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Concern over UK-based Iranian TV channel's links to Saudi Arabia

Concern over UK-based Iranian TV channel's links to Saudi Arabia

Exclusive: Iran International funded by firm with ties to Prince Mohammed bin SalmanA UK-based Iranian TV station is being funded through a secretive offshore entity and a company whose director is a
BBC and Sky call for EU crackdown on Saudi pirate TV service

BBC and Sky call for EU crackdown on Saudi pirate TV service

Broadcasters highlight ‘threat’ from BeoutQ, which provides illegal access to content such as Premier League gamesThe BBC and Sky have called on the European commission to take formal action against
Keys to prosperity in the north’s great cities | Letters

Keys to prosperity in the north’s great cities | Letters

Readers respond to Preston’s success, Channel 4’s move to Leeds and Simon Jenkins’ proposal to move parliament to the north with ideas for a new political landscapeChannel 4’s move to Leeds must be
Breaking Bad: The Movie? Why it could be Vince Gilligan's worst idea

Breaking Bad: The Movie? Why it could be Vince Gilligan's worst idea

Deadwood, The Walking Dead and now Breaking Bad have all announced possible movie spin-offs, but history shows they’re a terrible, cynical ployI can’t speak for anyone else, but I’m going to spend the
Brazil: calls for TV tycoon to be pulled off air after offensive remarks to singer

Brazil: calls for TV tycoon to be pulled off air after offensive remarks to singer

Viewers demand Silvio Santos be removed after telling Claudia Leitte he couldn’t hug her because it would make him ‘excited’He is one of South America’s most powerful TV tycoons, an 87-year-old media
Blow to Trump as judge restores White House access for CNN's Jim Acosta

Blow to Trump as judge restores White House access for CNN's Jim Acosta

Acosta’s hard pass must be restored immediately – judgeBut Timothy Kelly says legal battle for CNN is not overFollow the latest US politics newsA federal judge has ruled in favor of CNN and
BBC newsreader Richard Baker dies aged 93

BBC newsreader Richard Baker dies aged 93

Presenter long associated with Radio 3’s classical music shows was known for his smooth deliveryRichard Baker, who introduced the first BBC television news bulletin in 1954 and became a leading news
Taking pride in the magic of the shed | Brief letters

Taking pride in the magic of the shed | Brief letters

Sheds | Crickhowell High Street | Question Time | Cuban doctors“What is it with men and their sheds?” So asks Rhik Samadder (G2, 21 November). Why doesn’t he ask some of the 11,424 members of the UK
BBC squanders cash on excessive salaries | Letters

BBC squanders cash on excessive salaries | Letters

Which presenter could claim that earning £200,000 a year was insufficient, asks Bernie Evans. Jan Shortt says pensioner poverty is now rising, but 84-year-old Penelope Woolfitt says she actually wants
CNN ends contract with contributor Mark Lamont Hill after speech on Israel

CNN ends contract with contributor Mark Lamont Hill after speech on Israel

Move comes after Anti-Defamation League and other groups condemned Hill for advocating a boycottCNN has parted ways with contributor Marc Lamont Hill after a speech the college professor made on
People’s Vote complains over lack of second referendum voice in TV debate

People’s Vote complains over lack of second referendum voice in TV debate

Campaign says confining debate to Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn would breach BBC guidelinesThe People’s Vote campaign has formally complained to the BBC and Ofcom over plans to hold a televised Brexit
Inside China’s audacious plan for global media dominance

Inside China’s audacious plan for global media dominance

Beijing is buying up media outlets and training scores of foreign journalists to ‘tell China’s story well’ – as part of a worldwide propaganda campaign of astonishing scope and ambition. By Louisa
Russian media regulator to investigate BBC's operations

Russian media regulator to investigate BBC's operations

Retaliatory move comes after UK watchdog found network RT broke impartiality rulesRussia’s media regulator has said it will carry out checks to determine whether the BBC is in compliance with Russian
TV licence scammers caught out by dodgy spelling

TV licence scammers caught out by dodgy spelling

Phishing email contains slip-up spotted by eagle-eyed recipientI received an email out of the blue from TV Licensing at the end of December, claiming our licence was due to expire – on the same day –
Minor tweaks can’t address the deep, inhuman flaws of universal credit | Patrick Butler

Minor tweaks can’t address the deep, inhuman flaws of universal credit | Patrick Butler

A new Channel 4 documentary meets those struggling on the new benefit – and gives the lie to ministers’ cheery PRYou have to hand it to Nathan: benefit-sanctioned, hungry, and waiting weeks for the
Screen queens: the funny, fearless women who revolutionised TV

Screen queens: the funny, fearless women who revolutionised TV

Phoebe Waller-Bridge exploded into our living rooms with Fleabag, her vicious comedy about an angry, awkward woman. As it returns, Guardian writers pick their TV heroinesWho gets to be the bitch?
Fox News reportedly killed Stormy Daniels story to help Trump win

Fox News reportedly killed Stormy Daniels story to help Trump win

Diana Falzone ‘had obtained proof’ of alleged affair but was told: ‘Rupert wants Donald Trump to win. So just let it go’Follow the latest in US politics Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News channel knew about
Michael Jackson estate launches PR blitz as documentary airs in UK

Michael Jackson estate launches PR blitz as documentary airs in UK

Lawsuits also issued to offset impact of Leaving Neverland, which details alleged abuseMichael Jackson’s estate is engaged in a campaign of adverts, lawsuits and interviews in an attempt to salvage
UK media tokenistic in its attitude to diversity, says Trevor Phillips

UK media tokenistic in its attitude to diversity, says Trevor Phillips

Former broadcaster and politician says TV in particular is ‘self-congratulating’Trevor Phillips has said diversity in the British media can be generously described as “tokenistic” and that its
Use forecast to talk about climate change, urges ex-BBC presenter

Use forecast to talk about climate change, urges ex-BBC presenter

Bill Giles calls on broadcasters to add slot explaining humans’ impact on climateThe veteran weatherman Bill Giles is calling on the BBC and other major broadcasters to radically overhaul their