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    THE BBC is to set a target for recruiting more working class employees as part of a diversity shake-up under its new director general. Bosses wants staff to declare their social background following criticism the Corporation is stuffed with posh people who went to private school. 3Staff will be armed with “inclusion toolkit” of resources “to tackle non-inclusive behavioursCredit: Alamy They will be quizzed on their education, if they were eligible for free school meals and what jobs their parents had when they were growing up. The results will be used to set a "meaningful target", which aims to give more people from working class backgrounds opportunities within the BBC. Figures from the BBC’s most recent annual report showed that - of staff who responded - 61 per cent came from a family where the main breadwinner was a professional or senior manager. Just 26 per cent had manual workers...
    THE BBC is set to recruit more working class employees in a diversity shake-up under a new director general. Employees will also have to complete a "unconscious bias" training programme, which aims for 95 per cent of staff to declare their social status. 3Staff will be armed with “inclusion toolkit” of resources “to tackle non-inclusive behavioursCredit: Alamy They will be quizzed on whether they were privately educated, or if they were eligible for free school meals, or what jobs their parents had when they were growing up. The results will be used to set a "meaningful target", which aims to give more people from working class backgrounds opportunities within the BBC. By January next year, 95 per cent of BBC employees will have completed mandatory unconscious bias training. Figures contained in the BBC’s most recent annual report showed that - of those who responded - 61 per cent came...
    Married Texas police chief accused of cheating resigns after arrest This Kentucky couple did everything together for 56 years. Then one of them died alone of COVID-19. Canadian TV Industry Under Fire for Not Measuring BIPOC Audiences: “It’s As If We’re Invisible” Vinessa Antoine stars in the legal drama 'Diggstown.' The Canadian TV industry since last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests has increasingly talked about ensuring people of color in major markets like Toronto and Vancouver and their underrepresented cultures are reflected on screens. But efforts for expanded on-screen representation have been held back by Numeris, the Canadian TV industry’s stats-collector, not measuring BIPOC media audiences. “There are many questions in the Black community about the lack of race-based audience data coming out of Numeris,” Joan Jenkinson, executive director of the Black Screen Office, tells The Hollywood Reporter. Good TV ratings posted by Numeris, which collects data for Canadian...
    New York (CNN Business)America has been the king of the box office for, well, forever. Not anymore.In 2020, China overtook the United States to become the top movie market in the world. The country, perennially the second-largest movie market, brought in $3.1 billion at the box office in 2020, according to Comscore (SCOR) — nearly $1 billion more than the United States did last year.Now, obviously, there's a glaring asterisk here: coronavirus. China bounced back much faster than the United States did following the initial outbreak in the country. That led to theaters opening sooner than those in the United States, which still has many of its theaters closed.Caveats aside, some major Hollywood films just didn't catch on with Chinese audiences in 2020. Warner Bros.' "Wonder Woman 1984" didn't do well there, and Disney's "Mulan" — a movie aimed at Chinese audiences — was a big disappointment. This comes after...
    CNN’s Brian Stelter opened Reliable Sources Sunday saying that “a cult is attempting a coup in America.” Teeing off on the Republican stunt to object to the election results this week, Stelter slammed “cowards feeling captive to a lame duck president, pretending he won an election that he lost.” He likened it to “the hijacking of a plane” where “the criminals are claiming they are heroes, that their cause is just,” and said the press “can’t fall for the hero narrative.” Stelter argued this is really all a “show” to appeal to the audiences of influential pro-Trump hosts on Fox News, top radio programs, and other networks. “You should listen to these radio shows or webcasts for a few minutes between now and Wednesday. They turn the English language upside down. They say they are defending democracy when they are attacking it,” he continued. “This stunt coming up on Wednesday,...
