Michel Barnier is facing a fierce backlash after claimed that the UK’s vote to leave the European Union was a by-product of a misplaced “nostalgia for the past”. The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator said that “typically British reasons” such as “the hope for a return to a powerful global Britain” were behind the 2016 referendum result. “In my country, too, some politicians still prefer to live in the past. But there were also people voting for Brexit who simply don’t want to accept rules,” the French politician said in an interview with The New York Review of Books. “Some voted to leave as they don’t want to accept the union’s regulations on their trading. They want to speculate freely and the union doesn’t allow them to do so.” His comments have sparked anger among pro-Brexit politicians and media, with Tory MP Peter Bone telling the Daily Mail that “the French … [Read more...] about Brexit: what’s the British Empire got to do with it?
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British comedy is being restrained and eroded by the "Victorian moral code" of political correctness, a senior figure at the BBC has said. Shane Allen, who is the broadcasting corporation's Controller Comedy Commissioner, has suggested that Britain's proud comedic traditions were being savaged on social media by people who manage to find ways to be offended all of the time. As a result, Mr Allen is developing a British Comedy Foundation which will be used to endorse the genre to make people aware of what entertainment purpose it serves, as well as to find new faces for the British comedy scene. READ MORE: Users Wild as BBC Has Trouble Translating Subs to Macron's Speech "This means a handful of comments or opinions can quickly be taken out of context, which is damaging for a genre which is there to test boundaries and challenge orthodoxies," Mr Allen reportedly added. Shane … [Read more...] about ‘Victorian Code’ of Political Correctness Ruining British Comedy
It covered the region of Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, as well as parts of Egypt.The new transmitter was in Ramallah and the broadcasting offices were in Jerusalem. Crowds near broadcasting tower in Ramallah at inauguration of PBA, March 30th 1936 Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington “For some years I have been greatly impressed by the benefits that a well-directed broadcasting service can bring to the mind and spirit of any people who enjoy its advantages,” said Wauchope on the day of the inauguration. He added that in Palestine, broadcasting would be “directed for the advantage of all classes of all communities”. Sir Arthur turning on switch to the broadcasting towers in Ramallah, March 30th 1936 Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington British-mandated PalestineTo understand the significance of the opening of the PBS, it’s important to put it into the context of the time.Following the fall of … [Read more...] about The power of radio during British-mandated Palestine
KYIV – If politics wasn’t behind the dismissal of public broadcasting chief Zurab Alasania, then the shifting of its date until after the March 31 presidential election was. This week the general director of the Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA:PBC) had his contract truncated, effective on May 6, two years before its expiration. By 2021 he was supposed to transform the Soviet-era dinosaur, consisting of 4,500 employees, 23 branches, 26 television channels and 28 radio stations, into a shell with a foundation modeled on the British Broadcasting Corporation or the Public Broadcasting Service in the U.S. That endeavor was pre-emptively cut short on January 31 when the broadcaster’s supervisory board ended Mr. Alasania’s tenure less than two months before the presidential election by secret ballot after changing the agenda during a regular meeting. The vote was initiated by a Radical Party representative who sits on the governance board – each … [Read more...] about Patience, commitment needed to transform Ukraine’s Public Broadcasting Company
Press play to listen to this article By ANNABELLE DICKSON Send tips here | Subscribe for free | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser SPOTTED: Theresa May’s EU Ambassador Tim Barrow boarding the 5.15 p.m. Eurostar to Brussels last night with only a small laptop bag for company. What on earth could he have needed to nip back to London to discuss? Good Friday morning. This is Annabelle Dickson, POLITICO’s politics and technology correspondent. Welcome to February. Next month Britain leaves the European Union. DRIVING THE DAY THE GREAT BRITISH STOCKPILE: BBC Question Time audience members last night said they were stockpiling pasta and euros in preparation for a no-deal Brexit. British MPs and EU27 negotiators have failed, yet again, to find a route through the Brexit impasse this week. Consumer goods giant Unilever earlier announced it was stocking up on supplies of its Magnum ice creams in case of disruption after March 29. Taking things in their … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook: Great British stockpile — Searching for a majority — Barrow back