Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Jan 24, 2023

It's Tuesday! Things are happening. Let's take a step back, pop out of the old echo chamber, and see what's going on!

Appointment of BBC chairman done correctly - government -- BBC News (UK)

Richard Sharp helped Boris Johnson secure a loan guarantee agreement shortly before being given the job; Mr Sharp, Mr Johnson and the government all deny there was a conflict of interest

Outline: (what is this?) bbc appointment process

Tone: (what is this?) + positive

Discussion: (what is this?) ++ BBC, - Tories, - Tory

Richard Sharp: BBC chairman asks for conflict of interest review -- BBC News (UK)

BBC chairman Richard Sharp says Boris Johnson loan row a distraction for the organisation

Outline:  interest review bbc chairman richard sharp

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- BBC, -- Sharp, - Tory

Who is BBC chairman Richard Sharp? -- BBC News (UK)

Richard Sharp has been the chairman of the BBC since February 2021; The 66-year-old earns £160,000 a year in the role, which he previously pledged to give to charity

Outline:  bbc chairman richard sharp

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  - Tory, - BBC, ++ Johnson

Black Boy Lane in Tottenham renamed over racial connotations -- BBC News (UK)

Lane in London renamed over racial connotations

Outline:  racial connotations lane

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  + Black Boy Lane, - LA, ± Australia

Lewis Hamilton says he was racially abused at school -- BBC News (UK)

Lewis Hamilton says he had bananas thrown at him and was regularly the subject of racial abuse at school; The Mercedes driver says his school days were "probably the most traumatising and most difficult part of my life" Hamilton has embarked on a campaign to increase diversity in motorsport

Outline:  school lewis hamilton

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Lewis, - Hamilton, ± BBC

'Racism makes it harder for me to find a place to rent' -- BBC News (UK)

Zara was due to move in three days' time when she received a message from her new landlord; He said her photo showed "blonde hair and white skin" and accused her of trying to appear white

Outline:  black tenant

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- BBC, -- UK, -- London

Ghislaine Maxwell claims photo of Prince Andrew with Virginia Giuffre is fake -- The Telegraph

Ghislaine Maxwell has told TalkTV in an interview to be broadcast on this evening: I have no memory of them meeting and I dont think that picture is real"

Outline:  fake ghislaine maxwell

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Andrew, ? Epstein, ? Ghislaine

BBC News Home -- BBC News (UK)

Tuesday's Telegraph: Killer posed as a child to claim asylum and murder again in UK

Outline:  latest deadly rampage

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Ukraine, + Boris, -- Russia

Brendan Fraser: We need to stop bias against those with obesity -- BBC News (UK)

Brendan Fraser is riding the award season wave with his latest movie The Whale; The actor credits his 'guide' Darren Aronosfky with giving him his first leading role in years

Outline:  brendan fraser

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - NHS, ? USA, ? Brendan

Rain stopped council's 500k electric bin lorries working -- BBC News (UK)

Rain caused the wagons to be taken off the city's roads for up to 26 days a month; Vehicles stopped working for a combined total of 481 days between January 2021 and November 2022

Outline:  electric bin lorries

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Clever

Councillor's 'war on wee' for Cheltenham Race Week -- BBC News (UK)

Max Wilkinson wants a special paint that would cause urine to "splash back" at the perpetrator; He has also called for increased enforcement by police and a campaign to tackle the problem

Outline:  public urination

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Max, ? Sharp, ? Tony Blair

Mayor issues high air-pollution alert for London -- BBC News (UK)

Sadiq Khan has issued a high air pollution alert across the capital for Tuesday; The capital has experienced moderate air pollution since Saturday with the continuing cold, still, and foggy conditions resulting in poor dispersion of vehicle emissions

Outline:  high air pollution alert

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ ULEZ, ? London, ? Khan

Experts criticise call to re-classify cannabis -- BBC News (UK)

PCCs in west England want to re-classify cannabis as a Class A drug; Mark Shelford wants to crack down on people using the so-called recreational drugs

Outline:  class a drug

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- cannabis, - UK, ++ BBC

UK households will be paid to use less electricity on Monday -- BBC News (UK)

People in England, Scotland and Wales who have a smart meter are eligible to take part; National Grid says savings can range from a few pounds to as much as £20 depending on the amount of energy used

Outline:  uk households

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ± N, -- BBC, ? UK

Energy saving scheme: People paid to cut power again as cold weather continues -- BBC News (UK)

People to be paid again for using less electricity on Tuesday

Outline:  energy saving scheme

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? UK, ? US, ? Eco7

NHS strikes: Midwives and physiotherapists to hold walkouts -- BBC News (UK)

Physiotherapists in Wales to hold one-day walkout

Outline:  welsh nhs staff

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? UK, ? Pakistan Railway

Portishead boy joins Mensa after teaching himself to read aged two -- BBC News (UK)

Boy becomes UK's youngest Mensa member after teaching himself to read aged two

Outline:  portishead boy

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Mensa, ? Portishead, ? Deidre Barlow

Reading is precious. But the cult of book ownership can be smug and middle-class | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett -- The Guardian

I used to have, or rather hoard, a lot of books, but I’m doing my best to get rid of them; In the last couple of years I have given away hundreds of books

Outline:  book ownership

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ± The Guardian, ? Rhiannon, ? Game of Thrones

Manchester sexual predator jailed for raping child -- BBC News (UK)

Girmay Andes, 28, approached the girl in Piccadilly, Manchester, in July; He isolated her from her friend and persuaded her to go back to his home

Outline:  manchester sexual predator

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? twitter, ? Bitcoin, ? bbc

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