Lebanon parliamentary candidates charged as much as $240,000 for airtime

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Six thousand dollars can buy a minute of air time, but a talk show episode can cost $240,000. In Lebanon, media outlets are charging parliamentary candidates exorbitant prices for coverage. Whether beamed into living rooms on television screens or heard over the radio, legislative hopefuls are keen to get their messages out to their constituents before the May 6 election. The long-awaited vote is the first since 2009, and marks the end of a years-long political stalemate that had paralysed ...

UK regulator probes Russia’s RT channel over impartiality

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Britain’s broadcasting standards watchdog on Wednesday opened seven impartiality probes concerning Russia’s RT news channel, noting “a significant increase” in programs warranting investigation since the poisoning of a former Russian spy in March. “Ofcom has today opened seven new investigations into the due impartiality of news and current affairs programs on the RT news channel,” the regulator said in a statement. Ofcom said that TV Novosti, the holder of ...

Comcast will add Netflix to cable bundles in US

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Comcast Corp, the leading US cable television provider, will offer new video packages that include subscriptions to Netflix movie and TV streaming service, the companies announced on Friday.It is the first time a US pay TV provider has agreed to include Netflix in its channel bundles. For years, cable operators had been wary of competition from the Hollywood upstart, but many have now concluded that welcoming the streaming video giant will help fight cord cutting.In a statement on Friday, the ...

Syrian state TV: Only material losses in Western attack on Barzeh Center

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Syrian state media said US-led air strikes caused material damage only at a scientific research center in the Barzeh district of Damascus on Friday. The attack destroyed a building that includes a learning center and laboratories, state TV said. “The missiles that targeted a military position in Homs were thwarted and diverted from their path, and injured three civilians,” state news agency SANA said.  

Kimmel apologizes for Melania Trump joke amid Hannity feud

Monday, 9 April 2018

Late-night comic Jimmy Kimmel has apologized for a joke about first lady Melania Trump’s accent and moved to deescalate a feud with Fox News host Sean Hannity.Kimmel says in a Twitter post made Sunday his exchanges with Hannity have been fun but he doesn’t want to add to the “vitriol” of their spat. He says such animosity is “harmful to our country.”On ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on April 2, Kimmel prodded the first lady’s reading of a ...

ANALYSIS: Spotlight on Iran’s media apparatus

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Media discussions continue over the nuclear deal with Iran and the need to curb Tehran’s ballistic missile program.There’s also discussion relating to the degree with which the regime, through its militias and proxies, meddles in the affairs of other countries in the region, such as Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon.There is, however, another highly dangerous reality, spreading from Tehran throughout the region and beyond, in the shape of the regime’s growing media empire.The ...

Behind the scenes of the 60 Minutes interview with Saudi Crown Prince

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

CBS anchor Norah O'Donnell, who interviewed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has said she believes that what the crown prince was doing in Saudi Arabia may change the entire Middle East. O'Donnell spent 90 minutes talking with him and also toured his offices and home. “He is bold, he is visionary,” O’Donnell said in a behind-the-scenes video commenting on the interview. “Saudi Arabia is important but what he does in Saudi Arabia can change the entire Middle ...

Russia’s RT warns British media after spy poisoning

Thursday, 15 March 2018

The head of Russian state-funded RT television says British Prime Minister Theresa May is to blame if British media are kicked out of Russia over the poisoning of an ex-spy.RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan dismissed accusations that Russia was behind the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal. It prompted threats to shut down RT's British operations, among other actions targeting Moscow.Simonyan told The Associated Press in Moscow that "if we are censored in the U.K., that's going to be ...

RIA: Russia will kick out UK media outlets if London shuts RT

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Russia will not allow any British media outlets to operate on its territory if Russian broadcaster RT loses its UK license, a Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman said on Tuesday, amid a row over the poisoning of an ex-Russian double agent in England. “Not a single British media outlet will work in our country if they shut down Russia Today (RT),” the state-run RIA news agency cited Maria Zakharova as saying on state television. In a blunt warning to Prime Minister Theresa ...

Sky suspends former Liverpool player Carragher for spitting

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was suspended as a soccer analyst by the Sky television network on Monday after being filmed spitting in the direction of a 14-year-old girl through his car window. Carragher said that while his future at the broadcaster “remains to be seen,” he had not offered his resignation. Britain’s sports minister called Carragher’s behavior “disgusting.” The incident happened on Saturday after Carragher left Old Trafford, where ...

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