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  • ABC faces more questions as Emma Alberici's disputed article is restored | The Weekly Beast
    by Amanda Meade on February 22, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    Amended piece fails to lift the fog around the internal row at Aunty. Plus: Fairfax’s Greg Hywood doesn’t talk trash A week after it was taken down from ABC Online Emma Alberici’s contentious analysis piece on the government’s proposed tax cuts for business went back up on Thursday. Unusually, the amended article carried a prominent editor’s note at the top, rather than at the end as is common practice. “This analysis has been revised and updated by our chief economics correspondent. Passages that could be interpreted as opinion have been removed. Our editorial processes have also been reviewed. Emma Alberici is the ABC’s chief economics correspondent and is a respected and senior Australian journalist.” The revised piece added comments from the Business Council of Australia and finance minister Mathias Cormann, loud critics of the original.from @cathywilcox1 pic.twitter.com/PQ6cLETs99 Continue reading... […]

  • After endless political handwringing over journalism, glimmers of hope emerge | Margaret Simons
    by Margaret Simons on February 22, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Rapid technological changes are at last being reflected in a shift in attitudes to funding public interest journalism• Support our independent journalism by giving a one-off or monthly contributionIf there was an award for the most parliamentary inquiries leading precisely nowhere, the plethora of handwringing investigations into the future of journalism over the last decade would have to take the gong.There was the fuss in the dying months of the Gillard government in which then communications minister Stephen Conroy tried to push forward more ethical regulation of journalism, to howls of outrage from everyone in the media. Continue reading... […]

  • Television licence fee rises for second year running
    by Press Association on February 22, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Annual fee to watch BBC will increase from £147 to £150.50 from 1 April, government saysThe TV licence fee will increase to £150.50 from £147 from 1 April, the government has announced. The annual fee for BBC programming increased last year for the first time since 2010 after the government said it would rise in line with inflation for five years. Continue reading... […]

  • Manchester United end 13-year wait for official YouTube channel
    by Mark Sweney on February 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Lure of video-sharing site’s 1.3bn users finally has club ready to play catchup with football rivalsManchester United is to launch an official YouTube channel after a 13-year absence as it looks to build its brand and commercial income in a deal with the world’s biggest video-sharing site.Manchester United is the only Premier League team and the only one of the top clubs globally not to create an official channel since YouTube launched in 2005. Continue reading... […]

  • Why TV's brightest shows are turning episodes into standalone stories
    by Jake Nevins on February 22, 2018 at 11:30 am

    From Girls to Atlanta, ‘bottle’ episodes have become fascinating character studies – and sometimes the basis for an entire seriesBottle episodes of television get their name from the original Star Trek, where budgetary concerns would occasionally force the show to confine an episode to the Starship Enterprise: these would be called “ship-in-a-bottle” episodes. By putting characters in enclosed spaces they saved money and generally emphasized dialogue and character development instead of plot. They were also some of the most well-received Star Trek episodes ever. Related: High Maintenance: a cult favorite makes it to the mainstream Continue reading... […]

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  • One million have used BBC voice app, plans children’s services
    by Julian Clover on February 22, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    One million unique browsers have used the BBC’s first full voice app. The BBC’s Amazon skill was introduced on Christmas Day to help consumers access the BBC’s live radio stations and broadcast content. No surprise that national networks Radios 1, 2 and 4 have been the most popular services so far. However people appear to […]

  • German DVB-T2 platform Freenet TV to launch on Astra
    by Jörn Krieger on February 22, 2018 at 11:50 am

    German transmitter network operator Media Broadcast has confirmed that it will launch a DTH satellite version of its DVB-T2 platform Freenet TV on Astra (19.2° East). From the end of March 2018, satellite households will be able to access the offer, the company announced. Through the move, Freenet TV which launched on DTT on March […]

  • HBO, AXN joins Cyfrowy Polsat’s new look ipla
    by Chris Dziadul on February 22, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Poland’s Cyfrowy Polsat has significantly revamped its SVOD service Ipla. Boasting a new look site (www.ipla.tv), it now also includes a new package named Ipla HBO, which contains five HBO channels (HBO HD, HBO 2 HD, HBO 3 HD, Cinemax HD and Cinemax 2 HD), along with four AXN channels (AXN HD, AXN Spin HD, […]

  • UKTV Play launches on Now TV and Roku
    by Julian Clover on February 22, 2018 at 10:43 am

    UKTV Play is to be made available on Now TV devices and Roku streaming players, the broadcaster has announced. The UKTV Play app hosts shows from UKTV channels Dave, Yesterday, Really and Drama including exclusive UKTV Originals and thousands of hours from the network’s extensive archive. It’s being downloaded on Now TV boxes and smart […]

  • HbbTV 2.0.2 brings HDR support
    by Julian Clover on February 22, 2018 at 10:27 am

    The HbbTV Association has updated its core specification to allow HbbTV applications to take advantage of new Ultra High Definition technologies. HbbTV 2.0.2 supports High Dynamic Range, High Frame Rate and Next-Generation Audio delivered through streaming services such as MPEG-DASH. There are also enhancements to HbbTV content with High Dynamic Range (HDR), which significantly increases […]

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