US telecoms giant AT&T is reportedly exploring the sale of HBO’s European division in a bid to slash its $170bn (£130bn) debt pile. Executives have held internal discussions over the possible sale of HBO Europe, which produces hit TV series Game of Thrones, but has not yet held meetings with potential buyers, the Financial Times reported. Read more: AT&T announces Warner Media restructuring ready for streaming battle AT&T took control of HBO as part of its $85bn takeover of Time Warner last year, after staving off a competition complaint from the US Department of Justice. But the merger has sparked conflict within the TV network, and longstanding chairman Richard Plepler announced his resignation earlier this year. HBO Europe is one of several key businesses AT&T has considered selling as it looks to cut its hefty debt load, according to the report. The telecoms firm has unveiled plans to cut up to $20bn in debt this year, saying it would review all its … [Read more...] about AT&T explores sale of Games of Throne producer HBO Europe as it looks to cut debt
AS per every year the British Academy Television Awards will be returning once again this year to celebrate some of the best work to hit the small screen. But when are the Bafta TV awards taking place and who's up for the gongs? We have all the details below. When are the Bafta TV Awards 2019? The British Academy Television Awards will be held on Sunday May 12. The Bafta TV Craft Awards ceremony is held a little bit earlier on April 28, 2018. Bafta has held a separate ceremony ever since 1998 in order to fully focus on technical talent and those doing important work behind the scenes. Categories for the Bafta TV awards include Best Entertainment Performance, Best Mini-Series and Best New Coverage. While categories for the Craft Awards include make-up and hair design, special effects and costume design. Who is hosting the Bafta TV Awards 2019? Graham Norton will be hosting this year’s BAFTA TV Awards - 15 years after he first took on the role. In a statement, the comedian and TV … [Read more...] about Bafta TV Awards 2019 – nominations, when is it on, who is hosting and how can I watch it?
Few books have captured the zeitgeist with such imagination as Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels. The four novel saga is an exploration of the lives of everyday people living through turbulent decades of Italian history, following the lives of Elena and Lila, whose friendship spans from the postwar period to the present day, set against the scenic backdrop of Naples. Ferrante explores the complexities of female relationships, and the struggles of the working class. Her scope is sweeping, and her pages overflow with so many characters that at the start of each book she provides a dramatis personae. The new HBO adaptation, airing on Sky Atlantic on the UK, has done justice to her magnum opus, with a faithful, cinematic treatment of the boisterous society she portrays. It is a fitting tribute to Ferrante, who in the past decade has grown from little known, word-of-mouth Italian novelist, to international literary phenomenon. This is … [Read more...] about HBO’s My Brilliant Friend gives Elena Ferrante’s novels a faithful, cinematic treatment
Daniel González Arizona Republic Published 11:55 PM EDT Oct 30, 2018 JUCHITAN DE ZARAGOZA, Mexico – The residents of this largely indigenous city in southern Mexico are still recovering from a 2017 earthquake that turned buildings, including the municipal palace, into rubble. But that hasn’t stopped the municipal government from deploying considerable resources to help thousands of Central American migrants traveling in a caravan through Mexico. The government assistance being provided in Juchitan offers a glimpse at the way Mexico’s next president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, may treat migrants. And that support is at odds with both the current administration under President Enrique Peña Nieto and the political vows of U.S. President Donald Trump. Under pressure from Trump, Peña Nieto has sent federal police and marines to Mexico's southern border to block more migrants and has tried to keep the … [Read more...] about Migrant caravans: Show of aid may reveal Mexican president’s approach
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is vowing to sign an executive order that would seek to end the right to U.S. citizenship for children born in the United States to noncitizens, a move most legal experts say runs afoul of the Constitution and that was dismissed Tuesday by the top House Republican.. The action, which Trump previewed in a television clip broadcast Tuesday, would be the most aggressive by a president elected to office pledging to take a hard line on immigration, an issue he has revived in advance of next week's midterm elections. "We're the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits," Trump said during an interview with Axios scheduled to air as part of a new HBO series starting this weekend. "It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous. And it has to end." In fact, more than 30 countries, including Canada and Mexico, have similar policies. Leading Democrats … [Read more...] about House Speaker Paul Ryan dismisses Trump’s vow to end birthright citizenship