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    A BBC journalist on a work trip to the U.S. was mocked for sharing a shot of a BB gun for sale in Walmart after apparently mistaking it for a real firearm. The journalist, Padraig Belton, whose work has appeared on the BBC and in The Guardian, sent out the unfortunate tweet on April 26.  According to Belton's Twitter feed, he arrived in the United States on April 25. Upon arrival, Belton realized that he didn't have a plug adaptor for this laptop. Belton wrote in the message, 'Hi from America. Where Walmart doesn’t have a plug adapter for my UK laptop. But on the other hand, I can buy a rifle and ammunition.'  The photo that started the storm. Belton tweeted this photo and wrote: 'Hi from America. Where Walmart doesn’t have a plug adapter for my UK laptop. But on the other hand, I can buy a rifle and ammunition' It's unclear if Belton was serious in his tweet, as he has covered numerous war zones in his journalistic career.  From there, the journalist went to a Walmart...
    Maria Butina, Vladimir Putin's ex-spy propagandist who was jailed in the United States after admitting to working as a Russian agent infiltrating the NRA, said Wednesday that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky - who is Jewish - is a 'Nazi.'  Butina, who was convicted in 2018, added that Russia's invasion of Ukraine 'is going to plan' in an interview with the BBC.     When Butina, 33 and now a member of Russian parliament, was asked by host Nick Robinson if Zelensky is a Nazi, she responded: 'According to his actions, absolutely.' Robinson defended Zelensky by pointing out that the Ukrainian president is Jewish and that his 'great-grandfather died fighting the Nazis as part of Russia'. And referring to images of the city of Mariupol, in south eastern Ukraine, being flattened by bombs, Robinson asked: 'Are you seriously claiming [civilians] are not under attack from Russia?' The city of Mariupol has been surrounded by Russian soldiers for days and a humanitarian crisis is unfolding in the encircled city of 430,000.  Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk called it a 'catastrophic' situation, as the shelling shattered...
    THE BBC allowed Netflix to film The Crown at its central London HQ — in a move which will further infuriate Prince William and the Royal Family. Bosses let the streaming giant use Broadcasting House to recreate real-life scenes in the run-up to Martin Bashir’s 1995 Panorama interview with Princess Diana. 11The BBC allowed Netflix to film The Crown at its central London HQ — in a move which will further infuriate Prince William and the Royal FamilyCredit: Splash 11The BBC’s decision to help Netflix also defies appeals from Prince William not to dramatise the Bashir interviewCredit: PA It comes with relations between the Corporation and the royals at an all-time low amid the fall-out from controversial documentary The Princes And The Press, the second part of which was screened last night. The BBC’s decision to help Netflix also defies appeals from Prince William not to dramatise the Bashir interview. Exclusive pictures show actor Richard Cordery, 71, portraying Marmaduke Hussey, who was Chairman of the BBC’s board of governors at the time. He was filming with a small crew at...
    Aides to Prince William did not brief against his brother Harry during the Megxit saga, sources insisted yesterday following a row over a new BBC documentary. Royal insiders denied William and Harry had been embroiled in a briefing war, ahead of a programme examining the brothers’ troubled relationship with the media. The Queen, Prince Charles and William have reportedly joined forces to complain to the BBC and threaten a boycott on future projects with the broadcaster unless the Palace is given a right to respond to potentially damaging allegations. Royal insiders denied William and Harry had been embroiled in a briefing war, ahead of a programme examining the brothers’ troubled relationship with the media RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Meghan Markle's father calls for Duchess of Sussex to be... Royals at war with BBC over 'tittle tattle' documentary: The... Share this article Share The BBC2 programme, The Princes And The Press, which airs tonight at 9pm, examines coverage of the brothers in British newspapers, including Harry’s relationship with wife Meghan and the...
    THE Pursuit Of Love has thrilled viewers with its look back at the decadent world of filthy-rich toffs indulging in sex, drugs and wild partying between the wars. But incredibly, the key characters in the racy period drama are based on REAL people. 14The key characters in racy period drama The Pursuit of Love are based on real peopleCredit: BBC Volatile Linda Radlett (Lily James) was based on Nancy Mitford, who wrote the 1945 book the BBC1 show is based on. And Nancy drew inspiration from others in her life too – including Fanny (Emily Beecham) based on her sister Pamela. The two central characters navigate their way through a minefield of randy millionaires who have little better to do than spend their fortunes and seduce pretty girls dripping in fur and diamonds. The three-parter shows how both of the women are looking for the perfect husband, but each has their own idea of what true love is. 14The series has thrilled viewers with its look back at the decadent world of filthy-rich toffs indulging in sex, drugs and wild...
