BBC wildlife, a million YouTube subscribers

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The Amazing Natural World – 1 Million Subscriber Celebration – BBC Earth

10 January 2017

It is with great honour that we announce that the BBC Earth YouTube channel now has over a million subscribers! We would like to thank everyone who’s subscribed and we’ll keep releasing 3 amazing BBC wildlife clips each week for you to enjoy.

Le Pen fascist propaganda on BBC

French fascist leader Marine Le Pen, Latuff cartoon

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

BBC slammed for putting on fascist

Monday 14th November 2016

Corbyn joins protest at BBC against its decision to host Le Pen

THE BBC was condemned for hosting an interview with a fascist as remembrance services were held across Britain to commemorate the war dead.

Andrew Marr Show viewers reacted with anger as French National Front leader Marine Le Pen, who claimed she could become the next French president, was given time to air her views.

Mr Marr admitted that the decision and timing had “offended and upset” people but claimed that it is a journalist’s responsibility to report that Ms Le Pen could be in power next year.

He added: “In the end we are a news programme and I don’t think the best way to honour the fallen is to fail to report on the next big challenge to Western security.”

A protest was held yesterday by Unite Against Fascism outside the BBC studio in central London and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who was also appearing on the show, joined them in a call for the BBC not to offer a platform to fascists.

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner wrote on Twitter: “Marine Le Pen speaking on Marr, Remembrance Sunday? Why not interview our veterans who fought fascists and lost so many comrades? So wrong, BBC!”

RAF war veteran Harry Leslie Smith, aged 93, wrote: “We make fascism normal by interviewing its adherent rather than stridently and logically arguing against their ideas.”

Labour MP Tristram Hunt said the decision to interview Ms Le Pen was “pretty grotesque.”

Even candidate for Ukip leadership Suzanne Evans attempted to distance herself from the National Front after Ms le Pen had claimed that the two parties were not dissimilar.

Ms Le Pen said: “There is not a hair’s breadth of difference between what Ukip thinks and what the National Front thinks, let’s be truthful here.”

She claimed that her election would be the third act of a “global revolution” in which Britain has voted to leave the EU and Donald Trump has been elected US president.

Speaking on ITV’s Peston On Sunday, Ms Evans said: “I was appalled: She said: ‘France is full, we don’t want any more immigrants.’ That is so far away from Ukip policy it is unimaginable.

“We are miles away from Le Pen.”

Planet Earth II, new Attenborough wildlife series tonight

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17 October 2016

10 years ago Planet Earth changed our view of the world. Now we take you closer than ever before. This is life in all its wonder. This is Planet Earth II.

A decade ago, the landmark television series Planet Earth redefined natural history filmmaking, giving us the ultimate portrait of life on Earth. Planet Earth II, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, will reveal our planet from a completely new perspective, using significant advances in both filming technology and our understanding of the natural world.

Tonight at 20:00, British time, on BBC One TV, will be the first part of the series; about islands.

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David Attenborough footage rediscovery in Britain

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Discovering Attenborough‘s Zoo Quest IN COLOUR! – #Attenborough90BBC

20 May 2016

A few months ago a remarkable discovery was made in the vaults of the BBC Natural History Unit.

David Attenborough’s 90th birthday

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22 April 2016

The BBC celebrates Sir David Attenborough on his 90th birthday.

British automobile journalist Clarkson sued for anti-Irish racism

Anti-Irish discrimination sign

From in Ireland:

Jeremy Clarkson sued by Irish Top Gear producer for ‘racial discrimination

Friday 13th November 2015

Top Gear’s former host Jeremy Clarkson is being sued by producer Oisin Tymon for racial discrimination.

Lawyers for the 55-year-old presenter and the BBC had a closed-door hearing with Tymon’s representatives at a London employment tribunal today, according to sources.

Clarkson, who was later fired by the BBC, reportedly called Tymon a “lazy, Irish c***” during a confrontation at a hotel in north Yorkshire. …

Clarkson was suspended after the “fracas” over catering on March 10, and was sacked by the BBC on March 25, following an internal inquiry.

