BBC correspondent Paul Adams was filing a report along the Turkey-Syria border Monday when Turkish troops fired tear gas at him and his crew. Adams’s cameraman continued recording even as a second round was fired directly into their van. You can hear the glass shatter and Adams yell, “Stop! stop!” The crew then jumped out so as not to be overcome by the fumes, and Adams continued reporting. Nobody was injured. Watch: Read more
Not your average TV news confrontation this morning on BBC Scotland.
While Graham Stewart was reporting for “Reporting Scotland,” a tiny insect crawled on the top right side of the screen. Seconds later, a rather large spider appeared, targeting its prey. BBC’s website is having fun with the insect-infused shot, calling it a “webcast.”
Milne, whose father was a London producer for “60 Minutes,” began her career at the BBC’s documentary unit. She moved to Washington in 2004 as a senior producer for “Newsnight” covering the U.S. election. Most recently, she has been editor of the BBC’s American news site.
“What I’m most excited about is bringing in a person who radiates intelligence and humor, and has such a clear affection for the eccentricities of journalists and newsrooms,” Tyrangiel wrote in a note to staff. “Claudia knows global news as well as anyone in our business and has the highest standards and expectations. Her colleagues praise her management style as direct and fair, while pointing out that she’s also very fun – and funny.”
Tyrangiel’s full note is after the jump. Read more
Earlier this month, a CNN interview angered her so much, she stormed off set before its conclusion. And yesterday, comedian Joan Rivers had another bone to pick with the network.
In a TMZ video, Rivers rants from outside LAX airport about Hamas. “If New Jersey were firing rockets into New York, we would wipe them out. I am so bored!” After defending Israel’s right to defend themselves, Rivers took aim at media coverage, including CNN. “BBC should be ashamed of itself, and CNN should be ashamed of itself, and everybody stop it already!”
BBC anchor Komla Dumor, a rising star of the World News network, has died from a heart attack.
Dumor, just 41 years old, anchored what would be his final newscast last night. Very active on Twitter and Facebook, Dumor was a presenter on the daily programs “World News” (airing at MidnightET) and “Focus on Africa,” a primetime program for African viewers broadcast worldwide. Before those shows, he anchored the weekly business magazine “Africa Business Report.”
Dumor, who was born in Ghana, joined the BBC as a radio broadcaster in 2007 after a decade of journalism in Ghana.
Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama wrote on Twitter that his country had “lost one of its finest ambassadors.”
The BBC’s news unit is expected to cut around 75 more jobs in another round of cost-saving layoffs, according to The Guardian. The cuts will primarily be in the English regions, and is part of a £700 million cost-saving initiative called “Delivering Quality First.”
The cost reductions were announced in 2011, and sought to reduce the BBC News headcount by around 600 staff by fiscal year 2017. of course, headcount reductions can also come from not hiring for open positions.
James Harding, the new BBC director of news and current affairs, announced the redundancies on Thursday in a move he conceded would “add to uncertainty after what has been a trying year”.
In a memo to staff, Harding said: “I also appreciate the concern that cost savings come at a time that so many people are working hard to make the most of new technologies and striving to deliver the best journalism in the world. The reality is that we have to live within the terms of the licence fee settlement, requiring us to deliver more for less.”
Royal baby mania has not subsided, simply because the future monarch has been born.
A number of specials about the birth are still set to air today and through the week.
Tonight ABC News will air a special “20/20″ at 10 PM, with Barbara Walters anchoring. “The Royal Baby: Heir to the Throne” will also feature Lara Spencer, Amy Robach and London correspondent Lama Hasan.
The BBC is planning stateside coverage as well. BBC World News, the 24-hour cable news channel operated by the BBC, will air a documentary called “Born To Be King” a number of times today, anchored by Sophie Raworth. The BBC special will air at 8:30, 14:30 and 20:30 (Greenwich mean Time). There is also special coverage on bbc.com/royalbaby.
Last night NBC aired a special hour-long ”Dateline,” anchored by Natalie Morales.
It is worth noting that so far CBS News has avoided any special baby coverage, instead choosing to cover it as part of its normal news programming.
A slew of American TV news correspondents have descended upon the hospital in London where the Duchess of Cambridge is going into labor. The impending royal birth led all the morning shows today, and correspondents have been doing liveshots outside the hospital throughout the day on cable news.
Yet, the BBC’s own correspondent on the scene, Simon McCoy, does not seem nearly as interested in the baby as his American counterparts.
“God help us if this ends up being a long labor,” McCoy quipped, reading from a text message on-air. “Until [the birth], we are going to be speculating about this royal birth, with no facts,” he added dryly.
Nearly a week after he was shot in the face with a shotgun, BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen had successful surgery to repair the damage.
Doctors removed the shotgun pellets from his face, remnants of the incident from last Friday, when he was shot outside the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo while covering the protests there.
Had a successful operation to remove shotgun pellets. Thanks again for good wishes.
— Jeremy Bowen (@BowenBBC) July 11, 2013
BBC News Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen was shot in the head with pellets apparently fired from a shotgun while covering the continued protests in Cairo, the Egyptian capital city.
Democracy Now’s Sharif Kouddous shared a photo of Bowen as he was getting bandaged up in the field:
— Sharif Kouddous (@sharifkouddous) July 5, 2013
Upate: Even with shrapnel removed from his head, and bandages covering half of it, Bowen is cutting a report about today’s events.
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