An open letter to News Corporation ran in the Daily Express, among other papers today, from liberal non-profit Media Matters for America calling on it to change its ways.
The letter addressed to Rupert Murdoch’s son, and heir apparent, James Murdoch, the recently promoted News Corp deputy chief operating officer,pointed to four issues:
1. News of the World and its disregard for the law and personal privacy following the revelations of its phone hacking.
2. The flight of advertisers from Glenn Beck — who has since left Fox News.
3. News Corp is a safe haven for bigotry with Roger Ailes defending Beck’s remarks about the holocaust.
4. Fox News accused of misinforming Americans about a host of “politically charged issues”.
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We’ve recently been hearing about BSkyB’s commitment to creating fabulous new content and its deal with HBO, but today my geeky heart has taken a hit with the news that Sky1 is dropping plans to commission a re-imagined Blake’s 7 that early 80s British sci-fi gem that isn’t ‘Doctor Who’.
Sky One signed a deal to bring back ‘Blake’s 7′ more than two years ago, by the firm that had already produced some well received audio dramas (no idea what they’re like) but a troubled development that saw the plan show move from a sequel to a more ‘Battlestar Galactica’ like re-working/re-imagining of the original story, means it was slow going and now it is being dropped altogether.
It is a real shame. The American ‘Battlestar Galactica’ with its dark themes and gritty story lines has been a big hit and a critical success. As I blogged the other week that show is still breaking new ground with a planned new (initially web) based series.
Doctor Who is alright, but it would be nice to have a British sc-fi alternative. This is one the BBC should be picking up – it was after all the creator of the original series that like ‘Doctor Who’ was dreamed up by the late Terry Nation. The BBC has done well with reviving ‘The Day of the Triffids’ and ‘Survivors’, which I thought particularly good.Survivors also managed good audience numbers.
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Have you seen the TV trailer for BBC Radio 4′s Science Fiction series? It is a fine piece of scary advertising. The complaints are bound to rack up thick and fast for this cardiac arrest inducing trailer.
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The final half season of Battlestar Galactica is going to air on Sky1 in the new year and they’ve produced these promotional posters done in the style of Soviet Constructivism of the 1930s.
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More news on the Joss Whedon front. Having already made a web
splash with ‘Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog’ the Buffy creator plans a new
internet takeover with plans for webisodes for his upcoming series ‘Dollhouse’.
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Please I want more and I can’t wait until next year. It has already won raves review, but I have only just got around
to watching the mid-season finale of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ and I am going to
have to watch it again. It was better than ‘Lost’, which is still scoring for
me, and still sitting there on Sky+ ready to be watched again. I’ve said it before, but it’s the best TV around.
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I’d been thinking about the rise in geeks and things digital on the screen, when it has been revealed that Leonardo DiCaprio is to lead an Atari movie? Pong the movie, who would have thunk it.
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I can't tell you how disappointed I am. You go away for a few days and back home earth shattering news rocks the TV world. No not Dawn Airey, but the return of 'Blake's 7'.
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It's the season where US TV executives are cancelling shows. Leaving many show runners very anxious. The same fate could have also befallen the show 'How I Met Your Mother', if it were not for the brilliant whiz of signing Britney Spears for a guest appearance.
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