    toggle audio on and off change volume download audio WTOP's Jason Fraley previews 'Tenet' on streaming (Part 1) When Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi/action flick “Tenet” stubbornly opened in theaters back in September, many folks chose not to see it because of COVID-19 restrictions, reducing its domestic box-office to a measly $58 million compared with $302 million internationally. That’s a huge drop from Nolan’s biggest blockbuster, “The Dark Knight” (2008), which grossed nearly $700 million in today’s dollars (No. 33 all time, adjusted for inflation). Starting Tuesday, quarantined folks can finally see it on Blu Ray, DVD and Video on Demand via Amazon, Google Play, Apple TV, Fandango Now and Vudu for $19.99. It notably won’t be available on HBO Max, which Nolan recently slammed for its decision to stream all Warner Bros. movies the same day as their theatrical releases in 2021. The film stars Denzel Washington’s son, John...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A major renovation is underway at the famed Lyric Opera House in Chicago.It may be closed to the public because of COVID-19, but major work has been happening behind the scenes.Stagehands normally work on sets, lighting and all parts of productions on the stage at the Lyric Opera House.But with shows cancelled during the pandemic, they have had plenty of time to work on the other side of the stage.The opera house has installed the more than 3,000 new seats in the historic theater.The renovations have been a a painstaking process.The Lyric is one of a handful of major opera houses in the world and much of the building is protected with landmark status.Any change in the theater that could impact the acoustics which allow audiences to hear every note from the singers on stage has been closely monitored.The news seats will also allow audiences a better...
    Flaming Lips rocker Wayne Coyne has been known to appear onstage in a giant bubble — but he’s flipping the script in the COVID-19 era. “It seems absurd, but … it’s becoming kind of serious and real,” Coyne told music blog BrooklynVegan of playing shows for bubbled audiences. “We’re starting to get ready to do an actual show where … there’s three people in each of these space bubbles, and we play … two shows a night, and getting a big audience in there each time.”
    Flaming Lips rocker Wayne Coyne has been known to appear onstage in a giant bubble — but he’s flipping the script in the COVID-19 era. “It seems absurd, but … it’s becoming kind of serious and real,” Coyne told music blog BrooklynVegan of playing shows for bubbled audiences. “We’re starting to get ready to do an actual show where … there’s three people in each of these space bubbles, and we play … two shows a night, and getting a big audience in there each time.” Filed under rock and roll ,  wayne coyne ,  10/12/20
    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Four members of the Vatican Swiss Guards, the elite and colourfully dressed corps that protects the pope, have tested positive for COVID-19, the Vatican said on Monday. The results came in over the weekend and added to three other residents or citizens of the tiny Vatican city-state who have tested positive in recent weeks, according to a statement. They are believed to be the first in the corps to test positive. Nearly all of the guard are single men who live in a barracks just inside the Vatican gates. The commanders and married members live in separate apartments. All members have Swiss nationality. The Vatican said all of those who had tested positive had mild symptoms. They have been isolated and tracing of those with whom they had been in direct contact was underway. The Vatican last week instituted prevention measures stipulating that...
    The “bad boys” of reality television are back, but not for American audiences. Three months after “Cops” was canceled by Paramount Network, the show is reportedly in production again in Spokane, Washington, where the series often took place during its initial 32-season run. “We have a longstanding relationship with ‘Cops’ and [series producer] Langley Productions, and we are pleased they have decided to return, highlighting the outstanding work our deputies provide to all of you,” said Spokane’s Sheriff’s Office, noting that two area crews began filming last month and will continue through early November. However, Langley Productions said that the episodes are not intended for US audiences, and will be released only to the international territories still in contract with the show, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The 33rd season premiere of “Cops” was originally postponed in observance of the unrest prompted by the police killing of George Floyd in...
    15 firefighters injured in California Chipotle is quietly raising menu prices for people ordering delivery Premier League plans for return of fans face government review By Simon Evans © Reuters/XXSTRINGERXX xxxxx FILE PHOTO: Premier League - Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester United MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - The Premier League's hopes of bringing fans back into stadiums in early October could be hampered after the UK government said it will review the plans and limit test events for sport. © Reuters/LAURENCE GRIFFITHS FILE PHOTO: Premier League - Newcastle United v Liverpool Prime Minister Boris Johnson told a Downing Street news conference that pilot events for sport in September would be restricted to a maximum of 1,000 fans per event. "We must revise plans to pilot larger audiences in venues later this month and review our intention to return audiences to stadiums from 1 October," Johnson said. "But that doesn't...