The inquiry, led by the director of BBC Scotland Ken MacQuarrie, said Tymon “was struck, resulting in swelling and bleeding to his lip” during the “unprovoked physical and verbal attack”.

MacQuarrie added: “The verbal abuse was sustained over a longer period, both at the time of the physical attack and subsequently.”

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BBC journalism is ‘terrorism’, British government says

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The refugees heading to Sweden – Newsnight

18 September 2015

Sweden has the highest number of refugees per capita of any European country. Secunder Kermani followed one group of refugees – and the activists helping them – as they traveled from Germany to Sweden.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Police use terror powers to seize BBC Newsnight journalist’s laptop

Exclusive: Secunder Kermani joined the show early last year and has produced a series of reports on British-born jihadis

Ian Burrell

29 October 2015

Police have used powers under the Terrorism Act to seize the laptop of a young Newsnight journalist in a case that has shocked BBC colleagues and alarmed freedom of speech campaigners, The Independent can disclose.

Officers obtained an order from a judge that was served on the BBC and Secunder Kermani, who joined the flagship BBC2 news show early last year and has produced a series of reports on British-born jihadis.

The development has caused alarm among BBC journalists. The editor of Newsnight, Ian Katz said: “While we would not seek to obstruct any police investigation we are concerned that the use of the Terrorism Act to obtain communication between journalists and sources will make it very difficult for reporters to cover this issue of critical public interest.”

A BBC spokesman said: “Police obtained an order under the Terrorism Act requiring the BBC to hand over communication between a Newsnight journalist and a man in Syria who had publicly identified himself as an IS member. The man had featured in Newsnight reports and was not a confidential source”.

Kermani has built a reputation for making contact with Western-born Isis fighters and interviewing them online about their motivations.

The seizure of his material has alarmed press freedom organisations. Jo Glanville, director [of] campaign group English PEN, said the current “hysteria” around terrorism was greater than in the aftermath of the 9-11 and 7-7 attacks. “If journalists go near something to do with terrorism the police can use the Terrorism Act [2000] to go after their sources.”

The media lawyer Gavin Millar, QC, warned at a conference last month of the “looming problem” of police exploiting the wide-ranging terror legislation to go after journalistic sources at various news organisations. “There’s a chilling effect – I know material has not been published or broadcast because of anxiety to protect sources,” he has said. “We are talking notes, emails, video footage, audio [being seized]. I don’t think we are hearing the accounts of why young people are going [to Syria]. The debate has not been advanced by informed coverage because the media is in fear of the Terrorism Act.”

There are also concerns that police may attempt to use the legislation to go after sources of academic research into Islamic extremism. Kings College London’s International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation has built a huge data base of Western jihadists.

Next month at the Court of Appeal, David Miranda, the partner of former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, will challenge a ruling that he was lawfully detained at Heathrow airport under the Terrorism Act in 2013, resulting in the seizure of 58,000 highly-classified documents he was carrying for the journalist in encrypted files.

One BBC source said: “It think it makes it very difficult to do proper reporting in this territory when the cops can come in and get orders for material as easily as they can. The police have the authority to seize anything that they think will be of use to them in a terror investigation and that’s quite a wide net.”

Source material: The price of protection

  • Daily Mail reporter Brendan Mulholland and Reg Foster of the Daily Sketch were jailed for contempt of court – for six months and three months respectively – in 1963, after refusing to disclose their sources in reporting the Vassall spy tribunal.
  • Sarah Tisdall, a Foreign Office clerk, was jailed in 1983 after anonymously sending The Guardian details of US cruise missile nuclear weapons arriving in Britain.
  • The newspaper was ordered by the Attorney General to hand over the documents, which were identified as coming from a Foreign Office photocopier, and Ms Tisdall was charged under the Official Secrets Act.
  • Former Independent journalist Jeremy Warner was fined £20,000 in 1988 after refusing to reveal his sources to Department of Trade and Industry inspectors investigating insider dealing in the City.