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The perils of local content regulations

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Canadians are finding out the perils of local content regulations that socialists like to push when demanding more public broadcasting.

I wonder how NZ on Air would go with this?

The federal broadcast regulator wants the naked truth about a couple of porn channels.¬† Read more »

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Alec Baldwin has been making gay slurs again, this time it has got him suspended.

MSNBC suspended Alec Baldwin on Friday after a furor stirred by a gay slur that he made in a confrontation with reporters this week.¬† Read more »

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The biggest show on cable and yet never shown here

from left, Phil Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson and Willie Robertson

from left, Phil Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson and Willie Robertson

Duck Dynasty is cable TVs biggest show and yet it has never been shown here. There are plenty of other cool shows as well that we miss out on…American Hoggers¬†and Meateater for example.

I’d much rather watch those than Storage Wars…which for some strange reason is shown here but not the other two.

‚ÄėTill Duck Do Us Part‚ÄĚ: That was the title of the most-talked-about television show in America last week. Was it a revamped version of Looney Tunes? An offering from Animal Planet? No. It was the season opener of America‚Äôs favorite TV family show, featuring the women of the extended Robertson clan organizing a formal wedding for the heads of the family, Phil and Miss Kay, who 49 years earlier had only been able to afford a justice of the peace.

Not exactly the kind of plot TV executives would expect to draw a record audience. But that‚Äôs what happened last Wednesday night on A&E. The backwoods reality show Duck Dynasty drew 11.8 million viewers, which happens to be the most ever for a nonfiction telecast on cable television.¬† Read more »

This is the new Doctor [NSFW]

Peter Capaldi has been selected as the new Doctor Who.

Let’s hope he unleashes this sort of shock and awe onto the Daleks and Cybermen.

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And Labour attacked the PM for appearing on Letterman…

The Labour party scoffed when John Key appeared on Letterman…and now it looks like it is paying off because David Letterman wants to come to New Zealand…with John Travolta.

What do you do if you get to hang out with a pilot who owns a fleet of private jets?

You ask them if they could give you a lift to the furthest away country you can think of.

When US talk show host David Letterman had actor John Travolta in his studio, he casually inquired for a ride to New Zealand.

During the Late Show interview, Travolta not only agreed to give him a lift he also offered to wine and dine Letterman all the way to Godzone on one of his planes. ¬† Read more »

How many kids? Don’t you have a tv?

That is what I say to my mates who have more than two kids…i am always joking…but it seems like many things it has some basis in fact.

Source: Martin Lewis http://bit.ly/16qlt7W

Source: Martin Lewis http://bit.ly/16qlt7W

India’s population will overtake China’s by 2021, putting a huge strain on resources and public services. And though the country’s overall birth rate has fallen a lot, it’s still explosive in rural areas (pdf).

So how to get rural women to have fewer children? As we just discussed,¬†coercive sterilization¬†is probably not the best way to go. But things you might expect to bring the birth rate down, like higher female literacy or urbanization, don‚Äôt necessarily seem to do so,¬†as Stanford professor¬†Martin Lewis explains.¬† Read more »

Banned Pamela Anderson advert [VIDEO]

An ad for a web-hosting firm has been banned because it features Pamela Anderson dancing in a bikini…

An advertisement featuring Pamela Anderson dancing provocatively in a bikini has been banned in Britain.

The TV commercial for web-hosting firm Dreamscape Networks shows a man in a business meeting fantasising about his boss, played by the former Baywatchactress, covering herself and her brunette assistant in cream.

After a number of complaints from viewers, Dreamscape executives tried to defend the clip by arguing it portrays Anderson as an “attractive, dynamic and confident” businesswoman.

However, bosses at the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have now ruled the advert cannot be aired again in its current form, as it suggests female colleagues are viewed as sexual objects.

“We considered the ad was likely to cause serious offence to some viewers on the basis that it was sexist and degrading to women,” ASA said.¬† Read more »

Surely this would be better than all those crap cooking shows

This is what we need instead of all the cooking and home renovation shows.

A year ago I visited the headquarters of the Danish public broadcaster DR to film a piece about the international success of their dramas Borgen and the Killing.

The two protagonists in those series were strong, feisty females who took no nonsense from anyone.

So it seems a little surreal to be back in Denmark now to talk to the same broadcasting company about their new show, called Blachman, in which a woman – aged 28-85 – is required to stand naked in front of fully-clothed men and to remain silent as those men talk about her body.

“It’s not reality TV!” protests the show’s inventor and host, Thomas Blachman. “And it’s poetry, not porn.”¬† Read more »

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Dr Who is a racist?

It could only be academics who would suggest Dr Who is racist. They probably got a grant for it too.

Doctor Who has been accused of many things during its 50 years¬†on TV – most to do with cheesy special effects – but “thunderingly racist” is probably not one of them.

A group of academics claim the popular British sci-fi show is steeped in attitudes “that continue to subjugate people of colour” and shows contempt for “primitive” people.

In a new book,¬†Doctor Who and Race, they argue that the Timelord is dismissive towards his black companions and question why he is more interested in battling Daleks and Cybermen than fighting slavery.¬† Read more »

Bill Roache aka Ken Barlow arrested for rape

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Oh dear, Coro star Bill Roache aka Ken Barlow is in a spot of bother.

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has been arrested for rape.

The actor, who has played Ken Barlow in the TV soap for decades, was held at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, this morning.

Roache, 81, faces an allegation of raping an under-age girl in Lancashire between April and July 1967.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “An 81-year-old man from Wilmslow in Cheshire has this morning, Wednesday May 1 2013, been arrested by Lancashire Constabulary on suspicion of rape.

“The man will be interviewed at a police station in Lancashire during the course of the day.

“We take all allegations of sexual abuse extremely seriously and would encourage people with any information about sexual abuse, or anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse, to come forward and report their concerns confident in the knowledge they will be investigated appropriately and with sensitivity.”¬† Read more »