    BBC boss Tim Davie has axed The Mash Report in his war on woke lefties. Sources close to the director-general said he felt the genre needed a radical overhaul as it was too biased against the Tories and Brexit. 4Nish Kumar’s The Mash Report has been axed by BBC boss Tim DavieCredit: WARNING: Use of this image is subject to the terms of use of BBC Pictures' Digital Picture 4Mr Davie, 53, had vowed to tackle left-wing comedy when he took over the corporation last summerCredit: PA:Press Association Mr Davie, 53, vowed to tackle left-wing comedy when he took over last summer — and he has acted by ditching the satirical show fronted by Nish Kumar, 35. A source said: “This will be music to ears of telly fans. “For four series, viewers have sat through Nish’s ‘comedy’ with an undoubted left-wing spin. “Tim promised tough measures — and he has stuck to his guns. “The Mash Report is no more and there won’t be many people mourning it.” Andrew Neil, as a Beeb political presenter in 2018,...
    A 100-year-old British World War II veteran who raised millions of dollars by walking in his garden was hospitalized after contracting the coronavirus. Capt. Sir Thomas More’s daughter said Sunday that More tested positive for the virus last week and that he has since been hospitalized. The statement was posted to Capt. Tom More’s official Twitter account. The positive coronavirus test compounds More’s health issues after a previous pneumonia diagnosis. More was being treated at home until he required additional respiratory help on Sunday, his daughter wrote.  (RELATED: Melania Praises Veterans Who ‘Dedicated A Life Of Service To Their Country For Freedom’ Following England Trip) “The medical care he has received in the last few weeks has been remarkable and we know that the wonderful staff at Bedford Hospital will do all they can to  make him comfortable and hopefully return home as soon as possible,” the statement said, according to the tweet. “We understand that everyone will be wishing him well. We are of course focusing on my father and will update you when we are able to,” the...
    BBC Breakfast has waged war on Piers Morgan and Good Morning Britain - insisting it’s the "UK’s most watched breakfast show". Show bosses hit back after rival host Piers vowed to overtake the channel's ratings for the first time in 30 years. 4BBC Breakfast presenters Credit: BBC/Twitter On the day Good Morning Britain celebrated its most watched show in history, BBC Breakfast tweeted: "These @BBCBreakfast figures might make awkward reading for some: "- 80m live stream requests on @BBCiPlayer (up 56%) "- Audience share of 42% "- Average daily reach of 5.7m Thanks for tuning in to the UK’s most watched Breakfast programme…." Host Dan Walker shared the tweet, adding: "Thanks for watching." 4Piers Morgan believes GMB will take over BBC Breakfast by the end of the yearCredit: Rex Features But the BBC's attempt at tough talk looks to prove Piers' point that execs will soon be choking on their cornflakes, with Good Morning Britain poised to overtake the corporation's flagship breakfast show for the first time in the two contenders' broadcast history. Under Piers and his...
    THIS is a war now and those of us who have known nothing but peace – everyone under the age of 76 – have struggled to get our heads around that reality. When it comes to combating, it feels like we still have our L-plates on. Too much complacency, too many cock-ups, too little comprehension that this virus wants to kill everything we love. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 9Brigadier Phil Prosser, Commander of the 101 Logistic Brigade, during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on coronavirus Credit: PA:Press Association How else to explain that only from next week, with almost 80,000 dead, are we going to require anyone flying into the UK to produce a negative coronavirus test?  How else to explain that there were initially concerns Public Health England — the miserable quango tasked with protecting the health of the nation, who lectured us for years about the mortal threat from sugary breakfast cereals — might not be able to deliver vaccinations on Sundays. They have now assured us they...
    Anti-virus pioneer John McAfee was an eccentric when we first featured him in the 2012 article "The Hot Yoga War" and a separate Q&A in which he talked about his life in Belize — where, it turns out, he was wanted for questioning in a murder he swore he didn't commit. In the intervening eight years, he's been many things, including a fugitive from justice and a failed presidential candidate. But now, the role he's playing is inmate: This week, McAfee was arrested in Spain on federal charges, including violation of antifraud provisions and tax evasion. He'll likely have a tough time fighting the latter accusation, given that, according to the BBC, McAfee "has previously expressed his disdain for taxes, tweeting last year that he hadn't filed tax returns for eight years because 'taxation is illegal.'"Related Stories John McAfee: Security Pioneer and Ex-Fugitive's Denver Ties, Presidential Bid John McAfee, software pioneer turned fugitive: I faked being crazy and ill to escape to U.S. John McAfee still a fugitive despite new blog, Joe Rogan and Alex Jones appearances "The Hot...
    His Dark Materials season one might not have made a big splash in the US, but it was huge for the BBC, and that hugeness is all over footage of the show’s second season, featuring air balloon chases, sci-fi sets, and even a creepy dust monster. The second season — launched into pre-production before the first aired in November 2019 — will tackle the second book in Phillip Pullman’s bestselling trilogy, The Subtle Knife. In the book, Lyra (played by Logan’s Daphne Keen) ventures to her first world beyond her own, and meets another dimensional traveler, the young Will Parry (Amir Wilson), who becomes her companion for the rest of the series. As Lyra’s destiny is intertwined with the Golden Compass, Will’s is to possess the Subtle Knife, a blade so sharp it can carve doors between worlds. Meanwhile, it seems like the television adaptation will be filling out the season with lots of goings on between the grownup characters of the His Dark Materials books, as they prepare for a inter-dimensional war on … checks notes …...
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