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When Spiders Attack Your News Report

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.”

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Bloomberg Names Claudia Milne Head of U.S. Television

claudia milneClaudia Milne is joining Bloomberg as the Head of U.S. Live TV, senior executive editor Josh Tyrangiel announced today. Milne joins Bloomberg from BBC News, where she has worked for two decades.

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.”

Milne replaces Andrew Morse, who left Bloomberg for CNN last year.

Tyrangiel’s full note is after the jump. Read more

Joan Rivers Isn’t Done Being Angry at CNN

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 Has Died

komladumorBBC 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.”

BBC Global News Director Peter Horrocks called Dumor “a leading light of African journalism.” Dumor’s sudden death has itself been news on the BBC today.

More Layoffs Likely At BBC News

BBCHQThe 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.

The Guardian has more:

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.”

More Royal Baby Specials Planned

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.

BBC Royal Baby Correspondent: ‘God help us if this ends up being a long labor’

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.

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(h/t BuzzFeed)

BBC Correspondent Undergoes Successful Surgery After Being Shot In Face In Egypt

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.

The Guardian has more on Bowen’s recovery.

(h/t HuffPost Media)

BBC Correspondent Shot In Head While Covering Egypt Protests

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:

Upate: Even with shrapnel removed from his head, and bandages covering half of it, Bowen is cutting a report about today’s events.

In a statement released on Twitter, the BBC said that Bowen will be back to reporting on the situation in Egypt in short order:
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Turkey’s Prime Minister Accuses CNN, BBC of Fabricating News

As protests continued in Istanbul’s Taksim Square over the weekend, in another part of the city Turkey’s prime minister spoke at a pro-government rally today and blamed international media outlets for fomenting the violence. The New York Times reports Prıme Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan rallied hundreds of thousands of supporters “many of them traveling on city buses and ferries that the government had mobilized for the event.”

“CNN International, are you ready for this?” shouted the announcer to the sea of people waving flags bearing Mr. Erdogan’s face and the yellow and white logo of his Justice and Development Party, known by its Turkish initials as A.K.P.

Mr. Erdogan then singled out BBC, CNN and Reuters, saying, “for days, you fabricated news.”

“You portrayed Turkey differently to the world,” he continued. “You are left alone with your lies. This nation is not the one that you misrepresented to the world.”

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