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2010-07-12 08:00:00

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Destiny Media Technologies (OTC Bulletin Board: DSNY) is pleased to announce the completion of a successful integration of the Play MPE® secure media distribution service with BBC Radio's internal distribution system. The Play MPE® Encoder seamlessly simulates label customers' normal Play MPE® workflow while communicating directly with BBC servers behind the scenes. This...

2010-02-20 15:41:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC is dismayed that a guest on BBC Radio 4 was allowed to state unchallenged that the Israeli intelligence service Mossad relies on Jews around the world to assist in alleged assassinations. "This baseless accusation crosses every red line between legitimate public discussion and bigoted fear-mongering," said AJC Executive Director David Harris. "In less than a minute, the BBC has cast a shadow on the lives of Jews worldwide." The claim by...

2009-09-07 10:10:13

Veteran Irish broadcaster Terry Wogan has announced he intends to leave BBC Radio 2's morning program Wake Up to Wogan at the end of the year. Wogan, 71, told his listeners Monday the decision to leave the program -- which he served as host of from 1972 to 1984, then again since 1993 -- is the hardest thing I have ever done. It touches me deeply that I've played a part in your lives for, it seems, like generations, Wogan said. This is not goodbye -- not even au revoir. ... I'd rather leave...

2009-08-22 14:33:17

U.S. comic book writer Stan Lee, known for being the co-creator of Spider-Man, says he is working with Disney on a new online comic book series. The BBC reported Saturday Lee also will serve as the voice for Lee Excelsior, a supporting character in his new animated comic book series Time Jumper. Lee told BBC Radio 5 the series will be available online and through mobile phones, and could one day be featured as a movie or TV show. If it does as well as we think it will do, it'll end up being...

2009-03-21 14:02:11

U.S. pop star Michael Jackson wants the BBC to apologize for a comment tied to two of its comedians comparing him to the IRA, a source says. The unidentified source said Jackson was insulted when comedians Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis compared the Thriller star to the Irish Republican Army on a BBC series, The Now Show, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday. Michael was told about the comments and was appalled, the source said about Friday's BBC Radio 4 show. "It was a disgusting slur. To compare...

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2009-03-13 12:44:43

Organizers of pop star Michael Jackson's shows at London's O2 Arena, set to begin in July, say all 50 scheduled concert dates are sold out. The BBC said more than 1 million tickets to Jackson's This Is It London concert series have been sold. The 50-year-old U.S. recording artist, who last toured 12 years ago, initially announced plans for 10 London gigs, but more were added due to the overwhelming response from fans. We never thought '50 shows' and frankly based on the queues on...

2009-02-28 12:12:33

Geoffrey Smith, who shared his gardening knowledge with his British TV and radio audiences and readers for decades, has died at the age of 80. The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday that Smith, who died of unspecified causes, was known for discussing the world of gardening on BBC series such as Gardeners' World and Geoffrey Smith's World of Flowers. Smith also appeared on the BBC Radio 4 show Gardeners' Question Time, providing tips to inquiring amateur gardeners throughout Britain. If I am...

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2009-01-07 10:14:59

British television and radio personality Jonathan Ross is to return to his BBC shows this month, following a 90-day suspension, The Hollywood Reporter said. Ross was suspended without pay from his shows for three months after he and comedian Russell Brand left lewd messages on the voice mail of 78-year-old Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs during Brand's BBC Radio 2 show, and the segment drew widespread criticism. Brand, Radio 2 head Lesley Douglas and David Barber, the executive who cleared...

2008-11-21 09:59:51

BBC Trust Chairman Michael Lyons says no further action should be taken against British radio and TV presenter Jonathan Ross for a prank that went too far. Ross was suspended from his shows for three months after he and comedian Russell Brand left lewd messages on the voice mail of 78-year-old Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs during Brand's BBC Radio 2 show last month and the segment drew widespread criticism. Brand, Radio 2 head Lesley Douglas and David Barber, the executive who cleared the...

2008-11-14 12:00:13

Comedian Jonathan Ross, who has been suspended after a radio prank drew widespread criticism, won't be the host of the British Comedy Awards as planned. A new master of ceremonies for the December show has yet to be announced, the BBC said. Ross had been scheduled for the gig, which is to air on ITV, but backed out after the radio scandal put him in a negative light. Ross was suspended after he and comedian Russell Brand left sexually explicit messages on the voice mail of 78-year-old...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'