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Car sales plunge in China ahead of emissions rules

Key passenger market hit as consumers put purchases on hold due to regulations

  • June 12th 2019 at 13:27

Johnson defends calling burka-wearing women 'bank robbers' at launch

A defiant Boris Johnson has insisted he will not be "muffled" and "will continue to speak directly", as he was challenged about past controversial comments at his Tory leadership campaign launch.

  • June 12th 2019 at 13:21

Beyond Grunge: 15 Artists Redefining Seattle Music

By Dusty Henry
Dark Smith.

Seattle's music scene has produced a diverse and talented crop of up-and-coming musicians, each of whom makes bold contributions to this vibrant city.

(Image credit: Alley Rutzel/Dark Smith )

  • June 12th 2019 at 13:00

Anixe rebrands as Anixe+ and launches VOD service

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German free-to-air entertainment channel Anixe will adopt the new name Anixe+ on July 1, 2019, add new programmes and launch a video-on-demand (VOD) service accessible via its red button catch-up TV portal (HbbTV).

New to the programme line-up are, for example, US series Anger Management with Charlie Sheen, German crime series SK Kölsch and Ein Bayer auf Rügen as well as action series Helicops.

Anixe will replace the current SD distribution of Anixe on all platforms, broadcasting in improved resolution (HD-ready/720p). The SD distribution will continue only on the cable network of Vodafone Deutschland.

The free-of-charge VOD service, which will mainly comprise movies, will suggest content customised to the viewer’s interests. For this purpose, a user profile is created in connected TV households based on VOD viewing habits.

Sister channel Anixe HD Serie will keep its name and resolution (1080i).

Want A Plastic Bag? Canadian Grocery Will Try To Shame You

East West Market customers in Vancouver who forget to bring their own bags will have to carry home plastic bags with an embarrassing phrase printed on the outside. Like: "Wart Ointment Wholesale."

  • June 12th 2019 at 12:40

Only one in five EU households subscribe to 100 Mbps broadband

(Telecompaper) Only one in five EU households subscribe to broadband of at least 100 Mbps, well short of the EU's goal of 50 percent with 'ultrafast' broadband by 2020. The figures are part of the latest Digital Economy and Society Index published by the European Commission and show the EU needs to do more to accelerate its digital transformation, the Commission said. 

  • June 12th 2019 at 11:50

Hungarian scientists mull legal action over government controls

The head of Hungary's oldest scientific institute said it was considering taking legal action to challenge government moves to take more control over research work and budgets.

India set to launch second lunar mission; land rover on the moon

India said on Wednesday it will launch its second lunar mission in mid-July, as it moves to consolidate its status as a leader in space technology by achieving a controlled landing on the moon.

Gabriele Grunewald: Professional runner inspired 'hope' in cancer fight

Gabriele Grunewald, a professional runner who continued her athletic career during an ongoing battle with cancer, has been hailed as an inspiration after succumbing to her decade-long fight with the disease at the age of 32.

  • June 12th 2019 at 12:29

Health Workers Still Aren't Alerting Police About Likely Elder Abuse, Reports Find

By Ina Jaffe
Two reports from the federal government have determined that many cases of abuse or neglect of elderly patients that are severe enough to require medical attention are not being reported to enforcement agencies by nursing homes or health workers — even though such reporting is required by law.

Workers in nursing homes, hospital ERs and other health facilities are required by law to notify police whenever they notice likely signs of physical or sexual abuse. But that's often not happening.

(Image credit: Mary Smyth/Getty Images)

  • June 12th 2019 at 12:01

BBC can extend catch-up window beyond 30 days

By Julian Clover

Ofcom has provisionally concluded that the BBC can go ahead with planned changes to the BBC iPlayer.

As previously reported in Broadband TV News, the BBC wants to move the iPlayer from a 30-day catch up service, to one where programmes are available for 12 months as standard, with some available for longer.

“We have provisionally found that the proposed changes to BBC iPlayer would pose challenges for other public service broadcasters’ video-on-demand services. But in our view, the changes could also deliver significant public value over time,” the regulator said in a statement.

Ofcom wants the BBC to “increase choice and availability of public-service broadcast content”.

The regulator is now inviting views on its provisional conclusions by Wednesday 10 July and expects to publish a final decision by August.

BBC Studios and Discovery complete UKTV transaction

By Julian Clover

Discovery has moved to give greater prominence to its own established channels following the completion of its deal with BBC Studios for control of part of the UKTV portfolio.

Discovery now formally takes over control of lifestyle channels Really, Home and Good Food, while BBC Studios takes over entertainment channels Alibi, Dave, Drama, Eden, Gold, W and Yesterday, the UKTV brand, as well as the digital service UKTV Play.

But free-to-air UKTV channels Dave, Home and Yesterday are being moved down the Freeview guide in favour of Quest and DMAX.

Marcus Arthur, President, UK & Ireland at BBC Studios and new CEO of UKTV said, “UKTV has always been an important part of the BBC Group, creating value for licence fee payers and British programme makers. UKTV’s award-winning brands, innovative commissions and premium acquisitions have delivered large and loyal audiences who love great TV. As a wholly-owned part of BBC Studios we will support its future content ambitions, building on its history of success over many years.”

James Gibbons, EVP General Manager UK & ANZ at Discovery added, “Today marks an exciting milestone for Discovery, as we welcome UKTV’s lifestyle channels to our substantial UK portfolio. We are committed to deepening our position with viewers as the leader in real life entertainment by building great brands that power people’s passions and deliver value to our partners.”

Earlier this month, Ofcom said it wouldn’t be running a formal competition assessment of the deal.

BBC Studios will make payments to Discovery totalling £173 million.

Unilever to further increase brand base in hunt for faster growth

By robin
Anglo-Dutch food to detergent group Unilever is planning to further expand the number of brands in its portfolio, new chief...

Climate change solutions mean revolution for our daily lives

Climate change will affect all of us in the coming years, and so will the solutions.

  • June 12th 2019 at 11:36

Peter Max's wife found dead amid legal battle over artist's work

Artist Peter Max's wife has died in a suspected suicide amid a family fight over her husband's work and claims he was being exploited.

  • June 12th 2019 at 11:33

Organic food body won’t name names, RTL threatens court action

By robin
Dutch broadcaster RTL Nieuws says it will go to court in an effort to find out the names of farms...

Could Trees Be the New Gravestones?

By Nellie Bowles

A California start-up wants to “redesign the entire end-of-life experience.” The answer to “eternity management”? Forests.

Former Stanford Coach Will Not Serve Prison Time For Admissions Scandal

By Tovia Smith
Former Stanford University sailing coach John Vandemoer was sentenced to two years of supervised release, with the first six months in home confinement, and was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.

John Vandemoer, who pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, was the first to be sentenced in the scandal. Prosecutors had called for a "meaningful" sentence to rebuild faith in the system.

(Image credit: Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

  • June 12th 2019 at 11:02

Why Food Reformers Have Mixed Feelings About Eco-Labels

By Dan Charles
Grocery stores are full of food with labels like organic, cage-free or fair trade that appeal to a consumer

Grocery stores are full of food with labels like organic, cage-free or fair trade that appeal to a consumer's ideals. But there's often a gap between what they seem to promise and what they deliver.

(Image credit: Jupiterimages/Getty Images)

  • June 12th 2019 at 11:02