August 1, 2012 |
Not happy with NBC's coverage of the Olympics? There's an online alternative that's commercial free, more international in scope and does not feature Ryan Seacrest. It's at the BBC website, where the British broadcaster streams the Games live and offers clips in high-quality video just a tantalizing click away. The catch? That click will not work outside Britain. Or at least it's not supposed to. Some viewers have found a way around the BBC restriction by using a common online business tool — a virtual private network that can cost as little as $10 a month.
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March 22, 2014 |
When the offbeat BBC cooking show "Two Fat Ladies" was given a green light in 1996, costar Clarissa Dickson Wright did not have the highest hopes. "I found it very hard to believe," she later wrote, "and thought perhaps it might be a cult series with a moderate but good audience. We had no idea. " It quickly became an immense hit - on both sides of the Atlantic. In the U.S., where it made its debut in 1997, "Two Fat Ladies" helped grease Food Network's ascent to a cable TV powerhouse, earning top prime-time ratings that made Dickson Wright and co-host Jennifer Paterson bona fide, if improbable, celebrities.
November 5, 1986 |
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was accused in Parliament on Tuesday of trying indirectly to manipulate the news reports of the state-funded British Broadcasting Corp. through a campaign of intimidation. During parliamentary question time the leader of the opposition Labor Party, Neil Kinnock criticized Conservative Party Chairman Norman Tebbit for trying to "subordinate the BBC by his smears."
September 29, 1987
Why do humans feel and behave the way they do, sexually and reproductively? That will be the focus of a new documentary series being produced for public television by the British Broadcasting Corp. and WNET/New York. The eight-part series of hourlong documentaries, as yet untitled, will be filmed worldwide and will be a collaboration between the natural history unit of the BBC and the science and natural history unit of WNET.
May 9, 1989 |
British Broadcasting Corp. journalists and technicians began a 48-hour strike today, severely disrupting radio and television programs. Most live broadcasts were cancelled as senior journalists, talk show hosts and disc jockeys joined picket lines to demand a 16% wage increase. The state-funded corporation has refused to increase its offer of 7% despite the fact that annual inflation has reached 7.9% and is expected to go higher. The BBC's main television news bulletins continued, but in shortened form.
August 12, 1985 |
Here's another case of life imitating art. British TV viewers know that the BBC's recent cancellation of a volatile documentary under government pressure was its second crisis in a little more than a year. Well, sort of, anyway. Last week's real-life dispute concerned a BBC program about extremism in Northern Ireland.
March 28, 1985 |
The government said Wednesday that it is studying whether the British Broadcasting Corp. should be funded from advertising revenue instead of government subsidies. Home Secretary Leon Brittan told Parliament that the government was setting up a committee to assess whether the BBC's income could be supplemented or replaced by taking advertisements. He also announced that the annual license fee for BBC customers using color televisions would rise to $71 from the present $57.
April 4, 1987 |
Fans of the embattled British Broadcasting Corp. have their fingers crossed these days, hoping that Michael Checkland, a 50-year-old accountant with no programming experience, can bring better times to the troubled national television and radio network. Checkland was recently named to succeed Alasdair Milne as the BBC's director general after a board of governors meeting that lasted a marathon 13 hours.
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June 7, 1986 |
A Garden Grove women filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the British Broadcasting Co. Friday, claiming two reporters blackmailed her into saying on television that she had lied on a witness stand. Anne Fitzpatrick, 31, alleged in the suit filed in Orange County Superior Court that the two BBC reporters threatened to embarrass her by exposing a lesbian relationship and getting authorities of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service to deport her if she did not cooperate.