to broadcast the filmmakers’ documentaries, the six filmmakers detained are […]

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BBC Journalists on Second 24-Hour Strike

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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Many journalists at the British Broadcasting Corporation are taking part in their second 24-hour strike within weeks. Members of Britain’s National Union of Journalists began their strike to protest compulsory layoffs early Monday, just after midnight. The journalists’ union says the BBC is not willing “to engage in finding reasonable resolutions” for those forced to […]

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BBC Journalists on Second 24-Hour Strike

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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Many journalists at BBC are taking part in their second 24-hour strike within weeks. Members of the Britain’s National Union of Journalists began their strike to protest compulsory layoffs early Monday, just after midnight. The journalists’ union says the British broadcaster is not willing “to engage in finding reasonable resolutions” for those forced to leave. […]

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