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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.”

Changes at the BBC in the USA

BBC News is making some staff changes in the U.S. Paul Danahar has been appointed the Editor of the BBC’s Americas Bureaux, based in Washington, D.C. Danahar will oversee the BBC’s newsgathering operation in North and South America. He moves from Jerusalem, where he was the BBC’s Middle East Bureau Editor since 2010. Danahar replaces Simon Wilson who moves to Brussels and will be the BBC’s Europe Bureaux Editor.

Also, Nick Bryant (left) moves from Sydney to New York where he will be the New York and United Nations correspondent. Bryant has been in Australia since 2006. Before that he was the BBC’s South Asia Correspondent from 2003 to 2006. It’s Bryant’s second stint in the U.S. From 1998 to 2003 he reported from the Washington bureau.

WATCH: Queen Elizabeth II Walks Behind BBC Anchors During Live Broadcast

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II formally opened the BBC’s new broadcasting house in London today. She opened the new headquarters with a declaration on BBC Radio 4.

While on a tour of the newsroom, the Queen happened to pop up behind a pair of presenters delivering a live newscast. They turned around in their chairs and gave her a bow, as the newsroom applauded.

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The BBC started broadcasting from the new headquarters in January, and completed the move in March.

James Harding Named BBC News Director

BBC News announced Tuesday that James Harding has been appointed director, BBC News and Current Affairs. Harding begins his new role in August.

From 2007-12, Harding was editor of News Corp.’s The Times. He replaces Helen Boaden, who moves to BBC Radio as director.

In a statement, BBC director general Tony Hall said Harding “will give BBC News a renewed sense of purpose as it moves away from what has been an undeniably difficult chapter.” The network has been plagued by the scandal involving the late Jimmy Savile, a former BBC presenter who is accused of sexual abuse.

“I am delighted that James will be joining as the new Director of BBC News and Current Affairs,” Hall said. “High quality journalism sits right at the heart of the BBC making this is an absolutely critical role.”

BBC Correspondent Who Reported Margaret Thatcher Obituary Recovers from Stroke

It’s no secret that television news networks pre-produce video obituaries for celebrities, politicians and other famous newsmakers. Such is the case in the U.K. today where host and former BBC News political editor Andrew Marr hosted a documentary on former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher who died today.

The special, airing tonight on BBC 1, has been ready to go for some time, as Marr has been off the air since suffering a stroke in January. The 53-year-old was released from the hospital just last month and continues his recovery at home.

Marr began his career in journalism on The Scotsman newspaper in 1981. He joined the BBC as political editor in 2000. Marr has hosted a number of history programs as well as his Sunday broadcast “The Andrew Marr Show.”

CNNI ‘News Channel of the Year’ At RTS Awards

Britain’s Royal Television Society held its annual awards last night, honoring the best in UK and global television journalism.

CNN International took home the one of the biggest awards of the night with the “News channel of the year” honors. “The Jury praised the channel for its distinctive coverage and energetic and vivid reporting,” the RTS says.

Not surprisingly the BBC took home a number of awards, including presenter [anchor] of the year, news coverage-international and camera operator of the year. ITV and Channel 4 News also took home awards.

The full roster of winners is here.

New Managing Editor at ABC News

Jon Williams is leaving the BBC where he was World Editor to join ABC News as the Managing Editor for International News. Williams will begin in March and will be based in New York.

Marcus Wilford, who has overseen the international desk for the last several months, will return to London and work for ABC News as a consultant.

Williams has been BBC News’ World Editor for the last 7 years, overseeing operations in 30 bureaus around the world. Williams led a digital-first strategy at the BBC, adding online coverage and eyewitness reporting from around the world.

BBC News, By Way of Abbey Road

As we told you earlier in the week, BBC News has moved into its new Central London headquarters. And along with the new building, newsroom, set and graphics, comes new theme music which was recorded at London’s historic Abbey Road studios.

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BBC News Begins Broadcasting from New HQ

Ten years in the making at a cost of of £1.04 billion pounds ($1.67 billion), BBC News launched from its new home at the revamped Broadcasting House in central London. The state of the art facility — as we’ve been told several times — began with the program “GMT” at 7amET, NoonGMT.

The New Broadcasting house includes a staff of 6,000, has three 24-hour TV channels, nine radio networks and 26 foreign language services.

In the clip after the jump, watch the final few seconds of the old and the first couple minutes from the new state of the art facility. Did you hear it’s state of the art?

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BBC Readies New ‘World News’ Where Reporters Will ‘Live the Story’

At precisely Noon on Monday, BBC World News will debut from new state-of-the-art HD studios in the BBC’s new London headquarters.

Peter Horrocks, director of BBC Global News, writes in a staff memo, obtained by TVNewser, “Every aspect of how the channel is put together has been reviewed: there’s a new schedule, new title sequences, new junctions, refreshed music and a new top-of-the-hour countdown showcasing how presenters and correspondents ‘live the story.’”

Horrocks adds, “there will be changes to journalism with significant investments in newsgathering and production. The channel will truly be ‘the World’s Newsroom.’”

BBC World News is available in more than 350 million households worldwide including about 25 million in the U.S. following a deal with Time Warner Cable last month.

Here’s more on the new schedule. And take a look at the the new studio which is part of the redeveloped BBC Broadcasting House:

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