    While Bollywood lost its many gems in actors like Sridevi, Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor and Sushant Singh Rajput, let’s be happy about the memories that they have left us with. Their superior talent and dedication for the profession were unmatched and the industry will never be able to cope with this huge loss. While Sushant’s death probe has certainly become more of a media trial, Janhvi Kapoor believes nothing can come out of negativity, aggression and speculations. The Gunjan Saxena actress in her recent interaction with Bollywood Hungama has explained why she believes the work of these late stars has resulted in ownership for actors in fact, and that the love for them in Indian audiences cannot be compared.  Gunjan Saxena – The Kargil Girl Movie Review: A Genial Janhvi Kapoor and a Fabulous Pankaj Tripathi Effuse Warmth With Their Bonding in This Likeable Biopic. Like Sushant, even Sridevi’s demise had...
    Sushant Singh Rajput’s tragic demise ignited the nepotism debate once again in Bollywood film industry. While netizens were quick to blame Karan Johar, Salman Khan, Ekta Kapoor for promoting the ‘N’ word and question why outsiders aren’t welcomed in B-town, Swara Bhasker has now raised a valid point. She insists on how audiences need to be more careful in their movie choices and also emphasises on what crucial role they play in the success of an outsider in this field. Rasbhari: Swara Bhasker’s Web-series on Sexual Awakening Gets Downvoted on IMDB to Reflect a Poor Rating. Swara in her recent interaction with Newslaundry said, “Audiences have to factor themselves in, and their own consumption patterns.” Questioning their love for outsiders, she asked, “If you have so much love for outsiders, watch our films in theatres. It’s great that you’re raging on Twitter and all that is lovely, but just look...
    Business Insider Although Mulan is the only Disney Princess of East Asian descent, the original Mulan cartoon was a massive flop in China. Disney pulled out all the stops to make the movie a hit and even had Jackie Chan perform "I'll Make a Man Out of You." However, while government restrictions and Disney's history of releasing films not aligned with Chinese politics didn't help, one of the main reasons "Mulan" bombed at the box office was because audiences thought Mulan was too "foreign-looking." The worldwide release of 2020's live-action remake of "Mulan" was postponed until July 24 due to the coronavirus, but the film has already been met with controversy. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Since the film was first released in 1998, the character of Mulan has held a soft spot in many young girls' hearts as the most badass and fearless Disney...
    MADRID (AP) — International viewership for Spanish soccer games increased by nearly 50% after they returned from the break caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the league said Thursday. Figures for the first set of matches following the break were 48% higher than the average for the other 27 rounds played before the suspension in mid-March. The league said the increase in Africa reached more than 70%, and was 56% in Europe. There was a rise of 210% in South Africa alone, and 130% in Belgium. In India, where the league is broadcast on Facebook, the rise was of 72%. The league said in a statement that the numbers were compiled by consultant Nielsen Sports. “We’re very pleased with the exponential growth in the figures for LaLiga’s international audience,” said Oscar Mayo, the league’s director of business, marketing and international development. “We knew that fans around the world were keen to...
    PORT ORANGE, Fla. (AP) - Thank You Five, the modest 50-seat theater in Port Orange, was looking at the upcoming spring season as their busiest yet. The company had two mainstage productions and roughly 10 other events - stand-up comedy, open mic nights, musical cabarets - in the works. Then, ticket sales slowed substantially in mid-March when fears of the coronavirus’ spread started to set in. The theater closed for two weeks in hopes the threat of the outbreak would subside and it could reopen soon. TOP STORIES Woman who torched police van during protest facing attempted murder charge: NYPD I can breathe - thanks to the NYPD shirts flood pro-police NYC rally Trump on violent riots: We wont let it happen More than two months later, that day still hasn’t come. “We’d just started our fourth season at Thank You Five, and it started off with a...
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